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Privatizing liquor
2:08 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. auctioning off liquor licenses from its soon-to-close stores

Pat McLaughlin, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, said bids for the licenses start rolling in within hours of an auction’s start.
Monica Spain KPLU

You won’t hear the gavel sound at this auction. But you may want to pay attention anyway since the fate of your neighborhood liquor store may figure in. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has  opened an online auction as part of the next step toward liquor privatization.

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School shooting
12:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Bremerton school shooting raises child supervision questions

The anguished father of a little girl who was shot in her third-grade classroom after a 9-year-old boy brought a gun to his Bremerton elementary school says the state failed his daughter.

John Bowman says the boy should not have been allowed to visit his mother — a woman who had her parental rights terminated, had a lengthy history of crime and drug abuse, and who police say left guns unsecured around her home.

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Environment
10:48 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Seen a wolf? Report it on state's new website

This Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife photo shows OR-11, a male pup from the Walla Walla pack, waking up from anesthesia after being fitted with a radio tracking collar in northeastern Oregon.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — People who think they've seen a wolf, heard one howl or found other evidence of wolves in Washington have a new place to share their story.

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Port wars
10:36 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues

The winner of this round: Port of Tacoma
Tom Colins Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — A Port of Seattle commissioner says the Port of Tacoma's winning away three shippers Thursday represents a "race to the bottom" that hurts the region.

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Election 2012
10:30 am
Fri March 9, 2012

McKenna can raise money for gov.'s race - briefly

Attorney General Rob McKenna is temporarily able to raise money again for his gubernatorial bid.

The Republican's campaign is asking people to donate money between Friday and midnight Sunday. The narrow window is between when the state Legislature adjourned and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session to deal with budget issues they failed to resolve the last time around.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
8:54 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Forecast: Showers ahead (but revel in the spectacular clouds)

Lenticular clouds make Mt Rainier's classic crown
Mike Kelley Flickr

Weekend weather will be cloudy with showers off and on ... a pretty classic Northwest late winter forecast, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass of the University of Washington. Rain should arrive by dinner-time.

Watch for a bigger storm on Monday, particularly on the coast, where winds could hit 50 mph.

The clouds we've seen so far this week have been pretty interesting. Cloud watchers got a great show yesterday of "lenticular" clouds.

Mass says they look like stacks of plates -- and may have helped set off the UFO craze.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Why did Seattle display babies in incubators at the World's Fair?

Baby incubator exhibit on the Pay Streak at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.
Photo by Frank H. Nowell and courtesy of UW Special Collections.

The Northwest has long been known for its technological innovations – from airplanes to software. More than a hundred years ago, Seattle was showing off a brand-new invention involving babies.

At the city’s first World’s Fair in 1909, called the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, there was a Wild West exhibit, rollercoasters, concessions  and right next door, were premature babies … in incubators … on display.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Making the case for Peyton Manning in Seattle

AP file photo
Goodbye Indianapolis, hello Seattle? The Seahawks confirm they're among the teams vying for Peyton Manning. Nam Y. Huh

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel likes the idea of Peyton Manning coming to Seattle. He says the team and the city have a lot to offer him. And it goes without saying what he can offer the team - as long as he stays healthy.

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Social media campaign
1:52 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

NW youth motivated by anti-Kony video are spreading word, joining groups

Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, meets with a delegation of 160 officials and lawmakers from northern Uganda and representatives of non-governmental organizations in Congo near the Sudan border in 2006.
The Associated Press

'We have reached the tipping point between apathy and activism and we can no longer ignore these tragedies.'

Signaling the power of viral marketing, an army of young people have sprung up overnight to fight against the infamous African warlord Joseph Kony and his militia the LRA. Millennials across the Northwest are becoming motivated by the video campaign to join the Invisible Children, the group behind the viral video detailing Kony's atrocities.

Alison Guajardo, Vice-President of the University of Washington’s Invisible Children chapter told KPLU about the club’s exponential growth that occurred practically overnight.

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Washington State Legislature
1:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Governor signs bill revamping teacher evaluations

The governor has signed a measure that will add improvement in student test scores to the list of things principals use to evaluate teachers.

The new law signed Thursday also changes the way principals are evaluated, adding teacher feedback as an element of their reviews.

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Diversions
12:32 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

NPR diversions: Time for penguins

Live stream videos at Ustream

By Linda Holmes / NPR

Discovery's series Frozen Planet, the latest BBC co-production in the same series as Planet Earth and Life, premieres on March 18. But they've already found the best promotional tool imaginable.

Penguins.

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Traffic laws
12:01 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

You don't have the right to vote on red light cameras, court rules

What a red light camera sees.
The Associated Press

The Washington Supreme Court says voters do not have the right to vote on the use of red light cameras for traffic enforcement.  In a 5 to 4 ruling on a case involved a proposition on the ballot in the city of Mukilteo, the justices held that:

“Because the legislature expressly granted authority to the governing body of the city of Mukilteo to enact ordinances on the use of automated traffic safety cameras, the subject of Proposition 1 is not within the initiative power.”

In November 2010, Mukilteo voters approved Proposition 1 by a 70 percent margin. The Proposition had the backing of anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:19 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Hansen makes a compelling NBA arena case, KPLU's Art Thiel says

Screen shot of would-be arena builder Chris Hansen.

For 45 minutes at City Hall Wednesday night, would-be arena mogul Chris Hansen calmly answered questions from politicians, bureaucrats and agency heads who reflected Seattle’s pain from repeatedly getting kicked in the bicuspids by pro sports owners, starting with the loss of the Seattle Pilots in 1970.

In the sometimes lame give-and-take, he made a point lightly understood but significant for grasping why his idea is different than those of his sporting predecessors more practiced in the art of shoe-leather dentistry.

“Our equity in this project is larger than the city (and county combined),” he said. “Are we going to risk a $600 million investment over a $2 million annual shortfall?”

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Humanosphere
10:32 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Video campaign against African warlord Kony could do more harm than good

Invisible Children's film crew poses with Ugandan soldiers
Glenna Gordon

Over the last few days, a video posted on YouTube that aims to raise the profile — and potential for arrest — of the infamous African warlord Joseph Kony has been hugely popular and, in the eyes of many, so simplistic and inaccurate it is likely to do much more harm than good.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Update: Seahawks will go after Peyton Manning

Quarterback Peyton Manning collects his thoughts during a news conference Wednesday, annoucing the end of his record-breaking career with the Indianapolis Colts.
Michael Conroy AP Photo

Seattle will be one of the teams trying to land Peyton Manning, a team source confirmed to the Seattle Times on Wednesday.

The Seahawks interest had been reported earlier by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, and the NFL Network said the Seahawks were preparing to reach out to Manning as soon as he was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, the Times wrote.

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