A 25-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center Thursday Night "with life-threatening injuries" after being shot in the head, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

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Woman, 25, shot in the head

A 25-year-old woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center Thursday Night “with life-threatening injuries” after being shot in the head, according to Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

KING-TV reported that police believed the shooting took place in Tukwila where Pacific Highway, East Marginal Way and Boeing Access Road come together.

In a recorded message for the media on Thursday night, Jeff Kappel of the Seattle Police Department said:

“There was a male subject driving an SUV. His female passenger had sustained an unknown number of gunshot wounds. She has since been taken to Harborview [Medical Center] with life-threatening injuries.”

KING-TV said police believe the SUV driver was taking the woman to the hospital.


Plan would limit document requests

Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents.

A Senate panel voted 4-2 on Thursday to approve the measure. Democratic Sen. Maralyn Chase of Shoreline had initially opposed the bill, saying that she had “serious concerns” and that current law may already remedy the situation. But she changed her vote after the hearing and then said through a spokesman that she actually only had technical concerns.

Lawmakers did vote to remove language from the bill that allowed agencies to seek a court order blocking a request if they could prove it was a “significant burden.” They kept in rules that would permit agencies to adopt policies limiting the amount of time devoted to responding to records requests.

Some local government officials are seeking the law change to deal with abusive requesters. Open-government advocates say there are already tools to deal with excessive requests.


Some school test scores corrected

Some Seattle students saw their scores on districtwide tests administered months ago rise Wednesday. Other students saw their scores fall.

The changes on the Measures of Academic Progress scores were not the fault of Seattle Public Schools but the result of moves made by the Northwest Evaluation Association, which the school district uses for testing. That group made a grading mistake on the fall kindergarten, 1st- and 2nd-grade tests. It also updated its national comparison database, which controls the achievement percentile that students obtain.

Both changes were reflected on the district’s website Wednesday. Parents were notified by email.

“You may notice only a slight change or a very significant change,” the letter read.

The resulting rush to check the updated scores crashed part of the website Wednesday afternoon.

After the site was restored, and parents saw the new scores.

Eastern Washington

Forests to benefit from USDA money

Two national forests in Eastern Washington will benefit from a portion of $40 million that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Thursday would be used to improve forest health and restore watersheds nationwide in 2012.

“I have been greatly concerned with the health of Eastern Washington’s forests and rural communities,” said state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “Secretary Vilsack … provided just what the doctor ordered.”

In Washington state, the USDA money will be used for projects in the Colville National Forest and the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.


Water-main break floods parking lot

Utility crews shut off a broken water main that flooded a Tukwila hotel parking lot Thursday morning.

No major damage was done, but water reached the doors of about two dozen cars in the parking lot, said Marty Grisham, spokesman for the Tukwila Fire Department.

Andy Ryan, spokesman for Seattle Public Utilities, said the flooding occurred after an 8-inch secondary feeder line broke.

The flooding closed the Longacres Way access to the Tukwila Sounder Station until Thursday evening.


Disabled woman robbed at gunpoint

A disabled Tulalip woman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night in front of her two young children, according to Marysville police.

The 25-year-old woman was putting her wheelchair into her vehicle around 8:30 p.m. when a man approached, pointed a handgun at her and demanded money, police said. She told the man she had no money, but he grabbed her purse from the front seat of the vehicle and ran. He was joined by a second man as he fled.

The woman was knocked to the ground but was not injured. Police said her two young children were in the vehicle during the robbery.


Schools name top financial officer

Nearly a year after a financial scandal led to the firing of the former top financial officer of Seattle Public Schools, the district announced a permanent replacement for him this week.

Duggan Harman, who previously served as the district’s executive director of finance, has been promoted to assistant superintendent for business and finance, Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield announced earlier this week.

Harman takes over for Bob Boesche, who came out of retirement to handle the job on an interim basis.

Boesche will remain on in an advisory role during the transition, district spokeswoman Lesley Rogers said.

Harman has been with the district for 19 years in both academic and financial departments. His work as executive director of finance included monitoring the politics surrounding the state budget.

The replacement became necessary when the Seattle School Board fired former Chief Financial and Operating Officer Don Kennedy along with former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson last March. The firings came in response to a state audit that identified $1.8 million in spending with questionable or no public benefit in the district’s small-business program.

That finding has since led to theft charges against the program’s former director, Silas Potter Jr., and two others.

After the scandal, the district split up the chief financial and operating officer job into two positions. Assistant Superintendent for Operations Pegi McEvoy fills the other gig.

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