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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:26 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

To protect hikers from goats, Olympic National Park officials are asking that you not pee on the trails.
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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Mariner presence won't be felt All-Star Game

Ichiro heads back to the dugout after striking out during a game against the Braves last month. He's struggled at the plate and in the field this season and it's the first time in 10 years he wasn't elected to the All-Star team.
Elaine Thompson AP

Two Mariner pitchers have been elected to the American League All-Star team. However, KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says, neither is expected to play in the game on Tuesday in Phoenix.

Adding insult to injury: One Mariner who's an All-Star veteran was left off the roster this year Ichiro Suzuki.

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health care costs
6:01 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Washington praised for how it cares for the poor and sick

Same as the South? Washington's health care spending for disabled Medicaid beneficiaries is among the lowest in the nation.
Todd Gilmer and Kronick Health Affairs (journal)

When it comes to caring for its poorest and sickest people, Washington state appears to be doing better than the rest of the country. At least, that’s the view from a new study that looks at Medicaid spending.

Public spending on health-care is a hot political topic these days, as states and the federal government try to balance their budgets. Researchers were wondering: How do the 50 states compare in their spending on Medicaid, which covers low-income people? Do some states spend more because they pay doctors higher fees?

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Seattle Terror plot
2:30 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

New indictment charges two in Seattle terror plot

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center pictured on June 23, 2011, in Seattle. Two men have been indicted in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.

A federal grand jury has returned a nine-count indictment against two men charged in a plot to attack a military recruiting center in Seattle.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:31 pm
Thu July 7, 2011

Preview: M's Ichiro not chosen for All-Star game, what gives?

Mariner right fielder Ichiro Suzuki didn't make the All-Star team this year - for the first time in a decade. Ichiro has had trouble at the plate this season.
AP photo

For the first time in 10 years, the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki has not been selected for Major League Baseball's All-Star game, which takes place Tuesday, July 12, in Phoenix.

Mariner pitchers Felix Hernandez and Brandon League will represent the team (and rookie pitcher Michael Pineda may be a late add). But what does it mean that Ichiro won't be there? KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will talk about that Friday morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow for the story of our conversation. 

Education
9:51 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Deconstruction jobs – not just for literary theorists

Washington workers getting training to deconstruct buildings.
ReUse Flickr

A job training program in south Seattle is giving 130 people a ticket out of poverty with skills in the growing field of deconstruction or the carefully dismantling homes and buildings to preserve reusable materials.

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Medical Marijuana
8:53 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Washington cities, counties putting lid on medical marijuana

The city of Kent has put a stop to medical marijuana dispensaries in the area, at least for now. And, the Everett Herald reports, three cities in Snohomish County are moving to delay licensing of collective gardens for growing marijuana for medical purposes.

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K-12 Education
8:41 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Class sizes preserved, counselors cut in Seattle schools budget

Despite facing the steepest budget shortfall in the past 3 years, Seattle Public School officials say class sizes will not get any bigger next fall. The district's school board unanimously approved a plan last night to close a $45.5 million gap with considerable cuts to school supports and jobs, but teachers were largely spared.

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Business
8:38 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Seattle tech moguls likely to shape Skype-Facebook deal in Idaho

Media moguls gather in Sun Valley, Idaho this week at a summit known for producing major business deals.
Steve Platzer visitsunvalley.com

Some of the biggest names in media and technology converge on Sun Valley, Idaho this week.

They're attending an annual retreat known to produce major industry-shaping business deals – one of those deals likely to be shaped involves Microsoft, Facebook and Skype.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:29 am
Thu July 7, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The brewery in Tacoma, shown here in better days, burned last night.
J Brew Flickr
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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu July 7, 2011

There's a moon in the sky - but have we been there? Really?

Wish you were here.
e-strategyblog.com Flickr

One small step for man ... and one giant leap of believability. As many as 25% of us Earthlings think the moon landings were a big fake, staged by Stanley Kubrick on a Hollywood sound stage.

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UW firebombing
6:57 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Fugitive linked to UW ecoterrorist firebomb arrested

A fugitive wanted in connection with the 2001 firebombing of the University of Washington's horticulture center is now in federal custody.

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national security
5:16 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

NW National Lab still recovering from major cyber attack

Pacific Northwest National Lab is just recovering from a sophisticated cyber attack.
PNNL Flickr

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state gets about 4 million cyber attacks a day. But workers there are just now getting back online after a sophisticated attack shut down most Internet services last Friday.

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Education
2:17 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year

Some high school students are expected to ditch the state’s popular Running Start program this fall.

The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90’s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.  

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Environment
12:34 pm
Wed July 6, 2011

Big, crafty raccoon eating rare chickens, ducks, peacocks

This undated photo provided by Leo Pauly shows a raccoon that park officials are certain is responsible for killing about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary, in Walla Walla, Wash.
Courtesy of Leo Pauly

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla park officials are certain the predator that has killed about two dozen birds at the Pioneer Park Aviary is a big raccoon.

A motion detector camera showed the raccoon stealing bait from a trap.

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