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Top traffic nightmares in Thurston County range from merging madness to roundabouts

Sometimes it’s better for drivers to be rude. One example in Thurston County is the spot where southbound U.S. 101 shrinks from two lanes to one lane at the state Route 8 underpass.

Business

A tradition like no other rolls on with 2 new owners

A longtime business in downtown Olympia that has been known as a community destination for fair trade products has a new name, new owners and a new look. But New Traditions Fair Trade remains dedicated to its cause, which is to pay fair prices to the people who make the handmade items the store sells.

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Deaths for March 25

Henke, Sara LaVerne, 34, Olympia, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at the University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle. Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Centralia, 360-807-4468.

State Workers

State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget

GOP leaders in the state Senate have proposed saving the state about $250 million by rejecting most of the labor contracts Gov. Jay Inslee’s office negotiated with 38 employee unions. But state law gives the Legislature power only to approve labor contracts negotiated with state employees in full, or reject them entirely. Lawmakers can’t alter them, something that has irked Republicans for years.

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One-minute delay is South Sound's traffic blood-boiler

Drivers tell The Olympian that a morning back-up on U.S. 101 leads to the most frustrating traffic situation in the South Sound.
Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
One-minute delay is South Sound's traffic blood-boiler 1:34

One-minute delay is South Sound's traffic blood-boiler

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New cafeteria manager feels problems have been remedied

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