Environment
10:51 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Sen. Cantwell wants U.S. to confirm salmon virus

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Flickr

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is calling on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to independently confirm the presence of a deadly virus found in two Pacific salmon in British Columbia.

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Other News
10:31 am
Wed November 2, 2011

State nixes bids for private liquor distribution

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State officials say two proposed bids that would privatize Washington's liquor distribution system are not financially beneficial.

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Elections 2012
10:05 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Darcy Burner running for Congress again, wants to replace Inslee

Darcy Burner photographed in November 2008 in Bellevue, Wash.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic activist Darcy Burner is making another run for Congress.

Burner said Wednesday that she wants to stand up for working people. She took a line from the Occupy Wall Street protests to say that the Congress needs people who will fight for "the 99 percent."

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Environment
9:25 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Washington plans to raise fees for dam inspections

A Dam breach piping failure in Walla Walla County.
Washington Dept. of Ecology

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Northwest is known for its big hydroelectric dams. But across the region there are also hundreds of smaller non-hydro dams. Some of them hold back water, but others retain dairy waste or sewage.

In Washington, the operators of these structures could soon pay more in annual fees to cover the cost of inspections.

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Wolf recovery
9:10 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Scientists hope collared wolf in Oregon Cascades leads to others

A gray wolf.
Courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game

Biologists tracking a gray wolf from Northeastern Oregon say it has traveled more than 300 miles. The wolf crossed the Cascades and showed up in southwest Oregon not far from Crater Lake.

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Odd news
8:57 am
Wed November 2, 2011

15-year sentence in Olympia underwear theft case

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A man who pleaded guilty to charges related to underwear thefts was sentenced Tuesday in Olympia to 15 years in prison.

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Food
4:30 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Enjoy Chinese style egg-centric comfort food at home

Last weekend my wife asked me if I would make her some egg fu yung. "You want egg rolls wit' dat?" I asked.  Of course she did.  But why stop there?

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Marijuana legalization
3:52 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Washington pot initiative gets cash boost

A campaign to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Washington state is getting a big cash boost with two months left to collect signatures.

Campaign director Alison Holcomb says her group New Approach Washington received a check for $100,000 Tuesday from philanthropist Harriet Bullitt.

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Economic downturn
2:25 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Cost of living jump in Northwest challenging worker paychecks

Even workers with the same job and same wage are finding it harder and harder to get along in Seattle and other parts of Washington.
Chris Devers Flickr

It isn't just the poor and unemployed who are suffering in Seattle and Washington, but people who ten years ago were living comfortably on their wages are now living with a paycheck that doesn't seem to go far enough.

A new study from the University of Washington has found that the cost of living in Seattle and Washington State has risen significantly while worker wages have remained the same.

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Consumer news
2:22 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle

Ford's new Focus all-electric car.
Courtesy of Ford

Seattle's Century Link Field is again the location for the unveiling of a new all-electric car. 

The Nissan Leaf debuted here nearly a year ago. Tomorrow morning there will be a demonstration of the plug-in technology at the charging stations near the stadium – to mark the opening of order banks for owning the new Ford electric vehicle. 

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Union unrest
2:07 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Judge fines Longshore union another $65,000

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has fined a Longshore union another $65,000 for blocking a train in Longview. That brings the total fine to over $300,000.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:55 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

John Scofield: Exploring ballads (and the nature of 'cool')

Guitarist John Scofield performing in the KPLU Seattle studios on October 28.
Justin Steyer KPLU

John Scofield is one of the most innovative and genre-bending guitarists in jazz.  Over the years, his great talent and eclectic tastes have garnered him a huge international following; a following which includes a lot of people who didn’t know they liked jazz until they heard Scofield. 

On a recent swing through Seattle, Scofield, along his pianist Michael Eckroth, stopped by our studios for a duet performance, hosted by Abe Beeson. 

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Washington State Ferries
12:45 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Contract signed for new Washington state ferry

The Washington state Ferries Division signed a contract Tuesday with Vigor Industrial for a 144-car ferry to be built at the US Fab shipyard, formerly the Todd shipyard, in Seattle.

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Other News
11:56 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Park Service sued over fatal Olympic goat goring

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The family of a man who was gored to death by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park is suing the Park Service.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Tacoma by the Messina Bulzomi Christensen law firm.

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Street Cents
4:30 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Banks give money for keeping a foreclosed house looking good

Some banks will pay you if you keep your foreclosed house in good condition. That includes things like  mowing your lawn and keeping your toilets and countertops spick and span.

Seattle-area Real Estate Appraiser and educator Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that some lenders offer in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 to ex-homeowners  for keeping foreclosed property looking neat and tidy. 

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