Economy
3:26 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

When 'Made In...' Means Something Else

There are nine Made in Oregon stores, including this location in Salem. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Wed November 30, 2011 5:40 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Many holiday shoppers this year plan to "buy local." For decades, two Northwest retail chains have pitched themselves as the source for locally produced goods. But not everything you find at "Made in Oregon" or "Made in Washington" is actually... well... made in Oregon or Washington.

Walk into a Made in Oregon store and you're surrounded by iconic Oregon products: Myrtlewood bowls. Marionberry jam. And of course, lots of wine. The store appeals to people like Jane Botchin, strolling through the Salem Center mall.

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News
3:24 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Court Documents Reveal Evolution Of MLK Day Bomber's Racist Beliefs

Recently unsealed court documents show photos on Kevin Harpham's camera of himself and Spokane parade participants last Martin Luther King Day. Photo courtesy of U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:00 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - It took white supremacist Kevin Harpham a few months to collect bomb materials. But newly unsealed documents show he was mired in the Neo-Nazi movement for more than a decade.

Harpham is the man who pleaded guilty to planting a bomb at Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade last January. A federal judge set a sentencing hearing for Dec. 20.

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Other News
3:20 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Early Warning, Preparing Could Curb NW Megaquake's Wrath (script)

Participants in the 'Portland In Pieces' workshop by the Portland City Club strategize about disaster response. By
Bill Lascher Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - The massive earthquake that struck Japan in March of this year devastated that country. But it could have caused even more damage if Japan didn’t have a high-tech early warning system. Now, Northwest scientists are beginning to install a network of sensors that could send out alerts when a megaquake is on its way. As journalist Bill Lascher found, North America’s first earthquake alert system would be more sophisticated than the one in Japan.

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Business
2:36 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Businesses get a $350M break from state worker programs

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington businesses will get some unexpected tax relief next year – to the tune of $350 million. Governor Chris Gregoire made the announcement Thursday in Olympia.

“There will be no overall increase in workers’ compensation rates in 2012 and an actual reduction in unemployment insurance rates for all rate classes," Gregoire said.

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Life in the Northwest
1:09 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Vancouver tops Seattle for quality of living, survey says

Vancouver's Science World 7/10/2010
Bruce Irschick flickr.com

Vancouver, B.C. comes in 5th on Mercer's 2011 Quality of Living survey, while Seattle is ranked at 48 (just below New York City).

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:24 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Jazz great Chick Corea to perform live in rare studio session

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea's Website

On the heels of a nearly month-long celebration of his 70th birthday at the Blue Note in New York City (which included performances with ten different bands and 30 musicians) legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will offer a rare opportunity for radio listeners tomorrow afternoon on KPLU.

At 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time Corea will be joining Kevin Kniestedt in the KPLU Seattle performance studio for a live interview and solo piano performance. This is a real treat for us as Corea so rarely offers performances of this type.

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Groove Notes
12:21 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Jazz great Chick Corea to perform live in rare studio session

Chick Corea.
Chick Corea's Website

On the heels of a nearly month-long celebration of his 70th birthday at the Blue Note in New York City (which included performances with ten different bands and 30 musicians) legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea will offer a rare opportunity for radio listeners tomorrow afternoon on KPLU.

At 12:15 p.m. Pacific Time Corea will be joining Kevin Kniestedt in the KPLU Seattle performance studio for a live interview and solo piano performance. This is a real treat for us as Corea so rarely offers performances of this type.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Budget surprises
9:59 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Dirty dome, budget cuts blamed for Washington Capitol leaks

The state's Capitol dome is leaking and budget cuts have been blamed.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A dirty dome is blamed for leaks at the Capitol in Olympia.

State Department of Enterprise Services spokesman Jim Erskine says with cleaning postponed by budget cuts, it's possible mold and grime are widening cracks in the mortar and allowing water into the building.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Preview: The new man in charge of WSU football

New WSU football leader Mike Leach will bring his special brand of coaching to Pullman. He formerly coached at Texas Tech. He's pictured here in a game against Texas in 2007.
Eric Gay AP Photo

Just a day after firing Paul Wulff, who had the job for four years, Washington State University has hired Mike Leach to be its new head football coach.

Leach is the former coach of Texas Tech University. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says he's an offensive wizard who's had his share of controversy.

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