Economy
2:48 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Small Business Hiring Stagnant In Oregon

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:05 am

SALEM, Ore. - New unemployment numbers released Friday show the nation's jobless rate dropped slightly last month. But in Oregon, a new report this week shows that small businesses are still struggling to add jobs.

The report from the payroll firm Intuit shows job growth at Oregon employers with fewer than 20 workers dropped last month. While the drop was just 0.5 percent, it was the sharpest decline among the 15 largest states where the firm does business.

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Groove Notes
2:27 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Getting serious at Earshot Jazz with headliner Keith Jarrett

Left to right: Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock.

“Some people ask me why I don’t bring my cell phone up on stage with me. It’s because I don’t want to interrupt you.” – Keith Jarrett addressing the crowd after intermission at Tuesday's show at Benaroya Hall.

I had never seen Keith Jarrett perform live before. I had only heard his wonderful recordings and heard some interesting stories about the demands he has on his audience.

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Election 2011
1:15 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

McKenna to vote for privatized liquor

Saying he's basing his decision in part on the fact that state government needs more money, Attorney General Rob McKenna says he'll vote for a measure that would privatize liquor sales in Washington.

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Protesting Wall Street
11:39 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Movement to divest from big banks has its day Saturday

Group wants customers of big banks to take flight with their money.
Jon Tucker Flickr

Frustrated consumers have something to say to big banks: It’s not me ... it’s you.  

And they plan to make it official on Bank Transfer Day Saturday.

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KPLU All Blues host John Kessler has expanded "The Blues Time Machine," which has been a popular segment on his weekend blues shows.  The weekly series tracks one great blues song through history - from its earliest recording to its latest and sometimes, with some surprising interpretations.  "The Blues Time Machine" airs on KPLU on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. during the "Blue Plate Special," and on All Blues Saturdays and Sundays at 8 and 11 p.m.

Jazz artist live performances, both past and upcoming, in the KPLU studios.

Global Health
10:16 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Bill Gates hands in his foreign aid report to G20

Bill Gates.
Associated Press

Bill Gates, who according to Forbes is the fifth most powerful person in the world, has made his case for boosting foreign aid and development to the G20 meeting of the world’s richest countries, which is held in France this year

It’s a compelling case. Unfortunately, it may be Greek to the rest of the world’s powerful.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:42 am
Fri November 4, 2011

The sun is out, but it's cold ... what's happening?

The view of a sunrise from Tacoma on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Jake Ellison KPLU

We're getting some beautiful sunrises and until we set our clocks back, we’re all up to see them!

Today and Saturday we’ll get some of those morning sprinkles, but the afternoons clear off with temperatures hitting around 50, and then starting on Saturday afternoon we get some “very interesting” weather for the Northwest, says KPLU’s weather expert Cliff Mass.

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K-12 Education
4:33 am
Fri November 4, 2011

How much do students benefit from free practice SATs? Some say a lot

Highline Public Schools encourages sophomores, such as Cordae McAfee (right), to take the PSAT by paying the testing fee. McAfee says he didn't know enough about the test to care about his results but took it anyway.
Charla Bear KPLU

Thousands of students across the state are taking the SAT this weekend.

The college entrance exam plays a big role in admissions, but a lot of students are poorly prepared for it. Some educators say an easy way to change that – and get students to gear up for college earlier – is to pay for sophomores or juniors to take a preliminary version of the test. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

UW hosts Oregon, bids farewell to old Husky Stadium Saturday

Old file photo of Husky Stadium. The current stadium will host its final football game Saturday night when UW plays No. 6 Oregon. Much of it will then be demolished and replaced in a $250 million upgrade. What's your best Husky Stadium memory?
AP File Photo

It's perhaps the most fitting way to end an era at Husky Stadium. The University of Washington hosts No. 6 Oregon on Saturday night in a Pac-12 showdown that will be the final game in the 90-year old waterfront stadium.

We'd love to hear your favorite memories of the old Husky Stadium.

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