Weather with Cliff Mass
12:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Study: Don’t Blame Global Warming For Warming Weather — Yet

The Seattle skyline is seen through morning fog over Elliott Bay, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It may be tempting to attribute current weather trends like the record warmth and early rains on climate change caused by humans. 

But KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says a newly-published paper should give us pause. It shows that the global warming of approximately 1 degree Celsius on the U.S. West Coast since 1900 appears more likely to be the result of natural variations than of human inputs of greenhouse gases.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:29 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Rain Relenting; Above-Normal Temps And A Partly Sunny Weekend Ahead

A pedestrian hurries along in the rain Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Fall came in with a vengeance this week. An early atmospheric river dumped huge amounts of rain into the Northwest over the last few days, but it’s tapering off just in time for the weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It actually looks like a decent weekend,” Mass said. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Tweety Bird

Credit Warner Brothers

  Do you recall when you were a young Saturday-morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships? Twitiavis superciliosis is a small, animated yellow bird, native to Southern California. It's particularly susceptible to predation, and so has developed a complex series of alarm calls. Against all odds, Twitiavis eludes its predators to sing its song another day.

To learn now to enrich the life of an indoor cat, Sylvester or otherwise, visit American Bird Conservancy's Cats Indoors! "Catios" are nifty ways to give your kitty a breath of fresh air. Learn more!

Legal Marijuana
7:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

A Court Decision Says Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Illegal in Washington State

ILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, medical marijuana is packaged for sale in 1-gram packages.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

At some point today, depending on where you live, you are likely to pass by a medical marijuana collective garden, which is more commonly known as a dispensary.

These places have been allowed to flourish in cities like Seattle. But according to a ruling last March by Washington’s State Court of Appeals, dispensaries are actually illegal and communities have the authority to ban them.

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Transportation
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

King County Bus Service Cuts, Stop Closures Begin This Weekend

Atomic Taco Flickr

The first wave of what could be the largest service cut in King County Metro Transit history begins Saturday.

Buses will stop running along 28 routes — a half-dozen of which run within Seattle and another dozen that connects outlying communities with the city center. Service will decrease or change on another 13 routes.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

4-0 Huskies Prepare For Pac-12 Challenge Against Stanford

Washington Huskies run onto the field before a game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

After four wins in non-conference games, the Pac-12 season begins Saturday for the University of Washington football team. The unranked Huskies take on No. 16 Stanford at home. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it should be a lively matchup.

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Business
9:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Council Member Sawant Criticizes Murray’s Affordable Housing Committee

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is criticizing Mayor Ed Murray’s newly created affordable housing committee, saying the group is skewed toward developers with not enough low-income housing advocates.

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First Amendment Rights
6:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

Rafters paddle down the middle fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, Idaho, June 6, 1999.
Ted Anthony AP Photo

A federal agency under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land. The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday clarified a rule that’s been generating charges of government overreach.

Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell wants to make one thing perfectly clear.

“There's no way that our proposal will infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights,” Tidwell said.

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Kids & Marijuana
6:34 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Marijuana Sales Get Underway, But Youth Prevention Campaign Months Away

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington state. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff.

A panel of experts briefed Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday on the topic of youth marijuana use.

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Labor Dispute
4:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Hyatt Hotel Workers Renew Call For Boycott, Rally For Fairness

A hotel housekeeper cleans a room.
Zachary Long Flickr

Hotel workers and their supporters planned to picket outside the Grand Hyatt in downtown Seattle Thursday evening, renewing a call for a boycott of the two Hyatt hotels in the city. 

The housekeepers at the Grand Hyatt and Hyatt at Olive 8 say they want a fair process to form a union. The hotels' owner, R.C. Hedreen Company, has declined to enter into a national agreement the workers say would protect their labor rights.

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First Amendment Rights
10:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Media Vow To Fight Rule Requiring Permit To Film On Public Land

A view of the Middle Fork Salmon River in the Frank Church, River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho.
Rex Parker Flickr

The U.S. Forest Service is developing a rule that would let it decide whether the media could film or take photos in wilderness areas.

The Forest Service would issue permits based on the potential impact to wilderness areas as well as the story topic. A fee of up to $1,500 could also be required to receive a permit.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:29 am

This post was last updated at 4:44 p.m. ET.

Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

The Swath Uncut

Credit Gary Bendig

  We might not always realize it, but our lives are intertwined with the lives of birds. Sometimes in subtle ways, and sometimes directly. Poet Kevin Black explores that relationship in A Swath Uncut, about a Canadian farmer who once depended on the geese he could hunt to feed his family, and who went out of his way to repay the favor.

Going Places
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

What If Your Travel Plans Go Awry? Know Your Rights Before You Head Out

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J Pat Carter AP Photo

Most of us can neither fix nor fly airplanes. So when a flight is delayed or canceled, there's very little most passengers can do about it.

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Washington Dream Act
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

'Dream Act' Makes Undocumented Students Eligible For Already-Strained Aid Program

University of Washington freshman Carlos Escutia, who is undocumented and received a state need grant to help cover his college costs, carries his younger sister up the stairs of his new dorm.
Martha Kang KPLU

Fall classes began at many of Washington's public universities Wednesday, beginning the first term undocumented immigrant students can receive state-backed financial aid under a new state law.

But while more than 2,000 students applied to receive state need grants under provisions of the newly-enacted Washington "Dream Act," state higher education officials say it's possible as many as 700 of these undocumented students won't receive an aid award at all — even if they're eligible.

It's not just undocumented students who will miss out. Though state expenditures on the program have ballooned as tuition costs get higher, there isn't enough funding for the state need grant program to offer aid to every eligible Washington student.

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