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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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Commercial Real Estate
8:58 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Another major retailer leaving Pioneer Square: Masins

Another landmark retailer is leaving Seattle’s Pioneer Square. 

Masins Fine Furnishing and Interior Design has put its building up for lease and started looking for another Seattle location where its customers won’t get so many parking tickets.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Positive changes for UW football ... bowl game on horizon?

2011 will be a season of change for the Huskies: a new starting quarterback and other rising stars, the Pac-10 becoming the Pac-12 and the final season for the old Husky Stadium.
Ted S. Warren AP File Photo

The 2011 University of Washington football season kicks off Saturday with a game against Eastern Washington at Husky Stadium.

There will be a lot of changes this year. And KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says that's a good thing.

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Farmworkers
5:37 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Housing study finds cramped quarters in Walla Walla County

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RICHLAND, Wash. – A new study says increasing numbers of families in Walla Walla County are living in overcrowded conditions.

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Amazon and sales tax
5:30 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

California rebuffs deal with Amazon amid tax dispute

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Seattle-based Amazon is under ongoing pressure from the state of California to collect state sales taxes from internet consumers. This week the retailer offered a deal to California's legislature and retailers to try and curry favor. But Amazon was rebuffed.

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immunizations
4:54 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

State sees gains on child immunizations, still lags

More kids in Washington are getting immunizations, but the state still lags behind vaccination goals.
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Washington continues to make progress boosting immunization rates among toddlers, despite having the highest percent in the nation of families exempting kids from vaccines. 

The new survey from the Centers for Disease Control shows the gains come with room for improvement.

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Health care reform
3:15 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court's ruling on McKenna's health care suit said to sow confusion

In a unanimous ruling, the Washington State Supreme court says Attorney General Rob McKenna has the authority to challenge the new federal health care law. The high court denied the City of Seattle’s request to remove Washington from the multi-state lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law.

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Law
12:59 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Injured woman crawls out of swamp near Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. — A trucker was changing a flat tire Thursday morning on Interstate 5 south of Tacoma when he saw a woman in her underwear crawl over the guardrail from a swamp near the Nisqually River.

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Law
12:33 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Court says McKenna can't deny legal aid to agency

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court is requiring Attorney General Rob McKenna to represent the state's public lands commissioner in a legal appeal.

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