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Seattle Passing $1.2 Billion In School Measures

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File photo of an empty classroom. (credit: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP) — Voters in Seattle gave strong support in Tuesday’s election to school operating and construction levies totaling $1.2 billion. The King County elections office reported both passing with more than 70 percent of the vote.

The Spokesman-Review reports Spokane voters approved a tax to keep libraries open and also approved granting the police ombudsman more authority.

KVEW reports Richland voters are approving a $98 million school construction measure, but a $47 million school bond measure in Pasco is short of the 60 percent needed to pass. In Walla Walla, a $48 million measure to renovate the high school is failing.

KXRO reports Aberdeen voters approved a sales tax increase for transportation projects.

About a third of the voters in Washington were asked to mail ballots in local elections.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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