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Boeing Wraps Up Repair Tests on New 787 Dreamliner + Other Northwest News Briefs

Boeing Conducts 787 Battery Certification Demonstration Flight
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Here’s the latest breaking stories from the Associated Press:

Boeing Wraps up Repair Tests on 787 Dreamliner

CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing says the flight of a 787 today will wrap up the testing for its fix of the battery problems that have kept the plane grounded. The 787 Dreamliner has been grounded since mid-January because of smoldering batteries. Boeing’s fix for the problem must still be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Maple Valley Man Not  Charged in Shooting Death of Intruder

MAPLE VALLEY, Wash. (AP) — King County sheriff’s detectives have released a Maple Valley property owner after questioning him about shooting two suspected burglars. A man died at the scene and a woman was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition. The 66-year-old homeowner was not hurt.

Former Bonner County Idaho Dispatcher Files Workplace Lawsuit 

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A former dispatcher and a current dispatcher at the Bonner County 911 Center in northern Idaho have filed legal notices announcing their intention to file lawsuits against the county for what they contend is a hostile work environment.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that former dispatcher Kellie Brownell and current senior dispatcher Diana Elsfelder are seeking $250,000 each.

Brownell says she approached county commissioners about the work environment with the result being the situation became worse.

Brownell and Elsfelder say they were subjected to disparaging remarks, segregated from other dispatchers, had their work shifts altered and training opportunities reduced.

County officials declined to comment.

Delay Keeps Giant Tunnel Boring Machine from Unloading in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — There’s been a delay in unloading a giant tunnel boring machine that arrived in Seattle earlier this week on a ship from Japan. The Transportation Department says the ship was scheduled to start unloading today. The $80 million machine will dig a two-mile tunnel under downtown Seattle to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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