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November 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Auburn ditches red-light cameras

Auburn has decided to get rid of its unpopular red-light cameras. KOMO-TV reports the Auburn City Council voted 4-3 to no longer contract with a private company that operates the program. Mayor Nancy Backus says traffic statistics show lights installed at four busy intersections have not reduced collisions since the program started in 2006. Backus was on the…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Auburn, red lights

November 26, 2014 at 6:06 AM

More rain forecast for Thanksgiving in Washington

UPDATE, 6:30 a.m. | A flood watch is in effect through Friday for the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Skykomish rivers, according to a tweet from the Snohomish County Sheriff. In King County, the Snoqualmie River is experiencing moderate flooding. The Green and White rivers are both on flood alerts. Gusty winds may have caused the power outage on…


Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: rain

November 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Truck spills dog food in I-5 ditch at Fife

The Associated Press FIFE — The Washington State Patrol says a semi-truck carrying a load of dog food ran off Interstate 5 at Fife, overturned and spilled its load in a ditch. The accident happened around midnight Tuesday but the cleanup restricted northbound lanes into the Wednesday morning rush hour. Trooper Guy Gill says the driver was sore…


Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: dog food, Fife

November 25, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Fishermen’s wives sue to keep Oregon rescue station open

The Associated Press GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The wives of fishermen from Oregon’s largest commercial fleet are suing to stop the U.S. Coast Guard from closing its rescue helicopter station in Newport. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Eugene argues that closing the Newport Air Station would violate the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which…


Comments | More in General news, Military | Topics: Coast Guard, Oregon

November 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Woman chasing dog in Eugene struck by train, dies

The Associated Press EUGENE — Eugene police say they’re trying to identify a woman who was fatally struck by a train as she chased a dog across the tracks. The Eugene Register-Guard reports the woman died at the hospital. Police said the crossing arms were down, and audio and visual warning signs had been activated when the woman…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Eugene, fatality, train

November 25, 2014 at 6:23 AM

Seattle gang blamed for Lakewood home invasion robbery

The Associated Press TACOMA — Pierce County prosecutors say three members of a Seattle gang expected to find marijuana and cash when they targeted a Lakewood home for robbery, but it was the wrong house. The homeowner was pistol whipped but was able to arm himself Nov. 18 and fire shots that fatally wounded one of the…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Lakewood, marijuana, robbery

November 25, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Heavy rains cause flooding; Mt. Rainier National Park closes

UPDATE, 7:05 p.m. | The Snoqulamie River is on a Phase III flood alert, which means flooding of varied depths may occur in the entire Snoqualmie Valley. The Associated Press UPDATE, 12:10 p.m. | Mount Rainier National Park is closing due to flooding of the road by Kautz Creek near the Nisqually entrance, according to the…


Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: rain, weather

November 24, 2014 at 1:25 PM

WSU students asked to have mumps vaccination

The Associated Press PULLMAN — Washington State University is asking students to make sure their measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations are up to date before they return from Thanksgiving break. The school issued the advisory Monday in response to an outbreak of mumps at nearby University of Idaho where 10 cases have been reported and 20 more…


Comments | More in Education, General news | Topics: Apple Cup, mumps, WSU

November 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Navy to decommission
2 more ships in Puget Sound

The Associated Press EVERETT — The Navy recently decommissioned the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham at Everett. It will be towed to Bremerton and scrapped. The Daily Herald reports the Navy also plans to decommission another ship in Everett and also one stationed in Bremerton. Naval Station Everett spokeswoman Kristin Ching says the frigate USS Rodney Davis will…


Comments | More in General news, Military | Topics: Bremerton, Everett, Navy

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