Green River flooding
1:29 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

King County animal shelter stops taking cats

Big Bert Jr., one of the adult cats available for adoption at the King County animal shelter in Kent on December 7, 2010.
Regional Animal Services of King County

The King County animal shelter  in Kent has temporarily suspended the acceptance of adult cats.  The shelter is trying to reduce its population in preparation for possible flooding along the Green River.   In the event of a flood,  the animals will have to be evacuated to another facility.

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Life in the Northwest
1:07 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Run your own wilderness resort

Canoeing at Stehekin
National Park Service

Looking for an opportunity to get away from it all?  The National Park Service is taking bids on the contract to manage a 21-room lodge, restaurant and general store in Stehekin.  When they say it's remote, they aren't kidding; located at the end of Lake Chelan, the area is reachable only by boat, floatplane or on foot.  There's no TV, no cell phone service and just one pay phone.  

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King County Budget
11:23 am
Tue December 7, 2010

King County deputies vote on cutting pay

As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.  Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.  But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase. 

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Lobbyists in Olympia
9:01 am
Tue December 7, 2010

State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs

Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a budget-cutting special session of the legislature before the year is out. As the state’s budget crisis worsens, the governor and lawmakers are looking to save money anywhere they can. One target in the crosshairs: lobbyists for state agencies.

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Street Cents
6:28 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Wrongful foreclosures

AP

Is it possible for proud home owners who pay their mortgages on time to have their houses foreclosed on? KPLU’s John Maynard talks with real estate appraiser Richard Hagar who says this sort of thing happens all the time, thanks to sloppy bank practices.

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News Roundup
5:48 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Pearl Harbor Suvivors Association President Art Herriford, left, is seen talking to his wife Shirley at the group's convention in Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The group met in Waikiki a day before the Pearl Harbor anniversary.
AP (Audrey McEvoy)

Local vets remember Pearl Harbor attack; guilty verdicts for some accused of helping Maurice Clemmons avoid police; vandalism punctures more than car tires in Bremerton; and questions remain over how a dog was electrocuted on a Seattle sidewalk. 

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Boeing
5:23 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Trusted analyst fuels rumor: tanker bid will go to EADS, not Boeing

One of the US Airforce's aging KC-135 tankers refuels an F-18 Hornet midflight. The contract to replace the US fleet of refuelling tankers is estimated to be worth $40 B.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt.j.g. Perry Solomon

A leading defense analyst who had previously predicted a Boeing win in the competition to build the US Air Force's next generation of refueling tankers now says Airbus parent EADS will likely get the $40-billion contract. 

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Homeland Security
5:12 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Homeland Security teams up with Walmart

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in video being shown in Walmart stores.
Department of Homeland Security

Next time you walk into a Walmart store, you might see the head of the U-S Department of Homeland Security.  Secretary Janet Napolitano has recorded video messages that are being aired inside Walmart stores in 27 states, including Washington.

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State Budget Crisis
4:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Gregoire to call special session on budget

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a special session of the legislature to address the ballooning budget crisis. The Democrat made the announcement Monday afternoon following a meeting with legislative leaders from both parties. 

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Cancun Climate Conference
4:38 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Could regions hold the key to climate action?

This Greenpeace activist performs in an underwater art museum in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday Dec. 5, 2010. Environmental activists took the water to draw attention to the risk faced by coastal areas under threat of global warming and rising seas.
Courtest Greenpeace.org

Delegates at the U.N. Climate Conference in Cancun Mexico are still haggling over the same sticking points that prevented an agreement a year ago in Copenhagen: who is going to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions how much by when, and who's going to pay for it all.

And with the U.S. unwilling to sign on to the sort of strict economy-wide carbon diet being pushed by Europe and others, right now the signs of progress are few.

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Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.
AP

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:

 

Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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Cancun Climate Conference
9:16 am
Mon December 6, 2010

KPLU at the U.N. Climate Conference in Cancun

Riot police stand in formation outside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday Dec. 5, 2010.
AP

This week, delegates from nearly 200 countries are trying to wrap up their work at the successor to last year's climate conference in Copenhagen. And I'm one of about 2,000 journalists from around the world who are here to cover the event.

I've spent most of the morning weaving my way through checkpoints of armed Federales. The security here is squeaky-tight. which makes getting around between the widely spread-out conference venues a time-consuming challenge.

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Artscape
7:40 am
Mon December 6, 2010

MTV shines a light on Seattle's music scene

Courtesy MTV
Courtesy MTV

If you ask anyone outside the Northwest what the region is known for, they will likely say coffee and grunge music. People here still love their lattes, but the new web-series from MTV and local filmmaker Lynn Shelton shows us how the music scene has grown far beyond the sounds of of Nirvana’s Teen Spirit.

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Sports
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Former Mariner GM Gillick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Pat Gillick, former Seattle Mariners general manager, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during World Series championship years. He was also GM at Baltimore.
AP

Former Seattle Mariner general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Gillick won three World Series titles during his 27 years as general manager of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

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K-12 Education
6:36 am
Mon December 6, 2010

African Americans most affected by low-performing schools

African American students get tutoring and mentorship from The Urban League.
The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

African American kids are more likely than any other students to start their educations in Seattle’s worst public schools.  That’s according to a new report from University of Washington researchers.  Community groups and school district administrators say it means schools are disproportionately failing kids who already face big hurdles to education. 

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