Plastic bag ban
5:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Major grocery stores support statewide ban on plastic bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.

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Washington government
4:39 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Washington revenue forecaster resigns; takes private sector job

Economic Forecaster Arun Raha, left, offers up his customary deadpan as he announces his resignation to take a job in the private sector.
Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – His job was to predict Washington revenues through the worst economic storm since the Great Depression. Now Washington’s chief economic forecaster is resigning to take a job in the private sector.

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

All deck chairs filled: Titanic 100th anniversary cruise is booked

The Titanic, which sank 100 years ago in April.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 3:58 pm

In case you were hoping to get a spot on the MS Balmoral when it sails from Southampton, England, on April 8 for its "Titanic Memorial Cruise" on the 100th anniversary of that earlier ship's fateful voyage, you're too late.

It's fully booked.

But, if you're interested in sailing from New York on April 10 aboard the Amazara Journey and meeting up with the Balmoral on April 15 at 41°43'57"N, 49°56'49"W in the Atlantic Ocean — where the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 — there are still some spots.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

It's burn ban time again

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has declared a Stage One burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Burning is prohibited in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves, unless the stove is the home's only adequate source of heat.

A high pressure system is bringing cold temperatures and mild winds to the region. The system keeps air pollution from dissipating, and air quality is expected to deteriorate through Friday.

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Money Matters
2:07 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Are you 'scam smart'?

Phishing scam designed to trick you into surrendering your account info.
Chris Harrison KPLU

It pays to be a bit paranoid these days. The digital age makes it easy for scammers to reach out and touch your wallet.

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has released its list of the top scams seen in 2011. It includes "phishing", bogus lotteries and secret shopper schemes.

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Washington State Legislature
1:27 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

AP: Gay marriage within reach in Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to approve gay marriage, with votes continuing to realign in the state Senate.

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protesting wall street
1:09 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Seattle video: Chase's Jamie Dimon sounds off on politics, 'whiny crap'

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon takes questions at a University of Washington business school event in Seattle on Nov. 2, 2011.
From UW through records reuest

"We've been doing nothing but investing in this town."

On Nov. 2, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon came to Seattle to address business leaders at an event put on by the University of Washington’s business school. The event attracted a great deal of heat from the Occupy Seattle protesters, which we wrote about: “Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase.”

Reporters were not allowed into the event to hear what Dimon had to say, though some were allowed to interview him before hand. KPLU was not among them.

We got a copy of a video of the event through the Freedom of Information Act. Inside, you can watch several snippets of his responses to questions as well as the full video of his speech at the Business Leadership Celebration event.

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Environment
1:05 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

EPA creates Website to ID biggest emitters of greenhouse gases

Originally published on Wed January 11, 2012 12:39 pm

Ever wondered who the big greenhouse-gas emitters are in your neck of the woods? The answer is now just a click away.

The US Environmental Protection Agency today unveiled a new website that identifies most of the nation's biggest emitters of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases. It lets you, for example:

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Award-winning journalist Richard Harris has reported on a wide range of topics in science, medicine and the environment since he joined NPR in 1986. In early 2014, his focus shifted from an emphasis on climate change and the environment to biomedical research.

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