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The state contractor hasn’t yet decided how to fix the broken seal near Bertha’s bearing, but “either way, this process will take months,” said the state Department of Transportation late Monday.

National Weather Service

Olympia and points south could see a dusting of snow on Thursday night, but not enough to accumulate, says the National Weather Service.

The region might see more snow on Saturday, but exactly where and how much remain unclear, according to KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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The Seattle Police Department has made “significant process” in an effort to reform a culture of excessive use of force and racially-biased policing, U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said on Tuesday.

“We now have the building blocks to have significant longstanding reform,” said Durkan during a news conference held following a meeting with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Interim Seattle Police Chief Harry Bailey and Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels.

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The Seattle City Council has named a street in the city’s central area in honor of civil rights leader Rev. Samuel McKinney.

The council on Monday unanimously agreed to designate a stretch of 19th Avenue East, between East Union Street and East Madison Street, as Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue.

Tim Durkan

It appears love is in the air in Washington state. 

The state is home to four of the 20 most romantic cities in the U.S. as ranked by Amazon.com. Leading Washington's pack is Seattle, which came in second place after San Antonio.

The online marketplace ranked cities using the number of romance-related purchases made by consumers in each city. Considered purchases include romance novels, books about relationships, Barry White CDs and romantic comedy movies.

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A University of Washington professor has come up with a 10-minute test to measure the fervor of your Seattle Seahawks fandom.

Psychologist Anthony Greenwald's test is designed to measure the strength of one’s support for a team over another.

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King County is through waiting on Olympia.

The county is moving forward with its own measure to avoid major service cuts to Metro Transit, King County Executive Dow Constantine said on Tuesday.

“We waited and we waited, and now time is up,” Constantine said. “We are out of time for a statewide bill that includes a local transportation solution. It is time to move forward.”

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The Seahawks will play the New Orleans Saints at the Clink this weekend, but it's clear both teams' fan fever runneth over the football field and deep in their hometowns. 

So we wanted to know what off-field bragging rights each team might have. Who has it better at home? And whose mascot reigns supreme? We teamed up with WWNO Public Radio in New Orleans to consider the facts.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has appointed retired assistant police chief Harry Bailey as the new interim chief for the Seattle Police Department.

Murray said Bailey, a 35-year veteran of the force who retired in 2007, will help implement the court-ordered consent decree while the hiring process for a permanent chief moves forward.

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Seattle’s new Mayor Ed Murray and city council member Kshama Sawant promised to work to improve the city as they took their oaths of office on Monday.

Hundreds gathered to watch the city’s first gay mayor and first modern-day Socialist council member, who were among several city leaders sworn into office during a public ceremony.

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A steel pipe that the state Department of Transportation itself had installed back in 2002 sits in the way of Bertha underneath Seattle, WSDOT said on Friday, and it may be the cause of the weeks-long work stoppage.

An inspection on Jan. 2 “showed an 8-inch-diameter steel pipe protruding through one of the many openings in the cutterhead,” WSDOT said, adding the agency had installed the pipe, a well casing, in the wake of the 2001 Nisqually quake to better understand groundwater flow. 

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Seattle Mayor-Elect Ed Murray has issued an executive order to move toward a $15 per hour minimum wage for all city employees.

Announcing the order at a news conference Friday morning, Murray said he has asked the heads of the city’s departments to develop a comprehensive strategy in the next four months to adopt the higher wage.

“They will explore potential options surrounding the implementation, including the possible option of making it retroactive to the beginning of 2014,” he said.

Beautiful Existence

The year 2013 was the Year of Starbucks for one Seattle woman who survived only on foods and drinks she bought at Starbucks cafes.

The woman, named Beautiful Existence, says she’d often thought about taking on the task. After all, yearlong experiments were nothing new to Existence, who challenged herself to shop only at Goodwill for the entire year of 2011.

Tim Durkan

Washington state is the most innovative state in the nation, according to a new ranking by Bloomberg.

The publication ranked the states using a points system based on six criteria, which heavily favored the tech industry. 

It’s not always easy to predict lowland snow in the Pacific Northwest, but the latest weather models confirm snow is coming on Friday, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Cliff Mass

Snow in the lowlands may snarl Friday's morning commute, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“Models are still suggesting that there will be extensive lowland snow on Friday morning, between roughly 1 to 2 a.m. and 10 a.m.,” said Mass, who teaches atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, on his weather blog.

UPDATE: The Amber Alert was canceled on Tuesday, Dec. 10 after the girl was found safe in Mexico. 

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An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old girl who was last seen in Kennewick, Washington.

Elizabeth Romero is believed to be with a 19-year-0ld man named Edwardo Flores Rosales, and traveling in a green Ford Escape model from the early 2000s.

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It was 80 years ago on Dec. 5 that Prohibition ended. But in Washington state, restrictions on alcohol were around long after Prohibition was repealed, and some remain in effect even today.

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Where do we draw the line when it comes to infringing on each other’s privacy?  That’s the question at the center of a controversy involving a diner recently kicked out of a Seattle restaurant for refusing to remove his Google Glass.

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Seattle’s Fremont Bridge has seen an uptick in bike traffic, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Weekly totals of two-wheeled travelers jumped 28 percent in October and November compared to the same time last year, data recorded by the bridge’s bike counter shows.

SDOT’s Craig Moore said it’s hard to pinpoint a cause of the growth in ridership, but the recent dry stretch likely played a role.

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Children who live in homes with an unlocked gun are nine times more likely to commit suicide, according to data compiled by Public Health – Seattle & King County between 1999 and 2012. The same data, released Monday, shows more than 5,000 of the county’s children live in homes with an unlocked firearm.

In response to the new findings, King County has launched the Safe Storage Saves Lives campaign through which ten local and national retailers will offer discounts on secure lockboxes, the county announced Monday.

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King County will take its own measures to save Metro Transit services if the state Legislature fails to pass a transportation package in time, said King County Executive Dow Constantine on Thursday.

“Let me be clear: this is not our first choice,” Constantine said of taking local measures.

But time is running out for state lawmakers to act, he said; the Legislature on Thursday missed its target day to take up a statewide transportation package. 

"It's not happening," Constantine said. 

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Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

Crunch Pak

Washington company Crunch Pak has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of packaged apple slices due to listeria concerns.

The Cashmere, Wash.-based company recalled six of its products Thursday after a single random sample tested positive for listeria in a test conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. No illnesses have been reported, the company said.

Tim Durkan

Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.

Seattle topped the magazine’s list of smartest cities in North America. The ranking is based on a number of categories, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.

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Washington state has everything to lose with its aerospace industry and therefore must move fast to appease Boeing, said Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday morning.

“We have been fortunate like few other states, communities on the planet in having a vigorous aerospace industry here. There are 49 governors that will be calling Boeing if, in fact, this deal doesn’t go through,” Inslee said.

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This month, the state Liquor Control Board will begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses. State officials on Monday released details about the application process. Here are four things you should know:

A gusty wind storm whipped into western Washington Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and leaving some 150,000 area residents without power.

Early Saturday afternoon, Puget Sound Energy reported some 105,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 1,000 outages, half of them in Northern King County. By Sunday morning, power had been restored to all but 9,500 customers as a result of 60 outages in King and Kitsap counties. 

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Washington’s Pierce County is among the top 10 in the U.S. for the number of contaminated meth lab sites found in the past eight years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

CNN created an interactive map which reflects data collected by the DEA's National Clandestine Laboratory Register between 2004 and 2012. The data includes all meth incidents including found labs, dumpsites, and seizures of chemicals and glassware.

Woodland Park Zoo

Seattle’s tallest baby now has a name.

The name of Woodland Park Zoo’s 7-week-old baby giraffe is (drumroll, please...) Misawa. 

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