Other News
3:47 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Kitzhaber talks up unions, then tours non-union factory

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber assured a gathering of blue-collar union workers Wednesday that he is still on their side, despite anti-union sentiment in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Democrat spoke at the annual convention of the AFL-CIO in Eugene. He told the crowd unions helped him get elected to an unprecedented third term. The labor coalition endorsed Kitzhaber in last year’s elections.

The governor pledged to work with unions to create so-called “family-wage jobs.”

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Alternative Energy
3:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research

Efforts to turn wood into biofuels received a major boost today in with the award of $80 million for research at the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Nigel Beaumont Flickr

Producing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fossil fuels is a puzzle that has been bedeviling researchers for years.

Now, with $80 million pouring into research at the University of Washington and Washington State University, stakeholders hope to find the key for turning biomass from wood products into fuel for cars and jets.

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Fall Fund Drive
12:56 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote?  Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

Guns & Marijuana
12:55 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

ATF: Illegal to sell guns to medical marijuana users

internet persona Flickr

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities say firearms dealers in states where medical marijuana is legal can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug.

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Economy
10:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Agriculture Secretary promotes jobs plan in NW

PORTLAND – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Portland Tuesday to promote President Obama's American Jobs Act.

The bill aims to spur job growth by cutting payroll taxes for employers and investing in school and transportation infrastructure.

"All of these steps have been proposed in the past by Republicans and Democrats, so there is no reason why we can't get bipartisan support for these programs," Vilsack said.

Demographics
9:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Census: Thousands of same-sex married couples in NW

Population distribution in 2010.
U.S. Census Bureau

About 5,500 same-sex couples in the Northwest checked the box to be counted as married in the 2010 Census. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho recognizes same-sex marriages.

A new Census Bureau report says the number of same-sex couples who identify themselves as married greatly exceeds the number of marriage licenses issued by states that legalized such unions.

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Washington wildfires
8:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Neighbors help rebuild after Goldendale Monastery fire

Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston and his wife Donna, stand near the spot where a fire broke out that later became known as the Monastery Complex Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – This year’s Northwest fire season has been relatively calm. But that’s little solace to the small mountain town of Goldendale, Wash. Residents there are just starting to rebuild and cleanup after a wildfire obliterated about 20 structures earlier this month .

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Nuclear Power Plant
8:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated

Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash., is shown in this 2003 file photo.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed September 28, 2011

We say 'To-MAY-to,' and saying it is as far as I go

How 'bout them tomatoes?
Nancy Leson

We've just about reached the end of the season for home-grown tomatoes in these parts – to which Nancy Leson says yes. But to supermarket tomatoes Ms. Leson says "Blah." I say "blechh" to all tomatoes and will not willingly eat one.

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Real Estate
6:51 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Building project aims to revitalize Pioneer Square and Seattle

A construction crew prepares to break ground on Stadium Place, a new building project developers say will revitalize Pioneer Square.
Charla Bear KPLU

Construction of a shiny, new high rise is underway in Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. Residents, elected officials and the developer ushered in the Pioneer Square project they say will bring big changes to the entire city.

While one new building on the outskirts of downtown doesn’t seem like cause for a big to-do, King County’s executive, a couple of councilmembers and a former mayor all came out to the ground breaking. 

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