Street Cents
4:28 am
Tue December 6, 2011

For some, the gamble of an adjustable-rate mortgage pays off

Low interest rates making headlines. That's good news for adjusting or locking in a mortgage.

KPLU's John Maynard bought a condo in 2007 – at the height of the market. He took out an adjustable-rate mortgage that's "adjusting" in June.

That's turned out to be good news for Maynard, who's mortgage payment will go down considerably since interest rates are low right now and expected to be so for quite some time.

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Other News
4:48 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Postal Service changes mean earlier deadline to mail ballots in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon vote-by-mail system will be affected by plans to cut next-day delivery of first class mail. The US Postal Service announced that change in service Monday.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says once the new delivery standard takes effect, voters should mail their ballots by the Thursday prior to a Tuesday election, just to be safe.

But Brown says she still wants voters to have enough time to make up their minds. So she says she'll ask lawmakers to approve an earlier date for county elections offices to mail out ballots.

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Environment
3:41 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Federal nuclear watchdog says Hanford safety culture still an issue

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 3:18 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A report last week says the safety culture at Hanford's waste treatment plant is largely OK. But now, a federal nuclear facilities watchdog says he sees it differently.

Hanford's waste treatment plant contractor Bechtel commissioned the report. It was carried out by a small cadre of nuclear experts. It found that Hanford's waste treatment plant had, overall, a good safety culture.

That's been the subject of much debate ever since a high-level whistleblower came forward criticizing the $12 billion project.

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Law
3:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Amanda Knox hires top literary agent

Amanda Knox is surrounded by family members shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in October in Seattle.
Associated Press

Amanda Knox says she's hired a Washington, D.C., lawyer to help her land a book deal after an Italian court cleared her and her ex-boyfriend in the killing of her British roommate.

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Welcome Home
3:11 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

JBLM soldiers returning from Iraq

As of Tuesday, nearly all of Joint Base Lewis McChord's soldiers will have left Iraq. 

A group of 170 soldiers is returning to JBLM on Tuesday. It includes members of the 17th Fires Brigade and 62nd Medical Brigade. Their charter flight arrives at McChord Field at 4 p.m.

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seasonal fun
3:03 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Exposing 'The Nutcracker' in Seattle ... literally!

Lily Verlaine as The Countess of Coffee in the Land of the Sweets burlesque version of 'The Nutcracker.'
Chris Blakeley Courtesy of Land of the Sweets

This is the time of year for many dance and theater groups to make money with big productions of “The Nutcracker” … and in Seattle you can see the show with a twist: a “sexy, but not too sexy” burlesque.

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seattle arts
2:30 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Seattle seeking affordable space for artists

An art installation at INScape in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District.
Florangela Davila KPLU

It’s been a long running problem – how to keep and create affordable spaces for artists to live, work and perform in.

That’s the focus of Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event beginning Tuesday at Town Hall. The City of Seattle is asking a wide range of people to roll up their sleeves to look for ways to preserve Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.

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Environment
2:13 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Like plastic bags? Hate 'em? Let the Seattle Council know tonight

The Seattle City Council is considering a ban on thin single-use plastic bags at checkout stands. The ban will also include a pass-through fee of 5 cents for paper bags.

The council is holding a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 5:30

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Budget crisis
2:03 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Congressman DeFazio blasts USPS for cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to close 252 processing facilities, end next-day mail service, and restrict service to rural areas.

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Budget crisis
2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Layoff notices to 166 Tacoma city employees

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma is notifying 166 city employees Monday their jobs could be cut as the city deals with a $23 million budget deficit.

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