Budget crisis
11:58 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Gregoire proposes $2 billion in cuts; new taxes still on the table

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire Says She’s Open To “Revenues” At Offset Another $2 Billion In Cuts
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says it’s time to look for new sources of funding for the state budget. That’s a major shift from her position a year ago. The Democrat’s comments today came after she proposed another $2 billion in cuts.

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Condit Dam Removal
11:16 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Big bang at dam launches hopes for salmon and kayakers

In this photo provided by PacifiCorp., a hole is breached in the century-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River near White Salmon, Wash., on Wednesday.

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – Southwest Washington's White Salmon River is running free this morning for the first time in a century.

demolition contractors executed their plan flawlessly yesterday to blast a hole in the base of an aging hydropower dam. Condit Dam is the third large Northwest dam to meet the wrecking ball this year.

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College Athletics
11:03 am
Thu October 27, 2011

WSU Regents considering $80 million Martin Stadium upgrade

The Regents of Washington State University are considering a Martin Stadium upgrade project that would cost an estimated $80 million.

When Oregon State University defeated Washington State University in college football last Saturday, it did so with five team members who had been heavily recruited by WSU.

“They loved Washington State, loved everything about it, their parents were crazy about it. They ended up going to Oregon State—now this is not Oregon, Oregon State, primarily because of their facilities,” says Bill Moos, WSU's director of intercollegiate athletics.

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Economy Report
11:00 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report

Income Inequality in the 2005–2009 Period. Blue represents higher inequality; green represents lower.
U.S. Census Bureau

New numbers show the gap between the rich and poor has grown across the nation. But income inequality in the Northwest is lower than the national level. That's according to an analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Economy
10:50 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Canadian electricity giant opens U.S. headquarters in Olympia

Governor Chris Gregoire at TransAlta's ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new US headquarters in Olympia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:05 am

Canadian electricity giant TransAlta has already agreed to shut down its coal-fired power plant in southwest Washington by 2025. But the company isn’t packing up and leaving. In fact, Wednesday the Alberta-based company opened its first US headquarters in Olympia.

Paul Taylor will head TransAlta’s US operations. He calls Washington’s capital city a “sweet spot” location for the company.

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Politics
10:41 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Gregoire Previews Budget Cuts, Wants To Reopen Union Contracts

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 4:27 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's largest state employee union says 'no' to higher health care premiums. Governor Chris Gregoire Wednesday asked the unions to reopen their labor contracts. The move comes on the eve of the governor's big budget cutting announcement scheduled for Thursday.

Washington has a $1.4 billion budget problem. Now the governor says she needs to negotiate another increase in what state employees pay for their health care.

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News
10:37 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Disciplinary Action Taken Against Monroe Staff

Officer Jayme Biendl was strangled to death in the chapel at the state prison in Monroe on January 29th. Photo courtesy Wash. DOC

Originally published on Wed October 26, 2011 5:39 pm

(note: spot coming in at 5:30pm)

Three corrections officers at the state prison in Monroe have been fired in connection with the death of Officer Jayme Biendl. An internal investigation at Monroe prison previously found problems with the actions of seven staff members on the night of January 29th. That's when Biendle was strangled to death in the prison chapel, allegedly by an inmate.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Dancing with those musical skeletons from the closet

Kids used to have their own holiday. It was called Halloween. But now 50% of adults are celebrating Halloween, too. Giving up Halloween means admitting you're getting old, and no one wants to do that.

Here are some Halloween-ie tunes to help you get your spook on…

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Election 2011
6:36 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Transportation fix – finally? Or is it the wrong plan?

One reason David Miler doesn't like Proposition 1 - it pays for just nine blocks of new sidewalks, while Seattle has many miles where kids walk in the street to school, as they do on 20th Ave. NE near Sacajawea Elementary.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you ever drive or walk in Seattle, it’s easy to spot places where the streets and bus system could work better. Voters have a chance to make improvements this fall, if they approve a $60 licensing fee on every car in the city.

However, some complain that the measure would cost too much and deliver too little. 

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Transportation
5:40 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Local manufacturer will help build Seattle's second streetcar line

New streetcars for a line through Seattle's First Hill neighborhood will be built by the same company that manufactured cars for the South Lake Union line (shown), with help from a Seattle-based partner.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seattle has selected a contractor to build its new fleet of streetcars. The city is gearing up to start construction of a route through First Hill. 

Officials say it could be the beginning of many more streetcar possibilities.

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