Data Center
3:08 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Wash. data center crash just now coming to light

Washington’s new State Data Center complex on the capitol campus.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A power surge and outage on Washington’s Capitol campus last month shut down the state’s data center. The accident also caused half-a-million dollars damage to an underground electricity vault.

State officials did not publicize the incident. It is just now coming to light.

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Business
1:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Everett to host pre-Olympics gymnastics event

EVERETT, Wash. — The Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships are expected to draw more than 300 gymnasts from 14 nations for the three-day event next March at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

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Storm water runoff
12:20 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard

This photo, taken in the winter of 2011, shows one of the failed rain gardens in Ballard the city is spending $500,000 to remove.
Ballard Raingardengue blog

Just a year ago, Seattle was promoting its roadside rain garden project in Ballard. Now, the city is spending half a million dollars to dismantle huge sections of it.

Some neighborhood residents say, despite good intentions, the whole thing has been a fiasco.

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Environment
11:24 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Electric vehicles becoming more mainstream

With these new all-electric plug-in Nissan Leaf hatchbacks added to its fleet, King County "raises the bar" for van pool programs, says Executive Dow Constantine. Children's Hospital installed the first 4 of 20 at their campus in Seattle.
Photo courtesy Children's Hospital

It’s been eight months since Nissan made its first delivery of its all-electric Leaf car to a customer in the pacific Northwest.

Now, driving an all-electric vehicle is well on its way to becoming mainstream reality. A pilot program is installing thousands of electric car charging stations in the Puget Sound region and making them more available to regular folks.

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Washington wildfires
10:53 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Crews contain Port Townsend fire as temps rise

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Fire crews have contained a wildfire that burned about 30 acres near Port Townsend.

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Weather report
9:48 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Washington: 80s in the west, 90s in the east ... where's hottest?

The National Weather Service and KPLU commentator Cliff Mass say the great weekend weather and temperatures are going to continue through the week, at least.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

The National Weather Service says Washington is in for one of the hottest stretches of summer this week.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

New home sales: Great deals at center of state, end of runway

New home waiting for the right buyer on the plains near Quincy, Wash.

Great deals on new homes can be found on the plains and near the planes.

That's the word from Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar. New developments on the  flatlands of  Quincy, Wash., and the "loud lands" near Sea-Tac Airport are being built and sold at a pretty fast clip. Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard there are some interesting reasons for that.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Back to school: Memories of junior high jitters

Seattle writer Tim Haywood laughs to avoid crying over memories of first day of junior high.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle writer Tim Haywood of Reflections of a shallow pond fame has the jitters. His youngest daughter is about to start middle school.  That brings up  memories of his own journey, 35 years ago, from elementary school to junior high. 

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Business
8:44 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Coldwater Creek to shut stores as sales drop

A Northwest brand is finding women's apparel and jewelry a tough sell in the current economy. Idaho-based Coldwater Creek has announced it will close dozens of stores in the face of a 28 percent drop in sales.

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