Workers' Rights
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

U.S. High Court To Hear Amazon Warehouse Workers’ Case Over Security Screenings

FILE - An Amazon.com employee pulls a pallet of empty boxes past the book storage area at their Fernley, Nevada warehouse.
Scott Sady AP Photo

Amazon warehouse workers will have their moment before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday when the justices will hear arguments in a case over whether the workers should be paid for time spent waiting to go through security screenings. 

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Seattle Public Schools
5:00 am
Mon October 6, 2014

10 Seattle Schools Most Likely To Be Affected By District's Boundary Shift

A screenshot of a Seattle Public Schools map showing that more than 100 students who currently live in the attendance areas of Highland Park and Sanislo elementaries will fall into Concord International Elementary School's boundary next year.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools officials will hold a series of public meetings this week to inform parents of another shift in attendance boundaries set to take place next school year, potentially impacting more than 1,100 students at 25 district elementary schools.

The changes are part of a bigger plan. A package approved by Seattle School Board members last year calls for annual, incremental shifts in the attendance boundaries until 2020, all with the aim of finding enough space for a burgeoning student population in new or recently-expanded schools.

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How We Came To Be
8:25 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Founders Of Idaho Creation Museum Urge Visitors To 'Think Critically'

Stan Lutz, left, and Doug Bennett stand with a mastodon skull in the Vision Center, a smaller version of what they hope to build.
Jessica Robinson

A group in the Boise area is in the midst of fundraising for a new attraction in the Northwest. It'll be called the Northwest Science Museum.

The planners envision a 350,000-square-foot space full of fossils, rocks and animal specimens. But this isn't your usual natural history museum. It's designed by creationists.

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

Jazz Northwest For October 5- Earshot Jazz Festival Preview

This week, Jazz Northwest includes a preview of The 26th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival which begins October 10 and runs through November 11. Dozens of performances will take place in various venues in and around the Seattle area.  

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

October Migrants - Look Who's Back!

Credit Tom Munson

  In the October sunlight, a Lincoln's Sparrow sings energetically from a hedgerow. Soon a Fox Sparrow chimes in. Both nested in Alaska last summer but will spend the winter farther south. The Snow Geese are moving, too. A massive movement of birds takes place in the fall. The exodus of summer visitors to the tropics has given way to a surge from the north. And predators can't be far behind.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Where Swallows Go In Winter

Credit Maggie Smith flickr.com/slomaggie

  Through all of spring and summer, swallows dart and sail overhead, their airborne grace a wonder to behold. But by October, the skies seem empty. Most swallows have flown south, in search of insects. The eight species of swallows that nest in the US - including this Cliff Swallow - migrate south to Central or even South America. Watch for them again next spring!

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:10 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Inslee Announces Court Action In Hanford Cleanup Fight

A sign warns of radioactivity near a wind direction flag indicator at the "C" tank farm during a media tour of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wednesday, July 9, 2014 near Richland, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The state of Washington is going back to federal court over cleanup at Hanford, the nation’s largest nuclear waste site. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the latest court action Friday in an exclusive public radio interview.

The decision to return to court follows months of negotiations that failed to produce a new Hanford cleanup agreement. Inslee says the time has come once again to get the courts involved.

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Wildfires
2:48 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Wash., Ore. Hope To Use Drones For Wildfire Recon In 2015

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle.
The Boeing Co.

State forestry departments in Washington and Oregon had hoped to try out drones this summer to provide reconnaissance at wildfire scenes. But neither firefighting agency managed to pull it off. Now both plan to try again next year.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:27 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Want A Weekend Of Sun? You May Have To Hit The Road

Aaron Brethorst

The weekend forecast is more complex than usual, thanks to something called a dirty ridge moving in, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Sunny Friday Before Dirty Ridge Moves In

Friday will be a "very, very nice day" with sun and temperatures reaching the lower 70s, thanks to a ridge of high pressure in the skies above.

“A perfect fall day – well above normal," Mass said.

But he says on Saturday, something called a dirty ridge is expected to move in, bringing dueling weather regimes with it. A dirty ridge is an area of high pressure that’s not strong enough to push out all the clouds and rain. As a result, it will allow two weather regimes to settle in over the region.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Meet The Blue Jay

Credit Pat Hemlepp

  If we had to pick one bird’s voice to symbolize our Eastern woodlands, the Blue Jay’s voice would likely be it. And as a frequent visitor to back yards and bird feeders, the Blue Jay is among the most recognized birds of the region. Nearly a foot long, Blue Jays can be loud and assertive when they approach a bird feeder, pushing smaller songbirds aside. But when nesting, the same jays can sneak to and from their nests with uncanny secrecy.

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