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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 1, 2011

'Hi-Ho' and other songs that lead the way on Labor Day

Stamping Hams is hard work.
Wisconsin Historical Images

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

So it makes sense that we would have a national holiday dedicated to work and working people, and an episode of iconic and quirky worky songs.

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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Merger blocked
4:42 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

AT&T, T-Mobile merger could have big impact on Wash. jobs

The T-Mobile corporate headquarters photographed today in Bellevue, Wash. The challenged merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is of great concern to the more than 3,300 T-Mobile workers in the state.
Associated Press

The justice department is suing to block AT&T’s acquisition of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, arguing it’s a bad deal for consumers. But here in Washington, an even greater threat is the impact the merger could have on local jobs and the economy.

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Washington wines
2:56 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Wine grape growers hoping for blast of warmth before first frost

John Derrick, manager, does a check of wine grapes in a vineyard called the Spice Cabinet overlooking the Columbia River.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wine grape growers are sure hoping their grapes hurry up. The countdown is on until the first freeze when grapes will lose their leaves and stop ripening. And certain red varietals need more sun-time than others to be ready for the bottle.

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Education
2:40 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

35 Washington schools beat odds to get off failing list

More than a thousand schools in Washington state are failing to make adequate progress under federal law. But a handful of others are beating the odds and improving enough to work their way off the growing list of failing schools.

Among Seattle Public Schools, the improved schools are Greenwood Elementary School, Middle College High School, Sacajawea Elementary School.

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Business
2:20 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

State's first premier liquor store opens in West Seattle

The store's tasting bar
Washington State Liquor Control Board

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has opened its first premier liquor store. The West Seattle store, at 4100 SW Alaska St., is the first of two new high volume, specialty stores the state is opening in urban areas.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
12:46 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Cliff Mass is out to popularize the science of weather forecasting

Cliff Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington and KPLU’s new weather commentator, says it was Carl Sagan who first inspired him to get out into the public to popularize the science behind weather forecasting.

“I was an undergraduate at Cornell and in those days he was really into popularizing science. He was on the Tonight Show, and he was writing very popular books and a lot of that rubbed off,” Mass told KPLU.

Check out the video above for our complete interview with Cliff Mass.

Bomb drill
11:09 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Seattle Central Community College will be site of 'WMD' drill

Aerial view of the college campus on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Seattle Central Community College.

Don’t be disturbed by the police, National Guard and bomb sniffing dogs on the campus of Seattle Central Community College tomorrow, school officials said.

It’s only an exercise.

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Law
10:35 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Update: Attorneys turn up the heat on Backpage, child sex trade

Image of entry screen on Backpage.com.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna and 45 other attorneys general today called for information about how Backpage.com presumably attempts to remove advertising for sex trafficking, especially ads that could involve minors.

Meanwhile, Snohomish County has received a $450,000 federal grant to combat child sex trafficking.

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Transportation
10:27 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Metro youth fares going up

Kids will be paying more to ride the Metro.
Oran Viriyincy Flickr
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Education
10:18 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next?

With school scheduled to start tomorrow, Tacoma teachers are still without a contract.

The teachers and the district bargained late into the night last night but couldn’t reach an agreement before their three-year contract expired at midnight.

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Strange occurrences
9:25 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Another human foot washes ashore in B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, say a human foot inside a running shoe has washed ashore, the latest in roughly a dozen such cases since 2007.

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Washington State Ferries
8:58 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington ferry fares going up 2.5 percent in October

New fare rates for Washington state ferries have been announced.
WSDOT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within the plans to increase fares, cars shorter than 14 feet will be charged a lower fare on Washington ferries and bike riders won't need an annual permit under changes approved by the state Transportation Commission.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Is letting a kid loose in the kitchen a good idea?

Cupcakes by Nate the Great .
Nancy Leson

I'd teach my kid to cook if I had one.  I  have cats instead and they're not interested.  But if you do have a kid, there are lots of ways to get them to do the cooking.

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Student testing
6:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing

Even Washington middle school students do better with the state's new tests and testing strategy.
Bill S Flickr

Math appears to be less of a problem than it used to be for Washington students trying to graduate from high school. More than two-thirds of them passed new state tests required to get their diplomas. Some students could even clear the hurdle before they finish middle school. 

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