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April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Washington News Council to close next month

After 15 years of holding the state’s news media accountable for accuracy, fairness and ethics, the Washington News Council will close May 31. Founded in 1998 by John Hamer, it is the only news council left in the United States that reviews citizen complaints against media organizations and holds public hearings to review and vote…

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April 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Group launches campaign to fend off $15 minimum wage

A former  SeaTac City Council member, who said his strong opposition to the $15 minimum wage there cost him his seat in last November’s election, is part of a grassroots organization of small-business owners and activists campaigning against a similar wage for Seattle. Rick Forschler and other members of Sustainable Wages Seattle held a news…

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April 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM

IRS grants six-month filing extension for mudslide victims

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Friday said it will grant a six-month extension for tax returns for families affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County. The announcement came a day after four members of the state’s congressional delegation -– Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Reps. Suzan DelBene of Medina and Rick Larsen…

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April 3, 2014 at 12:28 PM

ACLU sues ICE for placing hunger strikers in solitary confinement

The ACLU of Washington and Columbia Legal Services are seeking a court order to prohibit U.S. Immigration and Enforcement officials from retaliating against detainees who participated in a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma last month by putting them in solitary confinement. A hearing on the motion for a temporary restraining order is…

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April 3, 2014 at 11:19 AM

HUD offers mortgage relief for mudslide homeowners

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on Thursday offered help for residents who lost their homes in the Oso mudslide, including a 90-day moratorium on any foreclosures. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan also gave Washington state the option to redirect its share of the federal Community Development Block Grant for disaster relief. The…

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April 2, 2014 at 5:53 PM

New aerial map shows Oso slide in a different light

New aerial images of the Oso landslide show the topography of the debris field in unprecedented detail. The images were commissioned by the Washington State Department of Transportation and are based on a laser-surveying technique called lidar — light detection and ranging. In the survey, a plane equipped with a laser scanner flew over the area,…

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March 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Fleeing robbery suspect hit by passing car

A suspect fleeing from an attempted robbery Saturday evening was struck by a passing vehicle, but got away anyway, according to Seattle police. A man said he was walking home around 9 p.m. near 57th Avenue South and South Bangor Street when three other men came up behind him and tried to rob him, police said….

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March 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Medical examiner: 4 more confirmed dead from mudslide

Stephen A. Neal, 55, of Darrington; Bill Welsh, 66, of Arlington; Linda L. McPherson, 69, of Arlington; and Kaylee B. Spillers, 5, of Arlington have been identified as victims of the mudslide near Oso, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death for each was blunt impact, the Medical Examiner’s Office said. Neal was a contractor…

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March 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Family confirms death of Christina Jefferds

The body of Christina Jefferds — a wife, mother, grandmother and dental office manager who is being remembered for her kind and loving presence — has been found, said her father-in-law, Peter Jefferds. Christina Jefferds, 45, had been missing since the Highway 530 mudslide near Oso struck last weekend. Sanoah Huestis, Christina Jefferds’ 4-month-old granddaughter, is…

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March 25, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Brothers of U.S. Navy commander find his body in mudslide debris

The body of U.S. Navy Cmdr. L. John Regelbrugge III, 49, was found this morning on his property on Steelhead Drive, said his sister-in-law, Jackie Leighton of Vacaville, Calif. Regelbrugge was a 32-year Navy veteran, she said. “John was found this morning about 10 a.m. with his dog. His brothers found his body,” Leighton said. Regelbrugge’s wife, Kris,…

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