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  • County Announces L&A Test On Ballot Machines


    your vote countsThe Elections Division of the Thurston County Auditor’s Office will conduct a Logic and Accuracy test on its ballot tabulation machines on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for the 2015 Special Election. A Logic and Accuracy test, or “L&A,” is a collection of… Read More +

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  • Pot-Related Poison Control Calls Increasing

    cannabis underlightsMarijuana related calls to poison control centers in Washington and Colorado have spiked since the states began allowing legal sales last year, with an especially troubling increase in calls concerning young children. New year-end data show that the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center… Read More +

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  • Kingdome Repairs To Be Paid

    kingdome tilesFifteen years after the Kingdome was demolished in a controlled explosion, King County is paying off the money it borrowed to make emergency repairs in 1994 to falling ceiling tiles. County finance director Dwight Dively said the bonds will be paid off in March, an early thanks to healthy hotel-motel tax revenue due in part to the boost from Seahawks playoff games.

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Best Buy Offers iPad Exchange Program

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-07_c6ba6968f6.jpgKAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Best Buy wants to be the go-to destination to trade-in your electronics. Late last month the retailer offered a free iPhone trade-in deal -- you bring in your old iPhone 4 or 4S and you can get a new iPhone 5 for free. Now, it is offering a deal on your old iPad.

On Friday and Saturday you can bring in your iPad 2 or the third-generation iPad into any Best Buy location and receive a minimum of $200 in Best Buy credit in exchange. If your iPad is in better than regular working condition, Best Buy says you may receive additional cash. iPads with cracked screens or with water damage will not be accepted.

However, Gazelle, a consumer electronics trade-in website, which specializes in Apple gear, does accept broken iPads. A broken Wi-Fi, 16GB model should get you about $60 on the site.

After you hand in your iPad to Best Buy, the company either recycles the tablet or resells it. Gazelle and other trade-in programs do the same thing. However, Gazelle CEO Israel Ganot says that even broken iPads are worth something.

"We sell the broken items to repair shops that will repair the devices and then resell them as refurbished," Ganot told ABC News. "There is no reason not to accept broken iPads if they can be repaired."

There's been speculation that Apple may to start its own in-store, trade in program, which would presumably offer customers a discount on new phones and tablets in exchange for older devices.

Best Buy is encouraging those who trade in their iPads to get the newest fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display, but there have also been rumors that a new iPad with a similar design to the iPad Mini on the way.

"It's a great way to drive revenue and clear the shelves of the older generation iPad and start to make room for the new generation that is likely to come out later in the year," Ganot said.

For those who aren't interested in the next or current iPad, Best Buy has recently revamped some of its stores with specific Samsung and Microsoft sections so those respective companies can better explain their smartphone and tablet offerings.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

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