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February 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Saturday Memo: Snow ahead? … Murray backs police chief … Rice tweets apparent goodbye

sat_weatherWeather: Low 40s today, and dipping to mid-30s many places tonight. Still, some places could be cold enough for snow tonight and early Sunday. Check details on the National Weather Service forecast.

Inslee thinks about raising state workers’ minimum wage:  Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday his administration is considering raising the minimum wage for state workers and contractors, a decision he believes he could implement through executive order. The governor has asked the state Office of Financial Management to analyze the fiscal impact of higher wages on the state’s $6.2 billion annual payroll. He declined to say how much of a pay raise he had in mind.

Police-officer discipline: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is fully backing Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey’s decision to overturn misconduct findings against seven officers. Murray said Friday that Bailey made the right decision in one case and simply approved six other actions earlier endorsed by his predecessor and city attorneys. Murray and Bailey held a Friday evening news conference to try to defuse yet another controversy facing a department dealing with federally mandated reforms to curb excessive force and biased policing.

Bye-bye Rice: The Seahawks aren’t talking, but wide receiver Sidney Rice tweeted an apparent goodbye Friday after a news report that Seattle would release him. “The number #12 will remain on the left side of my chest no matter what!’’ Rice tweeted. “Grateful for the opportunity to share so many special moments w yall.’’

Huskies try for road win: The men’s basketball team plays at Oregon State at 1 p.m. today. If Washington (14-13, 6-7) can’t turn around its seven-game road losing streak at Oregon State (14-11, 6-7), the team will, disappointingly, match the 2002-03 season for fewest league road victories under coach Lorenzo Romar. Ouch. Read more about the Huskies’ effort to get on a winning track.

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