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The DOT is asking all drivers to use alternate routes like I-405 and state routes 99, 167 and 509 and to travel at off-peak hours (before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m) to help traffic along during the #SouthKingSlowdown this week.  - File photo

198th Avenue East extension near Bonney Lake completed | Pierce County

  • Jul 21, 2016 at 1:16PM

Today officials from Pierce County, The City of Bonney Lake and Newland Communities, developer of the Tehaleh community, celebrated the completion of a $7.7 million extension of 198th Avenue East near Bonney Lake to help ease local traffic.

 

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Man charged with hate crime after threat to police officer | Pierce County Prosecutors

  • Jul 21, 2016 at 11:00AM

Yesterday Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged 55 year old Mark Kevin Tolson with one count of felony harassment and one count of malicious harassment, which is Washington's hate crime. Bail is set at $80,000.00.

Humility is the key to dealing with conflict | Rich Elfers

  • Jul 21, 2016 at 10:16AM

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." This famous quote by Benjamin Franklin resonates more than 240 years after it was uttered. The irony of Old Ben's observation is that many people in our era act and speak with such certitude, especially in regard to religion and politics.

Dorn plans to sue school districts | Jerry Cornfield

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 11:00AM

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don't get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries.

Dorn files lawsuit on local levy spending | Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • Jul 19, 2016 at 1:00PM

Today, I filed a lawsuit against seven school districts, demanding that they stop using special levies to pay supplemental contracts for teachers. This is not a step I want to take. But four years after McCleary v. Washington, the Legislature has failed to provide adequate education funding and it has failed to create an equitable funding system.

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