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In brief: Sea-Tac wins on-time award

SEATAC, Wash. – The Port of Seattle says Sea-Tac Airport has won an international on-time performance award from flight tracking company FlightStats.

The airport had an on-time performance record of 85 percent in 2010. The average on-time performance was about 72 percent for the category of large international airports. Sea-Tac was judged among airports with a significant number of transoceanic or international departures spanning at least three continents and at least 250 departures a day.

Man sentenced for using son as shield

SEATTLE – A Seattle man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for using his infant son as a shield in an armed confrontation with King County sheriff’s deputies.

Federal Judge Ricardo S. Martinez also sentenced 32-year-old Panhnha Keo Tang to three years of probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Martinez set the sentence above the guidelines range, calling Tang a dangerous individual. The judge said the longer sentence is necessary to protect the public.

Martinez said he was surprised no one was shot or hurt in the confrontation after Tang and a neighbor got into a heated argument last May over the use of the laundry room in their apartment complex.

Lawmakers target diploma mills

BOISE – The Idaho House has approved a bill targeting so-called diploma mills.

State education leaders say they’ve noticed these unauthorized schools, which offer degrees for little or no academic work, started to migrate to Idaho after nearby states such as California toughened their stance on diploma mill operations.

Idaho law now requires postsecondary and proprietary schools that operate in the state to register annually. But there are no specific penalties for the state Board of Education to enforce when an unauthorized school is found in violation of the statute, which prohibits schools from engaging in false, deceptive or misleading practices.

Lawmakers are advancing a bill to allow the board’s director to issue a cease-and-desist order when schools are found in violation of the law. The bill also spells out criminal penalties.

Bill shortens state workers’ week

SALEM, Ore. – A pair of Oregon lawmakers has proposed a four-day workweek for state agencies as a way to help close the state budget gap.

The Statesman Journal reported that House Bill 2932 is sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Paul Holvey, of Eugene, and Republican state Rep. Kim Thatcher, of Keizer.

It would direct the state Department of Administrative Services to plan for and carry out a four-day week of 10 hours a day for state workers, extending operating hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thatcher sponsored a similar idea two years ago, modeled on Utah’s move to a four-day week in mid-2008. A 2010 audit noted that there are savings, although not as much as anticipated – and there is public opposition to it.


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