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Water Cooler
8:14 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Murray-Rossi race could be cliffhanger, local foreclosures surge: bring on the blues

Patty Murray and Dino Rossi are in a tight race. They're shown here at last week's debate in Seattle.
AP photo.

There'll be a lot of buzz today about the latest poll on the Senate race between Dino Rossi and incumbent Patty Murray.  The KCTS 9 - KPLU - Washington Poll shows a narrowing lead for Murray, from 8% two weeks ago to 4.3% this week. Still, among likely voters, Murray is up 6%. It all points to a race that might not be decided election night, and perhaps for weeks to come.

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South Sound News
10:48 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Growth Pains as Lewis-McChord Population Booms

If you've been stuck in traffic jams on I-5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently, you're not alone. The back-ups are an almost daily occurrence since thousands of soldiers returned from deployments. The race is on to come up with some long-term solutions, not only to the transportation troubles but to education and social service demands. That's because military analysts predict an additional 14,000 more soldiers and their families will arrive by 2015.

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Jazz NW
9:25 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Coming Up on Jazz NW 10/31/2010

Celebrate Hallowe’en with Jazz Northwest as we feature some ghostly apparitions and scary music from resident Northwest musicians on the show. We’ll also have some samples of some of the artists who’ll be appearing during this coming final week of the 22nd annual Earshot Festival. Sunday at 1 - Hallowe’en on Jazz Northwest from 88-5, KPLU.

Election 2010
5:24 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

I-1082 Would Allow Private Insurers for Workers Comp

Construction workers are some of the employees who would be most affected by proposed changes to workers comp.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

Washington is one of only four states in the nation that offers workers compensation insurance only through a government agency.   That could change this November.  Initiative 1082 would allow private insurers to enter the market.   Backers of the measure say the competition would force rates down on a tax that's been going up steadily in recent years.   Opponents say it's a power grab by the insurance industry that could leave injured workers in a lurch.   KPLU business and labor reporter Bellamy Pailthorp has the story.

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Water Cooler
7:09 am
Tue October 26, 2010

Money pours into campaigns while social services struggle

Spending on campaigns surpass record highs for an off-year election, as the recession continues.
AP photo.

You might think that in the midst of the Great Recession everyone - including candidates for office - are feeling the pinch. Not so.

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Crisis in Haiti
8:35 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Update: As Haiti Cholera Outbreak Spreads, Local Relief Expanded

A UN relief effort is mobilizing against the cholera outbreak that has killed dozens of Haitians in the past few days. The outbreak is spreading. This scene is a camp outside Port au Prince.
CBC News

Northwest-based relief agencies World Vision, World Concern and MercyCorps are rapidly expanding relief efforts in Haiti as a cholera outbreak there spreads. Dozens have been killed, and thousands are infected.

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Artscape
7:59 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Artscape: Implied Violence is Arresting Theater

The performance art that is Implied Violence, at Seattle's Frye Art Museum, also produces intriguing props, such as this wax chair pierced with arrows.
Steven Miller photograph

 A new exhibit at Seattle's Frye Art Museum is full of items rich in double meaning. Like a large wax chair full of hundreds of arrows. Or a jar full of medicinal leeches. 

And then there's a stunner of a dress that stops you as soon as you walk in through the door. "You'll see a really beautiful dress, with wide wide sides. And it looks very sheer. It's organza," says Frye deputy director Robin Held. 

"Now the surface of the dress looks like it's covered in bugs."

It's actually covered with more than 2,500 black bows. But it doesn't stop there.

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Water Cooler
1:22 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Water Cooler: Power Monday with the First Lady and a Soul Queen

Power politics, power voice and plain 'ol power. Michelle Obama is in Bellevue this afternoon (at the Hyatt) to support Patty Murray's campaign.

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Election 2010
7:25 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Despite Koster No-Show, The Show Goes On

John Koster is a Republican Snohomish County commissioner, seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat that Democrat Rick Larsen has held for 10 years. Koster narrowly lost to Larsen in 2000.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU photo.

The buzz from Everett to Bellingham is the snub John Koster delivered to the folks preparing for his debate with Congressman Rick Larsen.  Republican (and Tea Party endorsed) Koster pulled out of the KCTS 9 sponsored debate Wednesday, the day before the taping in Seattle. The reason? Koster claims panelist Jerry Cornfield of The Herald of Everett was biased against him.

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Public Media
4:34 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

Did He Deserve to be Fired? NPR Cans Analyst Juan Williams

You won't see NPR's name below Juan William's face on TV anymore.
Fox News

On a rare day when the President of the United States is in town, the talk of KPLU's  newsroom was not on Obama's visit, but Juan Williams' firing by NPR.  Williams told Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly on Monday "I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
1:20 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

The Manhattan Transfer live at KPLU

The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio ready to sing on October 21, 2010.

When The Manhattan Transfer (Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegal) came into the KPLU/Jazz24 performance studio, they had literally just gotten off an airplane. A little jet-lagged but ready to sing, they kicked of the session with their version of Moten Swing.

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Election 2010
1:13 pm
Thu October 21, 2010

He Even Brought Doughnuts: Obama Campaigns in Seattle

The President speaks Thursday morning in a Wedgwood neighborhood backyard in northeast Seattle. The conversation: women, jobs and the economy - and the Top Pot Doughnuts Mr. Obama brought with him.
AP photo

When you're involved in political campaigns, doughnuts and cupcakes are often close at hand.  President Obama made sure both were available during his Seattle stopover to support Senator Patty Murray's campaign.  On his way to a Seattle couple's home for a backyard 'event' the President made a surprise stop at Top Pot Doughnut's 5th Avenue store, and brought two boxes to his hosts, Cynnie and Erik Foss.  When you're a guest you bring a little something.

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The Water Cooler
8:21 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Bless the Rich, or Soak 'em? Washington's Income Tax Debate

This is a rich man. He wants the state to tax him because of his wealth. Hint: his son is the richest man in America.
AP photo.

A self-described 'poor man' from Spokane tells us he wouldn't think of voting for I-1098, the income tax measure, because "the rich are blessed."  KPLU's Paula Wissel asks "Who's rich and who's not?" in our latest report on Election 2010.  The initiative aims to tax the wealthiest 1.2% in the state. That's a quantifiable definition of 'rich.'  But the conversation also invites a qualitative definition to a perhaps undefinable question.

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The Water Cooler
3:25 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Monty Python and the Romans: Your Daily Tax (vote) Incentive

You gotta do your homework.  That's  the advice KPLU's Keith Seinfeld got from tax experts on how voter's might want to approach their November ballots.  Your vote will help establish major tax policies in Washington for years to come.  They offer some helpful tools.  Too much to think about? Keith gives us a little help from Monty Python and the Romans.

The Water Cooler
12:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Here Come the Heavyweights!

How's this for a guest list? President Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

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