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Food safety
3:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mad cow case found, but meat supply deemed safe

U.S. officials announced a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in California. It is only the fourth such case detected in the U.S. since the first case was identified in 2003.

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space exloration
3:40 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches

This computer-generated image provided by Planetary Resources, a group of high-tech tycoons that wants to mine nearby asteroids, shows a conceptual rendering of a spacecraft preparing to capture a water-rich, near-Earth asteroid.
The Associated Press

Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.

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Washington wines
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Study: Washington wines add billions to state's economy

Washington state is the No.2 producer of premium wine behind California, with 739 licensed wineries and 350 vineyards.
Matt Long Flickr

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new study shows the Washington wine industry contributes $8.6 billion to the state's economy and creates nearly 30,000 jobs.

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Japanese Tsunami
1:18 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Things you'll find from the Japanese tsunami on NW beaches

Anna Pietz and her daughter examine debris at Rialto Beach in La Push, Wash., on Saturday. The two had volunteered with Washington Coastsavers. Pietz said they did find a Japanese float believed to be from the tsunami.
Anna Pietz

If you visit a Northwest ocean beach this summer, you’ll likely run across objects from last year’s Japanese tsunami.

The things you’ll likely see include milk jugs, detergent bottles, tooth brushes and bottles for water, pop or juices with Japanese stamps, marks and labels. Perhaps a soccer ball or a volleyball -- two that washed up on an Alaskan island have been claimed by their Japanese owners.

The things you are highly unlikely to see are human remains, refrigerators or anything else that would have to be sealed to float or can come apart, like bigger parts of houses. Months on the ocean will breakup anything with parts, experts say.

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Boeing
9:39 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Boeing reportedly planning composite wing plant for Wash.

Boeing workers in Washington hope the company will decide to build carbon-fiber composite wings for a bigger 777 in the state.

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The Digital Future
5:00 am
Tue April 24, 2012

China, telecommunications and national security collide

Huawei's booth at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas
John Roling flickr.com

China's largest telecommunications company has a "trust issue."

Huawei is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. It manufactures equipment for telephone and broadband networks. The only larger telecom in the world is Swedish-based Ericsson.

The Australian government recently announced Huawei would not be allowed to bid on that country's National Broadband Network, due to security concerns.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson was in Australia at the time, and applauds the decision. He talks about it with KPLU's Dave Meyer on this month's edition of The Digital Future.

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Phone Books
4:30 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Choosing to opt-out, fewer residents getting phone book

More than 20 percent of households and businesses in Seattle are opting out of phone books.

One year ago, the city implemented an opt-out program that includes fines for publishers that fail to honor opt-out requests.

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Killer Whales
5:09 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Possible albino killer whale spotted off Russian coast

The all-white killer whale is shown in this screen grab from a ITN video.

An all-white orca has been spotted by scientists during a research cruise off the eastern coast of Russia, near the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Commander Islands in the North Pacific, reports ABC news. The scientists have named the orca Iceberg.

“It is a breathtakingly beautiful animal,” Eric Hoyt, one of the scientists, told the AFP. “If we can get a full close-up of the eyes and they are pink, it would confirm Iceberg is an albino, but we don’t know much about albinism in orcas.”

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farm workers
3:13 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Feds: Washington farm rehired illegal immigrants

Federal prosecutors say a Washington state herb farm forced to fire more than 200 illegal immigrants because of a government audit, rehired dozens of those workers — paid them cash and asked them to work at night — because production began to plummet.

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World's Fair
1:36 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Art installations part of World's Fair celebration

Mandy Greer's crocheted river is above the fountain in the Alki Courtyard.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Dozens of works of art and performance art pieces have been commissioned for the months-long celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of  the 1962 World's Fair.

Wander around the Seattle Center campus and you're likely to encounter one of the temporary art installations. 

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Privatizing liquor
1:34 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Liquor store auction nets $31 million for Washington

The highest winning bid was $750,100 for an individual store in south Tacoma.

LACEY, Wash. – An online auction to privatize Washington state liquor stores netted nearly $31 million . It's all gravy for the state budget.

State Liquor Control Board business director Pat McLaughlin said today that nothing was penciled in for anticipated auction proceeds. But McLaughlin says he expected the bidding to be fierce. And it was.

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Transportation
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May

Washington State Ferries is implementing an across-the-board, three-percent fare increase.
WSDOT

KINGSTON, Wash. — The Kingston-Seattle foot ferry has attracted far fewer passengers than the Port of Kingston expected when the service started in October 2010, and it's future is in doubt.

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Diversions
10:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Take 'a walk' around the world ... from space!

If you're into images of Earth taken from space, NASA has a new video for you.

Liquor privatization
8:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

State to announce sale of 167 WA liquor stores

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington officials are announcing the results Monday of Friday's online auction of state-run liquor stores.

The sale of the rights to 167 stores is estimated at more than $20 million.

The auction was the result of a state vote to get the state out of the retail liquor business and to privatize sales.

Artscape
4:42 am
Mon April 23, 2012

At Seattle's Balagan Theatre, a rock musical about the trials of teendom

Bryan Gula, center, and cast sing "The Bitch of Living" in Balagan Theatre's production of "Spring Awakening."
Pamela M. Campi Photography

Three months after a sell-out run, “Spring Awakening” is back in a production at  Seattle’s Balagan Theatre.

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