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Radar Love
12:08 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Officials celebrate new Washington coastal radar

The new Doppler radar station near Copalis Beach, Wash., where today forecasters celebrated the new radar station – that gives them better information about Pacific storms – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Associated Press

COPALIS BEACH, Wash. — The director of the National Weather Service, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Congressman Norm Dicks are among the officials who gathered Thursday on the Washington coast to celebrate the operation of a new Doppler radar station.

They say it will help save lives and property by improving storm forecasts.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:06 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Preview: Will young talent help Mariners bounce back?

Justin Smoak is met at home by Mike Carp and Dustin Ackley on Smoak's three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics Monday at Safeco Field. They are three of the new faces on the Mariners' roster. Can they help turn things around in 2012?
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Now that the dismal 2011 season has come to a close, we're looking ahead to what 2012 might hold for the Mariners.

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Seattle Bridges
11:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Seattle meets goals on 5 bridges, more still need fixing

Seattle Department of Transportation Flickr

A number of concrete and steel bridges where built in Seattle in the 1930s, '40s and '50s - each designed with a 60-year lifespan.

The Seattle Transportation Department says 60 of the city's 137 bridges are more than 60 years old and would cost $1.1 billion to replace. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports  department Manager John Buswell told the city council's Transportation Committee this week that another Bridging the Gap levy might be needed.

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Columbia River Dams
10:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

U.S., Canada ponder new terms for shared Columbia River

Mica Dam was completed north of Revelstoke, B.C., in 1973 to store spring and summer runoff on the Columbia River. It also generates power for BC Hydro.
DAR56 Wikimedia commons

Your power bill could be cheaper if the U.S. didn't send so much electricity north of the border every year. Canada lays claim to around $300 million worth of hydropower annually under the terms of a 50-year-old treaty.

In return, the Canadians manage the upper Columbia River to prevent downstream flooding and to optimize power production. The Columbia River Treaty can be renegotiated soon and there are voices on both sides of the border clamoring for a better deal.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Can you use any money (songs) today?

Greenbacks
AMagill Flickr

Just in time for fund drive we ponder some eternal questions about money.

Can money buy you love? No, but it puts you in better bargaining position. Can money buy you happiness? No again. But you can rent it for awhile.

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Fall Pledge Drive
12:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Make your pledge and take advantage of 'Jazz Thursday'

All day today, your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2 for 1 Coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle-free membership to KPLU!

Make your gift to KPLU now!

In addition, we have a special treat to donors pledging $365 or more during Morning Jazz, Afternoon Jazz and Evening Jazz.  We are celebrating Earshot Jazz Thursday, and have 25 pair of tickets to an exclusive Earshot Jazz Festival performance!

Murder of Tom Wales
6:32 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Calls for information in decade-old federal prosecutor murder case

Images of federal prosecutor Tom Wales, who was shot dead in the basement of his Seattle home.

It's been 10 years since federal prosecutor Tom Wales was shot dead in the basement of his Seattle home. The case has never been solved. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Seattle Wednesday to bring fresh attention to the cold case.

At a news conference, Holder asked anyone with knowledge of the crime to come forward. Wales' daughter, Amy, also read a lengthy statement.

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Murder of Tom Wales
6:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

'Dear Pops...' A letter to a murdered father, Tom Wales

Amy Wales is hugged by a well wisher after a ceremony in 2006 honoring her slain father, Assistant United States Attorney Thomas C. Wales.
Associated Press

Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales, his daughter spoke publicly for the first time.

In an emotional letter to her father, Amy Wales appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might assist the FBI in the unsolved murder investigation.

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Washington Politics
5:42 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Democrats’ long reign In Washington could be imperiled

Will Democrats face this sort of ire come 2012?
Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been a good run for Democrats in Washington state. They’ve held the governor’s office for nearly thirty years, the state House for a decade and the Washington Senate since 2005. But that political dominance could be imperiled.

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Alternative Energy
3:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research

Efforts to turn wood into biofuels received a major boost today in with the award of $80 million for research at the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Nigel Beaumont Flickr

Producing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fossil fuels is a puzzle that has been bedeviling researchers for years.

Now, with $80 million pouring into research at the University of Washington and Washington State University, stakeholders hope to find the key for turning biomass from wood products into fuel for cars and jets.

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Fall Fund Drive
12:56 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote?  Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

Guns & Marijuana
12:55 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

ATF: Illegal to sell guns to medical marijuana users

internet persona Flickr

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Federal authorities say firearms dealers in states where medical marijuana is legal can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug.

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Demographics
9:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Census: Thousands of same-sex married couples in NW

Population distribution in 2010.
U.S. Census Bureau

About 5,500 same-sex couples in the Northwest checked the box to be counted as married in the 2010 Census. Neither Washington, Oregon nor Idaho recognizes same-sex marriages.

A new Census Bureau report says the number of same-sex couples who identify themselves as married greatly exceeds the number of marriage licenses issued by states that legalized such unions.

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Washington wildfires
8:10 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Neighbors help rebuild after Goldendale Monastery fire

Klickitat County Commissioner Rex Johnston and his wife Donna, stand near the spot where a fire broke out that later became known as the Monastery Complex Fire near Goldendale, Wash.
Anna King Northwest News Network

GOLDENDALE, Wash. – This year’s Northwest fire season has been relatively calm. But that’s little solace to the small mountain town of Goldendale, Wash. Residents there are just starting to rebuild and cleanup after a wildfire obliterated about 20 structures earlier this month .

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Nuclear Power Plant
8:00 am
Wed September 28, 2011

NW nuclear plant back on grid just as its future is debated

Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Wash., is shown in this 2003 file photo.
Associated Press

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is back on line. A six-month outage ended Tuesday, the same day that critics and supporters of the plant debated its future in Richland, Wash.

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