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Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

April 23, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Arne Duncan reaches decision on state’s waiver from No Child law

Federal education chief Arne Duncan has made his decision on whether to revoke Washington state’s waiver from many requirements of the federal education law known as No Child Left Behind. State officials would not confirm on Wednesday what that decision is, but over the last few weeks they have been telling school districts to prepare their budgets, assuming the U.S….

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0 Comments | Topics: Arne Duncan, No Child Left Behind, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

April 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Labor board: Seattle University adjuncts can vote to unionize

The National Labor Relations Board has cleared the way for Seattle University adjuncts and contingent faculty members to vote to form a union — although the decision is likely to be appealed. Some adjuncts are seeking to form a union because of pay inequity and benefits issues. About half of Seattle University’s 700 faculty members are…

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0 Comments | More in Education | Topics: Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle University, SEIU

April 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

23,600 meals, snacks served in month since mudslide

More than 23,600 meals and snacks have been served through the Red Cross in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; 1,000 items for comfort and relief have been handed out and 6,800 health-related contacts have been made. In addition, more than $300,000 in federal assistance — a number certain to rise — has been distributed and…

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April 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Seattle property-tax initiative for transit to be filed this week

The group Friends of Transit will file a Seattle-only property-tax initiative by the end of this week, to raise money for bus operations within the city, transit activist Ben Schiendelman announced today — just hours after Tuesday night election returns showed a King County measure failing. The proposal would raise $25 million a year for six…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: proposition 1, Seattle, taxes

April 23, 2014 at 1:47 PM

White supremacist pleads guilty in Northwest killing rampage

The Associated Press PORTLAND — A white supremacist whose Pacific Northwest crime rampage claimed four lives in 2011, including a Washington state couple, has pleaded guilty to federal charges. Court-appointed attorney Richard Wolf said Wednesday that David “Joey” Pedersen pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking resulting in death — one for Oregon teenager Cody Myers and…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Everett, homicide, shooting

April 23, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Twisp police chief’s dog brings home skull

The Associated Press TWISP, Okanogan County — A dog belonging to the family of the Twisp police chief brought home a skull. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says Chief Paul Budrow and deputies searched Monday and found the rest of the human remains about 300 yards from his home in a wooded area near the Methow River. The sheriff…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: death investigation, Twisp

April 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Age to buy tobacco in Washington could go up to 21

Take Our Poll The Associated Press The King County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Board is asking the Legislature to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco in Washington from 18 to 21. Board President Pat Godfrey tells KIRO-FM you have to be 21 to buy alcohol and marijuana, so a substance as harmful as…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government, Health | Topics: 21, health, Legislature

April 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Mudslide victim readmitted to Seattle hospital

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A young mother who suffered two broken legs and a broken arm in the Oso mudslide is back in a Seattle hospital. Amanda Skorjanc had been discharged on April 10 from Harborview Medical Center. Spokeswoman Liz Hunter says she was readmitted Tuesday and is in satisfactory condition on Wednesday. Earlier, the 25-year-old Skorjanc told reporters how…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Harborview Medical Center, Oso mudslide

April 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Issaquah police catch burglars in the act

Three men were arrested this morning after they broke into a T-Mobile store in Issaquah, police said. Officers saw the three men break into the closed store at 1171 N.W. Sammamish Road at 3:22 a.m. and were waiting for them when they walked out, according to police. One of the men fled and was arrested at Lake Sammamish…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Burglary, Issaquah Police Department

April 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Snohomish County postpones vote on landslide-zone building ban

The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday morning decided to postpone a vote on an emergency moratorium that would halt new construction in areas at risk of landslides. The six-month moratorium, proposed by Council Chair Dave Somers, would disallow any new residential building-permit applications in areas within a half-mile of slopes in landslide hazard zones that have been mapped…

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0 Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County Council

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