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Two Washington Tech Giants Do Battle In ‘The Other Washington’ Over Pentagon Contract

Amazon is alleging “unmistakable bias” on the government’s part in awarding a massive military tech contract to rival Microsoft.This begins a new chapter in the protracted and contentious battle over the biggest cloud-computing contract in U.S. history — called JEDI, for Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure — worth up to $10 billion over 10 years. Continue Reading Two Washington Tech Giants Do Battle In ‘The Other Washington’ Over Pentagon Contract

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Kyle Hinrichs helps run the family business outside of Pullman, Wash. Right now the company is drying beans as fast as possible with several machines, but it’s an around the clock job. CREDIT: Anna King/N3

Like Your Hummus Wet? Then You Want Dry Beans. So Do Palouse Farmers Who Grow Garbanzos

Heavy rains and even an early fall snow in October matted down the garbanzo bean plants tight to the land. That means Palouse-region farmers are scrambling to dry out beans to get them to silos and co-ops. It’s on top of already depressed prices due to international trade wars. Continue Reading Like Your Hummus Wet? Then You Want Dry Beans. So Do Palouse Farmers Who Grow Garbanzos

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Cascadia Bullet Train Proposal For I-5 Corridor Urged On Despite Electorate’s Anti-Tax Mood

After bemoaning that the state’s highways, bridges, ferries and rail cars “are on a glide path to failure,” Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger Millar laid out the case for building an ultra-high speed railway on dedicated track. Continue Reading Cascadia Bullet Train Proposal For I-5 Corridor Urged On Despite Electorate’s Anti-Tax Mood

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The hunt is on for a second major airport to serve Western Washington after Sea-Tac Airport reaches capacity. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Welcome To…Tac-Oly? Hunt Is On For Additional Commercial Airport To Serve Puget Sound Region

As many travelers can attest, phenomenal growth at Sea-Tac Airport is pushing against the physical limits of the terminal and airfield. That is why Washington state legislators earlier this year voted to create a siting commission to get the ball rolling on building a new primary airport. Continue Reading Welcome To…Tac-Oly? Hunt Is On For Additional Commercial Airport To Serve Puget Sound Region

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From left, Elena Flansburg, Morgan Lentz, Saralynn De La Cruz, enjoy scaring patrons of Haunted Palouse. CREDIT: Anna King/N3

Come For The Fright, Stay For The Community: Haunted Palouse Connects People To Shared Place

In Palouse, Wash., farmers, university professors, retirees, conservatives and liberals all work side-by-side to build disturbing sets. “Just talking about our everyday lives at the end of the day, when we’re done building for the day,” one volunteers said. “It’s probably brought me a lot closer to with people that I probably wouldn’t have interacted this close with here in Palouse.” Continue Reading Come For The Fright, Stay For The Community: Haunted Palouse Connects People To Shared Place

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Even after 20 years of development, there’s still more research to be done on Cosmic Crisp, particularly around ‘green spot,’ pictured above, a cosmetic defect whose causes are not entirely understood by horticulturalist but are likely caused by a calcium deficiency, according to WSU researchers. CREDIT: Enrique Pérez de la Rosa/NWPB

What Does It Take To Get A New Apple Variety To Market? A Lot. And Cosmic Crisp Shows It

After more than 20 years of development by the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research Commission, the Cosmic Crisp is ready to come to hit store shelves. The goal of new variety is to be attractive to consumers, easy to grow and easy to store over a long period of time. Continue Reading What Does It Take To Get A New Apple Variety To Market? A Lot. And Cosmic Crisp Shows It

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Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital facilities director Chris Lemar shows flexible piping designed to withstand earthquake shaking in the new hospital. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Prepping For ‘The Big One’: Coastal Hospitals Get Creative With Disaster Planning

The state of Oregon is pushing the community hospitals along the Oregon Coast to improve their earthquake resilience. This comes after a state report predicted none of them would be able to sustain operations after the feared Big One — a magnitude 9 offshore Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. Continue Reading Prepping For ‘The Big One’: Coastal Hospitals Get Creative With Disaster Planning

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Those On Social Security Will Get Less Than 2 Percent Cost-Of-Living Increase In 2020

The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. Following a significant boost this year, the cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, for 2020 reverts to its pattern of moderate gains. Continue Reading Those On Social Security Will Get Less Than 2 Percent Cost-Of-Living Increase In 2020

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