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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:34 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Hanford’s waste treatment plant to undergo large scale testing

Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant.
Courtesy of contractor Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy says this fall they'll start large-scale testing on how to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge at the currently under-construction Hanford's waste treatment plant.

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Artscape
8:45 am
Mon September 5, 2011

On Beacon Hill, a house is both home and public art gallery

Klara Glosova runs NEPO House, an art exhibition space, out of her Beacon Hill home. Her living room is frequently transformed by artists, such as Troy Gua, who show their work.
Photo by Florangela Davila

What if your neighbors turned their house into a public art gallery?

That’s what a few artists are doing in Seattle. There's a house in Ravenna, a house in the Central Area and a studio on Capitol Hill that are all transformed into temporary art venues for an art-craving public.

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Conversation with America
7:00 am
Mon September 5, 2011

Put down coffee, pick up phone says Starbucks CEO

Howard Schultz, shown in this 2009 photo, wants you to make some phone calls.
Associated Press

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has been in a letter writing mood lately and that’s earned him lots of supporters to his political cause.

A few weeks ago, Schultz asked fellow CEOs to join him in freezing campaign contributions to politicians until they end what he calls their “hyper-partisan” behavior. Now he wants to talk to the rest of America.

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Washington legislature
7:00 am
Sat September 3, 2011

Powerful lobby opposes tool to fight Medicaid fraud

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington is likely losing tens of millions of dollars a year in Medicaid fraud. Two state senators – a Democrat and a Republican – want to recover more of that money.

They want to allow Medicaid fraud whistleblowers to file their own lawsuits and collect a monetary reward. But their crusade has run afoul of doctors, hospitals and drug makers.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
3:47 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

A Tour of Treme with Donald Harrison and Glen David Andrews

Glen David Andrews (left) and Donald Harrison stopped by the KPLU Seattle studios for an interview and performance on September 1.
Justin Steyer KPLU

In this studio session, we welcomed Donald Harrison (alto saxophone, congas) and Glen David Andrews (trombone), both of whom were born in New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, cut their musical teeth on the music of Treme, and can be seen in the HBO television series, Treme. 

Currently they’re also part of an ever-changing line-up of New Orleans musicians touring with a show called A Night In Treme which is bringing the music of Treme’s Congo Square to cities all over America - including Seattle's Jazz Alley through Sunday night.

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Festivals and events
3:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

... but does Bumbershoot have jazz? Yes!

One jazz performance on Sunday at Bumbershoot will be Wayne Horvitz “Cafe Paloma Band."

What to do this weekend … well if you are anywhere near Seattle, it’ll be tough to stay out of earshot of Bumbershoot.

But, let’s say you want to hear jazz at the mega-music-arts fest. Is there any there? Yes, but only on Sunday.

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Other News
1:30 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Update: Expert weighs in on glass falling from Seattle hotel

Why a particular panel of tempered glass breaks can often be hard to determine since the damage itself hides the cause, said Darrell Aldrich is General Manager of Northwest Industries.
Kevin Prichard Flickr

One of Seattle’s most exclusive addresses is fixing an alarming problem: tempered glass panels from luxury balconies at the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences have been crumbling and raining down from the sky. 

It’s happened three times since July. 

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cat trappers
1:00 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Cat trappers fix feral felines and return them to the wild

A trapped feral cat waits for his medical procedure at the feral cat spay/neuter clinic in Lynnwood.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

If you have feral cats in your neighborhood, you know they can be a major headache, what with the loud cat fighting and territorial spraying. 

In Grays Harbor County, two women have taken it upon themselves to fix the problem, literally. They trap cats in order to get them spayed or neutered. They then release them back where they came from.

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Other News
12:38 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Former cowboy lassos dogs in Yakima Valley canal

MOXEE, Wash. — A farmworker who says he learned how to lasso 30 years ago while working on a cattle ranch in Mexico still knows his ropes. And that saves two dogs ...

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Law
12:33 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Kitsap teacher charged with voyeurism, images on camera

BREMERTON, Wash. — A Central Kitsap School District teacher has been charged with voyeurism following an investigation that began when he was caught taking suspicious photos of women and girls last month at the Kitsap County Fair.

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Northwest logging
11:56 am
Fri September 2, 2011

China snaps up logs from the Northwest

Many logs you see on highways in the Northwest might be heading to China, which has been importing unmilled timber at a much higher rate lately.

Medford, Ore. – The Pacific Northwest exported almost a billion board feet of unmilled logs to Asia in the first half of 2011.

That's enough to build about 70 thousand homes. It's also a 79 percent increase from 2010 exports, according to second quarter trade data just reviewed by Forest Service economist Debra Warren.

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Alaska earthquake
11:09 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Quake triggers warning in Aleutian Islands but no tsunami

Image of Bobrof Island, just north of Kanaga Island, in the Alaska's Aleutian Island chain.
Brian Hoffman Flickr

"This is not a drill! Get out of here!"

UNALASKA, Alaska – Residents of southern Alaska awoke this morning to a major earthquake. It triggered a tsunami warning near the Aleutian Islands. But no damage has been reported and there was no tsunami.

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Vancouver Riot
10:44 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Booze, thugs and 155,000 people: Vancouver riot examined

In this image taken from the published review of the Vancouver, B.C., riots, a mass of 155,000 people can be seen gathered to watch the Canucks play the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final. The report says the crowd got too big too fast.

Blame massive crowding, alcohol and inadequate police response as the main causes of the recent Stanley Cup riot in Vancouver, B.C.

An exhaustive review of the riot sponsored by the Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver and Vancouver Police Board was made public yesterday. 

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Construction Woes
9:45 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Glass panels falling from Seattle hotel

Spontaneous glass breakage is a phenomenon by which tempered glass may suddenly break without any apparent reason.Tempered glass has been raining down from the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences near Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Photo by Kevin Prichard Flickr

One of Seattle’s most exclusive addresses is fixing an alarming problem: tempered glass panels from the luxury balconies of the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences have been crumbling and raining down from the sky.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:06 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Get ready for real heat through the weekend, says KPLU's Cliff Mass

This graphic from Cliff Mass' website shows that early in the week ridging really develops and temperatures could hit the mid 80s.

Expect these morning clouds to clear out and to have a sweltering long weekend (for the Northwest this summer anyway) – and through the next week as well.

Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and KPLU’s new weather commentator, says "It's going to be great."

Oh and with all the talk of hurricanes on the East Coast, what about West Coast hurricanes? We get 'em.

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