Education budget gets varied response from local officials

Local officials' reaction to the governor's education budget, which was unveiled this week, ranged from praising his proposal as ambitious to slamming it as insufficient.

All-renewable energy eyed for Boeing plant

RENTON — Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.

U.S. Sen. Murray to tackle No Child Left Behind

SEATTLE — Former preschool teacher U.S. Sen. Patty Murray wants to rescue the so-called No Child Left Behind Law in her new role as ranking Democrat on the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee.

Ridgefield schools celebrate end of 2-year construction project

Ridgefield — The Ridgefield School District celebrated the completion of its $49 million construction project on Dec. 6 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Ridgefield High School. In 2012, voters passed a bond so the growing district could upgrade and expand its campuses.

Troopers put more emphasis on high drivers

"How much have you smoked tonight?" "How long has it been since you used?" "Do you have a legal amount of weed on you tonight?" Since the legalization of marijuana, Washington State Patrol troopers are finding themselves asking these questions more often. Although they have always looked for signs of drug impairment as part of their road patrols, they've become more in tune with drivers who appear to be driving high.

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Fed to be 'patient' about a rate increase

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

PeaceHealth endowment honors Miller

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center Foundation has created a $1 million endowment to fund continuing education for neuroscience caregivers.

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