Gas Thefts
8:19 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Gasoline thefts plague some fleet owners

In Olympia, Sergey Kazanchev, manager of the Budget Truck Rental agency, examines the repair on a fuel line sliced by a thief.
Tom Banse N3

Yet, some rental companies and fleet owners say they’re being persistently and repeatedly hit by gas thieves. Some of the victims believe a syndicate must be at work, but police are not so sure.

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News Roundup
6:00 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

The Lakewood Police Department headquarters is the site of a new memorial to four slain officers who lost their lives a year ago today.
City of Lakewood, Washington

Honoring the 'Lakewood Four', a fire erupts at a Tumwater business, and signs that donations to nonprofits may be on the rise.

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Science
5:23 am
Mon November 29, 2010

Sweetened beverages target of health campaign

Sugary drinks, like these sodas, are the target of a new public health campaign in King County aimed at parents. Beverage industry leaders oppose their effort as 'ineffective.'
AP

Voters may have repealed taxes on sodas, but that’s not scaring away public health leaders.  They’re urging parents to keep their kids away from sodas and other sugary drinks this holiday season.  It’s part of an overall effort to combat obesity. 


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Insurance Laws
10:10 pm
Sun November 28, 2010

Did the 'triple damages' law result in higher premiums?

Three years ago Washington voters upheld the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. It allows triple damages when insurance companies are found to have unfairly denied a claim. At the time, the insurance industry warned premiums would skyrocket and lawyers would get rich. Has that happened? 

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Business
5:07 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Port Townsend gets national spotlight for Small Business Saturday

Forest Gems Gallery in Port Townsend, WA is one of the Main Street independent businesses taking part in Small Business Saturday
Courtesy of Forest Gems Gallery

You’ve heard of Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day and Cyber Monday. Now there’s another post-Thanksgiving shopping event.  Small Business Saturday is a new initiative, meant to give independent shops a boost.  

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Sports with Art Thiel
4:25 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Huskies' bowl bid hopes are twofold

Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian could still lead his Huskies to a bowl game, despite their current losing record. He'll need to steer them to wins over California and Washington State to secure a bid to a minor bowl.
AP

The Washington Huskies play their second-to-last football game of the season Saturday against Cal in Berkeley.  And, even though the Huskies are just 4 and 6, sports commentator Art Thiel tells KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick the stakes are high for this game. 

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Sharing Abundance
12:06 am
Thu November 25, 2010

A Thanksgiving welcome for Tent City campers

Some Maple Leaf area kids intent on extending a warm welcome to the residents of the newest Tent City/Nickelsville site in northeast Seattle are hand-delivering Thanksgiving breakfasts today.

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Record Bin Roulette
12:02 am
Thu November 25, 2010

The joy (?) of travel

This week's Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on: the Joy of Travel. Maynard and Kessler find that leavin' on a jet plane isn't so easy anymore
Wikimedia Commons

OK, quick!  Can you name a song about travel? We're pretty sure you can.  Come fly with this week's Record Bin Roulette, and take a trip on a sailing ship tour of the joys - and the not so joyful moments - of travel. 

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The Cascades
10:36 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Wildlife sightings wanted from I-90 drivers

The I-90 Wildlife Watch website offers a way to report any wildlife you see while crossing the Cascades over Snoqualmie Pass. It's a multi-agency, multi-state effort that asks you keep your eyes open for animals along the road.
I-90WildlifeWatch.org

Wildlife researchers are asking holiday travelers to keep an eye out for something more than grandmother’s house. The request is specifically for people driving over the hills and through the woods on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass, the Northwest’s busiest mountain pass.

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Winter Weather
9:36 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

After the thaw, will added shelter sites remain open to homeless?

Will Seattle's added severe-weather shelters remain open to the homeless once the ice melts? This man lives on the streets of Belltown.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Bitterly cold temperatures are expected to give way to rain and highs near 40 degrees Thanksgiving Day. In Seattle, the city’s severe-weather shelters have been offering the homeless a warm place to spend the night. But what happens when it thaws? 

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Storm Aftermath
8:43 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Power restored to thousands; some must wait

Crews work to fix downed power lines in Kitsap County on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010. This photo was shared on Twitter.
Twitter/@PeterM_KOMO

The lights are back on for thousands of Puget Sound Energy customers this evening. The largest outage area, Kitsap County, saw power restored to all but 13,000. PSE expects many of them to be back online before midnight Wednesday. 

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State Budget Crisis
1:17 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Gregoire: eliminate state's Basic Health program for poor

Eliminating the state's health insurance program for the poor is on Governor Chris Gregoire's list of proposed budget cuts.  Her proposal also includes cuts to education programs benefiting gifted children and financial help for revenue-poor school districts.

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Food for Thought
11:28 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Nancy's Thanksgiving Hotline

Seattle Times food writer Nancy Leson and Dick Stein usually get together at the KPLU studios each Tuesday to record Food for Thought -- but given Tuesday's hazardous driving conditions it seemed more prudent for Dick to just get Nancy on the phone for their Thanksgiving chat.

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News Roundup
6:34 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Madie Baker's snowball disintegrates as she throws it at a friend in a downtown park Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle.
AP photo/Elaine Thompson

Power outages continue for thousands, Seattle Mayor wants snow response review, and a dedication to the memory of the fallen Lakewood police officers.

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
6:22 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry

The military court building at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. An Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury investigation, is being held inside the building.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Was there a breakdown of leadership in the 5th Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord? That question is central to a month-old Army review that’s just now coming to light. It’s the latest development in the case against a dozen soldiers recently back from Afghanistan – including five who’ve been charged with murder.

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