Early Humans
11:01 am
Tue October 25, 2011

Jawbone found near Kennewick Man site, raising specter of controversy

Dr. Doug Owlsley, left, of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, arranges the pieces from the model of the Kennewick Man for a presentation for the media at University Towers in Seattle in 2005.
Associated Press

Federal archeologists are investigating a very old jawbone that turned up Monday along the Columbia River in Kennewick, Wash. The human remains were found a short distance from where Kennewick Man was discovered in 1996 and sparked a decade-long legal conflict.

The battles over Kennewick Man have scientists being extra cautious with the new discovery.

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The Digital Future
4:30 am
Tue October 25, 2011

A Merry Christmas for technology?

Apple's iPhone 4s will be one of the big hits of the holiday season.
Michael Nienaltowski flickr.com

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson is predicting the technology sector will end the year on a relatively high note. But, as he tells KPLU's Dave Meyer on The Digital Future, he's worried about the first quarter of 2012.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Closure
5:15 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

West Seattle Water Taxi becomes popular alternative to 'Viadoom'

Commuters line up in West Seattle to catch the Water Taxi. Many more filed onto the boat today instead of attempting to make it through the 'viadoom' scenario feared on many roadways due to the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
Joey Cohn KPLU

So far – not so bad. That seems to be the upshot of the first weekday commute without the Alaskan Way Viaduct through Seattle. Traffic was slow, but not totally gridlocked Monday morning.

The state Department of Transportation says many people heeded their warnings and changed their commute patterns. That was certainly the case on board the West Seattle water taxi, which picked up nearly twice as many riders.

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Washington trade
5:10 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wash. governor defers to State Dept. on human rights in China

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has returned from her second trade mission to China. The state’s Tibetan community wanted her to press Communist officials on the issue of human rights.

But the Democratic governor believes that’s the role of the State Department.

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4:19 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Study: Using NW forests for biofuels will not reduce carbon

A new study says using wood from thinned forests in the Northwest for biofuels would not offset carbon created with fossil fuels.
Bejan Flickr

A new study from Oregon State University says that producing biofuels from forests in the Northwest could increase the region’s carbon emissions.

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The Impact of War
3:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Father of Northwest soldier killed in Iraq reacts to troop withdrawal

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 5:09 pm

President Obama's announcement that all remaining U-S troops in Iraq will withdraw by the end of the year was welcome news at Joint Base Lewis-McChord .

The 420 Washington-based soldiers remaining there were already scheduled to return home. But the base has a long and painful history in Iraq.

Since the invasion in 2003, 200 soldiers and one airman from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have lost their lives there. The peak of the casualties came during the troop surge of 2007.

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Sockeye Salmon
2:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service flickr

Alarm over a potentially deadly salmon virus has reached the halls of Congress. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response. Last week, scientists in British Columbia announced they've found the fish-killing virus in wild Pacific Salmon for the first time.

It's the second virus suspected in salmon deaths to be discovered this year.

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Aerospace workers
2:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon

Boeing moved to Chicago, but it's still employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington state.

The same day Boeing announced it is employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington for the first time in nearly a dozen years, Sen. Maria Cantwell said the state needs 21,000 more educated and trained workers to fill jobs in the aviation industry in the next decade.

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1:04 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Lesson From Japan: Tsunami Warnings Via Mobile Phones

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 5:28 pm

SEATTLE – A tsunami expert from Japan shared this advice at a meeting of West Coast emergency planners and earthquake scientists Friday: make greater use of mobile phones to spread tsunami warnings.

More than a hundred disaster planners gathered in Seattle to parse the lessons from last March's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Japan has the world's most advanced earthquake warning system. It's so fast that sometimes a text alert reaches cellphone owners before the ground even starts shaking where they are.

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12:48 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

National outdoors effort includes 2 Washington trails

Olympic Discovery Trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Maria M Flickr

A national initiative to improve access to the outdoors will focus on expanding two trails in Washington state.

President Barack Obama's Great Outdoors Initiative includes efforts to extend the Pacific Northwest Trail on the Olympic Peninsula and create a water trail along the entire length of the Columbia River through Washington.

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