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Marijuana Legalization
3:26 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Legal Spat Over Pot Shops In Tiny Fife Imperils Washington's Whole Marijuana Law

FILE - Clerk Havilah Nokes arranges packets of marijuana for sale at Cannabis City on the first day of legal recreational pot sales Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

A court case in Pierce County Friday will decide whether the city of Fife can ban marijuana businesses. But it could have a much larger side effect, putting Washington’s entire system for regulating legal pot in peril.

A handful of pot businesses are challenging Fife’s right to keep them out. The city is presenting two defenses. First, city officials say state law lets them opt out — a point on which they have backing from Washington’s attorney general. But if that fails, they have a second argument, which raises the stakes considerably: They say federal law trumps Initiative 502, and should strike most of it down.

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Recovery
2:13 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Inslee Declares State Of Emergency After Severe Rainstorms Hit Okanogan County

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation crews work near a damaged road east of Twisp, Washington, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
AP Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a state of emergency proclamation for Okanogan County Thursday after severe rainstorms pounded the area earlier this month.

The rains last week ended in flash floods, mudslides and debris flows that blocked two state highways.

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Politics
11:04 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Austin Jenkins

This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition that took power last year is determined to hold on.

In the meantime, big-money interests on both sides are trying to influence the outcome. They’re pouring unlimited contributions into political action committees controlled by the legislative caucuses.

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What Lies Beneath
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Why These Seattle-Area Cavers Squeeze Through Tiny Holes To Crawl Into Damp Spaces

Martha Kang KPLU

It’s the rare person who sees a hole in the ground and feels compelled to stick his head in it.

But cavers are “innately curious,” says veteran caver Tom Evans, who himself will not only peer in, but try to squeeze his whole body through a just-big-enough opening into Earth's damp, dark underbelly.

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Going Places
5:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Bah! Humbug: Plan Now If You Want To Escape The Holiday Bustle

If you want to travel for the holidays, KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says you'd better book soon.
Valentina_A Flickr

The holidays are still a ways off, but if you’re thinking of heading out of town for Christmas — and not to a relative’s house — now is the time to plan.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent about 10 holiday seasons outside the country. This year, he’s taking his family to Costa Rica, and they plan to exchange inexpensive gifts from the local crafts market.

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Labor Negotiations
4:14 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Alaska Air Flight Attendants Frustrated By Slow Contract Talks

Flight attendants protest outside Alaska's shareholders meeting in May, 2013.
Ashley Gross

Alaska Airlines executives and flight attendants are back at the bargaining table this week with a federal mediator, but the workers say they’re frustrated by the slow pace of contract negotiations which have dragged on for almost three years. 

Union leaders and the company did reach a tentative deal late last year, but members rejected it.

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Test Scores
4:04 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Without NCLB Waiver, Most Wash. Schools Now Failing Despite Steady Test Scores

David Goldman AP Photo

The impact of Washington's loss of a waiver from the No Child Left Behind Act came into sharper focus Wednesday as nearly nine in 10 of the state's schools officially received failing labels despite little change in students' performance on statewide standardized tests.

Just 260 of the state's nearly 2,200 schools met their required yearly progress goals under the outdated federal law, state officials said as they denounced the impractical standard they say Washington schools must now meet.

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Studio Sessions
4:00 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'The Natural' Jane Monheit Live At KPLU

Jane Monheit performing live in the KPLU Seattle studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Listen to the full interview and performance.

Last week our listeners had the privilege of hearing vocalist Jane Monheit light up the airwaves during our live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Now you can listen to the full interview and performance, as well as watch all three songs performed by Jane and her band below. 

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Economy
9:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Report: Washington's Low-Income Residents Are Disproportionately Burdened By Debt

Low-income residents Washington state are disproportionately burdened by debt, according to a new report by the grassroots advocacy group Alliance for a Just Society. 

One reason: increasing student loan debt. The report says the average student loan debt at graduation in Washington jumped 23 percent from 2008 to 2012 to a total of more than $23,000. And the average credit card debt in the state is more than $5,000.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 27, 2014

'The Easiest, Most Delicious Thing To Do With Corn' That Nancy Leson Has Ever Tasted

Corn, jalapeños, a little butter and that's it.
Nancy Leson

I can't believe I've never come across this method for corn off the cob before. After our friends Lori and Denny made it for us this weekend, I checked online and there were pages of variations on this same theme. It's so simple that ingredients are measured in units of "some." 

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Election
5:32 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nearly $6 Million And Counting For Wash. Fall Ballot Measures

Petitions for Initiative 594 are counted at the Secretary of State's office Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, in Olympia, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, nearly $6 million has flowed to these campaigns, and it’s still early.

Initiative 594 to expand background checks for gun sales is far out in the lead when it comes to fundraising. So far, nearly $3.4 million raised with recent $500,000 contributions each from Paul Allen, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates. Plus, venture capitalist Nick Hanauer just contributed $1 million.

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Young Minds
4:16 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Toddlers Can Figure Out A Game Of Chance Quicker Than You Might Think

Toddlers play in a kindergarten classroom.
Matthias Rietschel AP Photo

Toddlers use intuition for probability to their advantage, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Washington.

The researchers don't contend children as young as age 2 understand statistics, but they do wonder about potentially tapping into the intuition to help prepare children for concepts older students often struggle with, like fractions.

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Business
4:02 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Moving Headquarters To Seattle's Pioneer Square

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Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

Weyerhaeuser is moving its headquarters from Federal Way to Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, the company announced Tuesday.

The 114-year-old timber company will "divest the land and buildings it owns in Federal Way, Washington," according to a news release.

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Sex Trafficking
5:05 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Buyers Of Underage Sex Get Little Jail Time, New Study Shows

Arizona State University/Shared Hope International

Men who are convicted of paying for sex with minors are unlikely to serve much time behind bars, says the finding of new research conducted by Arizona State University and released by Shared Hope International, an organization trying to stop sex trafficking.

The study examined 134 cases in Seattle, Phoenix, Portland and Baltimore-Washington, D.C.

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Brain Science
5:01 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Seattle Scientists Find Brain Area Linked To Motivation To Exercise

Mice without a functioning dorsal medial habenula didn't feel like running in their wheels.
Kaytee Rlek Flickr

Seattle scientists have zeroed in on a part of the brain that seems to have an interesting job: motivating the brain’s owner to exercise. The findings could have implications for understanding depression.

The dorsal medial habenula is a little structure tucked inside the brain, above the brainstem. Psychiatrist Eric Turner of Seattle Children’s Research Institute knew it had something to do with regulating mood, but not a lot more.

“People asked me, 'Well, what does it do?' And I actually didn’t know. And when I looked it up I found that very little is known about this area of the brain,” he said.

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