Inslee Looks To Election For Climate Allies

oilrefineryWashington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out ambitious proposals to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he'll face a tougher challenge. The Democratic governor is hoping for allies next legislative session when he is likely to introduce a bill to cap greenhouse gases through a market-based system, whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program.

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USS Stennis Finishing Overhaul At Bremerton

After a 16-month overhaul at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the aircraft carrier John Stennis is preparing to return to sea. The crew of 3,000 is getting ready with a five-day training exercise that starts Friday called a "fast cruise." They're operating as if they are cruising through the Pacific, although they're still at the pier in Bremerton. The Kitsap Sun reports if crew members have to leave the ship for some reason they have to request a seat on a simulated flight.

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — 31 October, 2014

Classes Resume Monday At Marysville-Pilchuck High

After a week off because of the shooting that left three dead and three wounded, students return to classes Monday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The Daily Herald reports there'll be a school assembly at 10:30 a.m. Lunches will be held in the gym because the cafeteria where the shooting occurred remains closed.

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Vader May Change Name Back To Little Falls

Some residents of Vader would like to change the name back to Little Falls as it was known in the 1800s. The mayor of the Lewis County town of about 600 says the name change may go to an election, although a previous attempt fell 11 votes short. The Chronicle reports the name was changed by the Northern Pacific Railway because there was another Little Falls on the line in Minnesota.

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Longview Group Helping Ex-Cons Go Straight

A Longview man who served prison time for an assault 15 years ago is trying to help other ex-cons go straight after they're released. Joel Whiteside founded a non-profit organization called "Been There, Done That." It aims to help felons remain crime free by helping them obtain drivers licenses, get custody of their children, find housing and begin work or enroll in school The Daily News reports about three-quarters of the inmates released from the Cowlitz County Jail end up reoffending.

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — 31 October, 2014

Sheriff: Vancouver Shooting Suspect Found Dead

The Clark County sheriff's office says a shooting suspect in Vancouver has been found dead. The Columbian reports that 59-year-old John Kendall was found dead Friday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot, near an intersection in Blandford Canyon. In a phone interview, Sgt. Fred Nieman declined to confirm whether Kendall's gunshot was self-inflicted

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Tacoma Mailman Pleads Not Guilty To Harassment

mailmanA Tacoma mailman has pleaded not guilty to charges he harassed and groped women on his route. The News Tribune reports bail was set at $35,000 during an arraignment Thursday in Pierce County Court for Robert Joseph Taitano. He was arrested Wednesday and has been charged with residential burglary, harassment and fourth-degree assault.

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