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Percy Harvin Practices for First Time with New York Jets


iStock/Thinkstock(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Percy Harvin practiced with the New York Jets for the first time on Monday. Gang Green acquired the Pro Bowl wide receiver this past Friday from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick.“Everything is good,” Harvin said. “They have pieces here. I’m loving Geno (Smith), I’m loving the defense, and I’m looking forward to playing alongside (Eric) Decker. It’s going to be a good time.”In five games this season with the Seahawks, the 26-year-old had 22 reception

CDC Issues Updated Guidelines on Ebola Treatment


Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Monday new guidance for the use of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers treating patients with Ebola.Noting successful and safe treatment of patients at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the CDC put out "enhanced guidance" focusing on ensuring no skin is exposed when personal protective equipment is used, and

Third Ebola Patient Treated at Emory University Hospital Released


Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- A patient who was hospitalized at Emory University Hospital last month with the Ebola virus was discharged on Sunday, the hospital said.The patient, who was not identified, was the third Ebola patient treated at Emory University, following Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol. According to a hospital statement, the patient was discharged after being "determined to be free of virus and to pose no public health threat," and asked to remain anonymous. A fourth patient, Amber Vinson, who contracted Ebola while t

Legendary Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies at 82


Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Legendary fashion designer Oscar De La Renta passed away on Monday at the age of 82.A family member confirmed De La Renta's passing to ABC News. The designer had been diagnosed with cancer in 2006. De La Renta recently designed the wedding dress worn by Amal Alamuddin during her wedding to George Clooney.Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, De La Renta left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid. It was there he developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Cristóbal

US Forces Launch 12 More Airstrikes in Iraq, Syria


Michael Fitzsimmons/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- U.S. military forces conducted at least six more airstrikes near Kobani, Syria on Sunday night and Monday, and six more in Iraq.According to U.S. Central Command, one of the strikes in Syria was aimed at a stray resupply bundle from Sunday's U.S. airdrops of Kurdish arms and ammunition. In order to prevent those supplies from falling into the hands of members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the bundle was struck by U.S. forces.Five other airstrikes in Syria hit ISIS fighting and mortar posit

Top Health Official Defends Choice for Ebola Czar


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, defended President Obama's choice of Ron Klain to be the administration's Ebola "czar" despite his lack of medical background, calling him an "excellent manager.""I think that's a misplaced criticism," Fauci told ABC's This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. "What we're talking about now is an Ebola response coordinator, somebody who has extraordinary, as he does, managerial experience...leadership experience, which he has

A Child Is Given Wrong Medication Every 8 Minutes, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study finds a child is given the wrong medication every eight minutes.Researchers in Ohio studied reports over an 11-year period and found 700,000 medication errors in the United States.The most common mistake was accidentally giving a child medicine more than once. Henry Spiller, Director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, says this is an easy mistake for parents to make."The mom goes into the room, gives the child a dose, comes out. Dad doesn't know, he also goes into the child and

WATCH: Flames Engulf Calif. Home, Good Samaritans Race to Help


Courtesy Beth Lederach (FRESNO, Calif.) -- Michael Alcala wanted to help.The student was passing by a Fresno, California, house fire Saturday when he heard screams; a man trapped inside, his daughter pleading for her father’s safety.“He was yelling for help…nobody was able to see him,” Alcala, 22, told ABC News.The fire started in the garage, quickly spreading, with flames and heavy smoke shooting from the home.Robert Wells was trapped in his kitchen.“He was supposed to be right behind me,” his daughter Roberta Denis

Dozens Cleared from Ebola Monitoring as 21-Day Window Passes


iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The first group of people quarantined and monitored after close contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been cleared, with the 21-day monitoring period passing for 48 people. Duncan’s relatives and fiancée Louise Troh are among those who faced monitoring because of Duncan’s diagnosis.As officials continue to monitor dozens of others who came in contact with Duncan, the U.S. Department of Defense is assembling a 30-member medical support team made up of critical-care nurses, infectious disease doct

Woman Describes the Chilling Moment She Spotted Shooting Suspect Eric Frein


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PARADISE TOWNSHIP, Pa.) -- A woman in northeastern Pennsylvania says she spotted accused police gunman Eric Frein while taking a walk Friday, a “high-credibility” sighting that has authorities re-focusing their search.The woman -- who did not want her identity revealed -- told ABC station WPVI-TV that she was walking in Paradise Township, Monroe County near Pocono Mountain East High School when she noticed a man about 15 to 20 feet away.She didn’t realize, at first, that it was possibly Frein.&

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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White House's Ebola Liaison Arrives in Dallas


iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The White House has quietly dispatched Adrian Saenz, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, to be the administration’s eyes and ears on the ground in Dallas, coordinating Ebola efforts with state and local officials.A Texas native, Saenz arrived in Dallas late Sunday, a senior administration official told ABC News. He will work closely with the Texas state coordinator Gov. Rick Perry appointed Friday and FEMA coordinator Kevin Hannes, who was dispatched Saturday.Saenz was named to the role on Friday and wil