Northwest NEWS

January 14, 2002


Washington cigarette tax in effect

*As of Jan. 1, 2002, the cigarette tax in Washington state increased 60 cents per pack. This increase was approved by the voters of the state with the passage of Initiative 773 last November.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

*He stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee when suddenly the crack of a rifle shot rang out. Immediately, a bullet struck him in the neck.

UW seeking children who read easily but struggle with spelling

*The Learning Disabilities Center at the University of Washington is looking for 250 Seattle and Puget Sound Children in the 4th-9th grades to participate in a study of spelling disabilities.

'Donate a Dollar' to save a life

*The Tiger Cubs of Den 6, Pack 573, collected and donated food to Mac Pherson Real Estate's annual food drive before Thanksgiving.

AAA offers $5 bounty for unsafe car seats

*AAA Washington, in partnership with American Commerce Insurance Company, is offering a "bounty" of $5 for no-longer-safe child car seats and booster seats turned in at AAA's 13 service Center locations during the month of January.

Washwise program to recognize lucky customer

*During the month of January, one lucky customer who buys a qualifying water and energy-efficient clothes washer will receive a rebate toward the full purchase price. The special rebate will be given to the 25,000th customer of the WashWise program, sponsored by local utilities.

Keep warm this winter while saving money on heating bills

*Whether you'd like to join citizen efforts to restore urban creeks in Seattle or help preserve the rural watersheds of King County, you can learn the latest on protecting land and water resources by becoming a Land/Water Steward.