November 3, 2014
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Passages: State Rep. Roger Freeman of Federal Way dies at age 48

First-term Rep. Roger Freeman, a Federal Way Democrat popular with fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, died last week of colon cancer.

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Seattle is eighth in nation for cities adding jobs; Washington is ninth nationally

When it comes to adding jobs, Washington and the Seattle area rank in the top 10 nationally, according to a new study.

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Sound Transit floats $15 billion tax package for expanded commuter rail

A $15 billion "Sound Transit 3" package to pay for increased commuter rail could add a new property tax, higher sales taxes, car-tab taxes, and more. The measure could be on the 2016 ballot.

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Attorney General seeking limits on lobbying by former staffers after critical New York Times story

In light of a New York Times investigation of attorneys general around the nation -- including Washington's current and former AGs -- our state's top attorney is looking at tighter rules against lobbying by former employees.

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China will again buy Washington's Red and Golden Delicious apples

After a two-year hiatus, China is opening its doors again to Washington-grown Red and Golden Delicious apples.

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Shells in Bertha pit are from settlers, not tribes

The clump of shucked oyster shells discovered in the pit being dug to repair Seattle's deep-bore tunnel machine, nicknamed Bertha, are from settlers, not Native Americans. That means digging could resume in days, not weeks or months.

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