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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011

Obama will visit Seattle next month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will make a three-day West Coast swing next month. The president's trip will start in Seattle on Sept. 25. He will also make three stops in California: San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles....

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TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

WA Gov's race: Still No. 1

OLYMPIA -- The 2012 Washington governor's race may have seemed pretty quiet this month to the voters who will decide it. But it remains on top of the list of gubernatorial contests compiled by Politico. The likely matchup between Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna and...

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Studying the sale of the liquor warehouse

OLYMPIA -- As retail giants pour money into an intiative campaign to get the state completely out of the liquor business, a special state committee meets today to discuss cutting loose just a part of it. The Liquor Distribution Advisory Committee has an 11 a.m....

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MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Animal shelter tax gets boost from City Council

A unified regional animal control system won important, though qualified, support tonight from city leaders. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to endorse Mayor Mary Verner’s stance on a proposed nine-year county property tax that would pay for a new animal shelter for the Spokane...

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Wheelabrator will manage incinerator 3 more years 

City leaders tonight agreed for the second time this year to a deal that keeps Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant open another three years. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to approve an operating contract with Wheelabrator, the Waste Management subsidiary that has operated the plant since...

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Controversial T-shirt for the Hoquiam Loggers Playdays festival. (AP photo)

Osama T-shirt logs controversy 

AP photo Hoquiam's annual city festival, Loggers Playday, is generating more than usual interest this year because of a T-shirt that's being sold as a fundraiser. The shirt, Osama Bin Loggin, features a drawing of an extremely muscular logger, American flag tattoo on his right...

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CDC lists top causes of death 

The Centers for Disease Control released its annual ranking of what kills Americans, which is grim reading at best, and the No. 1 killer -- again -- is heart disease. Because of the time it takes to compile data from all over the country, it...

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DNR map shows fire risks

If you're headed out for a camping trip in Washington this weekend, and wondering about the fire danger levels in the place where you'll be pitching a tent, the state Department of Natural Resources can tell you with the click of a mouse button. It...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Legislative pay cut: Some say yes, some say no 

OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same level of pay cuts the imposed on state workers. That’s a level slightly better than legislators statewide. Many who have done it, like Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane,...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

McNamara Doyle named PDC exec director

OLYMPIA -- Andrea McNamara Doyle, an attorney who has held posts on several environmental boards for the state, was named executive director of the Public Disclosure Commission Thursday. McNamara Doyle will succeed Doug Ellis, who has been interim director since March 2010, when Vicki Rippie...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

What's up with the Supercommittee? 

So what's the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, aka the supercommittee, doing two weeks after it got set up? Tons of stuff, according to co-chairpersons Patty Murray and Jeb Hensarling. Engaging in serious discussions. Deciding on the rules.Setting a schedule. "And exploring how to build...

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Full McMorris Rodgers meeting schedule 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office released a full schedule of public meetings she'll have over the next week, finishing with a town hall meeting on Aug. 31 in Spokane. Before that, she'll be having smaller meetings her staff calls "Coffee with Cathy" in Walla...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

Taking sides, kicking in bucks on I-1183

OLYMPIA – This year’s ballot measure to get state government out of the liquor business is shaping up as another multi-million dollar fight that will pit one of Washington’s largest discount retailers against alcohol wholesalers. Also taking sides are the state’s grocery stores, with some...

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McMorris Rodgers schedules town hall meeting 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 in Spokane. The Eastern Washington Republican's staff, which said it has been working for several days to nail down a time and place, announced this afternoon the meeting...

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The Fairness Doctrine is kaput 

The Federal Communications Commission announced this week it is purging its books of all outdated and unused rules. Among them is the Fairness Doctrine, which ceased being a doctrine some 20 years ago. In days of yore, the Fairness Doctrine was something that required a...

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MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

Kucinich: Get up and march, Seattle

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich might not be thinking of running for Congress in Washington state if he gets redistricted out of his seat in Ohio. Then again, he might. The Ohio Democrat was in Seattle over the weekend, speechifying at a popular progressive venue. Hempfest....

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Filling an independent seat

OLYMPIA -- The death of a Mason County commissioner has created a wrinkle in the usual process for filling an opening. Jerry Lingle, who died over the weekend, was elected last November after listing his preference as Independent Party. But there's no established Independent Party...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011

Not much of a grading curve 

Washington state got an F in initiatives last week. Not that the state enrolled in Ballot Measures 101 or anything. We graduated with a degree in initiatives and referendums in 1914, when state residents added that power to the constitution. But the Ballot Initiative Strategy...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Updated map of Spokane Mayor's Race primay ballot count from 8-18 tally. (Jim Camden)

Verner numbers holding up 

(Click on map to enlarge) Not much changed between the votes counted on election night and the later tallies of ballots that were mailed in or dropped off in ballot deposit boxes at the beginning of the week. Mayor Mary Verner continues to lead all...

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