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Interesting news stories from around the Pacific Northwest.

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Doctors and hospitals in Washington hope you'll take some time in the new year to think about death — your own, and your loved ones’. It's part of a campaign to get more people planning for health care at the end of life.

William E. Boeing Jr., the son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr., has died at age 92.

Mike Bush, a spokesman for The Museum of Flight in Seattle, says Boeing died Wednesday night at his home in Seattle. The cause was not immediately known.

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Idaho-based startup Advanced Aviation Solutions has become the first company to win federal approval to use drones in farm settings.

The goal is to use small drones to help Northwest farmers grow crops more efficiently.

Courtesy of Krystle Wright

Ben Plotkin-Swing stood balancing on a line, just an inch wide, stretched between two towering spires in the North Cascades.

Below much of the line, only thin air stretched for thousands of feet down to the jagged floor of the mountain.

Plotkin-Swing's safety harness was attached to the line. And he’d never been afraid of heights. Still, something happens when you’re standing on a thin strip of polyester webbing far above the ground.

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Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are being deployed to Iraq for the first time since 2011. About 110 men and women in the 51st Signal Battalion will head for Iraq later this month.

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Grays Harbor County commissioners approved an emergency declaration for their coastal county Tuesday in the wake of flooding and landslides.

Damage assessment and cleanup is underway in half a dozen river basins around western Washington.

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The Shoreline School District locked down its schools in the district just north of Seattle for about two hours on Wednesday morning after a school food service employee saw a man reportedly carrying a rifle near a district preschool.

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When the federal government decided to make plutonium in southeast Washington, early farmers and whole villages of Native Americans were kicked out. Now a new collection of oral histories tells some of these stories of the Hanford site.

Jessica Robinson

 

Some cities and counties around the Northwest are tightening up local rules on businesses that sell e-cigarettes. And shop owners in Washington state are bracing for a tax fight at the legislature in 2015.

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Police are urging residents of a Hoquiam neighborhood to evacuate because of landslide danger, after heavy overnight rains caused mudslides and flooding through Grays Harbor County.

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This time of year, many of us have been buying pasta or cans of soup to contribute to food drives. But food banks say they could use donations that are more protein-rich. That’s exactly what SeaShare, a Bainbridge Island nonprofit, delivers in a unique way.

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During the holidays, many of us may spend more time behind the wheel. And as we sit in traffic, it may be tempting to pick up the phone and send a quick text, but that message could cost you.

Tom Banse

 

A coalition in Oregon and the Democratic governor of Washington want to juice sales of electric cars by providing more state incentives.

But some critics say more taxpayer giveaways for those drivers are unnecessary.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

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An environmental cleanup company with engineering headquarters in Richland, Washington has just flown its second water treatment system to Japan with a massive plane.

It’s intended to treat thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaking from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant.

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