Regional News Feb. 19
Man, Woman Found Dead In Napavine, WA, Home
The Lewis County sheriff's office says a man and a woman have been found dead in a home in Napavine, Wash., and the deaths are under investigation. Sheriff's Cmdr. Steve Aust says coworkers of the 50-year-old woman found the bodies Tuesday after she didn't show up for work. Aust says the woman and the 60-year-old man found with her were related and lived in the home. Their names were not immediately released. The sheriff's officer says there was no sign of forced entry and "no obvious signs of lethal injury." Autopsies are scheduled for Thursday. Aust says the sheriff's office is assisting Napavine police. Napavine is about 75 miles south of Seattle.
Donna Busche Fired At Hanford Whistleblower
Donna Busche, who has complained about safety issues at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site, has been fired from her job at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The 50-year-old Busche says she was called into the office Tuesday morning and told she was being fired for cause. Busche worked for Bechtel National Inc., which is building a $12 billion plant to turn Hanford's most dangerous wastes into glass. Construction of the building has been halted over safety concerns. Busche has complained that she has suffered harassment and retaliation at work since filing her original safety complaint in 2011. Bechtel officials, who in the past have said her complaints lacked merit, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Murray, Delbene Bring $10.10 Wage Fight To Seattle
On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Suzan DelBene brought their fight to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour to Seattle, where advocates want to raise it $5 higher. The small business owner who hosted their news conference thinks the national proposal would be easier to swallow. Molly Neitzel, owner of Moly Moon's Ice Cream, says she already pays most of her employees more than the Washington state minimum of $9.32 an hour and the people who make the ice cream earn at least $15 an hour. She would prefer to see increases phased in for small businesses, but believes paying people more would bring her more businesses. Murray says she expects the national minimum wage increase will get a vote in the Senate during the first week of March.
February 19, 2014/AP