washington state http://www.kplu.org en Why Washington State Was Named #1 Most Innovative State By Bloomberg http://www.kplu.org/post/why-washington-state-was-named-1-most-innovative-state-bloomberg <p>Washington state is the most innovative state in the nation, according to a <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-12-18/top-20-most-innovative-states.html#slide21" target="_blank">new ranking by Bloomberg</a>.</p><p>The publication ranked the states using a points system based on six criteria, which heavily favored the tech industry.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:15:18 +0000 Martha Kang 11889 at http://www.kplu.org Why Washington State Was Named #1 Most Innovative State By Bloomberg Washington's pension owns resort in paradise, among far-flung investments http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-pension-owns-resort-paradise-among-far-flung-investments OLYMPIA, Wash. – There’s a government office in Olympia where employees travel the globe and titans of Wall Street are regular visitors. The singer Bono even dropped in once, after a concert.<p>We’re talking about the Washington State Investment Board. Its job is to maximize returns on an $85 billion investment portfolio. To do that the Board invests in some very exotic places.<p>About the closest most of us will ever get to Tahiti is a Paul Gaughin painting or the beach image on our computer screensaver. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:37:52 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5627 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's pension owns resort in paradise, among far-flung investments Is the Northwest stranger than elsewhere? New comedy show has us wondering http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-stranger-elsewhere-new-comedy-show-has-us-wondering <p>Portland put its odd side on display last January with the debut of <em><a href="http://www.ifc.com/shows/portlandia">Portlandia</a></em>. Now, several residents here are responding with a show of Seattle&#39;s stranger side. And, in typical Seattle fashion, it&#39;s online and called <em><a href="http://www.localbrew.com/">Local Brew</a></em>.</p><p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 20:15:00 +0000 Jonathan Klapel 3988 at http://www.kplu.org Is the Northwest stranger than elsewhere? New comedy show has us wondering Eagle to be removed from critical habitat list in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/eagle-be-removed-critical-habitat-list-washington <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; The <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/BoardsCouncils/FPB/Pages/Home.aspx">Washington Forest Practices Board </a>plans to remove the bald eagle and peregrine falcon from the state critical habitat list to be consistent with federal and state endangered species laws.</p><div><p>The board will listen to testimony on the changes at hearing Jan. 3 in Olympia and Jan. 5 in Ellensburg.</p><p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:29:56 +0000 The Associated Press 3492 at http://www.kplu.org Eagle to be removed from critical habitat list in Washington State's students will need more English and social studies, less electives, to graduate http://www.kplu.org/post/states-students-will-need-more-english-and-social-studies-less-electives-graduate <p>It&rsquo;s been more than a quarter century since high school graduation requirements changed in our state. Now, the board of education has voted to increase credits in certain subjects.&nbsp;</p><p>Some school administrators say the move is a step backward for other learning opportunities. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:35:14 +0000 Charla Bear 3178 at http://www.kplu.org State workers picket over Western State Hospital closures http://www.kplu.org/post/state-workers-picket-over-western-state-hospital-closures <p>LAKEWOOD, Wash. &ndash; Unionized state workers are protesting a cost-cutting proposal to close five wards at one of Washington&#39;s mental institutions. More than a dozen employees staged a lunch-time picket Thursday outside Western State Hospital.</p><p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:31:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2899 at http://www.kplu.org State workers picket over Western State Hospital closures Update: Gregoire warns of more cuts to come; credit rating stable http://www.kplu.org/post/update-gregoire-warns-more-cuts-come-credit-rating-stable <p>Governor Chris Gregoire is telling state agencies to prepare for further budget cuts because of the faltering economy. Her budget office today asked agencies for ideas to reduce planned spending by 5 or 10 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the Standard &amp; Poor&#39;s downgrade of federal debt is unlikely to have much near term effect on the borrowing costs for the state. Although, S&amp;P did deal the city of Tacoma a blow by <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/sp-downgrades-tacomas-credit-rating">downgrading it&#39;s credit rating</a> on debt backed by the federal government.</p><p> Mon, 08 Aug 2011 23:36:21 +0000 Tom Banse 2280 at http://www.kplu.org State homeowners gain new rights when facing foreclosure http://www.kplu.org/post/state-homeowners-gain-new-rights-when-facing-foreclosure <p>Starting tomorrow, struggling homeowners in Washington have new rights.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1362&amp;year=2011">Foreclosure Fairness Act</a> signed into law in April is designed to prevent unnecessary foreclosures primarily by requiring banks to take part in mediation if borrowers ask for it and doubling the number of housing counselors.</p><p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2128 at http://www.kplu.org State homeowners gain new rights when facing foreclosure Clues to Washington's summer weather...or not http://www.kplu.org/post/clues-washingtons-summer-weatheror-not <p>With the first day of summer this week, it&rsquo;s finally beginning to look like it outside. If you think that&rsquo;s a good sign for the rest of the season, think again. There really isn&rsquo;t a good way to tell how summer will turn out.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1905 at http://www.kplu.org Clues to Washington's summer weather...or not Washington leads nation in voting access for young people http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-leads-nation-voting-access-young-people <p>Young people have an easier time voting in Washington State than anywhere else in the country. That&rsquo;s according to a survey by Rock the Vote, a group that encourages youth to participate in the political process.</p><p>It found many state laws mesh with the needs of young voters, but there&rsquo;s still room for improvement.</p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 22:36:36 +0000 Charla Bear 1880 at http://www.kplu.org Washington leads nation in voting access for young people New state law could help Native American families stay together http://www.kplu.org/post/new-state-law-could-help-native-american-families-stay-together <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968431.mp3</p><p>Decades after the federal government stopped taking Native American children from their homes and putting them in boarding schools, Native families still face challenges staying together.</p> Wed, 11 May 2011 19:05:00 +0000 Charla Bear 1576 at http://www.kplu.org Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades http://www.kplu.org/post/career-fair-seeks-women-jobs-trades <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967186.mp3</p><p>The recession has been tough on workers in the trades. The latest state unemployment report showed <a href="http://www.workforceexplorer.com/article.asp?ARTICLEID=11073&amp;PAGEID=148&amp;SUBID=">construction had a particularly bad month between February and March</a>. That&rsquo;s not stopping a job fair aimed at attracting more women to building and repair industries.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 15:26:25 +0000 Charla Bear 1537 at http://www.kplu.org Career fair seeks women for jobs in the trades Washington State Tourism launches social media campaign http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-state-tourism-launches-social-media-campaign <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O5vpz_5VL8&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>What do you like about Washington? The state&rsquo;s tourism office wants to know. Today, it&rsquo;s launching a campaign called <a href="http://www.shareyourwashington.com/">Share Your Washington</a>. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:21:11 +0000 Rachel Solomon 1241 at http://www.kplu.org Supreme Court won't hear appeal on state's campaign disclosure laws http://www.kplu.org/post/supreme-court-wont-hear-appeal-states-campaign-disclosure-laws <p>The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal challenging campaign disclosure laws in Washington state.</p><p>The court on Tuesday let stand without comment a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the state&#39;s disclosure requirements. Human Life of Washington challenged the requirements as a violation of the First Amendment. The group didn&#39;t want to reveal its donors in a 2008 campaign opposing an assisted suicide ballot measure.</p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:54:38 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 847 at http://www.kplu.org A call for local heroes http://www.kplu.org/post/call-local-heroes <p>http://vimeo.com/17889360</p><p>Know someone who did something heroic over the last few years? If so, you may want to consider nominating that person for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Award.</p><p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:56:33 +0000 KPLU News Staff 787 at http://www.kplu.org