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1:26 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Plastic bag ban back on Seattle council's agenda

The city of Seattle would like this to never again be a view for Seattle and the region.
Gwen Harlow Flickr

"Paper or plastic?"

Seattle wants to take that choice away in order to save the environment and money. The city council is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags, because they are harmful to marine wildlife as well as to recycling machinery.

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Environment
11:51 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Beluga whales in Alaska's Cook Inlet ruled endangered

A judge has ruled that baluga whales have not recovered enough to assume we know why the population of the whale has declined.
cerclek Flickr

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal court judge has upheld the endangered species listing of Alaska's Cook Inlet beluga whales.

The state of Alaska and others had sued to overturn the listing by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

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Genetically modified food
9:39 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Biotech beets heat up discussion at USDA Hearing in Corvallis

Sugar beet seed is a rare bright spot for struggling grass-seed farmers. Farmer John Reerslev of Junction City says the GMO product provides a safe way to control weeds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture held a hearing to consider the possible deregulation of biotech sugar beets, developed by agribusiness giant Monsanto.

"Hybrid sugar beet seed has always been the highest per acre net return on our farm. I had 120 acres two years ago on 6 percent of our land, but it was valued at 25 percent of our income. It’s a very important rotational crop," Reerslev said.

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Environment
4:30 am
Mon November 21, 2011

Salmon are returning and you can get a close-up at Piper's Creek

A raccoon takes advantage of the access to salmon at Piper's Creek in Seattle.
Catherine Anstett

Salmon spawning is at its peak this time of year and it’s possible to go to local creeks and culverts to watch the salmon, up close and personal. 

Now through early December is prime time to get a good look at chum salmon as they return for spawning around the Puget Sound. And, Piper’s Creek in Carkeek Park is one of the best places in town to see these big fish swimming in a natural environment. They can be so close you might catch a little splash. 

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Artscape
7:51 am
Sun November 20, 2011

Old-time radio drama fires up the imagination

Gerwin Sturm/Flickr

"You're in a dark room you've never been in before. And it's very late at night."

Larry Albert is casting a spell. Cue up the sound of a creaking building and suddenly, you're transported to a slightly terrifying place.

Albert is one of the behind-the-scenes talents of Jim French's "Imagination Theater," which produces old-time radio dramas.

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Budget crisis
5:23 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Cuts and new revenue state budget proposals set for Monday

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is set to propose a mix of cuts and new revenues to close a $1.4 billion budget shortfall. The Democrat has scheduled a news conference Monday morning.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:00 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Pepper-spraying brought 'good' attention to Seattle, woman says

The 84-year-old woman who was pepper sprayed this week at an Occupy Seattle protest says the national attention she received can help the movement's cause.

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NW Craft Brews
3:30 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

The Friday beer: Naked City Brewery's I&I Double IPA

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse and the I & I Double IPA on cask.
Paul Gibson KPLU

Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood recently celebrated their 3rd anniversary by throwing a party and serving up 15 of their own beers, including the I & I Double IPA on cask.

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Festivals and events
3:11 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

3 things to do: Oysters, arts and theater

Firesign Theater.

Turkey Day is coming up, but why not celebrate it early with some Northwest Oysters instead? This weekend brings oysters, arts and crafts and the legendary Firesign Theater!

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Boeing
1:25 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Boeing moving some offices from Renton to Seattle

Boeing is moving 80 senior executives and support staff in the Commercial Airplane Group from offices in Renton to downtown Seattle.

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Consumer Choices
10:30 am
Fri November 18, 2011

'Bag your bags' King County says of troublesome plastics

If you’re confused about what to do with the plastic bags you get at grocery stores, you’re not alone. 

Many people know that they’re bad for the environment and that they can be recycled, but how to recycle them is another question.

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Protesting Wall Street
10:20 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Arrests made at peaceful Occupy Eugene protest

Protestors in front of Umpqua Bank in Eugene, Ore.
KLCC

Seventeen people, including one juvenile, were arrested Thursday in downtown Eugene as part of what police say was non-violent civil disobedience.

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Protesting Wall Street
9:53 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Occupy Seattle rally ends peacefully, gathers back at college

A march by Occupy Seattle protestors traveled through Seattle streets, stopping briefly at the University Bridge near the University of Washington in Seattle on Thursday.
Kevin P. Casey Associated Press

Occupy Seattle demonstrators are back at Seattle Central Community College this morning after a largely peaceful protest in the University District last night.

About 600 people, including labor union members and students, came out in support of the “National Day of Action.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:01 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Good chance of snow tonight, tomorrow morning in south Sound

Yes, we're heading into that time of year ... snow. And, with colder than normal temperatures, the snow level has been pretty low.
Ken Douglas KPLU

We have all the ingredients for a light dusting of snow between midnight tonight and noon Saturday. What are those ingredients? The colder than normal air from British Columbia that could bring the snow level down to between 800 to 1,000 feet and some rain from the south, according to KPLU's weather master Cliff Mass.

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I Wonder Why
4:30 am
Fri November 18, 2011

I Wonder Why ... Seahawks fans are loudest in league

Sure they are the loudest, but why? KPLU digs into the story in this first episode of 'I Wonder Why ...?'
Associated Press

This is the first story in a new KPLU series called "I Wonder Why ... ?" Each Friday, we'll explore what makes our corner of the world special – unique attributes that amaze, irritate and sometimes just puzzle us.

In this first story, we tackle Seattle's reputation for having the loudest fans in the NFL. This isn’t a particularly noisy place ... after all, you can get a ticket for honking your horn here.

So, we wondered why we're so loud in the stadium and just how loud are we?

Check out the rest of the story at I Wonder Why ... ?

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