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Work on 520
11:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Time lapse video shows weekend work on 520

Washington State Department of Transportation has released a one-minute time-lapse video from this weekend’s State Route 520 construction on the Eastside. Crews dug a trench across 520 near 84th Avenue Northeast in Hunts Point to install a fish-passable culvert beneath all lanes of the highway.

The road was closed between Montlake Boulevard in Seattle and Interstate 405 in Bellevue.

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Environment
9:38 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Bellingham bans disposable plastic bags

Bellingham says no to plastic bags
John Flickr

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham City Council has approved a ban on single-use plastic bags in an effort to cut down on litter and pollution.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:53 am
Tue July 12, 2011

New investigation planned into Hanford’s safety culture

RICHLAND, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Energy plans to launch a new investigation into safety culture at Hanford’s waste treatment plant, Deputy Secretary Dan Poneman reported to workers at the plant on Monday.

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Graffiti removal
8:05 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Seattle to hand out supplies in its new anti-graffiti campaign

The city of Seattle wants you to help fight graffiti.
Jake Ellison KPLU

The debate over whether graffiti is art or just plain old vandalism has been raging for decades. But if you fall in the camp that thinks it’s a blight on society, or just your property, Seattle Public Utilities wants you to participate in its Summer Paint Out program.

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Money Matters
8:00 am
Tue July 12, 2011

The second best time to invest in stocks might be today

Ahmad Nawawi Flickr

It's been an up and down year for the stock market. Every time the market rises 5 or 6 percent, it seems to slide back by the same amount. Should you invest, or keep your money on the sidelines?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that now is not the time to get discouraged.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:50 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

The city of Tacoma decided to allow some electronic billboards to remedy billboard blight, but the measure has been met with intense public resistance.
Jennifer B Flickr
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Transportation
5:08 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

More money for street repair in Seattle

Flickr

The city of Seattle is pouring an extra $3 million into road repair. The city is using money it made selling property along Aurora Avenue North, known as the "Rubble Yard," to the state Department of Transportation. 

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Medical Marijuana
2:58 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Seattle City Council pondering regulation of medical marijuana

The city of Seattle is looking into regulating medical marijuana.
Flickr

With roughly 25,000 Seattleites “legally” smoking marijuana for medical reasons, the city council has decided to step in where Gov. Chris Gregoire dared not tread. The city will begin holding hearings on an ordinance for regulating the growing and sale of medical marijuana.

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Law
1:23 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Mistrial after juror wants to punch lawyer in nose

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in a Kitsap County drug case after a juror was overheard expressing a desire to punch prominent Seattle defense attorney John Henry Browne in the nose.

The Kitsap Sun reports that Browne, whose high-profile clients have included "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore, repeatedly sparred with Superior Court Judge Theodore Spearman during the trial. Browne reportedly ignored the judge's order that he keep his objections to a single word and was twice fined $500.

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Environment
9:31 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Newborn calf spotted among returning orcas

In this July 6 photo provided by the Center for Whale Research, K-44, right, a newborn male orca whale, is shown swimming with his mother, K-27, near Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.
Associated Press

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. – A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:23 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Energy's deputy secretary to address safety at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – The number two manager at the U.S. Department of Energy is scheduled to speak to workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation today. The visit comes after criticism of Hanford's safety culture by a federal nuclear safety watchdog.

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childhood immunizations
7:40 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Injecting personal values into vaccine policy

Three-year-old Jeffery Trzeciak grimaces bravely as a doctor prepares to give him an anti polio inoculation in New Kensington, Pa., Feb. 23, 1957. The shots were given as part of " Victory Over Polio Day."
Associated Press

Parents who are hesitant about giving their children all the required immunizations have an unusual chance to share their views Tuesday. The national committee that decides when kids should get vaccines is taking testimony in Shoreline, north of Seattle -- inviting the public into a discussion of values. It’s just the second time they’ve asked for input.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:29 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Washington State Patrol reports there has been a spike in pedestrians being killed on state roadways.
Matthew Rutledge Flickr
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Finally, harvest time
10:24 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Late Northwest cherry season begins

Francisco, Suares, 32 of Michoacán, Mexico, harvests ripe bing cherries at Broetje Orchards near Prescott, Wash. Although he only has two fingers on one hand, he’s still a quick picker.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – The cherries are finally ready for harvest in the Northwestern U.S. A cold spring means that this is the latest cherry season anyone can remember. The Northwest News Network’s Anna King has this audio postcard from one of the largest fruit orchards in the world. (Watch the story inside)

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Environment
10:06 pm
Sun July 10, 2011

Baseline radiation mapping beginning in Seattle and Bellevue

The Bell Helicopter that will perform the aerial survey has radiation detection equipment located in the capsules attached to its sides.
Photo courtesy Washington State Dept of Health

If you see an unusually low-flying helicopter cruising above Seattle or Bellevue, don't worry. It’s just a project of the State Department of Health to measure naturally occurring radiation in King and Pierce Counties.

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