Weather
5:40 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Why no summer? Will it end?

Lower than normal pressures (in blue) and higher (in green) correspond to where temperatures are below and above normal.
National Weather Service, 7-15-11

Grouchy Northwesterners are starting to call this 'The year of no summer.' While we may be secretly glad to miss the heat wave that’s punishing the Midwest, we're wondering why we’re stuck with clouds … and when will it end?

When I talked to experts, the first thing they told me: It is no coincidence.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

State, Seattle hit recycling milestones

Washington residents recycle more than 100 million pounds of electronics.
Bert van Dijk Flickr

Washington officials say residents have recycled more than 100 million pounds since the state's electronics recycling program began in January 2009.

In Seattle, residents have hit an all-time high in recycling of all products, according to the City of Seattle’s annual recycling report to be released Wednesday.

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Data Center
10:10 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Controversial Washington data center project opens

Washington’s new State Data Center complex on the capitol campus.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The newest building on Washington's capitol campus came in under budget, but nonetheless remains controversial. The doors opened Monday on the office tower portion of a new $300 million data center complex.

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Teen activism
8:52 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Tribal youth using digital media to battle silent epidemic: suicide

Tribal youth from across the Northwest work on comic book panels on another track of the recent health promotion conference.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – According to government statistics, American Indians are 70 percent more likely to die by suicide than the general population. The high suicide rate has been called a "silent epidemic." But it's silent no more.

Prevention workers at a health workshop in Portland are hoping teen-generated web videos, music and even a comic book can save lives.

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Environment
8:06 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Idaho lab wants emissions permit for radiation

One of the objectives of the Idaho National Laboratory is to develop new technology and materials that can be used in future nuclear power facilities.
Idaho National Lab Flickr

A new facility at the Idaho National Laboratory would test the effects of radiation on the materials that could be used to build future nuclear reactors. The lab is requesting a permit from the state of Idaho and the federal EPA to allow low levels of radiation emissions.

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Money Matters
7:50 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Is your money fund mixed up with Europe's debt? Is it safe?

Tracy O flickr.com

How safe is your money market fund? Money-market funds have long been regarded as a safe place to park cash. They paid higher interest than banks and savings and loans, and your deposits were easily accessed. 

But that all changed in 2008. The collapse of investment bank Lehman Bros. caused something of a panic as depositors wondered if they’d get their money back. To stem the outflow and prop up the funds, the government temporarily guaranteed money market accounts.

Money funds are still seen as a relatively safe harbor, but on this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein explains to KPLU's Dave Meyer that you need to know where your fund is investing your cash. More importantly, you need to know if your fund is holding European debt.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Baker Lake opening for sockeye salmon fishing.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Business
5:52 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Seattle eases street food rules

Josh Henderson owns Skillet Street Food in Seattle.
Deena Prichep

Vendors who sell so-called "street food" in Seattle can finally sell it ... on the street. Since the 1980s, food trucks have been restricted to private property.

The city council passed a measure that now gives them the go ahead to hawk goodies from public curbs.

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drug laws
5:31 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Seattle council votes to regulate medical marijuana

"Good Lord, how did we get here ..."

Seattle has become the first city in Washington to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries. A number of other cities have banned the businesses outright.  The Seattle City Council decided to take the opposite approach after efforts to regulate medical pot at the state level failed.

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Electronic health records
1:40 pm
Mon July 18, 2011

Program gives doctors access to records wherever they are

Paper copies of medical records are becoming a thing of the past. Now, there is a state and national effort to make electronic records accessible by doctors no matter where they are.
Flickr

If you’ve ever been to a hospital or doctor who can’t seem to get your medical records, be thankful for a new web-service launching this month. It allows doctors, hospitals and health insurers to quickly send medical records to each other, even if they're not in the same network.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
11:17 am
Mon July 18, 2011

New book looks at Hanford’s role in the Atomic Age

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new book explores how southeast Washington's Hanford Nuclear Reservation helped shape the Atomic Age. It's called "Made in Hanford: The bomb that changed the world."

Hill Williams says perhaps the most surprising thing he found through his research was how closely linked his life has been to the development of nuclear weapons.

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Other News
9:12 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Lake Stevens hiker dies in weekend fall

A 55-year-old Lake Stevens man died over the weekend when he fell from a ridge in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness west of Leavenworth.

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Budget surprises
8:06 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Washington’s litter hotline falls to budget cuts

Washington's litter hotline is no more. The toll free number to report people throwing trash out of their cars has fallen victim to state budget cuts.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:45 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Math experts meeting in Canada, solving world problems.
Leighton Pritchard Flickr
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Artscape
9:00 am
Sun July 17, 2011

Exploring the limits of privacy at Henry's 'The Talent Show'

Stranger (6) 1999 by Shizuka Yokomizo
Shizuka Yokomizo Collection of Leslie Cohan, Minneapolis

The desire to be on the public stage is on display right now at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. It’s called “The Talent Show.” The exhibit raises a lot of questions ranging from how much should we put on display to what happens to our images once they are out there.

It’s easy to forget how much effort went in to trying to be seen by the public eye.

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