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5:16 am
Fri October 28, 2011

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to KPLU about 'Instant City'

NPR's Steve Inskeep in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

What happens when a city experiences explosive growth and balloons into a vast metropolis? That's what happened to Karachi, Pakistan which has grown from 400,000 people in the 1940s to more than 13-million people today. NPR's Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talked to KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick about the growing pains of one of the world's fastest-growing cities which is the subject of his new book, Instant City - Life And Death In Karachi.

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

MLS Cup could be within Sounders' grasp this season

Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller holds the U.S. Open Cup as he celebrates with his teammates this month in Seattle, after they won the Open Cup for a third year in a row. Will the team's first MLS Cup be next?
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

They've won the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row. They've moved on to the next round of a major international competition. And now, the Seattle Sounders have set their sights on winning their first-ever Major League Soccer Cup this year.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it would be the logical end to a spectacular season.

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Election coverage
5:54 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Long-term care initiative is back up for a vote

The Long-term Care Initiative would require the state to boost training for home healthcare workers and implement more rigorous background checks. That’s pretty similar to what was passed but never enacted back in 2008.

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Other News
4:46 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Bellingham police: Man severed own arm with guillotine

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham police say a man who walked into a medical clinic with his right arm severed has indicated he cut his own limb off with a home-made guillotine.

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Winter Weather
3:30 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Second La Nina in a row brings rain but does that mean floods?

City of Seattle workers clear debris from a mudslide in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood March 2011, in Seattle. Will La Nina lead to an encore of flooding and slides this year?
Associated Press

Climate experts have predicted a colder and wetter than normal winter on the way for Washington, thanks to a second year in a row of La Nina’s effects. 

While some people in the area will be happy about a surge in showers, a lot more are probably disappointed or worried.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:00 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Preview: Sounders FC going for it all in playoffs

Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso applies a defensive header near the goal during an Oct. 8 match against the Philadelphia Union in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The Seattle Sounders begin playoff play on Saturday night against Real Salt Lake in Utah. The Sounders (18-7-9) earned the second-best record in Major League Soccer this season and are expected to go far in the playoffs.

In fact, the team is expecting to go all the way, after winning the U.S. Open Cup for the third year in a row.

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Budget crisis
11:58 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Gregoire proposes $2 billion in cuts; new taxes still on the table

Wash. Gov. Chris Gregoire Says She’s Open To “Revenues” At Offset Another $2 Billion In Cuts
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says it’s time to look for new sources of funding for the state budget. That’s a major shift from her position a year ago. The Democrat’s comments today came after she proposed another $2 billion in cuts.

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Condit Dam Removal
11:16 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Big bang at dam launches hopes for salmon and kayakers

In this photo provided by PacifiCorp., a hole is breached in the century-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River near White Salmon, Wash., on Wednesday.

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – Southwest Washington's White Salmon River is running free this morning for the first time in a century.

demolition contractors executed their plan flawlessly yesterday to blast a hole in the base of an aging hydropower dam. Condit Dam is the third large Northwest dam to meet the wrecking ball this year.

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Economy Report
11:00 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Income inequality lower than average in NW, says census report

Income Inequality in the 2005–2009 Period. Blue represents higher inequality; green represents lower.
U.S. Census Bureau

New numbers show the gap between the rich and poor has grown across the nation. But income inequality in the Northwest is lower than the national level. That's according to an analysis released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 27, 2011

Dancing with those musical skeletons from the closet

Kids used to have their own holiday. It was called Halloween. But now 50% of adults are celebrating Halloween, too. Giving up Halloween means admitting you're getting old, and no one wants to do that.

Here are some Halloween-ie tunes to help you get your spook on…

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Election 2011
6:36 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Transportation fix – finally? Or is it the wrong plan?

One reason David Miler doesn't like Proposition 1 - it pays for just nine blocks of new sidewalks, while Seattle has many miles where kids walk in the street to school, as they do on 20th Ave. NE near Sacajawea Elementary.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you ever drive or walk in Seattle, it’s easy to spot places where the streets and bus system could work better. Voters have a chance to make improvements this fall, if they approve a $60 licensing fee on every car in the city.

However, some complain that the measure would cost too much and deliver too little. 

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Transportation
5:40 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Local manufacturer will help build Seattle's second streetcar line

New streetcars for a line through Seattle's First Hill neighborhood will be built by the same company that manufactured cars for the South Lake Union line (shown), with help from a Seattle-based partner.
Charla Bear KPLU

Seattle has selected a contractor to build its new fleet of streetcars. The city is gearing up to start construction of a route through First Hill. 

Officials say it could be the beginning of many more streetcar possibilities.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Washington's Condit Dam breached

Crews have blasted a hole in a nearly century-old hydropower dam in Washington's south Cascades today, marking another step in efforts to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish in the Pacific Northwest.

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Protesting Wall Street
1:58 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Occupy Seattle sends press release; new phone app aids those arrested

Screenshots of an Android-based app that allows Occupy protesters, or anyone, to quickly send out out a message that they are being arrested.

Occupy Seattle members have sent out a press release declaring their intention to protest an upcoming speech by Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, at a University of Washington event in downtown Seattle next Wednesday.

And if any member is about to get arrested, a new Android-based app will help them notify a lawyer, family and friends with one touch.

(With update from Occupy Seattle's "media committee.")

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Budget shortfall
12:50 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Projections gloomy for Tacoma city budget

Tacoma is facing a $26 million dollar budget shortfall. That was the grim news Interim City Manager Ray Arellano delivered to the Tacoma City Council during a 2011-2012 budget update. 

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