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February 20, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Wednesday Memo: Boeing battery news … Gas taxes and new state transpo chief … Flower show in Seattle

National Weather Service / Forecast

Good morning.

Weather: Cloudy today, upper 40s, with the chance of rain increasing as the week moves along. The forecast.

787 battery improperly wired:  A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan’s Transport Ministry said today. It’s not all about the batteries. Labor uncertainties at Boeing are consuming a lot of attention, too. The union representing engineers and technical workers delivered a split decision on a contract offer Tuesday: Engineers accepted the company proposal, but technical professionals rejected it, and gave approval for a future strike.

Two men shot overnight in South Seattle home: Two were wounded in a shooting early today in the 5600 block of South Leo Street. When police responded, they found a 19-year-old man with a grazing wound. Police had to return to the house about 90 minutes later. It seems another man was injured, but he hid during that first police response. Why? Read more.

Gas-tax proposal to be announced today in Olympia: House Democrats will roll out a transportation package today that would increase the state gas tax by 10 cents a gallon over five years. Look for our updates this afternoon on what the tax increase would pay for, and who is on board to support it.

Paula Hammond out as Secretary of Transportation: Gov. Jay Inslee says his choice for a new transportation secretary shares his vision for boosting public transit, increasing the capacity of existing highways and reducing carbon emissions caused by traffic. Lynn Peterson, a highway engineer and adviser to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, replaces Paula Hammond, who will leave next month.

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show: The big event begins today in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center and runs through Sunday. While there, check out the Great Plant Picks poster for plants especially suited to this climate. The poster is provided by our partners at the Miller Garden. You can find a copy in the Feb. 17 issue of The Seattle Times’ PacificNW magazine or pick one up at our shared booth (#2154).  Valerie Easton, the magazine’s Natural Gardener columnist, will talk about indispensable plants on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Rainier Room. Times plant columnist Ciscoe Morris will speak on turning your garden into a wildlife sanctuary, Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Rainier Room; on Saturday at 3 p.m., also in the Rainier Room, he’ll talk about small-space gardening. The hours for the show Wednesday through Saturday are 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Some related gardening links can be found on this Pacific Northwest Magazine page.

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