NEWS ROUNDUP
6:09 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Traction tires were advised this morning over Stevens Pass, where a fresh layer of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Still snowing in Washington mountains
  • U.W. Tacoma Names New Chancellor
  • Children's Hospital Nurse That Gave Lethal Dose Commits Suicide
  • No Security Changes for Governor After Cop Killer Attends Bill Signing

 

April Snow Falls in Washington Cascades and Foothills

It still looks like winter in the mountains - and some foothills - in Washington.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Hot Hits From the Bible

Unlikely Pop Stars?
NJ Tech Teacher Flickr

Pop stars and Nuns. They don’t usually go together, with some notable exceptions.

But in 1973 Sister Janet Mead, a Roman Catholic nun from Australia had an international smash hit on her hands with her single “The Lord’s Prayer”. Selling over two million copies, Sister Janet donated all the sales proceeds to charity and continues to record to this day.

But she wasn’t the first nun to strike pop gold...

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LAW
5:44 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

New motorcycle law dredges up 30-year-old cop killing

An April 13th bill signing ceremony in Olympia presented a strange scene. Governor Chris Gregoire was surrounded by a motley crew of leather-clad bikers. They were there to watch her sign into law a ban on police officers profiling motorcycle riders. It was a lighthearted affair.

But some police officers aren't laughing. In fact, they're furious. One of the bikers in the room that day killed a Portland cop 30 years ago. But  the story gets even more complicated. It would take a cop's eyes to pick him out of the crowd.  It was Robert "Pigpen" Christopher, a longtime member of the Outsiders Motorcycle Club with chapters in Portland and Tacoma.

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IMPAIRED DRIVING EMPHASIS
5:21 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

New billboards unveiled as part of Target Zero campaign

Target Zero's new billboard advertising to not drive while intoxicated.

The State Patrol and Clear Channel Outdoor launched a new campaign today to warn people who might be considering getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The campaign features six billboards in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. The billboards relay the mission of the State Patrol's Target Zero Teams, which are comprised of 21 troopers that focus on impaired drivers. The troopers are joined by police officers and sheriff's deputies when time and funding allows.

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Apartment Market
4:20 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers

Developers broke ground on the Alto Apartments in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood in November 2010. It's part of a rush to build more rental units in the city.
Charla Bear KPLU

Some industries are slowly creating jobs again, but construction isn’t really one of them. The state lost about 2,400 construction jobs just last month, according to state employment economists. But in Seattle, hope could be on the horizon.

The clanking and pounding sounds of construction are starting to return to the city. Some builders who work on high-rise projects have been able to dust off their nail guns, thanks to a growing demand for apartments.

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AEROSPACE
1:30 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., says federal complaint

Work continued Tuesday at Boeing's new 787 aircraft assembly site in North Charleston, S.C. The plant is slated to open this summer, but federal regulators today filed a complaint alleging that the plant is being built to retaliate against the union.
Bruce Smith AP

Federal regulators have put the brakes on construction of a second Boeing 787 assembly line in South Carolina. 

The National Labor Relations Board today filed a complaint accusing the Boeing Company of putting one of its assembly lines for the new 787 in South Carolina to retaliate against union workers who went on strike in 2008.

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Law
1:20 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Synthetic drug "bath salts" banned in Washington

Bath salts of the legal variety, used as intended
SuperFantastic (Bruce) flickr.com

Why were "bath salts" for sale in head shops? Because they contained stimulants known as substituted cathinones that can affect user behavior and judgment. They've been growing in popularity as a legal alternative to cocaine or methamphetamine.

As of April 15th, they're no longer legal in Washington; the state Board of Pharmacy has approved emergency rules classifying the salts as Class I controlled substances, banning their manufacture, sale, delivery and possession.

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TOURISM
11:21 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Washington State Tourism launches social media campaign

What do you like about Washington? The state’s tourism office wants to know. Today, it’s launching a campaign called Share Your Washington.

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Environment
10:03 am
Wed April 20, 2011

"GoGreen '11" conference showcasing best practices from who's who of Seattle businesses

The company behind those "Redbox" DVD vending machines is one of the local businesses making a presentation about sustainability in the workplace at the "Going Green '11" conference in Seattle.
AP photo

Insiders from many of Seattle's most recognizable big businesses are gathering today at the Washington State Convention Center downtown.

Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, REI, and The Mariners have all been invited to give interactive presentations meant to inspire others in the region to follow in their footsteps. The topic? Going Green.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:19 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Zina Linnik
Family photo

Making headlines around the Northwest:
 

  • Lawsuit Alleges Tacoma Officer's Sleep Delayed Amber Alert for Murdered Girl
  • Lab Tests Show 80% of Seattle-area Raw Chickens Have Dangerous Germs
  • State to Hold Earthquake Drill This Morning
  • Malaria Drugs Stolen From Gates Foundation-backed Group

 

Lawsuit: Tacoma Officer Fell Asleep, Delaying Amber Alert for Zina Linnik

A lawsuit against Tacoma police over the abduction and killing of a 12-year-old girl says an Amber alert was delayed because an officer fell asleep.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 20, 2011

One week, two holidays for Nancy

Eat the feet first so he can't run.
Williams-Sonoma

Wouldn't it be great to have chocolate Easter octopuses instead of bunnies?

Just think -- eight legs to bite off  instead of just a couple of measly ears.   But of course we're not talking about dessert today.  Today we're talking about main course holiday eating for  Passover and Easter.

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STATE BUDGET CRISIS
6:57 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Marchers arrive at state capitol as special session looms

The Washington legislature is headed for an overtime session. The Senate late Monday approved its plan to close a 5-billion dollar budget shortfall. But it is unlikely differences between the House and Senate can be reconciled by this Sunday’s Easter deadline.

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EARTH DAY
3:54 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Lighten up and celebrate Earth Day at the Future of Flight

The Future of Flight aviation center gets ready to celebrate Earth Day.
Future of Flight

What does an airplane such as Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner have in common with Wikispeed’s SGT01 (its parts are interchangeable), Western Washington University’s Viking 45 (no it’s not a household appliance), Northwest Wind Power’s energy ball (it has turbine blades) have in common?  

They are lightweight, fuel efficient, made of advanced composite materials, innovative and a way to learn more about how new technology will help us lighten up and celebrate Earth Day, every day. 

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Rising fuel costs
2:59 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Local business hurt by gas prices seek help from Congress

Doug McClure, owner of Zeeks Pizza, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, and Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil, at a news conference April 18, 2011.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell say Wall Street speculation in the oil and gas market is directly affecting small business in Washington. 

At a news conference held at Local Roots Organic in Seattle they were joined by several business owners who said high gas prices are taking a toll on their bottom line.

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ARSON
2:32 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Tacoma pagoda fire ruled arson; authorities respond to another suspicious fire at Pt. Defiance

As authorities investigate the arson at Tacoma's landmark pagoda building, police say another fire was set Monday night at a Point Defiance Park restroom.

A security guard locking up the restrooms found a trash can on fire about 9:35 p.m. Monday night. The guard pulled the can outside and called the Tacoma Fire Department, Fulghum said. Firefighters doused the blaze.

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