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Washington state legislature
10:50 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Coroner: Heart condition caused state senator’s death

A Washington state senator found dead in his hotel room Friday died of heart failure – the result of a previously undiagnosed enlarged heart. That’s the finding of an autopsy this weekend.

Democrat Scott White was 41 years old. A public memorial is planned possibly later this week.

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Traffic Woes
9:17 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Seattle 'Viadoom' traffic congested but moving

The Monday morning commute in Seattle was congested but moving slowly as drivers dealt with "Viadoom," the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, one of the city's main north-south highways.

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Other News
9:22 pm
Sun October 23, 2011

Seattle police fatally shoot Interbay murder suspect in Belltown

Crime scene at the corner of Seattle's 4th Avenue and Cedar Street.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle homicide detectives on Sunday afternoon fatally shot a man who was a suspect in the stabbing death of an 84-year-old employee at a self-storage facility in the city's Interbay neighborhood. The suspect had been using the victim's credit cards.

Detectives used photos to track him down in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, at the bustling corner of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street. Seattle Police spokesman Mark Jamieson told KPLU the murder suspect attacked detectives, forcing them to fire their weapons.

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Artscape
8:27 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Carolee Schneemann still pushing the edges of decorum

Jane Brakhage
Carolee Schneemann

There are some works of art that can make people really uncomfortable.

Artist Carolee Schneemann is a master at pushing the edges of decorum. She’s also one of the first people in the early 1960’s to ever be called a performance artist.

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Festivals and events
4:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

3 things to do this weekend: shop, eat chocolate, dance

The City Arts Fest features a variety of studio art and music at various venues in Seattle.

Here come the holidays (already?)! This weekend you can get a head start on your holiday shopping (or eating), feast on chocolate to your heart’s content or experience a variety of arts and music at the City Arts Festival.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
3:31 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Roller derby, human pyramids replace cars in 'Viadoom' opening

Some members of the Rat City Rollergirls and a stunt motorcycle club will take over the viaduct just before construction begins.
Klaufi Flickr

The Rat City Rollergirls and a motorcycle stunt team will be taking over the Alaskan Way Viaduct for half an hour Saturday before demolition begins on the Seattle elevated highway.

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Tsunami debris
2:59 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Japanese tsunami debris tracked, drifting very slowly our way

SEATTLE – The Japanese tsunami back in March washed millions of tons of debris out to sea, and winds and currents are pushing it very slowly across the Pacific Ocean.

Scientists tracking the flotsam have new evidence that it does not pose a radiological threat despite the Japanese nuclear disaster that followed the tsunami.

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
1:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Last of Northwest's chemical weapons headed to incinerator

Workers signed the truck and special container that the last ton container of mustard agent was transported in to the incinerator at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeast Oregon.
Northwest News Network

HERMISTON, Ore. – It's almost done. For 70 years the Umatilla Chemical Depot has stored deadly weapons of one kind or another. That very real danger has always been in the background of the nearby northeast-Oregon community of Hermiston.

But the base also provided a home for families, jobs and stability for the region’s economy, some of which will be lost after the last truckload of mustard agent roared toward the incinerator on Thursday.

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Budget cuts
12:33 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

222 state unemployment workers becoming unemployed

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington agency that processes unemployment claims is planning layoffs of their own. The Employment Security Department issued notice Friday that it will cut 222 jobs in January.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

The Jazz Crusaders: Putting the 'Jazz' back into the 'Crusaders'

Wayne Henderson, one of the original Jazz Crusaders members, stopped by the KPLU studios with the rest of the band on Thursday for an interview & performance hosted by Abe Beeson.
Justin Steyer KPLU

When Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (saxophone), and Wayne Henderson (trombone) moved from Houston to LA to being their collective recording career, they called their band The Jazz Crusaders.  Their focus was acoustic be-bop tinged with R&B and soul music.  In 1971, they dropped the word ‘Jazz’ from their name, began delving into jazz-funk and became world-famous as The Crusaders

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Expect the unexpected
10:30 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Hanford worker taken for ride in portable toilet

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Hanford worker was taken for a ride in a portable toilet when it was picked up by a fork lift driver who didn't realize it was occupied.

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Fair Housing
10:16 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Undercover sting finds illegal housing discrimination in Seattle

A snapshot of everyday business practices displays a pattern of discrimination against black and disabled renters in Seattle. That’s the conclusion of an undercover investigation by the city’s Office for Civil Rights. 

The city contracted with the non-profit Fair Housing Center of Washington to test 48 properties that were randomly selected. It found more than half of all properties tested showed evidence of illegal housing discrimination.

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NW Craft Brews
9:55 am
Fri October 21, 2011

The Friday beer: Big Time's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale

Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.
Paul Gibson

For many, the month of October means falling leaves, ghosts and goblins and pumpkins on doorsteps. It also brings the release of a number of pumpkin beers.

A recent find here in Seattle was Big Time Brewing Company's Hopgoblin Pumpkin Ale.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:10 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Unless you're under ‘the blue hole,’ we’re in for more rain

How the rain shadow over Sequim looks from space!

The Puget Sound region will be in for increasing rain with temperatures hanging up around the mid-50s through the weekend but letting up Sunday afternoon until Tuesday when there'll be more sun, KPLU's weatherman Cliff Mass says.

... unless you live or play under the 'blue hole' over Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend – that area northeast of the Olympics.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu October 20, 2011

UW needs more than luck to beat Stanford in 'game of the decade'

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passes under pressure in last year's 41-0 rout of UW. The Huskies are hoping for a very different outcome on Saturday, but Luck still stands in their way.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Washington Huskies play one of the best teams in the country on Saturday – the Stanford Cardinal and their star quarterback Andrew Luck. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is one of the most significant games UW has played in a decade.

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