Business
9:48 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Sports car company may build new Washington factory

Shelby Super Cars, of West Richland, Wash., is vying for a state loan for economic development that would help the company build a production facility and create nearly 50 new jobs.
Shelby SuperCars

A company that designs super-fast cars is hoping to build a new factory in the state. Shelby SuperCars is eyeing a site in south-central Washington, in the city of West Richland.

Until recently, Shelby held the record for the making the fastest production car on earth: an average of about 256 miles per hour. Now the company working on their next generation speed demon. Shelby has applied for an $800,000 state loan to buy property and build a new manufacturing facility.

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Real Estate Q&A
7:06 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Seattle Landslides: Slip Slidin' Away

A past landslide in West Seattle, near Hamilton/Viewpoint Park.
Courtesy USGS

In Seattle, there's a lot of potentially dangerous places where the soil could give way any moment. This is especially true in neighborhoods with good views. 

The City of Seattle publishes a landslide map that makes this abundantly clear.  On the map, landslide-prone areas are marked in red. And, boy, is there a lot of red!

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News Roundup
5:51 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines: Banks 'stressed' ... higher ed reforms proposed ... salmonella outbreak prompts sprout recall

Washington's banks are the nation's 2nd most 'stressed,' according to a new survey based on FDIC data.
Pacific Northwest Inlander.com

Washington banks among most stressed in US, push to reform higher education funding, and a recall on sprouts after a salmonella outbreak.

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Higher Education
7:00 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Governor wants more private funding for public universities

Governor Chris Gregoire says she has a plan to make higher ed funding more stable and boost the number of students who earn degrees, but it could be a long shot.

The governor's plan would let schools decide when to increase tuition and by how much.  She says colleges and universities know best what they’re worth. 

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State Budget
4:08 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Lawmaker floats idea of victims’ compensation fund

People enjoy a sunny day outside the Washington state Capitol
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

In the current budget year, the state of Washington is on track to pay 60-million dollars to settle damage and personal injury lawsuits filed against the state. That has some lawmakers alarmed, especially in light of the state’s multi-billion dollar budget crisis. Now, one state representative has an idea for a 9-11 style victims’ compensation fund.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
1:34 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Seattle street closes tonight as Viaduct replacement work begins

WSDOT has created an interactive overhead map of the S. Holgate to S. King street reconstruction portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct road project. The web address is: http://wsdot.wa.gov/projects/viaduct/simulations
WSDOT

The first major street closure in the work to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct happens Monday night.

The state Department of Transportation says it's closing First Avenue South next to Qwest Field from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday to allow crews to set up space for the huge construction job.

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Mental Health
9:24 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Mental health advocates criticize reporting on funding cuts

Washington State Coalition for Mental Health Reporting

Mental health advocates say news stories of social service budge cuts are unfairly stereotyping people who suffer from mental illness.



They say a case in point is a recent cover of The Stranger, which included the headline "How a decimated state budget equals more unmedicated loons with hatchets."

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Pre-K Education
7:32 am
Mon January 3, 2011

University of Washington center reimagines Head Start Program

Kids read at a preschool program in Seattle
Seattle Office for Education

A new project just launched at the University of Washington could give Head Start teachers a boost.  The effort aims to redesign how instructors for the federal early learning program are trained.

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Artscape
6:56 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Boogie Woogie with a heart

Eric “Two Scoops” Moore is a big, gregarious man who's released seven critically-acclaimed CDs. The Washington Blues Society has honored him with numerous awards. Perhaps more than those accomplishments, the blues musician is better known for his musical spontaneity and his big heart. 

Despite life's challenges and some true hardships, he retains a keen sense of optimism. Flesh eating disease? No problem. His wife Amy's multiple sclerosis?  That's easy. You find out why when you listen to his philosophy. The wild look in his kind eyes starts to tell the story. His uncanny connection with a piano punctuates it.

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News Roundup
6:20 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Monday morning's headlines: Funding higher ed, Seahawks in playoffs, and M.I. High in London

Seattle Seahawks' Leon Washington in action against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Seattle.
AP (John Froschauer)

Washington looks for better ways to fund higher education, the Seahawks claim the NFC West title and a playoff berth, and Mercer Island High's band prances through London's New Year's parade.

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Water Purification
5:55 pm
Sun January 2, 2011

Some help for Yakima Valley residents with bad wells

Sandy Halstead, of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a summer intern, listen to the concerns of a homeowner in the Yakima Valley. Many private wells in the Eastern Washington agricultural area are polluted with nitrates.
Anna King N3

Residents with contaminated wells in the Yakima Valley are getting state-funded purification systems, at least some of them are. Many families there have been drinking water polluted with nitrates and bacteria.

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Best of 2010
9:36 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

John Kessler's top ten blues albums of 2010

This is one of KPLU's All Blues host John Kessler's top 10 blues albums of the year.
Courtesy Sony/BMB Masterworks

He's made his list, and checked it twice. KPLU All Blues host John Kessler has his 2010 top 10 blues albums list, and he's ready to share it with you.  What albums are on your list? Which from John's list would you not include?  Let's hear what you have to say!

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East King County
9:32 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

Five dead in Redmond fire

Updated Jan. 1 at 8:54 p.m.

Authorities in Redmond say five people - four of them children - have been killed in an apartment fire early Saturday.

Police spokesman Officer Matt Peringer says a 32-year-old man died and a woman was taken to a hospital. The children, four boys, were aged 11 and younger, according to The Seattle Times. 

Residents of 12 apartments were evacuated and taken to temporary housing.

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2010 in Review
10:49 am
Fri December 31, 2010

KPLU News favorite stories of 2010

An art installation at Seattle's old INS Building (now INScape) in the International District opened a new chapter for the historically-rich space.
INScape

As 2010 winds to a close, the KPLU News reporting team has been looking back at the stories they covered this year, and have chosen some favorites. 

The reports they selected aren't necessarily the 'biggest' news stories of the year, or necessarily on the reporter's beat. They are the ones that for each were memorable because of they exemplify the art, beauty and impact of the aural medium, the joy of radio storytelling.

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Sports with Art Thiel
1:30 am
Fri December 31, 2010

Top five Seattle sports stories of 2010

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll right, greets Seahawks' Earl Thomas after a play against the Carolina Panthers in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

What would you say was the top Seattle sports story of 2010?   Sports commentator Art Thiel has come up with his top five, and he shared them with KPLU’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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