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  • Identity theft tops list of Top 10 consumer complaints

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Identity theft is the Federal Trade Commission’s top consumer complaint again this year, according to its annual report on consumer complaints released Thursday. The commission received more than two million complaints in 2013, and about 14% of them were related to identity theft. The highest reported age group for identify theft is 20-29, with 20% of complaints. Americans reported losing more than $1.6 billion to fraud last year. The FTC’s mission is to prevent business practices that are […]

  • SDOT lowering speed limit on busy roadway

    SEATTLE — The Seattle Department of Transportation is lowering the speed limit on Beacon Avenue South. The speed limit will drop from 35 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour between South Columbian Way and South Barton Street. According to SDOT, there are four elementary schools nearby and it’s a high transit use area. The move will hopefully make it safer for families in the area. SDOT says the lower speed limit should not affect traffic because previous studies confirm […]

  • State warns backyard chicken farmers of salmonella risk

    OLYMPIA – For many, raising chickens has become a popular pastime, but now experts are warning of a Salmonella risk. Springtime is normally when people become infected with salmonella. That’s because they buy chicks, ducklings and other live poultry, and then handle them without washing their hands afterwards. The cute little creatures can harbor bacteria like Salmonella. “Many people enjoy raising chickens but might not know that all poultry, even birds that appear clean and healthy, may carry bacteria called […]

  • Grays Harbor PUD warns customers about phone scam

    ABERDEEN – The Grays Harbor PUD is warning customers about a phone scam happening right now. Callers are posing as public utility workers, demanding payments and threatening to shut off a customer’s power if they don’t pay. “Customers need to beware of scams like this,” Randy Schmidt, PUD customer service manager, said. “If you receive a call demanding immediate payment, we urge you to immediately contact PUD staff to verify that the call was genuine. Under no circumstances should you […]

  • Where there’s smoke, there’s prescribed fire

    OLYMPIA — A heads up for neighbors and visitors to the Olympic National Forest: Where there’s smoke, there’s a prescribed burn. During the month of June, fire managers will conduct small fires in the area as part of prescribed burns to reduce larger, overall forest fires. These prescribed burns help restore forest health by getting rid of forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. According to park officials, the burns will happen at the Hood Canal Ranger District Office […]

  • Washington one of Top 10 ‘Happiest’ states

    NEW YORK – Happiness in our state has taken a big leap, a new poll suggests. According to a new Gallup survey, Washington ranks ninth in the nation for being happy and healthy. That’s up from 15th place in 2012. The survey — “State of Global Well-Being” — ranks everything from physical and emotional health to financial security and the environment. North Dakota topped the list of healthiest states, as determined by a “Well-being index.” It was followed by South […]

  • Kirkland commute heads to the sky?

    KIRKLAND – Commuting by gondola could be the future of transportation in Kirkland. According to The Seattle Times, city leaders have started exploring the idea of adding air gondolas into its public transit system. That’s because the city may have to wait decades for Sound Transit to extend light rail across the Kirkland corridor. Kirkland mayor Joan McBride says the city is looking for a quicker, cheaper and more environmentally-friendly transit alternative, like the gondolas, to use in the meantime. […]

  • Good To Go! could soon mean good to float

    OLYMPIA – The same ‘Good to Go!’ pass used to cross the 520 bridge could one day be used to take a ferry. According to a new report, WSDOT says it would cost an estimated $4-5 million to implement the system on six Puget Sound ferry routes. Drivers would still stop at a booth, but officials say the process would be quicker and easier than the current system. Fares would be based partly on vehicle length and number of passengers. […]

  • You won’t believe how much this Sea-Tac souvenir costs

    SEATAC – Got $24,000 to spend and a taste for fine cognac? You might want to head to Sea-Tac airport for a fine souvenir. French cognac maker Remy Martin is selling a bottle of ‘Louis XIII Rare Cask’ cognac at the airport’s duty-free store. Louis XIII Rare Cask is one of the rarest bottles of alcohol available, the liquor company’s website contains, with an “astonishing richness and intensity.” According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, apart from the special cognac […]

  • The latest Amanda Knox revelations: ‘They were telling me I was guilty’

    PERUGIA , Italy – Newly released tapes of Amanda Knox’s prison interrogation are being played for the first time in a new BBC documentary. The special drew 707,600 viewers in Britain when it premiered Monday night. The one hour documentary, called Is Amanda Knox Guilty, focused on the latest developments in the Knox case, and featured new audio footage from previous interrogations. Knox says stress led her to accuse an innocent man, Patrick Lumumba, of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher. […]

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