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Tacoma teacher strike
6:01 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Strike day two: Tacoma district heading to court to end walkout

On day one, Tacoma teachers took to the sidewalks. Today, the district will take to the courts.
Associated Press

More than 28,000 kids are still locked out of their classrooms today, while school district officials head to court to force teachers back to work.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Makin' bacon – Italian style

Nancy's pancetta.
Courtesy of Nancy Leson

Buy pork bellies! 

I've always wanted to bellow that phrase into a two-piece antique telephone while dressed up with top hat and money bag like the Monopoly millionaire.

But this time I really mean it. 

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Washington wildfires
5:06 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

New team to take over Satus Pass fire near Goldendale

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Firefighters continued work to control a wildfire that has burned more than 100 structures north of Goldendale.

Fire incident spokesman Chuck Turley says the blaze is 70 percent contained.

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Economy
3:35 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Census Bureau: Poverty rate in NW rose sharply then leveled off

Nearly one in six Americans lives in poverty, but the numbers are a little better in Northwest states. That's the headline from the latest population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Washington Redistricting
2:57 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Majority-minority congressional district looking more likely

The four proposals from Washington’s bipartisan redistricting commission have been released.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There’s new hope among minority groups in Washington that the state could soon have a majority-minority Congressional district. This fresh optimism follows Tuesday’s unveiling of four competing proposals to redraw the state’s political boundaries – and add a tenth Congressional seat.

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Union unrest
2:39 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Arrests made stemming from Longview union protests

A crowd of union workers and supporters gather at a crossing in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday. Hundreds of Longshoremen were at the crossing as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash.
Associated Press

KELSO, Wash. — Authorities in Washington have arrested two people in connection with the union takeover of a Longview grain terminal, including a worker caught on video in a vulgarity-laced tirade outside the union hall.

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Environment
10:35 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power

... even the U.S. Army is doing it.
U.S. Army Flickr

RICHLAND, Wash. – As the Pacific Northwest begins to integrate more renewable energy, grid operators sometimes have trouble predicting the variability that comes with it. Researchers have found a way to use electric vehicles to help balance wind power’s inconsistency.

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Other News
10:18 am
Tue September 13, 2011

WSU previews largest collection of internment photos

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

Washington State University in Pullman previewed a photo collection this morning that's considered to be the largest ever of a World War II internment camp.

The 2,000 donated images come from the family of a father-son team from Yakima. Frank and George Hirahara took pictures and operated a dark room while they were detained at a camp in Heart Mountain, Wyo. Patti Hirahara says her father, Frank, wanted to depict what life was like at the camp.

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Hiking death
9:54 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Man falls off Mount Rainier cliff as son watches

A 59-year-old man was taking pictures with his son on a cliff above waterfalls in Mount Rainier when he fell and died.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:46 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing

(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.

The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue September 13, 2011

It's a good time to sell your gold

1 troy ounce Gold American Eagle coin
Eric Golub flickr.com

If gold is part of your investment portfolio, or you have some old jewelry you'd like to get rid of, now may be a great time to cash in. Gold prices are at record highs, recently approaching $1,900 an ounce.

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about how to get the most money for your gold.

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K-12 Education
6:16 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Union VP says she's proud of Tacoma teachers' vote to strike

Tacoma teachers grab their picket signs after voting with an 87 percent majority to boycott the district.
Tacoma Education Association

"It really had to come down to a strike ..." 

Tacoma schools will be closed to students tomorrow. Teachers voted to go on strike at their union meeting tonight. They expect to start picketing first at Lincoln High School at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

“I’m so proud of our teachers – 87 percent of our teaching membership voted to strike. It’s that important to them to have a fair contract,” said Adrienne Dale, VP of Tacoma Education Association. “It’s very difficult for teachers to leave their classrooms because they’re in it for kids. So, it was a very powerful moment when the numbers came back.”

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sick leave vote
5:40 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Update: Seattle council says paid sick leave is right direction

Sick workers at Seattle businesses with at least four employees will now get some paid leave.
Davide Taviani Flickr

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 this afternoon to approve the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, making the vote official after council members announced last week that they finally had the votes to pass it.

The lone dissenter in the vote was Council President Richard Conlin.

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9/11 Anniversary
4:47 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Post 9/11: What happened to the global humanitarian agenda?

Dimitra Tzanos Flickr

KPLU's Tom Paulson wondered over on our Humanosphere blog: "What has happened to our sense of ourselves as global citizens and how Sept. 11, 2001, may have altered matters of global health, foreign aid, development — basically, the global humanitarian agenda.

The short answer: It’s a mixed bag of good and bad, some clear signs of what many see as progress but also some disturbing lessons not learned."

Read more at Humanosphere.

Endangered species
4:26 pm
Mon September 12, 2011

Wolf groups file 9th Circuit appeal

Groups sue to put wolves back on the Endangered Species list.

BOISE, Idaho – Two wolf advocacy organizations officially made their case last week in federal court to get wolves listed as endangered species. They want the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that taking wolves off the Endangered Species list earlier this year was unconstitutional.

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