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Death penalty
10:17 am
Thu January 26, 2012

End of death penalty in Washington eyed to save money

Annie Capestany, of Walla Walla, Wash., showed her opposition to the death penalty outside the Washington State Penitentiary in 2010 just prior to the execution of Cal Coburn Brown, the state's most recent execution.
The Associated Press

"I clearly wanted him dead. But I got smart."

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing in Olympia.

Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed “the man too fat to hang.” He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead.

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Gay rights
3:21 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Washington state has the votes to legalize gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gay marriage proponents urged their supporters not to become complacent following news the Legislature has enough votes to make Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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Winter Storm
10:45 am
Fri January 20, 2012

250,000+ out of power; transportation disrupted; but storm is over ... for now

More than 250,000 people are without power and all modes of transportation are still a mess, but “this snow/sleet/freezing rain event is basically done,” reports KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

However, Mass said on his weather blog, “Now I hate to bring this up ... but the forecast models for the next week indicate some intense weather in store for us. Heavy rains, strong windstorms.”

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Jazz & Blues
9:30 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Remembering Etta James: Songs on YouTube

Singer Etta James performs at the Vine St. Bar & Grill in Hollywood on April 6, 1987.
Alison Wise AP Photo

The "Matriarch of the Blues" has died. Music legend Etta James died at Riverside Community Hospital in California from complications of leukemia. She was 73. In tribute, here are five songs from James.

Child prostitution
1:39 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

'Hub' of underage sex ads targeted by Washington lawmakers

Washington state assistant attorney general Jonathan Mark walks past a display of a Backpage.com ad following a news conference about action being taken against the adult services site in August.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would require classified-advertising companies to attempt to verify the age of escorts listed in sex-related postings.

The bill was one of a dozen introduced by a bipartisan group of senators seeking to curb sex trafficking.

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Business
2:00 pm
Mon December 19, 2011

AT&T drops bid for T-Mobile

T-Mobile will not be bought by AT&T.
Flickr

AT&T ends its $39 billion bid to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom amid antitrust concerns, The Associated Press reports.

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Seattle media
9:42 am
Mon December 19, 2011

David Horsey, Seattle and national political cartoonist, heading to LA Times

Courtesy of David Horsey

David Horsey, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is joining the Los Angeles Times political team in January.

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Returning from Iraq
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq

Keicher Singleton Jr. awaits his dad from a six month deployment to Iraq.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

As of this morning, there are fewer than 100 Northwest-based soldiers serving in Iraq. A plane carrying the final large group of returning soldiers touched down at McChord Field near Tacoma at dusk Tuesday. 

The sweetest words for 170 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers and their families: "Captain, dismissed!"

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Environment
2:13 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Like plastic bags? Hate 'em? Let the Seattle Council know tonight

The Seattle City Council is considering a ban on thin single-use plastic bags at checkout stands. The ban will also include a pass-through fee of 5 cents for paper bags.

The council is holding a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 5:30

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:30 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Rain, rain going away ... but what a wet week!

... boy did we see a lot of this over the past week! Cliff Mass says we'll be seeing drier days ahead.
Alex Galkin Flickr

It may be drying out this weekend and into next week ... but this past week brought some serious rain.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:01 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Good chance of snow tonight, tomorrow morning in south Sound

Yes, we're heading into that time of year ... snow. And, with colder than normal temperatures, the snow level has been pretty low.
Ken Douglas KPLU

We have all the ingredients for a light dusting of snow between midnight tonight and noon Saturday. What are those ingredients? The colder than normal air from British Columbia that could bring the snow level down to between 800 to 1,000 feet and some rain from the south, according to KPLU's weather master Cliff Mass.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:42 am
Fri November 4, 2011

The sun is out, but it's cold ... what's happening?

The view of a sunrise from Tacoma on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Jake Ellison KPLU

We're getting some beautiful sunrises and until we set our clocks back, we’re all up to see them!

Today and Saturday we’ll get some of those morning sprinkles, but the afternoons clear off with temperatures hitting around 50, and then starting on Saturday afternoon we get some “very interesting” weather for the Northwest, says KPLU’s weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Odd news
12:09 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Hey is that a ... sperm bike?

A version of this bike, photo graphed zooming around in Copenhagen, will soon be plying the streets of Seattle delivering donated sperm to fertility clinics.
Seattle Sperm Bank

You might see a strange looking bicycle around Seattle one of these days and think – Sperm?

And you’d be right! A Seattle sperm bank is using the stylized bike to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics around town.

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Aerospace workers
2:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon

Boeing moved to Chicago, but it's still employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington state.
Boeing

The same day Boeing announced it is employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington for the first time in nearly a dozen years, Sen. Maria Cantwell said the state needs 21,000 more educated and trained workers to fill jobs in the aviation industry in the next decade.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:10 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Unless you're under ‘the blue hole,’ we’re in for more rain

How the rain shadow over Sequim looks from space!

The Puget Sound region will be in for increasing rain with temperatures hanging up around the mid-50s through the weekend but letting up Sunday afternoon until Tuesday when there'll be more sun, KPLU's weatherman Cliff Mass says.

... unless you live or play under the 'blue hole' over Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend – that area northeast of the Olympics.

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