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  • State Funds New Signage For County Rail Crossings

    cones asphaltState regulators today approved nearly $1,000 in safety upgrades for 14 railroad crossings in Mason County. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a Grade Crossing Protective Fund (GCPF) grant at the request of Simpson Lumber. Simpson Lumber will receive $936 for advance warning signs and emergency notification signs (ENS)… Read More +

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  • Governors Announce Super Bowl Food Bank Donations

    fbaae8008dThe Seattle Seahawks-New England Patriots Super Bowl matchup is bringing cross-country donations into the food banks of each team's home state. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Thursday morning they're each sending win-or-lose donations to food pantries to help celebrate the… Read More +

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  • Seattle Storm Trade

    seatte stormThe Seattle Storm have traded Camille Little and Shekinna Stricklen to the Connecticut Sun for the third and 15th picks in the upcoming WNBA draft and Renee Montgomery. The Storm already have the No. 1 pick. Connecticut is trying to regroup from the loss of rookie of the year Chiney Ogwumike, who is sidelined for at least six months after having microfracture surgery

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Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Toyota Sudden Acceleration Trial

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_e5c25b7d93.jpgTED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening arguments were heard Thursday in the first wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota regarding the automaker's sudden acceleration issue, which spurred the recall of millions of vehicles. The case was brought by the family of Noriko Uno, who says the 66-year-old died in 2009 when her Toyota Camry accelerated out of control and crashed. 

They claim the automaker did not install a mechanism to override the accelerator if it and the brake were pressed at the same time.

"Just imagine for 35 seconds being strapped to a rocket, knowing you can't stop it," the family's attorney, Garo Mardirossian, said during his opening statement in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday.

He is asking the jury to award the victim's family $20 million.

Vincent Galvin, an attorney representing Toyota, argued that Uno had health problems -- including diabetes -- that played a role in her death.

"The evidence will be ladies and gentlemen that this is a case of simple driver's error," Galvin said during his opening remarks.

Toyota said in a statement, "We are confident the evidence will show that a break override system would not have prevented this accident and that there was no defect in Mrs. Uno's vehicle."

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