1,700 pot business applications received in Wash.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in in Washington.
The state Liquor Control Board says it has received nearly 1,700 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law.
The application window opened Nov. 18, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Dec. 20.
Of the applications received so far, 794 are for growing licenses, 579 are for processing licenses and 323 are for retailing licenses. The state isn't capping the number of growers or processors, but says it will only allow 334 pot shops statewide.
It's allocated 21 of those stores for Seattle. So far there are 54 applications for those licenses, which is expected to trigger a lottery.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has recently asked the liquor board to boost to 50 the number of stores allowed in Seattle. He says limiting the number of pot shops too strictly would allow the black market to continue to flourish and threaten the success of the law.
Washington health exchange working again
SEATTLE (AP) - The website for Washington's health insurance exchange is working again.
The site was shut down for a day because of problems at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.
Because of the DSHS issues, the health insurance website could not determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced-cost insurance.
The Washington Healthplan Finder was off line for about a day, from Monday morning to Tuesday morning.
The site was also closed for about four days last week because of unrelated technical problems.
Washington residents have until Dec. 23 to sign up and pay for health insurance through the exchange if they want to be insured on Jan. 1. Uninsured people have until the end of March to enroll in some kind of health insurance to avoid paying a fine when they file their federal income taxes in early 2015.
New incentives needed if Boeing picks Alabama
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley says the Legislature will have to approve money for new industrial incentives if Alabama lands Boeing's new aircraft plant.
Tuesday was the deadline for states to submit their offers for the 777X plant. Alabama got its offer in ahead of the deadline. Alabama is one of about 15 states competing for the project.
Bentley isn't saying how big Alabama's offer was, but he says Alabama needs more incentive funding than it has now to recruit a plant that could provide up to 8,500 jobs.
Bentley says Alabama has a pro-business Legislature, and he expects its support if legislation is needed to secure the plant.
Boeing is looking at the Huntsville area as a possible site for the plant. Boeing's competitor, Airbus, is building a plant in Mobile.
Calif among states vying for Boeing jet production
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - California is one of at least a half-dozen states vying for Boeing's attention as the aircraft giant selects a production site for its new 777X jetliner.
Boeing spokesman Doug Alder Jr. said the company began receiving submissions this week.
California officials have been tight-lipped about what incentives they are offering to convince Boeing to build the new planes in the state.
Boeing has been turning out C-17s at its Long Beach plant but production is due to stop in 2015.
Supporters point out that Long Beach has easy rail, port and freeway access and a trained aviation workforce and facility.
The state faces competition from at least seven other states from Washington to Alabama.
CABBIE ATTACKED-HATE CRIME
Sentencing for hate crime on Sikh cabbie in Auburn
SEATTLE (AP) - A man who attacked a turban-wearing Sikh cab driver has been sentenced in Seattle to more than three years in prison for a federal hate crime.
Prosecutors had asked for a four-year term for 50-year-old Jamie W. Larson of Federal Way and his defense lawyer had recommended a two-and-a-half-year term at Tuesday's sentencing.
Larson pleaded guilty in June and apologized. He said he was in an alcohol blackout in October 2012 when he beat the driver while shouting anti-Muslim slurs. The driver is an immigrant from India and not a Muslim.
Larson was originally charged with malicious harassment in King County Superior Court, but the case was turned over to federal prosecutors because the federal hate crime law carries a longer possible sentence of up to 10 years.
Eastern State warned of dangers of cords
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. (AP) - Officials at Eastern State Hospital were warned about the dangers of mental patient access to cords years before one patient allegedly strangled another in November 2012.
The Seattle Times reports that a wrongful-death lawsuit was filed in federal court last month by the family of victim Duane Charley.
The lawsuit cited letters sent to the Spokane County psychiatric hospital in 2006 and 2009 by the Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization. Sent after routine inspections, both letters mentioned long cords were a problem.
Charley, an Okanogan County native, was found on the floor of his room in the early morning of Nov. 20, 2012, after patient Amber Roberts told a hospital employee that she had killed someone.
BORING SEATTLE TUNNEL
Drills set up over stuck tunnel machine in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) - Two drills have been set up over the spot where a tunnel boring machine has run into a blockage 60 feet below downtown Seattle streets.
KING reports the drilling cranes will probe the obstruction that brought the machine known as Bertha to a stop.
It was halted Friday but the state Transportation Department didn't talk about it until Monday and hasn't mentioned the topside drilling cranes setting up Tuesday at Old Alaska Way and Jackson Street.
The boring machine has traveled about 1,000 feet along its two-mile route since tunneling started last summer.
The 326-foot-long machine is creating a tunnel nearly 58 feet in diameter as part of the $3.1 billion project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct to carry Highway 99 traffic.
TSA agent confiscates sock monkey's pistol
SEATTLE (AP) - A cowboy sock monkey's tiny toy pistol was no laughing matter for the Transportation Security Administration.
A Redmond, Wash., woman says a TSA agent seized the replica weapon as she passed through the St. Louis Airport. Phyllis May told KING she was "appalled and shocked and embarrassed" about Dec. 3 incident. May has a business selling sock monkey dolls. She says she was on her way back to Washington state when a TSA agent went through her bag and found the monkey's two-inch long pistol.
The TSA agent told May she would have to confiscate the tiny gun.
The TSA issued a statement Monday saying that under "longstanding aircraft security policy, and out of an abundance of caution, realistic replicas of firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags."
State monitoring Pasco landfill fire
PASCO, Wash. (AP) - The state Department of Ecology is monitoring and suppressing an underground fire at the Pasco Sanitary Landfill.
The agency says there is no immediate threat to people living near the site or to site workers.
Ecology investigated a small section of the landfill, about 25 feet in diameter, where the ground had sunk nearly two feet and wisps of smoke were coming from cracks in the soil.
Contractors used carbon monoxide detecting equipment to confirm combustion is occurring.
They are covering the depression and cracks with soil to help smother and prevent oxygen from reaching the fire.
State recycling rate down slightly in 2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington residents recycled slightly less in 2012 than the year before, but the recycling rate still surpassed a 50 percent goal set by state law.
The Ecology Department reported Tuesday the state's recycling rate was 50.1 percent in 2012, down from 50.7 percent in 2011.
Officials say the national recycling average was nearly 35 percent in 2011.
Residents recycled more than 4.4 million tons of stuff in 2012. That's about 3 ½ pounds per person per day. Officials say recycling materials instead of sending it to landfills saved the state from emitting about 2.6 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Officials say recycling conserves energy, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduces residents' exposure to toxic chemicals.
Seattle planners OK 3 globes at Amazon.com HQ
SEATTLE (AP) - City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for Amazon.com in downtown Seattle.
The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports (http://bit.ly/ID7zbI) the connected globes will range from 80 to 95-feet tall and house retail space open to the public.
They'll be located on the same block as a 38-story Amazon office tower in the downtown area known as the Denny Triangle.
Liam, Sophia most popular baby names in Washington
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Liam was the most-popular name for boys born in Washington last year and Sophia was the top name for girls.
The state Health Department says Sophia has been number one for three years in a row. Liam has been in the top ten since 2010.
Names are tracked in state health statistics. The lists were released Tuesday for the 87,415 babies born in 2012.
The top ten most popular names for girls: Sophia, Emma, Olivia, Isabella, Ava, Emily, Abigail, Elizabeth, Mia, Ella.
The top ten most popular names for boys: Liam, Mason, Ethan, Alexander, Benjamin, Noah, William, Jacob, James, Michael.
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