Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Positive changes for UW football ... bowl game on horizon?

2011 will be a season of change for the Huskies: a new starting quarterback and other rising stars, the Pac-10 becoming the Pac-12 and the final season for the old Husky Stadium.
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The 2011 University of Washington football season kicks off Saturday with a game against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium.

There will be a lot of changes this year. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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Farmworkers
5:37 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Housing study finds cramped quarters in Walla Walla County

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RICHLAND, Wash. – A new study says increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions.

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Amazon and sales tax
5:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

California rebuffs deal with Amazon amid tax dispute

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Seattle-based Amazon is under ongoing pressure from the state of California to collect state sales taxes from internet consumers. This week the retailer offered a deal to California's legislature and retailers to try and curry favor. But Amazon was rebuffed.

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immunizations
4:54 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags

More kids in Washington are getting immunizations, but the state still lags behind vaccination goals.
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Washington continues to make progress boosting immunization rates among toddlers, despite having the highest percent in the nation of families exempting kids from vaccines. 

The new survey from the Centers for Disease Control shows the gains come with room for improvement.

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Health care reform
3:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court's ruling on McKenna's health care suit said to sow confusion

In a unanimous ruling, the Washington State Supreme court says Attorney General Rob McKenna has the authority to challenge the new federal health care law. The high court denied the City of Seattle’s request to remove Washington from the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

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Law
12:59 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Injured woman crawls out of swamp near Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A trucker was changing a flat tire Thursday morning on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River.

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Law
12:33 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court says McKenna can't deny legal aid to agency

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is requiring Attorney General Rob McKenna to represent the state's public lands commissioner in a legal appeal.

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Environment
9:35 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Efforts to control seabirds doing more damage to salmon

Efforts to coax terns from one island to another at the mouth of the Columbia River have not helped the salmon.
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EAST SAND ISLAND, Wash. — An attempt by government wildlife experts to control seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River has led to some unintended consequences, all of which have been detrimental to salmon.

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Sports with Art Thiel
8:27 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Preview: Looks like a good year for UW football

The University of Washington opens the 2011 season Saturday. It's the third year for head coach Steve Sarkisian.
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University of Washington football fans are hoping for another bowl appearance this year. The Huskies open the 2011 season Saturday at home against Eastern Washington.

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K-12 Education
7:32 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short

Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.

Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 1, 2011

'Hi-Ho' and other songs that lead the way on Labor Day

Stamping Hams is hard work.
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It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

So it makes sense that we would have a national holiday dedicated to work and working people, and an episode of iconic and quirky worky songs.

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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Merger blocked
4:42 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

AT&T, T-Mobile merger could have big impact on Wash. jobs

The T-Mobile corporate headquarters photographed today in Bellevue, Wash. The challenged merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is of great concern to the more than 3,300 T-Mobile workers in the state.
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The justice department is suing to block AT&T’s acquisition of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, arguing it’s a bad deal for consumers. But here in Washington, an even greater threat is the impact the merger could have on local jobs and the economy.

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Washington wines
2:56 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Wine grape growers hoping for blast of warmth before first frost

John Derrick, manager, does a check of wine grapes in a vineyard called the Spice Cabinet overlooking the Columbia River.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wine grape growers are sure hoping their grapes hurry up. The countdown is on until the first freeze when grapes will lose their leaves and stop ripening. And certain red varietals need more sun-time than others to be ready for the bottle.

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Education
2:40 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

35 Washington schools beat odds to get off failing list

More than a thousand schools in Washington state are failing to make adequate progress under federal law. But a handful of others are beating the odds and improving enough to work their way off the growing list of failing schools.

Among Seattle Public Schools, the improved schools are Greenwood Elementary School, Middle College High School, Sacajawea Elementary School.

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