Rail safety
9:04 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Main rail line south of Chehalis examined for tampering

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sheriff's deputies and BNSF railroad police are investigating what they say are about a dozen instances of possible tampering with the tracks in southwest Washington. BNSF officials declined to make any connection with an ongoing labor dispute in Longview.

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The Digital Future
4:30 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Tech-based security vs. liberty: The trade-offs in post-9/11 America

Security sign at the light rail station in Seattle's International District. 8/22/09
"sea turtle" flickr.com

Although there were terrorism alerts, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was a peaceful one, thanks in part to security measures developed by America’s high-tech companies.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson participated in the technology sector response to 9/11. This month on "The Digital Future," Mark and KPLU’s Dave Meyer talk about security technology and its impact on individual liberty.

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government spending
5:10 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his annual city budget at Seattle Central Community College.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

Big budget cuts loom from the state and federal governments, but some city and county leaders say their situation is more stable. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented an annual budget that cuts about 2 percent from the city’s general fund.

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Budget Number Crunching
5:09 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

No cuts to services in proposed King County budget

There's relatively good news on King County’s budget for 2012: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services. 

Constantine says though it is “surrounded by seas of red ink,” King County is “an island of relative stability” after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.

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Digital Billboards
5:06 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

King County delays vote on digital billboards

One potential use of digital billboards - as long as it doesn't flash, fade or change too quickly - that could be allowed in King County.
Jack Lail Flikr

The King County Council decided to take no action today on the contested digital billboards proposal. The vote will instead be held until Oct. 24, said Al Sanders, a spokesman for the council.

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Washington state legislature
3:28 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Washinton Democrats may put taxes back on the ballot

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There are fresh signals that majority Democrats in Olympia may try to send a tax measure to voters this spring. House Democrats met behind closed doors Monday.

With a special session scheduled for late November, time is of the essence. State Representative Kathy Haigh chairs the House education appropriations committee. She says getting Democrats on the same page to fill the new $2 billion hole in the budget won't happen overnight.

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Groove Notes
3:13 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Jacqui Naylor combines acoustic smashing, fan choice on 'Lucky Girl'

Jacqui Naylor
Jeff Bizzell

Singer Jacqui Naylor releases her 8th album, Lucky Girl, tomorrow. She is also performing tonight at Jazz Alley in Seattle as she kicks off her international tour. KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt spoke to Jacqui today about letting her fans choose the songs for her new album, her continued success with “acoustic smashing” and being the subject of a new documentary.

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Death row
1:37 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregon murderer explains why he wants to be executed

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

On Tuesday, a judge in Salem, Ore., will hold a competency hearing for convicted killer Gary Haugen.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But his former lawyers have raised questions about his mental competency. Haugen spoke to a reporter by phone from prison. The widow of one of the people Haugen is convicted of murdering responded in a separate interview.

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Boeing
11:44 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Delivery ceremony held in Washington for 1st Boeing 787

Delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 is seen in this screen grab from Boeing's.

EVERETT, Wash. — Hundreds of people who gathered Monday for the delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 took cover from rain under the wings of two of the new airplanes at Paine Field, near the factory in Everett, Wash., where they were assembled.

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Pacific Raceways
4:30 am
Mon September 26, 2011

Racetrack’s expansion plans have enviros, neighbors worried

View of the plan to refurbish Pacific Raceways near Kent.

Plans to upgrade a dilapidated old race track near Kent are sparking an environmental debate. The owners of Pacific Raceways say that to stay afloat, they badly need an expansion that would bring thousands of new jobs to the area. 

Neighbors are worried about impacts on surrounding wetlands and fish habitat, especially because they say special legislation King County is considering to facilitate the expansion may set a bad precedent.

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Artscape
7:09 am
Sun September 25, 2011

Seattle author looks "Inside the Land of Ballet"

Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Noelani Pantastico and Lucien Postlewaite in "Romeo and Juliet" by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Mounting the ballet in Seattle was fraught with injuries and all kinds of second-guessing by the PNB dancers.
Photo by Angela Sterling

Stephen Manes has been a TV writer, a children's author and a personal technology columnist for national publications. He's also co-authored a book about Bill Gates.

But he was a total outsider when it came to ballet.

He'd been a patron of Seattle's Pacific Northwest Ballet. But it wasn't until a behind-the-scenes tour of the company for donors got him thinking: How much do pointe shoes cost? What's it take to mount a season? What's it like to be an artistic director, a dancer, a dance student, a stager, a costumer or a member of the orchestra?

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Grizzly bear attack
4:32 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Victim in grizzly attack was shot by friend trying to save him

BILLINGS, Mont. — Authorities say a hunter attacked by a grizzly in a Montana forest was killed not by the bear, but by a gunshot fired by a companion trying to save him.

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Sins of the explorer
3:32 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Capt. Clark's descendants make amends for stolen canoe

It took a dozen men to lift the Chinook canoe at the boat builder's shop earlier this year. The canoe will replace the one stolen by William Clark during the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Laura McCallum

It's never too late to make amends. That could be the moral of a story unfolding Saturday near the mouth of the Columbia River. Descendants of explorer William Clark will replace a canoe stolen by the Lewis and Clark Expedition from a local tribe more than two centuries ago.

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War in Afghanistan
3:14 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Boise 'kill team' soldier sentenced to seven years

Forest Holmes, left, talks with reporters about his son's seven year sentence for war crimes as defense attorney Dan Conway looks on.
Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A young Army private from Boise has been sentenced to a maximum of seven years in a military prison for murder and other crimes while deployed to Afghanistan. Private First Class Andrew Holmes admitted to shooting an unarmed 15-year-old Afghan boy.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
11:15 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Eliane Elias - Playing what comes naturally

Eliane Elias (center) was joined by bassist Marc Johnson (left) and drummer Rafael Barata in the KPLU studios on September 9.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Brazilian-born, New York-based pianist/vocalist, Eliane Elias, has covered a lot of musical territory in her recording career.  Some of her CD’s have been straight-ahead be-bop. Others have focused on Brazilian music. She has also very successfully transformed familiar pop tunes into fresh-sounding jazz. 

In this interview, KPLU’s Nick Francis asks Eliane how she balances all these approaches to music.

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