Mike Baker

The Associated Press


boeing package
9:41 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Legislature Moves Swiftly to Extend Boeing Tax Breaks

FILE - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee stands in front of a bust of George Washington in the Capitol rotunda as he speaks to reporters on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Washington lawmakers have moved swiftly to extend aerospace tax breaks in a bid to satisfy Boeing Co.

The Legislature gave final approval Saturday of a bill to extend the tax incentives all the way to 2040. The benefits have a projected value of $9 billion.

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living wage initiative
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Passing So Far

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, wheelchair attendant Erick Conley, left, assists an elderly passenger heading overseas at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is winning.

An early vote count Tuesday showed the measure carrying 54 percent of the vote. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, more ballots are left to count.

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Election 2013
8:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Seattle on its Way to Electing a New Mayor

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press


Seattle may soon have a new mayor.

State Sen. Ed Murray carried 56 percent of the vote in the first round of ballot counting Tuesday night, building a lead over incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, many ballots were not counted Tuesday.

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seattle mayoral race
12:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Murray Got Free Meals from Comcast Lobbyists

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2013, Sen. Ed Murray speaks during a debate in Seattle with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in their race for mayor.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray accepted free meals from lobbying firms who work with Comcast on 12 occasions over the first four months of this year—with a total estimated benefit of $250.

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JBLM Soldier Death
3:33 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

$2 Million Bail Set in Fatal Soldier Stabbing Case

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Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A $2 million bail has been set for a soldier accused of fatally stabbing a fellow serviceman near a large Army base in Washington state.

Prosecutors charged Jeremiah Hill, 23, with first-degree murder, saying he approached 20-year-old Spc. Tevin Geike and attacked him just as a verbal confrontation between two groups was calming down. The bail was set at a Tuesday afternoon court hearing.

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Navy Sonar Use
11:27 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge Wants Feds to Reassess Navy Sonar Permits

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Hugh E. Gentry AP Photo

A judge is requiring federal regulators to reassess permits that allow the Navy's expanded use of sonar in training exercises off the West Coast.

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UW Study
11:20 am
Mon September 9, 2013

UW Study Finds Half Distracted Drivers Are Texting

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LM Otero Associated Press

Researchers say more than 8 percent of drivers in Washington state are distracted by electronic devices, including many who are actively texting on the roadway.

A study released Monday by the University of Washington found that nearly half of distracted drivers were observed texting. Researchers compiled their numbers after observing 7,800 motorists at intersections in six counties.

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3:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Inslee Looks to Call Special Session for Transportation Package Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee wants lawmakers to pass a transportatiohn package by Fall.

Gov. Jay Inslee is ratcheting up the pressure on legislators to pass a transportation package. He said he’ll call the state Legislature into special session to approve money for transportation investments and repairs, but only if he’s sure he has the votes to pass it.

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test scores
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Superintendent: Wash. Student Test Scores Flat in 2013

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Student test scores in Washington state are relatively flat this year.

State Superintendent Randy Dorn said Monday that some grades and subjects showed small improvements while others saw small declines. He said the achievement gap between kids of different ethnic and economic groups remained persistent.

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Pension Investigation
12:16 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Wash. to Shrink Pensions for 3 Ex-Firefighters

Washington auditors have determined that pre-retirement salary increases led to more than $30,000 in excess pension payments for three former firefighters, and the state projects it will save the system more than $140,000 by permanently reducing their combined pension values.

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sister states
11:30 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Delegation from Japan Visiting Wash. to Renew Ties

A delegation of 250 people from a prefecture in Japan is visiting Washington to celebrate 50 years of a sister-state relationship.

Leaders from Washington state and the Hyogo Prefecture will renew their relationship in a joint agreement Monday afternoon. They will then gather to celebrate with food and entertainment that honors both regions.

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Pension Spiking
2:03 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

State Audits Identify 4 Cases of Pension Spiking

Washington retirement officials said Tuesday they have identified four people that received improper raises shortly before retirement, but several other workers that got late pay bumps may be allowed to keep their larger pensions.

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Liquor privatization
11:31 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Small Wash. liquor stores get aid from state

Associated Press

State lawmakers extended a lifeline this year to small liquor stores who had struggled under the new privatization rules, but that change has also opened the door for large retailers to ask for the same break next year.

In one of the final votes taken by the Legislature before adjournment last month, lawmakers agreed to limit the fees paid by the smaller stores that used to handle liquor sales when the state controlled the market. Those outlets will no longer have to pay a 17 percent fee for sales to bars and restaurants.

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transportation package
5:20 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

State Senate leaders decline $10B transportation plan

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Leaders in the Washington state Senate are declining to vote on a $10 billion Washington state transportation package that has passed the House.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said Saturday that he and his colleagues are unified in their opposition to the plan this session. He says they plan to work over the coming months to help develop a proposal that lawmakers could consider next year.

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state budget
2:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Senate leaders say state budget deal reached

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Leaders in the Washington state Senate say lawmakers have agreed to the framework of a new budget to avert a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom said Wednesday that negotiators have settled on the major components of the budget, allowing staff to go through the process of officially writing it. He expects lawmakers will be able to vote on the spending plan Thursday or early Friday.

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