12:05 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Secret negotiations at Boeing net several key deals with union

Tom Wroblewski, center, president of Boeing Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announces Wednesday that the Boeing Co. and the Machinists union had reached a tentative agreement to build the new Boeing 737 MAX airplane in Renton, Wash.
Associated Press

Boeing and the Machinists union have apparently reached a four-year contract deal as well as a deal to build the 737 MAX in Renton and have the union’s labor complaint dropped.

“We look forward to new era of prosperity for IAM and Boeing,” said Tom Wroblewski, president of Machinists Union District 751.

Wroblewski added that the secret meetings started out as conversations about the 737 and evolved into a full-blown contract deal because outside influences were dampened and the negotiation climate was right.

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Salmon virus controversy
10:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

For 2nd time, salmon virus information withheld in Canada

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

Sen. Maria Cantwell is calling for stronger communication between American and Canadian officials following the disclosure that Canada failed to reveal the results of tests that appear to show the presence of a potentially deadly salmon virus nearly a decade before a salmon-virus scare this fall.

This is the second time that Canadian officials have been accused of muffling a scientist’s findings concerning viruses and salmon.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
7:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Sophie Milman: A young jazz singer on the move

Sophie Milman performs in the KPLU Seattle studios on November 29, 2011.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It would seem that jazz vocalist, Sophie Milman is in motion constantly.  She was born in Russia, raised in Israel and moved to Canada when she was in her late teens.  Now, at age 27, she’s just released her 6th CD and seems to be perpetually on tour.

With someone moving as fast as Sophie, we were lucky to get her and her band into the KPLU studios for a live performance/interview, hosted by Kevin Kniestedt.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed November 30, 2011

How good was Stein's pie? (Plus, an Apple/Pear Galette recipe)

This good.
Dick Stein KPLU

I was so proud of my brilliant Thanksgiving pecan pie innovation.  And then I learned the awful truth.

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Budget crisis
6:00 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Protesters continue disruptions at Washington Legislature

Washington State Troopers remove members of the “Occupy” movement who disrupted a senate budget hearing in Olympia.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – State troopers arrested ten people at the Washington state capitol Tuesday. Four of them after protesters disrupted a Washington legislative committee.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:41 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Seattle gets reprieve from eviction, takes up squatting

An Occupy Seattle protester, who declined to be identified, enters a formerly boarded-up duplex Nov. 22 that protesters have taken over in Seattle's Central District to protest foreclosures.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Occupy Seattle can occupy the community college campus on Capitol Hill in Seattle at least until Friday, when a court hearing will decide if the college has the right to boot them off campus.

Meanwhile, some Occupy members in Seattle and along the West Coast have shifted from occupying with tents to occupying abandoned houses.

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4:53 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Feds target wood stove smoke

This is just the kind of wood-burning equipment the government is worried about.
Northwest News Network

TACOMA, Wash. – The cold nights we've been having are leading people to fire up their wood stoves and fireplaces. This also means we're in the season of the dirtiest air of the year in the Northwest.

Wood stoves are one of the biggest – if not the biggest – contributor to this problem in our area. Clean air agencies are going to greater lengths to pry old, polluting, uncertified wood stoves out of the fingers of homeowners.

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4:28 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Oregon, US Bank Agree To Nix ATM Fees For Benefits

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 2:21 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Consumer advocates are declaring victory after the state of Oregon Tuesday announced a new contract with US Bank. The agreement eliminates fees for accessing unemployment and child support benefits via an ATM.

Under the current contract, people who get their benefits through the US Bank's ReliaCard get two free ATM withdrawals a month. After that, the bank charges a $1.50 fee per ATM transaction.

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Other News
4:24 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

WSU fires head football coach Paul Wulff

Paul Wulff is out of his job as head football coach at Washington State University.

When Paul Wulff was hired at Washington State University as head coach of the Cougar football team four years ago, he walked into a program that was in shambles.

He leaves the program now with the thanks of Athletic Director Bill Moos for helping to rebuild the program’s foundation, but in the end that wasn’t enough for Wulff to keep his job.

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4:21 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Municipal Bond Bill Becomes Legislative Version Of '24'

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A municipal bond bill in Olympia is turning into a legislative version of the TV show "24." The State Treasurer and bond market analysts hope the legislature pulls a Jack Bauer-style rescue before Thursday morning. That's when a public events center in Central Washington will default on its bonds.

Town Toyota Center is a 4,300 seat venue in Wenatchee.

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