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State Budget Crisis
4:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Gregoire to call special session on budget

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a special session of the legislature to address the ballooning budget crisis. The Democrat made the announcement Monday afternoon following a meeting with legislative leaders from both parties. 

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Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.
AP

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:

 

Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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Sports
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Former Mariner GM Gillick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Pat Gillick, former Seattle Mariners general manager, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during World Series championship years. He was also GM at Baltimore.
AP

Former Seattle Mariner general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Gillick won three World Series titles during his 27 years as general manager of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Eyes turn to Olympia on eve of budget talks, Bellevue takes a hit, Pierce County plans protections against nature's hits,  and the Huskies fight their way to a Holiday. 

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State Budget Crisis
5:08 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Protests to greet state lawmakers as budget cuts loom

Washington lawmakers return to Olympia this week, but not for a special session. They're getting organized for the regular session in January. That will bring out advocates who plan to stage protests over looming budget cuts.

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NW Food Banks
3:31 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Northwest food banks helping more families than ever

A food bank operated by Northwest Harvest in Seattle. As more strapped Americans rely on charity amid worsening economic gloom, operators of food banks and other charities are relying on the surprisingly resilient generosity of their neighbors.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Across the Northwest food banks are seeing more customers than ever. Now, Washington’s Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to increase their produce donations to aid the state’s hungry.

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Other News
12:08 pm
Fri December 3, 2010

Give wisely this holiday season

A total of $1,432,453,344 in contributions was raised in Washington and elsewhere by the 107 paid fundraisers included in the report.
queen of subtle Flickr

It's that time of year when many of us give generously to charitable organizations.  But how do we know where the money is really going?  In some cases, more money goes into the pockets of professional fundraisers than to the charity itself.  

You can find out how your dollars are being spent at the Washington Secretary of State's office.  Just type in the organization's name, click the search button and you can see what percentage of dollars goes to charitable services...and how much goes to pay for fundraising.

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Northwest Film Scene
9:02 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Seattle making a big showing at Sundance

Amy Seimetz as Francine in "The Off Hours" by Seattle writer/producer Megan Griffiths. The film is one of four shot in Seattle that will screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Jason Ganwich /

It's a strong year for independent films – and for indie movies from the Pacific Northwest.  Four feature films that were shot in the Seattle area have been selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January. 

"The Details" is a dark comedy  shot in Kirkland with a cast including star actors Laura Linney, Elizabeth Banks and Tobey McGuire.  It's in the line-up for the high-profile "Premieres" series. 

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Impact of War at Home
8:00 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Another tragic homecoming for a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier

Spc. Dustin Knapp returned from Afghanistan, but died on a Wisconsin road under mysterious circumstances. His is another tragic death of a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier following the return home.
Courtesy of Mary Jaskolski.

It was national news when a Washington-based soldier just back from Afghanistan died in a shootout with police in Salt Lake City. That was in August. Around the same time another soldier from the same brigade also died violently. But his death didn’t get much notice. It happened on a dark two-lane road in rural Wisconsin.  

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Disaster Preparedness
7:53 am
Fri December 3, 2010

It's landslide season

The Perkins Lane landslide on Seattle's Magnolia Bluff, 1996
Washington Department of Ecology

Forecasters have been warning of a wet and snowy La Niña winter in the Northwest.  More than five inches of precipitation fell at SeaTac airport last month.  Wet weather means an increased risk of landslides in the Puget Sound region.  Are you prepared?

The City of Seattle is holding a landslide awareness meeting.

When: Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to noon.

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News Roundup
6:15 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

Predicting the Apple Cup winner was easy for Chai the Elephant. The Woodland Park Zoo's lead sports authority enjoyed the apples in the UW box, rejecting WSU's. Coug fans take heart: Art Thiel predicts your on the eve of an upset.
Woodland Park Zoo via YouTube

Apple Cup weekend for football rivals, tough travel expected for game road-trippers,  and allegations of Army spying on an Olympia anti-war group lead today's news headlines.

 

Apple Cup in White

Snow covers the stands in Pullman today, but the field has been cleared in preparation for tomorrow's renewal of the rivalry between WSU and the UW. If the Huskies win, they'll finish the season at 6 and 6, and earn their first trip to a bowl game since 2002.  

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Winter Weather
2:48 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Skiers and snowboarders digging all the snow

The sunny slopes of Stevens Pass ski area on Wed. Dec. 1, 2010. The Herald of Everett spoke with happy snow lovers and brought along their HD video camera.
Herald of Everett via YouTube

Maybe you don't ski or snowboard, or even particularly like the snow. But there's so much enjoyment from watching the beautiful images captured by Herald of Everett reporters on Wednesday.  It was opening day at Stevens Pass.

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FIFA World Cup
7:58 am
Thu December 2, 2010

No World Cup for Seattle and U.S. in 2022

A Qatari man displays the national flag and blows on a vuvuzelas, at Doha souk where people gathered to hear FIFA's selection on World Cup sites for 2018 and 2022, Dec. 2, 2010. Qatar won the 2022 bid.
AP

Seattle will not be hosting World Cup matches in 2022.  The United States was up against four other countries to host the World Cup. But the bid has gone to the Middle Eastern country Qatar.  

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News Roundup
5:50 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

This motorist was stranded on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle last Monday during the snowstorm that paralyzed area roads. The state has a new plan to ease the jams during snow and ice storms.
AP (Elaine Thompson)

A new plan to deal with traffic-jamming snow and ice on the roads, A Fort Lewis-based soldier gets a court martial plea deal, no special session agreement - yet, and Grammy nods for Northwest bands.

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State Budget Crisis
11:54 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Community health center grants to be suspended next month

About $5.3 million in monthly grants to community health clinics around the state will be suspended through June. Three dozen organizations representing 214 clinics will see the grants suspended beginning Jan. 1.

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