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medal of honor
3:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Seattle Native Honored with Presidential Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson of Seattle, Wash., during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP Photo

President Barack Obama says a former Army captain and Seattle native who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another, even when it's difficult.

Obama commented at a White House ceremony Tuesday before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, around former Army Capt. William D. Swenson's neck. Before the ceremony, the president spoke with Swenson’s parents, Carl and Julie.

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Low-Power FM
8:16 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Microradio Boom: Local Groups Vie for Low-Power FM Licenses

A map of organizations seeking low-power community radio licenses.
Courtesy of Sabrina Roach Brown Paper Tickets

Your radio dial could be getting a bit more crowded in the next few years depending on where you live.

At least 13 Seattle-area nonprofits are expected to apply for eight low-power FM radio licenses. They include a southeast Seattle community development group, two universities and a group that organizes in immigrant communities (see below for the full list). Each station would broadcast at about 100 watts—enough to cover at least a 3.5-mile radius.

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Water Main Break
8:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Crews Fix U-Village Water Main Break

A massive water main break near the University Village Shopping Center in Seattle is fixed. Seattle Public Utilities says it restored service shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon, when a 16-inch pipe burst near the busy U Village Shopping Center, flooding streets and hampering the evening commute.

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SUPPORT YOUR STATION
12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Thank You For Making This Fall Pledge Drive a Sucess!

Your generosity was on full display this week during our 2013 Fall Pledge Drive! Because of the support of our listeners, we were able to meet our goal of $440,000 in less than four days.

If you missed out on the chance to participate in this year's drive, you can still make your gift this weekend to show your support of your public radio station, and pickup some of our awesome thank you gifts! 

Make your gift now!

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Vaccine Refusal
11:33 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Team Develops Early Warning Tool for Vaccine Skepticism

Seattle researchers say their survey helps predict which kids will be behind schedule on immunizations.
USACE Europe District Flickr

Seattle researchers have developed a kind of early-warning device for identifying parents suspicious of childhood vaccines. With an especially high rate of parents opting out of vaccines for their kids in Washington, pediatrician Doug Opel has been trying to figure out how to intervene early on.

Opel practices at Seattle Children’s Hospital and at its research institute. He is also an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He and others developed a survey of parents’ attitudes about vaccination. In a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics, they found that the survey does a pretty good job of predicting which kids would be under-vaccinated by the time they’re 19 month sold.

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Affordable Care Act
4:38 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Volunteers Plaster King County with Obamacare Sales Pitch

Stu Jennings got the manager of Malo's Auto Body in White Center to post a flier about Wahington HealhtPlanFinder.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

On the same day House Republicans voted to defund the Affordable Care Act, King County is making a big push to implement it. Volunteers went door-to-door and business-to-business across the county Friday.

Public health officials are trying to get uninsured King County residents to buy insurance on the state’s new exchange. Many of them have never had coverage before.

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Aviation
3:52 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Amelia Earhart Look-Alike Plane to Retire in Seattle

Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight, Seattle

A 1935 Lockheed Electra is scheduled to fly into Seattle early Saturday afternoon. The plane, one of only two that are still around, is  identical to the one Amelia Earhart flew during her ill-fated around-the-world flight in 1937.

The plane will anchor a new permanent exhibit on Earhart that opens next month at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. 

And she’s a beauty, says Dan Hagedorn, curator and director of collections at the museum. 

"It will catch your eye. It's highly polished, gleams in the sun with those wonderful round engine cowlings, its glistening propellers. It's just the epitome of 1930s engineering."

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VIDEO
11:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Put A Camera On An Eagle And What Do You Get? Soaring VIDEO

The eagle's view.
YouTube/Srachi

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 10:09 am

If this is a trick, it's a spectacular one.

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home design
5:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Home Tour Showcases Innovative and Sustainable Design

Greenfire Campus
Johnston Architects

How do you push the envelope when it comes to designing an apartment building?

You bring in windows and high ceilings to spaces that are usually cramped and dark, like a laundry room.

"I think there are more windows than there are washing machines and dryers," says architect Ray Johnston.

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marijuana money
4:30 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Pot Taxes Paid in Cash? Wash. State Says OK

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Ed Andrieski Associated Press

Marijuana-based businesses in Washington will be able to pay their taxes in cash, according to the state’s Department of Revenue. The agency is gearing up for more cash filers in its field offices.

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Affordable Care Act
4:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Options Double for Wash. Health Insurance Exchange

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Paul Beaty AP Photo

The menu of choices on Washington’s new health insurance exchange now includes 43 different plans provided by eight companies.

Consumer choice will vary by county, but every county in the state will have at least two providers to choose from.

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Transportation
3:55 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Inslee Looks to Call Special Session for Transportation Package Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee wants lawmakers to pass a transportatiohn package by Fall.
WSDOT

Gov. Jay Inslee is ratcheting up the pressure on legislators to pass a transportation package. He said he’ll call the state Legislature into special session to approve money for transportation investments and repairs, but only if he’s sure he has the votes to pass it.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Stairway Walks Reveal Some of Seattle's Hidden Spaces

Cathy and Jake Jaramillo delve into obscure corners of Seattle on their stairway walks.
Aaron Hushagen KPLU

Join KPLU's Gabriel Spitzer on an exploration of Seattle's Mt. Baker neighborhood, through its stairways.

There’s the Seattle you see on a map, criss-crossed with roads and transit lines, and there’s a kind of parallel grid of shortcuts and forgotten byways: the staircases. Venturing through Seattle’s stairways can give you a fresh point of view on the city, a new appreciation for our urban topography, and one heck of a thigh workout.

That’s where Cathy and Jake Jaramillo make their discoveries. Stairs “take you into hillier terrain, into the nooks and crannies of neighborhoods. You can see things you wouldn’t see otherwise,” Jake said.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 29, 2013

At Bellingham's SPARK Museum, a 4 Million-Volt Jolt for Visitors

KPLU's Florangela Davila experiences The MegaZapper up close and personal.
John Jenkins

In a region that prides itself on being innovative, the SPARK Museum of Electric Invention in Bellingham is where to go when you want to marvel at the wonder and power of electricity.

There are 60,000 different items on display including a Blickensderfer manual typewriter from the 1930s, a telephone switchboard from that same era, and a theremin, which makes music just by waving your hands over it. 

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crime
3:24 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Teens Arrested, Charged in Beating Death of WWII Vet

World War II veteran Delbert Belton was 88 years old. This photo is part of a memorial created for Belton at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.

Police have arrested the second teenager accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II vet in Spokane.

The two 16-year-old boys have been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree murder in the case that has attracted national attention.

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