NEWS ROUNDUP
6:26 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

Computer-generated image of Sound Transit's proposed Link light rail route across the I-90 bridge.
Sound Transit

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Microsoft Raises Could "Get Us Out of the Recession"
  • Opponents Lose Bid to Block I-90 Light Rail Plan
  • Wash. Legislature Passes Marijuana Dispensary Bill
  • U.W. Researcher in Serious Condition After Fall on Mt. Olympus

 

Economists say unprecedented raises announced by Microsoft yesterday could be just what's needed to help lift the Puget Sound region out of a economic slump.

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Business
3:05 am
Fri April 22, 2011

Two online companies' IPOs bode well for Seattle's tech biz scene

Seattle-based PopCap Games San Francisco studios general manager Dave Rohrl, left, plays a guitar video game with PopCap senior game designer George Fan in 2006, at the company office in San Francisco.
Ben Margot AP

"Initial Public Offering," or I-P-O, is a buzz term that was talked about a lot in the boom years of the late 1990s – especially in Seattle, where lots of high-tech startup companies were thriving at that time.  They've been pretty scarce lately.  But they may be coming back.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Lockout poses draft challenges for Seahawks-will they go for a QB?

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck gets a hug from coach Pete Carroll after the team beat the Saints in the NFC Wildcard playoff Jan. 8, 2011. With Hasselbeck now a free agent, will the Hawks open their arms to another quarterback in the upcoming draft?
REUTERS Robert Sorbo

How can you have a successful draft during a lockout? That's what the Seahawks are trying to figure out ahead of the 2011 draft, which begins Thurs., April 28.

Even as the current players are locked out, the Hawks are trying to decide who to add to the team. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the big question is, will they go for a quarterback?

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KPLU Studio Sessions
10:20 am
Thu April 21, 2011

In the studio with Kurt Elling - The complete jazz singer

Kurt Elling performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios on April 15, 2011.

Some jazz singers excel at singing standards. Others excel at scat-singing or vocalese (writing lyrics for instrumental improvisations and singing them). However, Grammy award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling can do it all.

He easily proved it in front of a small studio audience of Leadership Circle members on April 15th with along with two long-time musical colleagues; pianist, Laurence Hobgood, and guitarist, John McLean.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:09 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Traction tires were advised this morning over Stevens Pass, where a fresh layer of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Washington State Department of Transportation

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Still snowing in Washington mountains
  • U.W. Tacoma Names New Chancellor
  • Children's Hospital Nurse That Gave Lethal Dose Commits Suicide
  • No Security Changes for Governor After Cop Killer Attends Bill Signing

 

April Snow Falls in Washington Cascades and Foothills

It still looks like winter in the mountains - and some foothills - in Washington.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Hot Hits From the Bible

Unlikely Pop Stars?
NJ Tech Teacher Flickr

Pop stars and Nuns. They don’t usually go together, with some notable exceptions.

But in 1973 Sister Janet Mead, a Roman Catholic nun from Australia had an international smash hit on her hands with her single “The Lord’s Prayer”. Selling over two million copies, Sister Janet donated all the sales proceeds to charity and continues to record to this day.

But she wasn’t the first nun to strike pop gold...

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LAW
5:44 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

New motorcycle law dredges up 30-year-old cop killing

An April 13th bill signing ceremony in Olympia presented a strange scene. Governor Chris Gregoire was surrounded by a motley crew of leather-clad bikers. They were there to watch her sign into law a ban on police officers profiling motorcycle riders. It was a lighthearted affair.

But some police officers aren't laughing. In fact, they're furious. One of the bikers in the room that day killed a Portland cop 30 years ago. But  the story gets even more complicated. It would take a cop's eyes to pick him out of the crowd.  It was Robert "Pigpen" Christopher, a longtime member of the Outsiders Motorcycle Club with chapters in Portland and Tacoma.

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IMPAIRED DRIVING EMPHASIS
5:21 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

New billboards unveiled as part of Target Zero campaign

Target Zero's new billboard advertising to not drive while intoxicated.

The State Patrol and Clear Channel Outdoor launched a new campaign today to warn people who might be considering getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

The campaign features six billboards in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. The billboards relay the mission of the State Patrol's Target Zero Teams, which are comprised of 21 troopers that focus on impaired drivers. The troopers are joined by police officers and sheriff's deputies when time and funding allows.

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Apartment Market
4:20 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Race to build apartments could be good for renters and construction workers

Developers broke ground on the Alto Apartments in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood in November 2010. It's part of a rush to build more rental units in the city.
Charla Bear KPLU

Some industries are slowly creating jobs again, but construction isn’t really one of them. The state lost about 2,400 construction jobs just last month, according to state employment economists. But in Seattle, hope could be on the horizon.

The clanking and pounding sounds of construction are starting to return to the city. Some builders who work on high-rise projects have been able to dust off their nail guns, thanks to a growing demand for apartments.

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AEROSPACE
1:30 pm
Wed April 20, 2011

Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., says federal complaint

Work continued Tuesday at Boeing's new 787 aircraft assembly site in North Charleston, S.C. The plant is slated to open this summer, but federal regulators today filed a complaint alleging that the plant is being built to retaliate against the union.
Bruce Smith AP

Federal regulators have put the brakes on construction of a second Boeing 787 assembly line in South Carolina. 

The National Labor Relations Board today filed a complaint accusing the Boeing Company of putting one of its assembly lines for the new 787 in South Carolina to retaliate against union workers who went on strike in 2008.

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