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Economic Recovery
10:19 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Improving economy predicted for the Puget Sound

Are happier days just around the corner?
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"It is a sunny day, with some clouds," says Dick Conway, a Puget Sound Economic Forecaster. "The more I study the Puget Sound economy, the more I am struck by the fact that the more it changes, the more it stays the same."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu January 12, 2012

Slaying dragons and other pop song suffering

Queen For a Day!
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This week we learned that it’s good to be the king. But it’s a long road from being a lord or lady to becoming a duke, princess or king. Along the way there are dragons to slay and pop songs to suffer through.

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Diversions
5:40 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

A little YouTube fun for book lovers

Plastic bag ban
5:17 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Major grocery stores support statewide ban on plastic bags

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A proposal to ban plastic bags in Washington stores is dividing the grocery industry. Smaller independent stores and plastic bag makers oppose a statewide ban. But major grocery stores including Fred Meyer support the proposal.

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Washington government
4:39 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Washington revenue forecaster resigns; takes private sector job

Economic Forecaster Arun Raha, left, offers up his customary deadpan as he announces his resignation to take a job in the private sector.
Azusa Uchikura

OLYMPIA, Wash. – His job was to predict Washington revenues through the worst economic storm since the Great Depression. Now Washington’s chief economic forecaster is resigning to take a job in the private sector.

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Environment
3:18 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

It's burn ban time again

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has declared a Stage One burn ban for King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Burning is prohibited in fireplaces and uncertified wood stoves, unless the stove is the home's only adequate source of heat.

A high pressure system is bringing cold temperatures and mild winds to the region. The system keeps air pollution from dissipating, and air quality is expected to deteriorate through Friday.

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Money Matters
2:07 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Are you 'scam smart'?

Phishing scam designed to trick you into surrendering your account info.
Chris Harrison KPLU

It pays to be a bit paranoid these days. The digital age makes it easy for scammers to reach out and touch your wallet.

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has released its list of the top scams seen in 2011. It includes "phishing", bogus lotteries and secret shopper schemes.

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Washington State Legislature
1:27 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

AP: Gay marriage within reach in Wash. Legislature

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to approve gay marriage, with votes continuing to realign in the state Senate.

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protesting wall street
1:09 pm
Wed January 11, 2012

Seattle video: Chase's Jamie Dimon sounds off on politics, 'whiny crap'

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon takes questions at a University of Washington business school event in Seattle on Nov. 2, 2011.
From UW through records reuest

"We've been doing nothing but investing in this town."

On Nov. 2, JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon came to Seattle to address business leaders at an event put on by the University of Washington’s business school. The event attracted a great deal of heat from the Occupy Seattle protesters, which we wrote about: “Anatomy of a protest: Occupy Seattle vs. Jamie Dimon of Chase.”

Reporters were not allowed into the event to hear what Dimon had to say, though some were allowed to interview him before hand. KPLU was not among them.

We got a copy of a video of the event through the Freedom of Information Act. Inside, you can watch several snippets of his responses to questions as well as the full video of his speech at the Business Leadership Celebration event.

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

This will become your favorite wintertime soup

Notice that I'm using an Asian style ceramic spoon. It's the metal spoon not the soup itself that burns your mouth.
Dick Stein KPLU

 It's Zuppa di cavolo nero – Red Cabbage and Bean soup from Marcella Hazan's Classic Italian Cookbook.  Good as it looks, it tastes even better.  (Check out her recipe below).

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Budget crisis
4:51 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court hears arguments on arena debt

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is considering arguments over the debt troubles surrounding Wenatchee's events arena.

Justices heard debate Tuesday about whether the area's public facilities district should be able to refinance nearly $42 million.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
12:56 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

In NW, we're prone to introspection ... judging by response to 'Wonder' series

Justin Steyer KPLU

We in the Northwest are prone to navel-gazing over matters related to our character and the things we do … and don’t do.

Maybe it is the months of clouds, mist and rain, but like the proverbial Eskimo has many ways for talking about snow, we in the NW apparently have many paths to introspection.

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Groove Notes
8:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die (#821-#830)

Venupelli Blues is number 821.

We hope you will use these lists to seek out jazz albums you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums.

Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 821 through 830.

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Obit
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Memorial for killed Mount Rainier ranger at PLU today

A memorial for Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at the Nisqually entrance to the park Saturday.
Associated Press

There will be a memorial service for park ranger Margaret Anderson at Pacific Lutheran University today.

Ranger Anderson was killed while on duty at Mount Rainier.  Authorities says gunman Benjamin Barnes fled to the park after a shooting in a Skyway apartment on New Year’s Eve.  He shot Anderson at a chain-up checkpoint.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

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It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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