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Welfare Fraud
1:04 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Plea deal likely for monied Seattle welfare couple

Lawyers for a Seattle couple who drew welfare benefits while living in a million-dollar waterfront home say they will plead guilty next Wednesday in federal court.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Give peas a chance!

The snow peas I'm planting this weekend. The vines make as good eating as the pods. Click for this week's GarlicCam.
Stein

I'm planting mine – the ones  pictured above – this very weekend. Actually they're Chinese-style Snow Peas.  My wife, the L&T Cheryl DeGroot refuses to eat the little round ones. 

Which is too bad because besides being delicious and versatile peas are really good for you.

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What do you think?
4:13 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook

Graph showing a 300 percent increase in tuition since 1990.
FinAid.org

The dark clouds looming over higher education in the nation and Washington may have a silver lining, but so far it’s been hard to find and the recent spate of news has been pretty bad for college students.

We'd love to hear your thoughts on building in a silver lining, but first the details.

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Election 2012
12:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

With Ron Paul, GOP expects Wash. convention battle

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican leaders in Washington are bracing for a combative state convention as supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul look to seize more delegates.

Paul devotees have fared well in caucus states, recently taking control of state conventions in Maine and Nevada.

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Saving the Kalakala
10:20 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Historic ferry may be too fragile to leave Tacoma

Authorities worry that if the 276-foot ship sinks, it would block the waterway.
Braden Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — Once an icon of Puget Sound, the ferry Kalakala is in such fragile shape it may not withstand being evicted from a Tacoma moorage and could have to be scrapped.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue May 8, 2012

How fast should you spend your IRA in retirement?

401kcalculator.org

Retirement planning can be hard. Traditional, defined benefit pensions are going the way of the dodo bird. The majority of us will depend on a mix of Social Security, IRAs and 401(k) plans.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer look at the best way to take money out of your IRA during "the golden years".

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Power prices
5:33 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

McGinn defends City Light plan to raise utility's rates

Power lines on Seattle's Beacon Hill still carry some of the cheapest electricity in the country, but rate hikes are likely over the next 6 years, as proposed in a new strategic plan.
Photo by Andrew Imanaka flickr

The tendency for politicians to put off rate increases has meant decades of instability for customers of Seattle City Light. That’s according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who has unveiled a new strategic plan, which would raise electricity rates a total of 28 percent over the next six years.

Businesses want stability

Though raising rates is unpopular, McGinn says the plan will create more predictability for customers – something that’s especially important for businesses.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
5:00 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tierney Sutton Band: A true group effort

Tierney Sutton performing live in the KPLU studios on May 2, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Singer Tierney Sutton’s band were in deep discussion five minutes before their live in-studio performance on KPLU last Wednesday, trying to decide which three songs to play for our audience. It was just one example of how interconnected each member of this quartet really is.

We learned more about each band member’s extra-musical skills were divided, how they’d go about sharing their surely impending Grammy Award (they've been nominated for five so far), and Tierney told us about walking the fine line as lyrical story teller and vocal improviser.

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Boeing 'eye candy'
4:01 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

10 scenes from aviation history in Boeing’s iPad app

An image from Boeing's new app for iPad.

Boeing launched its new iPad app today – 'Milestones in Innovation.’ The app is free and available on iTunes.

The app carries images and information from nine decades of aviation innovation. You can find 10 of those moments in the story below.

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Child prostitution
2:55 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

50 Mayors urge online escort service to check ages

Mayors of nearly 50 cities across the country are urging Village Voice Media to require identification for people posting escort ads on its Backpage.com — an online ad service that has come under scrutiny from authorities for allegations that it's used to promote child prostitution.

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Cruise ships
12:05 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Cruise ships sailing from Seattle to Alaska down from 2010 peak

ms Oosterdam at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal in Seattle
Peter McGraw Port of Seattle

The number of cruise ships sailing to Alaska from Seattle remains down from the peak of two years ago.  In 2010, 223 ships made the trip.  This year, 202 ships will sail from Seattle.  It's a slight uptick from last year when 196 ships used Seattle as a homeport during the summer Alaska cruising season.

The Port of Seattle says  revenue from the cruise business remains strong .

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Crime
10:28 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Steve Powell voyeurism trial starting in Wash.

TACOMA, Wash. — The voyeurism and child pornography trial of missing Utah mother Susan Powell's father-in-law is under way with jury selection in Washington state, and Powell's parents are hoping the case sheds some light on her disappearance.

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Space flight
8:32 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Meet the finalists in the Space Needle's trip to space contest

The five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of Seattle Needle's 50th anniversary celebration are in Seattle this week.

The final phase of the contest begins Monday morning. The finalists will each face three challenges before the winner is announced on Wednesday. (Meet the finalists after the jump and pick whom you'd send into space.)

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Getting creative with a very small space

Julie Alpert's Zigzags, Stripes and Shadows
Jennifer Wing KPLU

A tiny space with big ideas. This is the motto of the Telephone Room in Tacoma. It claims to be one of the smallest places in the world where artists display their work.

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Jazz Northwest
1:00 pm
Sun May 6, 2012

Bobby Broom Trio at The Ballard Jazz Festival

Kobie Watkins, drums, and Bobby Broom, guitar at the 2012 Ballard Jazz Festival
Jim Levitt

What better way to celebrate April's Jazz Month than the Tenth Annual Ballard Jazz Festival?  There were four nights featuring drums and guitars, a jazz walk among a dozen venues featuring some of Seattle's top jazz talent, and culminated in a concert which co-billed pianist Orrin Evans' Quartet and The Bobby Broom Trio.  The latter is featured in the first broadcast from this year's festival on Jazz Northwest, Sunday May 6 at 1 pm PDT on 88.5 KPLU and kplu.org.

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