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June 14, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Oregon school district considers arming staff

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) — A school district in southern Oregon is considering arming teachers and other staff members to protect students from school violence. “The first three minutes of an armed attack require an armed response,” said Scott Grissom, president of the five-member school board in Eagle Point, a town of about 8,500 north of…

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January 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Sedro-Woolley man sentenced for school threat

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A man who threatened to shoot up schools if his gun rights were taken away because of the Connecticut school shooting was sentenced Thursday in Mount Vernon to three months in jail. The Skagit Valley Herald reports 19-year-old Korry Martinson of Sedro-Woolley pleaded guilty to felony harassment in an unusual plea…

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January 18, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Ridgefield School District hires armed guards

The Associated Press RIDGEFIELD, Clark County — Recent mass shootings at a Portland mall and a school in Connecticut prompted the Ridgefield School District to hire armed guards. Guards from the Spokane-based Phoenix Protective Corp. went to work this week at the district near Vancouver. The Columbian reports at least two guards will patrol the district’s three…

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December 18, 2012 at 5:45 AM

Snow falls in east and south King County and other points south

UPDATE: 7:35 a.m. | Parts of Western Washington are seeing their first snowflakes of the season, including communities east, south and north of Seattle. While the snowfall amounted to little more than a dusting in most areas, some outlying spots had significant snow on the ground this morning. In Pierce County, Bonney Lake had   2 ½ inches…

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April 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Expert: School danger worse than most parents know

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP The Associated Press Students were expelled or suspended from a Washington state public school 45 times last year for bringing a handgun to class, according to new statewide data on weapons in school. The guns were found in big districts and small, rural and urban. And the problem is nothing new for Washington state,…

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March 6, 2012 at 6:58 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Snow … llama killed by dogs … that crowded caucus

Weather: Snow, particularly in Snohomish County and at higher areas in King County. Forecast calls for the snow to end later this morning, thank goodness. And then, sunshine later today, tomorrow and Thursday, with 60 degrees by Friday! The forecast. Traffic: Slippery in many areas north of Seattle, so drive carefully. A car ran…

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January 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Bullied student reaches $100,000 settlement with Aberdeen schools

The Aberdeen School District has agreed to pay $100,000 to a former student who said he endured severe and persistent harassment throughout junior high and high school and that school officials were made aware of it but did nothing to end it. The district reached the settlement with Russell Dickerson III, now 20, who is African…

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October 27, 2011 at 3:31 PM

School officials: Governor's budget proposal "devastating"

Education programs bore the brunt of the budget proposal released by Gov. Chris Gregoire today, with more than half a billion dollars in suggested cuts divvied up between early learning ($5 million), K-12 education ($365 million) and higher education ($174 million). Among the specific cuts, Gregoire proposed reducing state levy equalization payments by 50 percent…

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