Military Justice
5:59 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Sixth western Wash.-based soldier charged in Afghan murder case

Jeremy Morlock, right, poses with Staff Sgt. David Bram with weapons that they have allegedly taken from dead Afghans.
Rolling Stone

The Army has charged a sixth soldier based in western Washington in the murder of three Afghan civilians last year. The accused soldiers have become known as the "Kill Team" for allegedly killing unarmed Afghans for sport.

Twenty-seven-year-old Staff Sgt. David Bram of Vacaville, Calif., already faced a series of lesser charges in the case. The new charges include solicitation to commit premeditated murder, engaging in murder scenario conversations with subordinates and planting evidence near the body of an Afghan civilian.

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Aerospace Industry
1:53 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State to get $3 million for aerospace training

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks Tuesday at the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton. Gregoire announced $3 million in funding to help workers develop the skills needed by aerospace employers such as Boeing.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.

She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing's Renton factory.

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Food
10:05 am
Tue May 17, 2011

First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle

Alaska Airlines Capt. Bob Porter, right, holds up a 45 lb. Copper River Salmon as First Officer Scott Day looks on at left, Tuesday, as they arrived with the first shipment of Copper River Salmon from Alaska at Sea-Tac Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived Tuesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.

The Alaska Airlines pilot carried the first 45-pound fish off the plane and handed it to Frank Ragusa of Ocean Beauty Seafoods who gave it a kiss.

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Washington State Legislature
9:50 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Cigar smokers push for space of their own

Cigar aficionados could light up at their favorite bar under a bill up for a vote in the Washington Senate this week. The measure would allow cigar lounges in some bars and tobacco stores. But opponents of the change say it would overturn the will of Washington voters.

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K-12 Education
7:30 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Hundreds of Washington teachers might not have jobs next year

Students in an Issaquah biology class construct molecular models. They might not have as many teachers next year. The school district sent layoff notices to 51 teachers.
Issaquah School District

Hundreds of teachers throughout Western Washington are unsure if they’ll return to their classrooms next year. Many districts have had to layoff instructors to balance their budgets as support at the state level dwindles. Even districts with the most resources are feeling the pinch.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:25 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Washington State Patrol Trooper Daniel Anderson is missing after an off-duty hike with friends in the North Cascades last Friday. The 46-year-old Marysville man started off Friday snowshoeing with friends but was on his own when he signaled for help.
Washington State Patrol

Mostly sunny after morning fog - high 61

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Patrol Trooper Missing in North Cascades
  • Driver Commits Suicide at Issaquah Traffic Stop
  • State Government Preps for Shutdown as Budget Talks Stall
  • No Word From Iran on Missing Former P-I Reporter

 

Search Continues for Missing Trooper in North Cascades

Weather permitting, a helicopter will take ground searchers into the North Cascades on Tuesday to look for an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper missing on a hike.

KIRO-TV reports searchers have a destination because Daniel Anderson sent his coordinates Sunday with an emergency signal.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Understanding share buybacks

gonzalo_ar Flickr

Shareholders often get excited when their companies announce share buyback programs. If a company reduces shares in the marketplace, an investor’s share of the company goes up. So that's good, right? Usually, it is, but sometimes it can be a sign that the company is in trouble.

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K-12 Education
5:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Space shuttle blasts off with Ballard High School experiment

An exhaust cloud forms around Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour soars into the sky. The shuttle is carrying a Ballard High School experiment.
Troy Cryder NASA

The Space Shuttle Endeavor is headed to the International Space Station after a successful launch. On board is an experiment conducted by students in Seattle

A team from Ballard High School is cultivating E. Coli in space to see how it compares to bacteria on Earth.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray drops a ceremonial bottle of "champagne" from a zip line to be smashed against a tunnel boring machine several stories below at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

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Washington State Legislature
2:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

It's a do-or-die week for Washington special session

It’s do-or-die week in the Washington Legislature. A budget deal will have to come together over the next several days if lawmakers are to finish business within the 30-day special session.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:49 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

3,000 Washington National Guard members could be called up

Soldiers from the Washington National Guard 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 81st BCT, during training Feb. 2009 in Iraq.
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 The Defense Department has notified the Washington National Guard that 3,000 members could be called up for overseas missions.

The "notice of sourcing" announced Monday is not a mobilization order or alert. However, it could affect the 81st Brigade Combat Team and the 506 Military Police Company.

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Environment
9:19 am
Mon May 16, 2011

New rules to distance boats from endangered orcas start today

Going on a whale watching tour is a popular activity in the border waters between Washington State and British Columbia. New rules that take effect  Monday require vessels to give a wider berth to the iconic resident killer whales. KPLU's Tom Banse reports from one of the home ports of the whale watching fleet, in Victoria.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:13 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Seattle's Columbia Center and Smith Tower are visible through raindrops on a window. The central Puget Sound area received as much rain in just over 15 hours over the weekend as it typically averages in the entire month of May.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

Showers today; high 56 - dry for the rest of the week

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Rain Records Broken - When Will it Stop?
  • Alaska Air CEO: We'll Remain Independent
  • Gregoire Signing Transportation Budget Today

 

Seattle Sets Two Rain Records in 15 Hours

Steady, moderate rain that has been falling across the Puget Sound region has set not one, but two daily rainfall records in just over 15 hours.

KOMO reports Sea-Tac airport received 0.97 inches from when the rain began at just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening through 1 a.m. Sunday.That broke the daily rainfall record for May 14, which was 0.53" set in 2001.

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ARTSCAPE
9:00 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Whidbey Island retreat provides solitude for women writers

Hedgebrook's website say that it "supports a growing global community of women writers from all over the world with residencies at our retreat." Left to right: Molly Smith Metzler, Radha Blank, Susan Soon He Stanton, Lisa Loomer, Alva Rogers.
Courtesy of Hedgebrook

On Whidbey Island, among the evergreens, sits Hedgebrook, a writers retreat solely for women. Nestled on 48 acres, women writers, like feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, have been seeking solitude at the property since 1988. It's a piece of land that many say is a source of creative power.

Recently, young women playwrights have been honing their works with only the sounds of the surrounding forest to interrupt their writing. They've been invited to Whidbey Island to join in the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.

For  KPLU's weekly Artscape series, I travelled to Hedgebrook to talk to two of the writers about their work.

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Arts Education
5:30 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Roosevelt, Mountlake Terrace make top 3 at Essentially Ellington

Taylor Griffin performs with the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band at the 16th Annual Essentially Ellington competition in New York this weekend. Terrace finished third overall. Seattle's Roosevelt High School placed second.
Paul deBarros Twitpic

Two Western Washington high school bands finished in the top three at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Saturday.

KING 5 TV reports Seattle's Roosevelt High School took second place and Mountlake Terrace High School took third.

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