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October 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Wind damage reported in Longview

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — Police in Longview are asking people to avoid a section of the city because of damaged property and downed power lines. The National Weather Service says a “strong wind event” hit the southwest Washington city Thursday afternoon, and video taken by a citizen appears to show a roof being blown off a…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has upped his pledge in the fight against expanding Ebola crisis to $100 million, and the Seattle billionaire urged other philanthropists to quickly follow suit. “Ebola is not somebody else’s problem. It is ours,” Allen wrote on his website this afternoon. “The entire global community needs to step up now with resources…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Increased patrols in Leavenworth mean more Oktoberfest citations

The Wenatchee World LEAVENWORTH — With more sheriff’s deputies on patrol, citations issued at Leavenworth’s annual Oktoberfest jumped from 21 last year to 75 this year. “With more eyes on the street, you’re going to see more things that happen,” said John Wisemore, Chelan County undersheriff. The citations were given out for the three weekends of the annual…

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October 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Free health care offered at KeyArena clinic

A giant, four-day, free health care clinic offering medical, dental and vision services for “people in need” is being held Thursday through Sunday at the Seattle Center. More than 500 doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other health-care professionals are volunteering, said Deborah Daoust, spokeswoman for the Seattle Center. She said no ID or proof of citizenship is…

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October 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Man wounded in leg in Rainier Valley shooting

Update at 12:55 p.m.: Witnesses tell Seattle police the gunman walked up to the victim outside a restaurant in the 2700 block of Rainier Avenue South and opened fire. The manager of a restaurant called police at 11:20 a.m. and reported the shooting. Detectives are following up on several leads in the case and are still collecting…

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October 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Homicide investigated near White Center

Detectives are investigating a suspected homicide in the Top Hat neighborhood near White Center, the King County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. DB Gates said detectives in the area were investigating a missing-persons case when they found a body in heavy brush behind a row of four-plex homes in the 10700 block of Sixth Avenue South. Gates did…

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October 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Road on Mount Baker closed for winter

The Associated Press MOUNT BAKER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. The three-mile road to Artist Point is typically the first to close…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: Mount Baker, Washington Transportation Department, winter closure

October 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Mercer Street squeezed to one lane each way this weekend

Crosstown traffic will be sluggish all weekend on Mercer Street, where workers will reduce the roadway to just one lane each direction. The job is part of ongoing work to build a new Aurora Avenue North overpass above Mercer Street.  The Seattle Department of Transportation is converting Mercer into a two-way boulevard to include trees, wide…

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October 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

A real scoop: excavation under way at Bertha’s repair pit

Crews had dug down nearly 20 feet as of Wednesday afternoon, as they make a 120-foot-deep vault where tunnel machine Bertha’s front end can be cut open for repairs. Digging started late last week and will continue through November, until about 20,000 cubic yards of soil is removed from within a deep concrete ring that was built this…

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