Pierce County http://www.kplu.org en Forecast for Pierce County's Economy in 2014: Partly Sunny http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-pierce-countys-economy-2014-partly-sunny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s taking longer for Pierce County to bounce back from the recession than counties to the north, such as King and Snohomish. But economists at Pacific Lutheran University expect the economy in Tacoma and the region to show some improvement this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>PLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> economists Martin </span>Wurm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neal Johnson have been crunching the numbers on everything from Pierce County’s housing market to retail sales to come up with an economic forecast.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:02:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 12451 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-economy-grow-faster-year <p></p><p>A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7534 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year Pierce County bus riders face dramatic cuts if sales tax hike fails http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-bus-riders-face-dramatic-cuts-if-sales-tax-hike-fails <p>Bus riders in Pierce County face dramatic cuts to service if voters reject a ballot proposition to hike the sales tax. Opponents are fighting hard against the measure, saying it would make Pierce County’s sales tax the highest on the West Coast.</p><p>If you ask people in downtown Tacoma how they feel about paying more in sales tax, you hear a common refrain.</p><blockquote><p>"The sales tax is pretty high as it is, and I think it will be hard for people to swallow," said Michele Anderson.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 6883 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County bus riders face dramatic cuts if sales tax hike fails Deadline approaches for in-person voter registration http://www.kplu.org/post/deadline-approaches-person-voter-registration <p>Less than two weeks to go until Election Day, and some people are still scrambling to register for the Oct. 29 in-person deadline.</p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:08:14 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6855 at http://www.kplu.org Baseline radiation mapping beginning in Seattle and Bellevue http://www.kplu.org/post/baseline-radiation-mapping-beginning-seattle-and-bellevue <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976912.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976912.mp3</a></p><p>If you see an unusually low-flying helicopter cruising above Seattle or Bellevue, don&#39;t worry. It&rsquo;s just a project of the State Department of Health <a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/rp/rep/aerial.htm">to measure naturally occurring radiation </a>in King and Pierce Counties.</p><p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 05:06:50 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2050 at http://www.kplu.org Baseline radiation mapping beginning in Seattle and Bellevue Commissioners must slash bus service in Pierce County http://www.kplu.org/post/commissioners-must-slash-bus-service-pierce-county <p><em><strong>Update: On Monday, May 9, the Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners approved a 20% permanent service reduction scheduled to start June 12. But the board rejected the proposed plan for the final 15% reduction scheduled for October, and instead directed staff to develop a modified plan that focuses on maximizing ridership.</strong></em></p><p>The next time you&#39;re stuck in traffic, frustrated by the length of your commute time, take a moment to consider how long your trip would be if you couldn&#39;t drive to your workplace, your doctors office, or your church.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 07 May 2011 01:19:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1550 at http://www.kplu.org Commissioners must slash bus service in Pierce County Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes http://www.kplu.org/post/tacoma-pierce-county-may-ban-electronic-cigarettes <p>The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department<a href="http://www.tpchd.org/health-wellness-1/tobacco-prevention-control/tobacco-regulations/"> is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes</a> that deliver nicotine without smoking. Thu, 05 May 2011 20:12:46 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1543 at http://www.kplu.org Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes Wednesday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/wednesday-mornings-headlines-15 <p>Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:</p><ul><li><strong>Where&#39;s Spring? Snow Falls in Lowlands, Mountains</strong></li><li><strong><strong>Farewell to State&#39;s Last Polling Places</strong></strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Settlement Over Domestic Violence Cases</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Hey, it&#39;s April 6th!</strong></p><p>Brrr. It&#39;s chilly at sea level, and if you live in the Cascade or Olympic foothills there&#39;s a good chance you&#39;ve seen some snow flakes fall, as Snohomish County has this morning. Mountain passes are getting a new dumping of snow, as April marches on.</p><p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:21:56 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1144 at http://www.kplu.org Wednesday morning's headlines Video of dog's CPR rescue could be used for teaching http://www.kplu.org/post/video-dogs-cpr-rescue-could-be-used-teaching <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QQQAVNKIPE</p><p>A Pierce County dog trainer is fielding heaps of praise for saving the life of Sugar, a 4-year old boxer. &nbsp;The <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/03/09/1577637/video-recorded-cpr-rescue-of-boxer.html">animal collapsed during a training class </a>Saturday. &nbsp;Ron Pace said when he saw the animal fall, his instincts took over, according to the News Tribune&#39;s Sara Schilling:</p><blockquote><p>Pace, 54, who owns Canyon Crest K9 Training Center in the Summit/Waller Road area, used a version of CPR to get Sugar breathing again...</p></blockquote><p>It took about two minutes of steady massage to the dogs chest, and a couple of breaths into the animal&#39;s mouth, to help bring Sugar around, to the delight and relief of the dog&#39;s owner, Tiffany Kauth of Bremerton.</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 21:29:50 +0000 KPLU News Staff 971 at http://www.kplu.org Mudslides follow heavy rains, hit Pierce County roads http://www.kplu.org/post/mudslides-follow-heavy-rains-hit-pierce-county-roads <p>Heavy rains <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/117734088.html">brought mudslides that covered roads in Pierce County</a> early this morning, including a slide over East Jovita Boulevard in Edgewood. More rain is expected today, along with gusting winds that could topple trees in already soaked earth, according to KOMO&nbsp;News:</p><blockquote><p>Forecasting models put this storm about on par with the one that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/117254588.html" style="color: rgb(9, 104, 168); text-decoration: none; font-size: 1em; ">blew through on March 2</a>&nbsp;-- enough to perhaps cause a few power outages and knock over a few trees, but we are not expecting a major windstorm.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.kirotv.com/news/27143992/detail.html">In Tacoma, a slide brought a tree down </a>over one lane of Schuster Parkway. There were no injuries or cars involved with that slide, and traffic is getting by the area, according to KIRO-TV.</p><p><a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=WAZ508&amp;warncounty=WAC033&amp;firewxzone=WAZ654&amp;local_place1=Downtown+Seattle+WA&amp;product1=Wind+Advisory">The peak winds are expected this afternoon</a> in the Puget Sound lowlands, with gusts as high as 50 miles per hour in the late afternoon and early evening hours, according to the National Weather Service.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:32:15 +0000 KPLU News Staff 969 at http://www.kplu.org Mudslides follow heavy rains, hit Pierce County roads Pierce County deputy dies after being treated for on-duty injuries http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-deputy-dies-after-being-treated-duty-injuries <p>A Pierce County sheriff&#39;s spokesman says a 29-year-old deputy has died less than 24 hours after undergoing<br />surgery for an injury he suffered in an on-duty assault last year.</p><p>Spokesman Ed Troyer called Shandon Wright&#39;s death Thursday night &quot;a duty-related death&quot; and said fellow officers were shocked. Fri, 04 Mar 2011 10:16:31 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 928 at http://www.kplu.org No injuries in natural gas explosions at Pierce Transit facility http://www.kplu.org/post/no-injuries-natural-gas-explosions-pierce-transit-facility <p><i>Updated 9:07 p.m. </i></p><p>Several explosions rocked a Pierce Transit facility in Lakewood late this afternoon, and officials say they suspect natural gas ignited at a compressor, burning tanks that fuel buses. There were no reports of injuries, and the fire has been extinguished.</p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 02:42:37 +0000 KPLU News Staff 899 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's budget plan would boost JBLM construction http://www.kplu.org/post/obamas-budget-plan-would-boost-jblm-construction <p>Construction at <a href="http://info.lewis-mcchord.army.mil/">Joint Base Lewis-McChord </a>would increase further if Congress adopts President Obama's 2012 budget proposal.</p><p>The News Tribune reports that <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/02/15/1545333/budget-would-fund-surge-of-jblm.html">the spending plan released Monday would set aside more than $300 million </a>for construction at the base south of Tacoma, up from about $172 million in the 2011 budget proposal Congress has yet to approve. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:59:40 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 803 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's budget plan would boost JBLM construction Buried explosives and weapons found in Puyallup http://www.kplu.org/post/buried-explosives-and-weapons-found-puyallup <p>An informant's tip has led authorities to find four homemade explosive devices and other weapons buried at a Puyallup site.</p><p>Traffic was diverted Friday afternoon from the site on Shaw Road East and several homes were briefly evacuated. Puyallup police, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents and members of the Pierce County sheriff's bomb squad responded.</p><p>ATF spokeswoman Cheryl Bishop says the cache may be tied to a fugitive killed in a confrontation with bail bond agents in Lakewood more than two years ago.</p> Sat, 08 Jan 2011 07:40:06 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 502 at http://www.kplu.org Monday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/monday-mornings-headlines-2 <p><em>Eyes turn to Olympia&nbsp;on eve of budget talks,&nbsp;Bellevue takes a hit, Pierce County&nbsp;plans protections against nature's hits, &nbsp;and the Huskies fight their way to a Holiday.&nbsp;</em> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 14:13:15 +0000 KPLU News Staff 287 at http://www.kplu.org Monday morning's headlines