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Washington charter schools best in nation, according to report - Thu, 08 Dec 2016 PST

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 03:42:21 GMT

Washington State's reinstated charter school law is the best in the nation - tied with Indiana and Nevada - according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. The report , published Tuesday, scored each state against "eight known best practices in school accountability and authorizer quality," according to a news release.




Environmental Group Sues Over Water Pollution In Washington State

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:09:29 GMT

An environmental group filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Washington state of failing to control water pollution along the coast and Puget Sound. Portland-based Northwest Environmental Advocates is asking a U.S. district court to force two federal agencies - the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - to cut funding to the state as a form of punishment.




The Morning News: Eastern Washington Wants to Become Its Own State, Snow Is Expected Today

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:43:54 GMT

The Reasons Two State Representative Give For Making Eastern Washington Its Own State: Because we have very different cultures, lifestyles, and economies . Folks in Eastern Washington badly wanted to be a part of the Trump revolution, but they missed that history-making moment because Western Washington's huge urban population voted for Hillary Clinton.




Under Trump, a new era of global realpolitik begins

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:14:51 GMT

Derek H. Burney was Canada's ambassador to Washington from 1989 to 1993. Fen Osler Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of global security at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Chancellor's Professor at Carleton University.




News 23 Mins Ago Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC chair

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:59:58 GMT

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Alabama to execute man condemned when judge overrode jury

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:50:11 GMT

Smith, who is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville ... Before he was charged with firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant, where he had been drawn by an online hoax, Edgar Maddison Welch was known as a well-meaning father of two girls.




Washington Vineyards Attract Immigrant Investment

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:42:17 GMT

A little-known financing vehicle that garners funding from immigrant investors is fueling a 368-acre vineyard-oriented enclave in Eastern Washington. E'ritage , located north of Walla Walla in the Palouse, will have 180 acres of vineyard planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Malbec.




A day of infamy' 75 years later

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:37:01 GMT

There were two vast oceans separating America from the warring countries, and the first "War to End All Wars" was still too fresh in everyone's minds to forget. Then, all hell seemed to break loose.




Tracy Warner | It all changed, 75 years ago

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:15:24 GMT

"Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." As President Franklin Roosevelt spoke those words before Congress, a 19-year-old student who a decade hence became my father was walking to the naval recruiting station in his hometown of Washington, D.C. He was not special, or particularly brave.




David Shribman:

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:47:08 GMT

The USS Arizona sinks during the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The battleship, now the USS Arizona Memorial, remains the final resting place for 1,102 sailors and Marines.




Forming a new state in E. Wash. not likely

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:34:29 GMT

Two local lawmakers are proposing a bill that would separate Washington State, and form a new state called "Liberty east of the mountains. That bill was proposed by state representatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin.




Quartermaster General Montgomery C. Meigs & Logistics

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:35:58 GMT

During WWII, Fleet Admiral E.J. King stated "I don't know what the hell this logistics is that Marshall is always talking about but I want some of it." Also during that war General Patton stated "Gentleman, the officer who doesn't know his communications and supply as well as his tactics is totally useless."




Bill would lower bar for prosecuting police in shootings

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:36:29 GMT

A new bill filed in the Legislature would adopt a task force's recommendations - and then some - in lowering the bar for prosecuting police who use deadly force in Washington. The News Tribune reports that the measure would remove language from state law that shields officers from prosecution unless they acted with malice and without good faith, as a legislative task force recommended last month.




In age of Trump, GOP learns to embrace government activism

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:01:20 GMT

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.




Tim Eyman pal Michael Baumgartner prefiles amendment to repeal...

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:52:50 GMT

In a fairly blatant attempt to get some attention for himself and steer public discourse away from fully funding our public schools, extremist right wing Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has prefiled a constitutional amendment that would repeal the memorable opening words of Article IX of the Washington State Constitution . But he's probably at least hoping to secure a committee hearing on this resolution of his.




Obama argues for 'sustainable' strategy on terror

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:30:26 GMT

President Obama will make one final argument for his counter-terrorism strategy Tuesday in Tampa, where he'll thank special operations troops and promote a "sustainable approach to terrorism," White House aides said. In last foreign policy speech, Obama argues for 'sustainable' strategy on terror President Obama will make one final argument for his counter-terrorism strategy Tuesday in Tampa, where he'll thank special operations troops and promote a "sustainable approach to terrorism," White House aides said.




A new horizon for Washington's minimum wage

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:23:08 GMT

On Nov. 8, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, which set, among other things, a new minimum wage for Washington employees of $11 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2017. The Initiative applies to all employers in the state of Washington regardless of size.