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Washington state legislature
8:06 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Legislature passes budget proposal, adjourns

State employee and local union president Thornton Alberg watches House floor action on the 30th day of the special session.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Gregoire played the role of negotiator-in-chief. Her shuttle diplomacy finally brought the Washington House and Senate to a bipartisan go-home deal. Lawmakers needed some extra time on the clock. But they were able to pass a budget that closes a half-billion dollar budget shortfall.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Have Fruit-Loopy fun making cakeless fruitcake

Nancy's "Rum Pot" concoction of dried fruit steeped in rum. Next pic shows growth spurt in the garlic patch.
Nancy Leson

When you ask your dinner host "What should I bring?" and the answer is " dessert" what do you make?

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Televison
2:02 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

'Simpsons' creator: Real Springfield is in Oregon

Matt Groening, creator of the animated series "The Simpsons," poses with his character creations Bart Simpson, left, and Homer Simpson earlier this year.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters.

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Gun Laws
12:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Survey: Will this bus campaign change your mind about guns?

An instance of Washington Ceasefire's new ad campaign.

You may have seen the new ads on city buses (250 in all) warning against the dangers of owning a gun.

But will the ads make a difference to you?

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Tolling
10:47 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Bill's in the mail for 520, Tacoma bridge tolls

People who have been tardy about paying their tolls for crossing the State Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges will be mailed civil penalty notices this week.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

401kcalculator.org

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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Seattle police
6:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

NAACP: Was police stop coincidence or pay back?

Christopher Franklin is one of two men planning to sue the city of Seattle over treatment by Seattle police.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Was a Seattle police stop of two African American men in February just a coincidence or, as some are suggesting, "retaliation" for the publicity surrounding a previous stop. 

The NAACP says it wants answers from Seattle Police.

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Groove Notes
5:18 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

One of Louis Armstrong's final performances (favorite recipes) out this month

Louis Armstrong

Originally, a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, one of the last recordings of Louis Armstrong will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24th as part of the Smithsonian’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,” which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes ― everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac ― are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Feds say 3 pesticides harmful to salmon

A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.

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Public policy
3:25 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Seattle council protects public breastfeeding

The Seattle City Council has made it illegal for businesses and others to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding, to cover up or move to a different location.

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Traffic stop
2:23 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Trooper fires at car after foot run over during stop at Renton

RENTON, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says a trooper fired a shot at a fleeing car after it ran over his foot during a traffic stop on Interstate 405 Monday morning at Renton.

Trooper Julie Startup says the shot missed. The car crashed nearby and the driver was arrested.

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Seattle Police Dept
10:19 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Living room conversations invite cops in to communities

A living room conversation with Seattle police, taking place in a residential home.
Courtesy Seattle Police Dept.

Small talk isn’t usually encouraged between police officers and the public.

But, the Seattle Police Department is trying to change that, with a program that encourages people to invite the cops in for “living room conversations. ”

For most people, seeing a police officer in uniform is intimidating. You don’t usually get up close and personal with a cop unless something bad is happening. Seattle Lieutenant Carmen Best says inviting police in for a living room conversation helps build trust.

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Weather
7:44 am
Mon April 9, 2012

Seattle hit record 70 on sunny Sunday

Under sunny skies, the temperature hit a record 70 degrees Sunday in Seattle, breaking the old record of 69 set in 1996.

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Artscape
4:55 am
Mon April 9, 2012

At Pacific Northwest Ballet, an old 'Apollo' teaches a first-timer

Principal dancer Seth Orza (left) rehearses "Apollo" with artistic director (and former New York City Ballet dancer) Peter Boal at Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
Photo by Lindsay Thomas

The ballet “Apollo” features four dancers in a story about the Greek god of music and three muses.

It was a signature role for Peter Boal when he was a dancer with New York City Ballet.

Now he's staging the ballet at Pacific Northwest Ballet, the first time since taking over as artistic director in 2005. And Boal is teaching the ballet to four male dancers who'll be dancing the role for the first time.

He says he's been waiting all these years for the right time as well as the right dancers.

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