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Articles from the May 11, 2011 edition

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 By Mark Scheerer    News    May 11, 2011

Microsoft Skype: What's In It For Customers?

Microsoft is ponying up $8.5 billion to buy Skype with its user base of 170 million people. Microsoft plans to integrate Skype's video and voice technology into products such as Xbox, Outlook e-mail and Windows mobile phones. Analysts will debate...

 By Daniela Bremmer, Director Of Strategic Assessment    News    May 11, 2011

Washington commended for showing taxpayers where their transportation dollars go

OLYMPIA –Washington has been ranked among the top 13 states in the nation in using performance measures – such as safety, improved traffic flow and increased economic growth – to show taxpayers how their transportation dollars are...

 By Lori Abbott    News    May 11, 2011

Study: Paid Sick Leave in WA Serves Up Bennies Beyond Safer Food

SEATTLE - Staying home from a job when ill isn't always possible for the four-in-10 Seattle workers who have no paid sick leave. A new study looks at the benefits of a proposal to require employers to provide paid sick leave for all workers,...

 By Meagan Mcfadden, Wsdot Communications    News    May 11, 2011

Rock blasting is back on I-90 east of Snoqualmie Pass

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and contractor Max J. Kuney are scheduled to start the first of a series of controlled rock blasts on I-90 near the east snowshed on Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12. For the safety of...

 By Chris Thomas    News    May 11, 2011

Report: Far from Home, WA Charitable Dollars Pay Off

SEATTLE - If every dollar you invested prompted a $114 return, that would be a winner. A new study from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) says that's the payoff for communities when charitable foundations have made grants in f...