Reception Notice ...
3:45 am
Thu December 15, 2011

KPLU's West Seattle listeners may encounter reception problems

KPLU's long-time signal to West Seattle at 88.1 FM may encounter interference due to a new radio station broadcasting on that same frequency beginning Monday, December 19.

Because of terrain and distance, it's possible that some KPLU listeners in West Seattle will still be able to hear the station, but others may experience some signal disruption.

At the present time, KPLU is unable to do anything about the interference. However, the station has a license application in to the FCC to move its West Seattle signal to a new frequency.

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Salmon virus controversy
5:51 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hearing Thursday on decline of salmon in Canada's Fraser River

In British Columbia on Thursday, Canadian scientists will testify about the decline of salmon in the Fraser River. 

Even if you don’t like fish, advocates say you should still be concerned.

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K-12 Education
2:01 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Hundreds of high school students ditch school to protest state budget cuts

More than 100 Ballard High School students walked out of their classrooms Wednesday afternoon to join a protest at UW against cuts to education.
Katie Kennedy

Hundreds of high school students are rallying at the University of Washington in protest of cuts to education. They walked out of their classrooms this afternoon and marched or rode buses to the University District. 

Students from at least five high schools, including Ingraham and Nathan Hale - and even a few students from Tacoma - have banded together for the protest. 

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Other News
1:42 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Thousands of migratory birds are dead or injured after they apparently mistook a Wal-Mart parking lot, football fields, highways and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeted to the ground.

One state wildlife expert is calling it the worst downing she'd ever seen.

Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the injured survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George area Monday night.

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Bad billing
1:39 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Regulators accuse PSE of improper fee charges

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State regulators say Puget Sound Energy improperly charged a residential-visit disconnect fee to some electricity and natural gas customers.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission staff says the utility should refund the $13 fee to more than 1,600 customers. The utility also could be fined as much as $1,000 for each violation.

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1:31 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Washington job growth reaches four year high

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington added more than 12,000 jobs in November. That drops the state unemployment rate to 8.7 percent.

In fact, employment statistics released Wednesday show that job growth has reached a four-year high in Washington.

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The Impact of War
9:25 am
Wed December 14, 2011

Retired Kiowa pilot discusses crash over Lewis-McChord base

OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. Photo courtesy Bell Helicopter

Originally published on Tue December 13, 2011 5:17 pm

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. – The bodies of four Washington-based Army helicopter pilots have been recovered from the wreckage of two military choppers that went down on a training flight. The crash happened Monday night under reportedly clear skies over Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

An Army spokesman says the pilots were flying OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and would have been using night vision goggles. It's not clear yet if this was a mid-air collision.

Retired Kiowa pilot Justin Rich says flying with night vision is like looking through a paper towel tube.

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