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November 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Saturday Memo: Feds criticize tunnel hiring … Bellevue’s pricey election … Sounders host Portland

sat_weatherWeather:  Rainy, windy, in the 50s. Here’s the National Weather Service forecast.

State officials and tunnel contractors fall short on minority hiring: The Federal Highway administration says the state Department of Transportation and the main contractor for the Highway 99 tunnel failed to make a good-faith effort to sign up businesses owned by minorities and women. Reporter Mike Lindblom explains the report and talks to state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson about what she plans to do next.

Tech and the mayor’s race: Columnist Brier Dudley declares it “silly season” when the Seattle mayor’s race, in the closing few days of the campaign, veers into tech territory about who’s the broadband-friendliest. “Silliest of all,” Dudley writes, “is that this sideshow is casting Mayor Mike McGinn as the pro-broadband mayor, because Comcast has donated to his opponent, state Sen. Ed Murray.” Read the column.

Spokane says goodbye to Speaker Foley: Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley was remembered Friday as a statesman and a friend to people great and small, as about 800 people gathered for a memorial service for the Spokane native on the campus of his alma mater, Gonzaga University. “He easily figured out how to make Washington, D.C., work,” said U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who was among the speakers. “America needs more Tom Foleys.”

Record spending in Bellevue City Council races: Vandana Slatter, Kevin Wallace and Conrad Lee are spending record amounts in their council campaigns, and two independent campaign groups have jumped in, too. Reporter Keith Ervin follows the money.

Sounders open at home against Portland:  The Sounders have been outscored, 7-0, in the first legs of their five previous playoff series. They’ll look to erase bad memories and rev up the offense in tonight’s opener of the Western Conference semifinals against rival Portland. Reporter Joshua Mayers explains what the Sounders have in their favor as they go up against the No. 1 seed. The match starts at 7 p.m. at CenturyLink Field. To watch from the comfort of your couch, look for the game on NBCSN.

Fall-back weekend: Rain or no rain, wind or no wind, this is the sweetest weekend of the year. Fall back! Get an extra hour’s sleep! Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tonight, remember to turn your clocks back one hour. And it’s a good time to check batteries in smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors.

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