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May 22, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Wednesday Memo: Your password’s safe … Wolves eat off plates … Powell case

Your Twitter and Facebook passwords are safe: Employers can’t ask for them in job interviews or of existing employees under a measure passed by lawmakers and just signed by the governor. Other social media sites are covered, too. Your boss also can’t ask you to friend him or her so your profile is visible. Whew, some of the stuff on our Facebook page is … oh, never mind.

Farmers, ranchers, wolves and $10 per license plate: The guv also has signed into law a measure that adds $10  to the price of a personalized license plate, and the money goes to farmers and ranchers who lose animals to our state’s growing number of wolves. The wolf vs. livestock issue is a bit contentious given that we’ve spent time and money to boost the population of wolves in Washington only to have them picking off stock. Would you consider buying a personalized license plate to help compensate farmers and ranchers who lose livestock to wolves? Vote in our poll.

Leaking Hanford tanks to be moved further away from Columbia River: The two tanks, which used to hold highly radioactive waste, are in a huge, heavy vault located a quarter-mile from the river. The vault needs to be hauled to a landfill for low-level radioactive waste, according to The Tri-City Herald. Did we mention the vault was big? It weighs an estimated 1,100 tons.

FBI investigating the Susan Powell disappearance? That’s interesting, especially since both possible culprits are dead. Lawyer for Susan Powell’s family says feds are investigating the case. It’s Susan Powell’s father who says federal authorities are looking at the comings and goings of Michael Powell, the father of Susan Powell’s now dead husband, Josh Powell. The Justice Department, as is the usual practice, says they aren’t investigating.

National Weather Service forecast: Rain … Did we mention rain?

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