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  • Tax Foundation report: Washington ranks 6th in nation for business tax climate

    SEATTLE — For the third year in a row, the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group, ranks Washington sixth for business tax climate. According to the report, Washington’s lack of a personal income tax is attractive to businesses who are competing for talented workers. New Jersey, New York and California are considered the worst. However, when it comes to sales-tax burden, Washington ranks 48th. You can read the full report here.

  • Will Ferrell, Edmonds bar owner? Speculation grows

    EDMONDS — Actor and comedian Will Ferrell was spotted around Edmonds last weekend, fueling speculation that he was in town on business.  He was spotted at Jack Murphy’s Bar in Edmonds, which is about to get a new owner. The current owner confirms Ferrell was at the bar,  but he wouldn’t say if Ferrell is the new owner.  An official announcement is expected later this week. The comedian also attended Sunday’s Seahawks game along with owner Paul Allen and recording artist […]

  • Seattle housing market tough on middle class

    SEATTLE — Owning a home in King County is getting increasingly difficult for middle-income residents. The median price of a home is now $420,000. That’s 12 percent higher than last year. According to a new study released by Trulia, Seattle ranks 23rd on a list of the top 25 most-unaffordable metro areas in the United States.  Families with a median income of $68,500 can afford 55 percent  of the current homes available, according to the study. San Francisco, Orange County, California, […]

  • Port Townsend police investigate two attempted child lurings

    PORT TOWNSEND — Port Townsend police are investigating a second attempted child luring in a span of eight days. The latest happened Thursday morning just blocks from Blue Heron Middle School on San Juan Avenue, police said.  An 11-year-old girl riding her bike says a man in a white van blocked her path. The suspect told the girl her mother told him to give her a ride to school. Police say the child did the right thing by asking the […]

  • State health board: Screen all newborns for deadly SCID disorders

    OLYMPIA — All Washington newborns could soon be tested for a potentially deadly disease that, if caught early, can be successfully treated. On Tuesday afternoon, the State Board of Health held a public hearing on the proposal in Olympia. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or SCID, is a group of inherited disorders that cause severe abnormalities of the immune system. Left undetected and untreated, babies usually die before their first birthday. SCID can be treated with a stem cell transplant. Fifteen other […]

  • Report: Boeing may furlough defense division workers

    SEATTLE — The federal government shutdown is negatively  impacting the nation’s aerospace sector.  Workers in Boeing’s defense and space operations division could be sent home as early as next week because of the budget impasse in Washington, D.C. According to The Seattle Times, deliveries from Boeing’s 787 factory in Charleston, S.C., and deliveries from planes with new configurations are in jeopardy because they must be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. It’s not clear how many Boeing employees would be impacted. […]

  • Police search for suspect who escaped from patrol car

    SEATTLE — The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help locating Adrian Gomez after he escaped from a patrol car. There are multiple warrants for Gomez’s arrest, including resisting arrest, obstructing law enforcement,  and two counts of driving with a suspended license in the first degree. Gomez is also being investigated by for unlawful possession of a firearm and escape. According to investigators, on Sept. 28, Gomez was pulled over during a traffic stop in the Parkland area. Police […]

  • Port of Seattle wants to put brakes on Sodo arena

    SEATTLE — If the Port of Seattle Commission has its way, no basketball area would be built in Seattle’s Sodo district. The commission sent a letter to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn saying a recently completed draft environmental impact statement lacks specifics on how traffic would be impacted. Commissioners also say an arena could result in the loss of middle-class jobs. At a recent commission hearing, the Manufacturing Industrial Council, union railroad, long shore workers and others voiced concerns about traffic congestion, safety […]

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