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KRKO and KKXA Broadcast North American All-Digital Radio Test

Everett, Washington – If you’re hearing silence on your radio this weekend, it may be time to purchase a new receiver. The Federal Communications Commission has approved experimental test authority for Everett area radio stations KRKO-AM and KKXA-AM to serve as the final all-digital test stations out of nine chosen by NAB Labs, a division of the National Association of Broadcasters.

More Flights Affected as FAA Tries to Rebuild Damaged Aircraft Facility

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- More flights have been cancelled in Chicago Monday after thousands were grounded over the weekend, creating chaos across the country because of an alleged act of an employee, sabotaging a large air traffic control center. Brian Howard, 36, was charged Friday with destruction of aircraft facilities, a felony.On Friday morning, Howard allegedly entered the Federal Aviation Administration's Chicago En Route Center in Aurora, Illinois, with a rolling suitcase and posted an apparent suicide note before destroying the

Authorities Apprehend Suspect in Real Estate Agent's Disappearance

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- A suspect in the disappearance of an Arkansas real estate agent who vanished while showing a home last week has been taken into custody, police said Monday.Aaron Michael Lewis, 33, was picked up a day after a warrant was issued for his arrest on one count of kidnapping after Beverly Carter.The circumstances of the arrest have not yet been released, but Lt. Carl M. Minden from the Pulaski County Sheriff's department confirmed that Lewis is being held by law enforcement.Carter vanished Thursday a

Paralysis Link Suspected as Enterovirus Spreads

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Simon Humphrey spent nine days in a Colorado hospital room fighting for his life.Humphrey, 13, is one of hundreds of children across the country stricken by Enterovirus 68.He later had problems moving his limbs."I couldn't move my legs," he told ABC affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver. "The muscles in my arms could barely lift the weight of my hands."Humphrey is showing signs of improvement after the temporary paralysis. But his struggle reflects an emerging concern; young patients with respiratory infections later having trouble mo

At Least 30 Believed Dead Near Peak of Japanese Volcano

seiiiiico/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- At least 30 people are believed dead near the peak of Mount Ontake in Japan.Thirty lifeless bodies were found high up on the volcano after its Saturday eruption. Fire and Disaster Management Agency officials believe as many as 250 people may have been on the volcano at the time, but that most made it down safely. Japan's national public broadcasting organization NHK reports that officials had been working to confirm the whereabouts of approximately 45 people.The eruption is the first in seven years. The Japan m

5-Year-Old Tests Positive for Cocaine After Parents' Drug Bust

Alex_Schmidt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORPARK, Calif.) -- A 5-year-old boy who police say was in the car with a half-pound bag of cocaine as his father allegedly ran a drug deal tested positive for coke, cops said.Marco Cuevas, 31, and his wife were arrested Friday in Moorpark, Calif., after a months-long investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit. Cuevas was arrested after officers from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office witnessed him allegedly selling cocaine.Police said they found cocaine on his person and a half-pound

US, Partners Conduct More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

Hope Milam/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- U.S. and international military forces conducted more airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the weekend, with eight strikes reported in Syria and four more in Iraq.According to U.S. Central Command, the latest strikes were conducted using attack planes, fighter jets and remotely piloted aircraft. The strikes in Syria destroyed a tank, three armed vehicles and a Humvee and damaged another tank, oil refineries and a command and control node operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The strikes in Iraq

State funds projects to tee up large-scale development opportunities in Spokane

April 3, 2014

Advanced Planning Grant Program enabled by 777X incentive legislation

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the award of two grants totaling $725,000 to the City of Spokane and Snohomish County’s Paine Field to advance environmental permitting efforts and help prepare sites for large-scale manufacturing development.

Paine Field will receive $400,000 to conduct environmental review for the approximately 840,000-square-foot Aerospace Business Park planned for the west side of the airport. While no specific tenants have been identified, the phased development proposes a number of large buildings ranging in size from 100,000 to 250,000 square feet available to aerospace suppliers that would benefit from being in close proximity to The Boeing Company’s Everett assembly site.

The City of Spokane will receive $350,000 to continue work in environmental pre-planning for an area known as the West Plains. A consortium known as AIR Spokane, that includes the city of Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane International Airport, Avista Corp., community colleges of Spokane and Greater Spokane Incorporated, has been working since 2011 to position more than 6,500 acres of developable land, for aerospace and other manufacturing activities. The city of Spokane recently developed a sub-area plan for the West Plains and is using that effort as a springboard. Through this grant, Spokane will identify critical mitigation needs for future industrial employers locating in the West Plains and develop plans to mitigate those impacts.

“The land around Paine Field and Spokane International Airport provides some of the greatest opportunities in Washington for large-scale aerospace manufacturing,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce. “This funding will help get these properties ready to go so companies can hit the ground running when they choose to establish new or expanded operations on either side of our state. Promoting broad-based, geographically diverse job growth is core to Governor Inslee’s economic development strategy for a working Washington.”

The Advanced Planning Grant Program was created by the Washington State Legislature in November 2013 during the special legislative session called to help the state win the Boeing 777X program. The Legislature appropriated $2 million in the current biennium to help local jurisdictions advance environmental review and permitting in and around large manufacturing sites. The Spokane and Everett projects are the first two to be awarded grants under the program. Another $1.1 million will be available for additional projects in Fiscal Year 2015.
“We appreciate the enthusiastic support of Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Commerce for Paine Field and our planned Aerospace Business Park,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. “Not only did they recognize it as a Project of Statewide Significance last summer, they have now provided us a $400,000 grant that will help us position the airport as a premier location for aerospace companies looking to expand or build new facilities. We’re confident that these investments will bring new family-wage jobs to Snohomish County.”

“Spokane’s West Plains is one of the fastest growing industrial areas in eastern Washington,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “It is already home to three major aerospace suppliers and Fairchild Air Force Base, eastern Washington’s largest employer. This grant will help us work through complex permitting issues, such as stormwater and transportation impacts, and will further our efforts to bring new jobs to the Spokane region. At the same time, these plans will ensure that new employment opportunities are consistent with the viability and competitiveness of the existing engines of job creation on the West Plains, including Fairchild Air Force Base.”

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the aerospace industry in Washington,” said Alex Pietsch, director of the state’s Office of Aerospace. “Following the decision to build the 777X and its carbon fiber wing in Washington, we know that companies from around the world want to be here. Yet, competition for these developments and the jobs that come with them is intense. Having large, ready-to-build sites in strategic locations around the state opens up options that make us that much more competitive.”

PUD Awards Students in Art & Photo Contests

Everett, WA — Snohomish County PUD today announced the names of 17 local students who won awards in the utility’s 2014 art and photography competitions. The contests engage students in energy topics.
Art Contest Winners
The art contest challenged students to create posters that teach people ways to be safe around electricity.
Diego Garcia Gonzalez           Kindergarten               Garfield Elementary, Everett 
Sadie Rose Alford                  Grade 2                       English Crossing Elementary, Lakewood
Juliana Gogun                         Grade 3                       Garfield Elementary, Everett 
Madeline Cho                         Grade 5                       Mukilteo Elementary
Cindy Liang                            Grade 5                       Mukilteo Elementary
Anna Ren                                Grade 6                       Homeschool
Aldair  Sanchez                       Grade 6                       Totem Middle School, Marysville
Aria Thompson                       Grade 6                       Totem Middle School, Marysville
Kailey  Kovach                        Grade 8                       Stillaguamish Valley School,  Arlington        
Chloe   Keehan                        Grade 9                       Sultan High School
Megan Sorn                             Grade 9                       Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
Logan  Weaver                        Grade 9                       Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
Photography Contest
For the PUD photography contest, high school students were challenged to capture the theme of “Energy in Action” in a photograph. Five students won awards, as follows:
Sarah Campo                           Grade 11                     Lake Stevens High School
Ingrid  Pelletier                       Grade 11                     Stanwood High School
Nikky Wyeth                          Grade 11                     Lake Stevens High School
Taylor  Albrecht                      Grade 12                     Glacier Peak High School, Snohomish          
Easton Lemos                         Grade 12                     Snohomish High School
The winners of the competitions will be recognized at the April 15, 2014, PUD Board of Commissioners meeting. The art and photography contest winners’ entries will be on display April 7-18, 2014, in the lobby of the PUD’s Everett headquarters.  They also are posted on the PUD website at www.snopud.com (click on Education/Contests & Camps).

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Gay Marriage and Six Other Big Issues on Supreme Court Agenda

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Hovering over the Supreme Court’s 2014 docket of interesting cases is the blockbuster issue of gay marriage. The justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to discuss whether to hear one or more cases challenging marriage bans in five states.“This set of issues is the greatest civil rights issue of our time,” says former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, who is representing one set of challengers.Since the Supreme Court’s historic gay marriage rulings in 2013, three appellate courts have st