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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has unveiled an economic recovery plan that she says could help spark 40,000 jobs in Washington.
     
The Democratic governor's 10-point plan includes tax incentives, streamlined permitting procedures, and energy savings.
     
The whole thing would cost about $15 million through mid-2011. It's a new plan, separate from her proposed supplemental budget.
     
The most expensive item costs about $10.7 million. That proposal would tweak an existing tax credit for rural counties, and put in place a new, one-time $2,000 tax credit for each new full-time hire that lasts at least a year.
     
State legislators are considering their own job proposals. One measure would sell bonds to back energy-efficient upgrades at public buildings.

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    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

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    CLE ELUM, Wash. - UPDATE: Washington State Department of Transportation says I-90 at Ellensburg is back open following a major crash Saturday morning. Westbound lanes were closed for several hours Saturday. Washington State Patrol urges drivers to use caution as conditions can change quickly.

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  • North Idaho man tries to make off with 40 ft long poles

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    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-02-17 05:11:05 GMT
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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

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    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

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