Business
1:23 pm
Wed February 9, 2011

One year later: Did Idaho's "love letter" attract Washington and Oregon businesses?

Idaho Gov. Bruce Otter delivers his 'love letter' to Washington and Oregon businesses, in 2010.
justmaketheshift.com

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. So we thought it was a good time to update a story from nearly a year ago. Last March, Idaho Governor Butch Otter penned a "love letter" to Washington and Oregon businesses. He was trying to romance companies into moving to his state.

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Seattle Police
10:44 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Seattle's horse patrol looking to public to pay for hay

Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Sgt. Grant Ballingham in Belltown in September, 2010.
Gary Davis

Justice, Harvest, Charlie, Tiger, Blaze, Jet and Cody recently got a reprieve.

The horses are in  Seattle Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit. Budget cuts had threatened to eliminate their jobs. But the Seattle Police Foundation and the Seattle Hotel Association have pledged to pay for feeding, sheltering and caring for the working horses for three years.

The organizations have enough money to cover two years and are asking the public to pay for the rest. At the website, saveourhorses.net, you can make a donation.

Here's a video about the Mounted Patrol Unit produced by the Police Foundation:

Real Estate
8:14 am
Wed February 9, 2011

One-third of homes 'underwater' in Puget Sound region

Data shows increasing number of residents owe more on mortgage than home is worth.
AP

Update Feb. 10, 2011 - The correct percentage of area mortgage holders "underwater" - as reported by Zillow.com - is 34.3%, not of all homeowners. This post has been updated to clarify that point.

Do you owe more on your mortgage than your house is worth? You’re not alone. One-third of homeowners in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties are “underwater” on their homes. "Negative equity" rose faster in this region than anywhere else in the country.

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Washington Legislature
7:47 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Treasurer, lawmakers seek constitutional amendment on pensions

A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers proposes a constitutional amendment to require pension payments.
Austin Jenkins N3

Washington's pension system is underfunded to the tune of nearly $7 billion. Now the State Treasurer and a bipartisan group of lawmakers say the time has come to force the legislature to pay the pension bill.

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News Roundup
6:58 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Uniformed officers escort the hearse carrying the body of slain Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl to a memorial service at Comcast Arena in Everett Tuesday.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Thousands Mourn Slain Guard as Investigations Continue
  • Pierce Transit Ballot Defeated
  • School Votes Mixed

 

Guard's Memorial Draws Huge Crowds

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Food for Thought
4:49 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Leson and Stein put feet in mouth – again

Chicken feet -- Claws for our jaws
Courtesy of Nancy Leson

Our diets lay bound, gagged and locked in the trunk as Nancy and I sped toward our date with Wretched Excess.

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Death in the Line of Duty
5:51 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Murdered corrections officer remembered for courage, commitment and compassion

An honor guard stands before the flag-draped casket bearing the body of Corrections Officer Jayme Lee Biendl during a memorial service held Tuesday at Comcast Arena in Everett. Biendl's family sits in the front row.
Liam Moriarty KPLU News

Several thousand mourners, many of them uniformed law  enforcement officers, gathered in Everett Tuesday to pay tribute to Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl.

Biendl was killed January 29th while on duty at the state prison in Monroe. She was the first corrections officer killed in a Washington prison in over 30 years.

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Humanosphere
4:49 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

Seattle malaria researcher reacts to newly discovered mosquito

Anopheles gambiae
Centers for Disease Control

One of the big news stories in the malaria world recently is the discovery, announced last week in the journal Science, of a previously unknown type of mosquito that some reports said could threaten malaria control efforts in Africa.

Here’s the problem: Most malaria control efforts in Africa — bednets, spraying — are aimed at preventing mosquitoes from biting humans indoors at night. This newly discovered mosquito, dubbed “Goundry” (after the community in Burkina Faso where it was identified), appears to operate outdoors.

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Tuesday's photo
3:44 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

No duckin' the sun today

Gary Davis KPLU

It was webbed-footed on the left side, sneaker-footed on the right at the Green Lake path this afternoon. A chill wind didn't deter sun-seekers at the popular Seattle park. More sunny - and cool - weather is in the forecast for western Washington through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Crime
2:52 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

How deaths are investigated in Washington state

Autopsy table in the morgue operated by the King County Medical Examiner. Every year in the county, about 2,000 deaths are investigated.
Paula Wissel KPLU

In Washington state, if someone dies under suspicious circumstances or suddenly with no obvious cause, an investigation is required. But just how that investigation is conducted depends on where the person dies. It varies county by county.

In King County, Medical Examiner Dr. Richard Harruff has a full staff of forensic pathologists who respond quickly to conduct autopsies and other post mortem investigations.  On a recent morning, he described the bodies that had been brought in over night.

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Romance Survey
11:35 am
Tue February 8, 2011

U.S. most romantic city: Tacoma?

A national survey lists Tacoma as America's most romantic city.
AP

Which Washington town is the most romantic? Port Townsend? La Conner? Leavenworth? Guess again.

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Reflections on the Water
8:07 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Growing an octopus' garden: Ken Kirkby helps bring back the kelp

Ken Kirkby heads the Nile Creek Enhancement Society in Bowser, B.C., on the east side of Vancouver Island.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

Human activity has taken a heavy toll on the Salish Sea. And efforts are underway across the region to restore depleted stocks of everything from salmon to eelgrass.

This week, as part of our series “Reflections on the Water,” KPLU environment reporter Liam Moriarty visits a project in the little town of Bowser, British Columbia. He sits on a beach with Ken Kirkby, who heads an innovative community nonprofit that’s been restoring a crucial type of habitat : underwater forests of bull kelp. 

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News Roundup
7:08 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Feds Need to Help I-5 Mess near Lewis-McChord Base
  • Bellevue Business Giant Resigns Over Eastside Light Rail
  • Election Day for Pierce Transit, Some Schools

 

Pentagon Should Help Fix JBLM Traffic Mess: Report

A new report on the impact of military bases to their local communities recommends the Pentagon pony up for traffic improvements - including I-5 upgrades - along Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The National Research Council study is detailed by reporter Adam Ashton in The News Tribune:

The report shows that the U.S. military is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year to improve Lewis-McChord, but not on off-base roadwork. The military spent $1.8 billion on capital projects at the base over the past three years, and it plans to spend another $2 billion over the next five.

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Money Matters
4:18 am
Tue February 8, 2011

The Super Bowl, the Hindenburg Omen, and the stock market

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at a couple of oddball stock market indicators: the Super Bowl and the Hindenburg Omen. These indicators (especially the Super Bowl) have received a lot of attention over the years, but both Greg and Dave say they should be for novelty use only.

The Super Bowl indicator

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Public Memorial
1:14 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Services for Monroe guard Jayme Biendl today

Monroe Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl.
Washington State Dept. of Corrections

A public memorial procession and service for Officer Jayme Biendl, the Monroe Correctional Center guard killed two weeks ago at the prison, is expected to attract thousands of mourners in Snohomish County today. 

A motorcade will carry Biendl's body through Monroe beginning at 10:30 a.m., then along Highway 2 into Everett, culminating at the Comcast Center downtown around noon. The public memorial service is set to start at 1 p.m, 

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