Economic Development
5:00 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Seattle celebrates Amazon.com's new headquarters in South Lake Union neighborhood

Ada Healey, Vice President of Real Estate for Vulcan Inc., thanking Amazon.com for bringing jobs to the new neighborhood her company is building on the south shore of Lake Union, west of I-5 in Seattle.
Bellamy Pailthorp photo KPLU

One of Seattle's most famous employers is moving. City leaders are celebrating…because online-retailing giant Amazon.com is only moving a few miles across town. 

The new headquarters complex is large enough to house several thousand employees.

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Transportation
4:15 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Ferry riders face fare hikes under budget plans

Riders on the nation’s biggest ferry system, Washington State Ferries, should brace themselves for another round of fare increases. The only remaining question is how much. 

The state House and Senate have come out with competing spending blueprints for roads and ferries. One thing the budgets have in common is higher ferry fares. The  increase this fall ranges between 2.5% and 5% and another 2.5% coming next fall.

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Environment
3:25 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Group pushes for Northwest to ban bottled water

At events in Olympia and Salem Tuesday, an activist group called on Washington and Oregon's governors to stop spending taxpayer dollars on bottled water.

Organizer Sriram Madhusoodanan, with the group Corporate Accountability International, says those little plastic bottles, sometimes available at public meetings and events, create unnecessary waste and undermine confidence in the quality of public water supplies.

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Law & Justice
12:03 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Are drug courts working?

Magistrate Gordon M. Smith presides over drug court in Providence, Rhode Island, June 2007.
AP

Drug courts have long been viewed as a success.  The courts give drug offenders charged with non-violent crimes the option of treatment rather than prison.

The courts, including those in Washington State, have proven effective in reducing repeat offenses. But some critics say too much money is being poured into drug courts.

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Courtney Vandersloot
11:27 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Kent native rewrites NCAA basketball record book

Update Wed., March 23, 12:00 p.m.

Gonzaga will play Louisville in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament. Saturday's game in Spokane begins at 6 p.m.

The first college basketball player to score 2,000 career points and rack up 1,000 assists is a 5'8" Gonzaga guard who last night helped lead her team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's championships. Courtney Vandersloot led the Bulldogs upset of UCLA in Spokane, 89-75.

Gonzaga's victory ensured their next tournament game would be in front of a hometown crowd in the NCAA's Spokane regional. They will face the winner of tonight's Xavier-Louisville contest on March 26th. 

Vandersloot scored 29 points against the Bruins, 21 of them in the second half, and tallied 17 assists. Teammate Kayla Standish scored 30, and Gonzaga won it's 20th consecutive game. 

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Marijuana legalization
7:50 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Hempfest says it's a 'go'

The 2008 Hempfest in Seattle.
MaplessinSeattle Flickr

Seattle’s on-again-off-again festival celebrating all things cannabis seems to be on again.

Officials with Seattle Hempfest say they’ve resolved their dispute with the city and the event will be held as scheduled in mid-August at Myrtle Edwards Park. 

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News Roundup
7:16 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Electronic billboards like this one (along I-5 in north Pierce County) are a hot topic of hot debate in the city of Tacoma.
Gary Davis KPLU News

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Did Seattle Police Violate DUI Procedures?
  • Reforms at Monroe Prison After Guard's Killing
  • Electronic Billboard Fight Brews in Tacoma

DUI Prosecutions in Seattle on Hold

Some drunk driving cases have been suspended by City Attorney Pete Holmes while Seattle Police investigate how its DUI squad handled procedures.

On Monday, SPD admitted it is reviewing allegations procedures in the unit were not properly handled. according to The Seattle Times:

The investigation has forced the department to pull all but one member of its five-member DUI Squad from the street and assign them to desk duties, according to police.

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Money Matters
3:46 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Time to buy back into the stock market?

pdclipart.org

A couple of weeks ago, financial commentator Greg Heberlein said it was time for a stock market correction. Sure enough, we've seen the market drop, spurred on by events in the Middle East and the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.

Is it time to buy back in? One never knows for sure, but on this week's Money Matters, Greg tells me what to watch for.

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Nuclear Waste Business
3:40 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Hanford whistleblower case raises questions for Feds about worker's demotion

Documents surfacing from an ongoing lawsuit are raising questions about the demotion of a Hanford whistleblower and whether a top manager with the Department of Energy was involved.

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Washington State Legislature
2:48 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Hoquiam senator single-handedly stops child rape bill

State lawmakers have heard tearful pleas this legislative session from victims of child rape who advocate the statute of limitations be eliminated. A bill with that provision passed unanimously in the state House recently. But it appears destined for oblivion because a state Senate chairman won’t hear the bill.

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