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OLYMPIA - Leaders of Washington state’s Legislature are going to spend the next several months debating whether to raise taxes, or create new ones, in order to answer the Supreme Court’s demand to put more money into public schools. The tax debate was prominent and somewhat heated on Thursday at The Associated Press legislative forum, a gathering of caucus leaders and budget writers in preparation for Monday’s launch of the 2015 legislative session. By Donna Blankinship. SENT: 480 words, AP Photos WATW106, WATW102, WATW101, WATW105, WATW104, WATW103.


SEATTLE - William E. Boeing Jr., a son of aerospace pioneer William Boeing Sr. who championed and remained fascinated by flight throughout his life, has died at age 92. He died Wednesday night at his home in Seattle, said Mike Bush, a spokesman for The Museum of Flight, which Boeing Jr. helped create. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 680 words, photos.


SEATTLE - A federal grand jury has indicted two men for allegedly smuggling people from China, Pakistan and Bangladesh across the Canadian border into Washington state. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 450 words.


KENNEWICK - The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine issued Wednesday restricts the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds out of that zone. It covers an area within 20 miles of two Benton County locations where backyard flocks of chickens, turkeys and ducks were found to have the disease. SENT: 300 words. AP Photo WAKEN101.


NEW YORK - Starbucks says its chief operating officer, Troy Alstead, is taking an “extended unpaid leave” after 23 years with the company. By Candice Choi. SENT: 400 words.



JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Aside from the obvious, the Army has two big concerns for the troops it sent to a temporary quarantine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on their way home from an Ebola-fighting mission in West Africa. The first is that they don’t come down with a cold or flu bug after jumping climates from Africa to the Puget Sound area. AP Member Exchange by Adam Ashton, The Olympian. SENT: 820 words. AP Photos WATAC101-102.



RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks success running the football this season was among the best of any team in the past 30 seasons. And while the Seahawks stand out, the other remaining playoff teams also had their own success on the ground, including the Carolina Panthers, Seattle’s opponent on Saturday night. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m.


- FBN—SEAHAWKS INJURIES - Seattle center Max Unger set to play against Carolina; TE Tony Moeaki a game-time decision.


SPOKANE - No. 6 Gonzaga plays at home for the first time in more than three weeks when the Bulldogs take on San Francisco. By Nicholas K. Geranios. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos


- WATER RIGHTS PROTECTED - Water agreement between state, cities preserves flows in White River for fish.

- TACOMA STRANGLING - Woman strangled, man cuts own throat at home near Tacoma.

- HEALTH OVERHAUL - 107,000 pay for health insurance through Washington exchange.

- WALLA WALLA FIRE FATALITY - 1 girl dead, 1 hospitalized after Walla Walla house fire; blankets too close to heater.

- OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY - Outdoor recreation in state yields $22 billion in spending.

- NEW LEGISLATOR - Democrat to fill House seat covering Federal Way.

- ELECTRIC CAR INCENTIVES - Free ride proposed for electric cars on Washington ferries.

- WEYERHAEUSER PORT DISPUTE - Port dispute forces Weyerhaeuser to cut Longview mill jobs.

- PRISON COMPENSATION LAWSUIT - 3 ex-inmates suing Washington for wrongful imprisonment.

- SCOW-LIQUOR SHORTFALL - Court: Distillers don’t have to chip in for $105M shortfall.

- PUGET SOUND BODY - Woman’s body recovered from Puget Sound off West Seattle.

- CHOKING BURRITO - Cheney teacher saves student choking on burrito.

- TODDLER ALONE - Toddler left alone in cold car parked in Spokane.

- SHORELINE SCHOOL SCARE - Shoreline schools reopen with officer at every school.

- YAKIMA SHOOTING DEATH - Sheriff’s detectives arrest suspect in fatal Yakima shooting.

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