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The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard had planned to hire 560 workers this week, but the plans are on hold because of a Navy freeze on civilian jobs while Congress debates federal spending cuts.
The commanding officer, Capt. Steve Williamson, informed the shipyard's 11,000 civilian employees Wednesday about cost-cutting measures.
It was reported that shipyard crews are working on a year-long overhaul of the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan. About 1,000 Bremerton employees are in San Diego working on the carrier Carl Vinson.
The Puget Sound Naval Shipyard also is working on maintenance or refueling for three submarines and dismantling two decommissioned subs and a guided missile cruiser.
Information from the Kitsap Sun/AP
$14,000 Reward In Shooting Granite Falls Eagles
The reward for information to help convict the person who killed four eagles near Granite Falls is now nearly $14,000.
The Stillaguamish Tribe, Humane Society of the United States and Conservation Northwest are offering money to help state Fish and Wildlife investigators.
The dead birds were found Jan. 9 floating in a lake and were apparently shot.
Wildlife Sgt. Jennifer Maurstad told talons and feathers were not taken, so it appears the motive for the shooting was something other than poaching.
Killing an eagle is a federal misdemeanor and also a state crime with fines and up to 90 days in jail.
Information from The Daily Herald
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Overcharged Batteries Eyed In Boeing 787 Fires
Aviation safety and battery experts say it's likely that fires on two Boeing 787 Dreamliners were caused by overcharged lithium ion batteries.
Investigators in Japan where a 787 made an emergency landing earlier this week, said Friday the plane's burned-out lithium ion battery received voltage in excess of its design limit.
A source familiar with the investigation of a battery fire in a 787 on the ground in Boston Jan. 7 told The Associated Press the battery was in the process of charging when the fire erupted.
And a battery fire in a business jet hooked up to a ground power station prompted the Federal Aviation Administration in 2011 to issue an emergency order requiring the plane's lithium ion battery be replaced with a conventional battery.
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