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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:07 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

It’s all over but the polishing – a worker rubs wood stain into desks on the House Chamber in this file photo. The Washington State Legislature has adjourned after completing a new state budget that fills a projected shortfall of $5 billion.
Ted S. Warren AP

Scattered showers today, partly sunny - high 58. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Seattle Police Dept. Told to Stop ID'ing Misbehaving Officers
  • Gregoire Says Session Was Most Difficult in Memory
  • Body Found in Snoqualmie River Near Where Man Vanished
  • Lake Washington High School Backs Off Prom Alcohol Tests

 

Arbitrator's Ruling Shields Disciplined Seattle Officers

A labor arbitrator has ordered the Seattle Police Department to stop releasing the names of officers found to have engaged in misconduct.

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Seattle hostage killings
1:39 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Ninth Somali pleads guilty in fatal yacht hijacking

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle are pictured here in 2005 in California. Both were reported killed by Somali pirates. Nine Somalis have now pleaded guilty to the piracy of their yacht in February.
Courtest of Joe Grande

A ninth Somali man has pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans - including two from Seattle - dead.

Ahmed Sala Ali Burale pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk on Wednesday. Muhidin Salad Omar also pleaded guilty earlier in the day.

They are among 14 people from Somalia and one from Yemen charged in connection with the February hijacking of the yacht Quest.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:58 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

From left, Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, and Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, take their seats to talk about a tentative budget agreement, Tuesday in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Rain this afternoon, high 59. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • $32 Billion Dollar Deal Closes State Budget Gap
  • Auburn Shooting Suspect Arrested Dressed as Woman
  • 3 Seattle Officers Suspended for Foul Language
  • Seattle 4th of July Fireworks a Go

 

House Passes Budget Deal, Hours After Unveiling

House lawmakers have given tentative approval to a state spending plan that cuts teacher pay and makes other massive reductions in education spending.

The measure passed Tuesday evening by a 54-42 margin, just hours after budget writers from both parties unveiled the plan.

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Special Session Deadline
1:16 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

State budget deal includes cuts for teacher salaries

A tentative agreement to fill Washington state's $5 billion budget shortfall includes cuts to teacher salaries.

Details of the $32 billion spending plan released Tuesday include a 1.9 percent cut for teacher pay and a 3 percent cut for other K-12 employees. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years. Lawmakers are also moving to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, saving another $300 million.

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Law
11:30 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Red light camera opponents file initiatives in Monroe, Longview

Publicola.com

Red light camera opponents in Longview and Monroe submitted initiatives Monday against the automatic traffic ticketing system. If approved, the Monroe initiative would require the city to remove its cameras and ask for voter approval before installing more.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:48 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A Duvall fire department boat searches the Snoqualmie River Monday for Johnny Farrar, 28,who has been missing since he jumped into the river on Sunday to rescue a dog.
Joe Fryer KING 5

Partly sunny Tuesday; high near 66. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Man Missing in Snoqualmie River Presumed Drowned
  • Lake Washington HS Plans Alcohol Test to Enter Prom
  • State Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement on Budget
  • King Co. Animal Control Captures 2 Pit Bulls After Attack

 

No Sign of Man Swept Away by Snoqualmie River

The King County sheriff's office says searchers have been unable to find a man missing in the fast-moving Snoqualmie River since he tried to rescue a dog. A sheriff's spokesman said Monday's search was suspended at 5 p.m.

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HIGHER EDUCATION
1:58 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Bellevue College president leaving to head online university

Bellevue College's Jean Floten will has resigned as president of the state's largest community college to head up the online Western Governors University
BellevueBusinessJoural.com

The longtime president of the state's largest community college is taking a new job as the Washington chancellor of a private, nonprofit online school.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:57 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, right, celebrates with teammates after their 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres in a baseball game on Sunday in San Diego. The Mariners swept the three-game series and won their fifth game in a row.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

Partly sunny Tuesday, slight chance of showers - high 59. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Leaders Reach Key Deal on Workers' Comp Changes
  • Teen Sought in Auburn Shooting That Killed Boy, 17
  • Gas Prices Down 5-Cents in a Week
  • Mariners Win 5th Straight

 

Legislature Reaches Deal on Workers' Compensation
 

Washington lawmakers say they have reached an agreement on how to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system.

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Health
6:37 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Seasonal West Nile Virus warnings

Culex mosquito laying eggs.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus may be returning to Washington State. The recent wet spring has created an attractive habitat for mosquitoes, some of which carry West Nile.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:05 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A Pierce County jury convicted Dorcus Allen, left, of four counts of first-degree murder in Tacoma in the deaths of four Lakewood police officers. [December 2009 file photo.]
Ted S. Warren AP

Mostly sunny and 66 today, clouds tonight, chance of showers over the weekend. Latest forecast here:

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Clemmons' Getaway Driver Guilty of Murder in Lakewood Police Killings
  • Stadium Tax Extension Falls Short in Washington Senate
  • Detectives Identify Man in 2 Snohomish County Cold Cases

 

Dorcus Allen Guilty of Murder in Lakewood Police Slayings

A jury in Tacoma has convicted the getaway driver in the Lakewood police killings with first-degree murder.

The News Tribune reports the Pierce County jury did not find Dorcus Allen guilty of aggravated circumstances.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:55 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Cyclists take in a view of the Space Needle as a man flies a kite last Thursday at Gas Works Park in Seattle. More sun and warmer temperatures are predicted in the area for Thurs. and Fri. before another stretch of rain on the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP

Sunny and 66 today - sun and near 70 Friday. 7-day forecast here.

In Northwest headlines this morning:

 

  • Leadership Clash Appears Behind Crimes Stoppers Resignations
  • Washington Lawmakers Struggle for Workers' Comp Deal
  • Bear Wandering Near Bothell Schools Captured
  • Former Pierce County Sheriff Seeks to Clear Record

 

Audit Finds Crime Stoppers Books Clean After Mass Board Resignations

The Seattle Police Department’s internal investigations office is looking into a mass resignation by the majority of board members of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY
2:30 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Washington state jobless rate drops to 9.1 percent

Job-seeker Julian Richards fills out an employment application during a job fair in Tacoma in April. Washington state has added over 41,000 jobs in the past year.
Ted S. Warren AP

Washington's jobless rate is down to 9.1 percent after the state added an estimated 5,800 jobs in April.

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PUGET SOUND'S WORST MARITIME CALAMITY
1:36 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Diver's 20-year hunch turns up wreckage of century-old disaster

The encrusted propeller of what its discoverers believe is the wreckage of the steam-powered ferry Dix, which collided with a freighter and sank in 1906, resulting in the loss of as many as 45 lives.
Scott Boyd Northwest Wreck Dives

A diver's 20-year search for the wreckage of the worst maritime disaster in Puget Sound history has apparently ended with the discovery of the Mosquito Fleet steamer Dix off Seattle's Alki Point.

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digital displays
8:35 am
Wed May 18, 2011

No new billboards in Tacoma during moratorium

The potential for new electronic billboards has brought an overwhelming negative response from Tacoma residents. So, the Tacoma City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on all billboards in the city, while a new policy is worked out.  

That reverses a legal settlement with Clear Channel. The company negotiated an agreement to put up new digital billboards in exchange for removing hundreds of traditional ones. Now, that agreement is on hold and the company is threatening to return to litigation.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:24 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Al Jazeera and former Seattle P-I journalist Dorothy Parvaz has been released from Iranian custody.
Photo by Handout

Sunny and 62 Tuesday; headed for nearly 70 by Friday. Latest forecast here.

 

  • Iranians Release Former Seattle P-I Reporter
  • Missing State Trooper Found Alive in North Cascades
  • State Senate Approves Cigar Lounges
  • Seattle Schools Chief Reverses Decision to Fire Ingraham Principal

 

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