Hiking death
9:54 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Man falls off Mount Rainier cliff as son watches

A 59-year-old man was taking pictures with his son on a cliff above waterfalls in Mount Rainier when he fell and died.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:46 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing

(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.

The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

It's a good time to sell your gold

1 troy ounce Gold American Eagle coin
Eric Golub flickr.com

If gold is part of your investment portfolio, or you have some old jewelry you'd like to get rid of, now may be a great time to cash in. Gold prices are at record highs, recently approaching $1,900 an ounce.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about how to get the most money for your gold.

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K-12 Education
6:16 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike

Tacoma teachers grab their picket signs after voting with an 87 percent majority to boycott the district.
Tacoma Education Association

"It really had to come down to a strike ..." 

Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

“I’m so proud of our teachers – 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It’s that important to them to have a fair contract,” said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. “It’s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they’re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.”

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sick leave vote
5:40 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Seattle council says paid sick leave is right direction

Sick workers at Seattle businesses with at least four employees will now get some paid leave.
Davide Taviani Flickr

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 this afternoon to approve the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, making the vote official after council members announced last week that they finally had the votes to pass it.

The lone dissenter in the vote was Council President Richard Conlin.

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Education
4:57 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Strike vote nears at Oregon universities

SALEM, Ore. - Workers at Oregon’s seven state universities are nearing a possible strike authorization vote on Thursday. The union representing nearly four thousand higher ed workers issued a report Monday blasting the state's university system.

The SEIU accuses the Oregon University System of being top-heavy with administrators. The union also says the schools have gone on a building spree that means money that could fund services is now going to pay off construction debt.

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9/11 Anniversary
4:47 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Post 9/11: What happened to the global humanitarian agenda?

Dimitra Tzanos Flickr

KPLU's Tom Paulson wondered over on our Humanosphere blog: "What has happened to our sense of ourselves as global citizens and how Sept. 11, 2001, may have altered matters of global health, foreign aid, development — basically, the global humanitarian agenda.

The short answer: It’s a mixed bag of good and bad, some clear signs of what many see as progress but also some disturbing lessons not learned."

Read more at Humanosphere.

Endangered species
4:26 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Wolf groups file 9th Circuit appeal

Groups sue to put wolves back on the Endangered Species list.

BOISE, Idaho – Two wolf advocacy organizations officially made their case last week in federal court to get wolves listed as endangered species. They want the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that taking wolves off the Endangered Species list earlier this year was unconstitutional.

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Washington wildfires
4:15 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Evacuees sent home as crews get upper hand on monastery fire

More than a thousand people are fighting the Monastery Fire, burning 12 miles northeast of Goldendale, Wash.
Inciweb.org

Fire crews battling the Monastery Fire north of Goldendale, Wash., say they're gaining the upper hand. All they need now are a few more windless days.

The 42-hundred acre fire has already consumed 24 homes in the area. Crews say they're halfway to containing the blaze. More than a thousand firefighters have been called out to the incident.

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Medical care
3:50 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Psychiatrist explains why he speaks on behalf of drug makers

A follow up now to a story we brought you last week about doctors who get paid by drug makers to give promotional talks. The top three earning doctors in the Northwest did not return our calls for that story. But later a psychiatrist in Tacoma did. And he makes no apologies for accepting pharmaceutical payments.

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