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5:33 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Did Boeing retaliate against the Machinists union? NLRB hearing begins Tuesday

Will the NLRB make labor history when it rules on testimony that begins in Seattle this week?
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Last week, Boeing opened a new plant in South Carolina, where it's putting the second assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner.

That’s led to a fight between the aerospace giant and the National Labor Relations Board. The nation’s top enforcer of labor laws filed a complaint against Boeing in April. Proceedings in the case begin Tuesday in Seattle. 

The NLRB alleges Boeing built the second assembly line for the Dreamliner in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes by the Machinists union in Washington state.  And that, it says, is against the law.

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Artscape
8:19 am
Sun June 12, 2011

The art of circus school

Anna Partridge of Mercer Island was one of the first students at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts when it opened in 2004. She'll be spending her summer as part of a children's circus troupe in Vermont.
Photo by Florangela Davila

There's a downside to hanging out at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) and that is, you start to feel really boring.

There's Nickolai Pirak, an expert juggler. And Erica Rubinstein, who basically juggles people.

"If you can imagine a 12-foot-long bar that’s kind of like a beam and a trampoline, but supported by people. Our flier stands in the middle of the bar," Rubinstein says.

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Science
4:30 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The great bee count

Bees love sunflowers.
bbcactii flickr

For a number of years, honey bee populations have been shrinking. It's called colony collapse disorder. To help understand this bee die-off, citizen scientists are being asked to keep an eye on their gardens this summer as part of The Great Sunflower Project.

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Business
3:09 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Boeing cuts ribbon on $750 million South Carolina plant

Boeing South Carolina teammates, elected officials and representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors tour the new 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building in North Charleston, S.C. during the building's opening ceremony.
Boeing

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and state officials have joined hundreds of Boeing workers in North Charleston to cut the ribbon opening the company's 787 jetliner assembly plant at the center of a National Labor Relations Board dispute.

Haley on Friday called Boeing a great American company said its workers make all South Carolinians proud.

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Floating Bridge
1:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Replacing 520 floating bridge moves ahead

Release of final environmental impact statement puts replacement of 520 floating bridge one step closer.
Associated Press

A $4.6 billion project to replace the Highway 520 floating bridge and improve the corridor between Seattle and Bellevue is moving ahead.

The Washington Transportation Department released the final environmental impact statement Thursday for a six-lane bridge to replace the four-lane bridge on Lake Washington.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve the project next month. Construction would begin next year and the bridge should be completed by 2015, although the whole project may take until 2018.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
11:55 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Allen Toussaint live at KPLU

Pianist, vocalist, producer and songwriting legend (and Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee), Allen Toussaint stopped by the KPLU studios on June 1 and took us on a sweet and uplifting trip to New Orleans with his music.

Mr. Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious career in music. He has produced, written for, and performed with music giants such as Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs and Irma Thomas to name a few.

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Wedding insurance
10:51 am
Fri June 10, 2011

More buying wedding insurance ('cold feet' not covered)

A newly wed couple.
epSos.de Flickr

June is one of the most popular months of the year to get married. That means brides-to-be are preparing for their long-awaited - and probably highly expensive - wedding day. While there are no guarantees for a successful marriage, a new type of business can guarantee the special day goes as planned.

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Environment
10:40 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Science behind Hanford treatment tanks questioned

RICHLAND, Wash. - A federal nuclear watchdog agency is questioning some of the science behind a massive treatment plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. In a letter released Thursday, federal examiners say key treatment tanks could pose risks.

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Elections 2012
10:10 am
Fri June 10, 2011

McKenna supports parental consent for abortion

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's first official candidate for governor in 2012 says he supports a parental consent requirement for abortion. Republican Rob McKenna weighed in on several hot button social issues in an interview Thursday.

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Other News
9:30 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Crows attacking cops in Everett

Crows have been attacking police officers at an Everett Police Department station.
Yasunari Nacamura Flikr

Crows have been attacking cops in the parking lot of the Everett Police Department's north precinct station. Birds have been swooping down on officers walking from their cars.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:57 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

The Woodland Park Zoo is hoping to make Chai, the zoo’s 32-year-old Asian elephant, pregnant.
Woodland Park Zoo
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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Sounders FC, Vancouver renew soccer rivalry

Seattle Sounders FC fans cheer during a MLS match against the Portland Timbers, May 14, 2011 in Seattle. Saturday's match against Vancouver at Qwest Field isn't expected to generate as much animosity but will still renew a longstanding regional rivalry.
Ted S. Warren AP

Think of them as the nice cousins who live up North. That’s what KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says of the Vancouver Whitecaps. They’re coming to Qwest Field in Seattle Saturday night to play the Sounders FC in the first Major League Soccer match-up between the two teams.

While the match will renew a longstanding regional soccer rivalry, Art says it’s hardly the same as the fierce rivalry Seattle has with its neighbors to the South – the Portland Timbers.

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Environment
4:16 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County

Dead crabs and live sea stars are among the creatures pulled up with derelict fishing gear collected by the Northwest Straits Initiative in Puget Sound, here on a boat at Alden Bank, off the coast of Ferndale.The coalition has mapped 934 remaining nets.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

They’re known as ghost nets – old tangles of synthetic lines snagged on underwater rocks or reefs and left behind by fishermen as long as seventy years ago.   

A coalition out of Mount Vernon has removed thousands of them over the past decade.  There’s still work to be done, but they’re running out of funding. 

Since 2002, The Northwest Straights Initiative has removed nearly four thousand derelict fishing nets from shallow waters of Puget Sound. 

“Because they just don’t degrade. They can get torn apart by wave action, but they won’t degrade," says Northwest Straits Initiative Director, Ginny Broadhurst.

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Barefoot Bandit
3:32 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Suspect in 'Barefoot Bandit' case pleads not guilty

'Barefoot Bandit' case: The 20-year-old suspect accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree has pleaded not guilty in federal court in Seattle.
Associated Press

Colton Harris-Moore, who gained a popular following as the "Barefoot Bandit," has pleaded not guilty to all charges in federal court in Seattle.

The 20-year-old is accused of a two-year cross-country burglary spree in stolen cars, boats and planes — some of the crimes allegedly committed while he was barefoot. He entered his plea Thursday.

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Environment
3:16 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Critics of Washington plan want number of wolves capped

Cattlemen and hunting groups contend a proposed plan for managing and restoring gray wolves in Washington state allows for too many wolves.

A 17-member citizen advisory group has been meeting for nearly five years about how best to recover wolves in their historic territory while reducing and managing wolf-livestock conflicts.

Jack Field of the Washington Cattlemen Association says the number of wolves overall should be capped.

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