Highway Destroyed By Oso Slide To Reopen Monday

wsdotsr530 As the six-month anniversary of the tragic March 22, 2014, landslide approaches, contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation are close to restoring a vital link for the communities of Arlington, Oso and Darrington. Guy F. Atkinson Construction crews plan to reopen the new State Route 530 to two-way traffic at 50 mph ahead of schedule, in time for the Monday morning commute on Sept. 22.

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Age Discrimination Case Can Go To Trial

The state Supreme Court says that an instructor's claim that she wasn't hired for a tenure track teaching position at a community college in southwestern Washington can proceed to trial. The court unanimously ruled Thursday that Kathryn Scrivener had established enough of a case to go to trial, overruling both a Court of Appeals ruling and a lower court's summary judgment in favor of Clark College in Vancouver.

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Wanted In Everett: A New City Logo

Everett logoCity officials are holding a public competition to find a new city logo. The creator of the winning design will be awarded $5,000. The contest is open to anyone. The winning design will find its way onto city documents, uniforms, vehicles and other city properties. The Everett Herald reports Thursday that although the current logo is 20 years old, city officials say it's time to update it.

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King Co. Councilman Pleads Guilty To DUI

A King County councilmember has pleaded guilty to drunken driving. The Seattle Times reports 43-year-old Reagan Dunn entered his plea on Wednesday in Kittitas County. He was arrested last month after driving his pickup into a ditch. Dunn, a former federal prosecutor, has served on the county council since 2005. He unsuccessfully ran for state Attorney General in 2012. Dunn is the son of the late Jennifer Dunn, a Washington state Republican congresswoman.

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Justices Block Lawsuit Over Boeing Worker's Death

Washington's Supreme Court says in a split decision that Boeing can't be sued over a worker's death from asbestos exposure. Worker Gary Walston was exposed to asbestos throughout his long career at Boeing, but especially during a span in 1985 when crews began repairing pipe insulation in the ceiling of the shop where he worked. The crews wore respirators and "moon suits," but the nearby workers were afforded no such protection.

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Council Prayer Proposal Voted Down

A proposal to open Kennewick City Council meetings with a prayer to the Christian God has been shot down. By a 7-1 decision earlier this week, the council voted to not pursue the idea. The lone dissenter, John Trumbo, was the proposal's sponsor. The Tri-City Herald reports Trumbo introduced the proposal at a council meeting earlier this month. It was going to be moved to a committee discussion but was then tabled.

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Senate Approves Renaming Of War Memorial

The U.S. Senate has approved a bill to rename the Bainbridge Island memorial dedicated to Japanese Americans forced from their homes during World War II. The measure sponsored by U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Democrat from Washington, now heads to President Barack Obama's desk. The legislation adds the word "exclusion" to the official name to recognize it as the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial.

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