Law
4:47 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Pays Wrongfully-Convicted Seattle Man $500,000 After He Spends 10 Years In Prison

Brandon Redtailhawk Olebar in King County Court for the signing of his compensation award from the state.
Paula Wissel

Imagine spending ten years of your life behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. 

That's what happened to Brandon Redtailhawk Olebar. Now, Washington state is paying him more than half a million dollars.

Olebar is one of the first exonerees to receive a monetary award under a Washington law passed in 2013. The law makes it possible for people wrongfully incarcerated in the state to receive up to $50,000 for each year in prison as well as tuition waivers for themselves and their families to state universities and colleges.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
12:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Study: Don’t Blame Global Warming For Warming Weather — Yet

The Seattle skyline is seen through morning fog over Elliott Bay, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It may be tempting to attribute current weather trends like the record warmth and early rains on climate change caused by humans. 

But KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass says a newly-published paper should give us pause. It shows that the global warming of approximately 1 degree Celsius on the U.S. West Coast since 1900 appears more likely to be the result of natural variations than of human inputs of greenhouse gases.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:29 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Rain Relenting; Above-Normal Temps And A Partly Sunny Weekend Ahead

A pedestrian hurries along in the rain Wednesday morning, Sept. 24, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Fall came in with a vengeance this week. An early atmospheric river dumped huge amounts of rain into the Northwest over the last few days, but it’s tapering off just in time for the weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It actually looks like a decent weekend,” Mass said. 

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Tweety Bird

Credit Warner Brothers

  Do you recall when you were a young Saturday-morning birdwatcher, learning the intricate lessons of predator-prey relationships? Twitiavis superciliosis is a small, animated yellow bird, native to Southern California. It's particularly susceptible to predation, and so has developed a complex series of alarm calls. Against all odds, Twitiavis eludes its predators to sing its song another day.

To learn now to enrich the life of an indoor cat, Sylvester or otherwise, visit American Bird Conservancy's Cats Indoors! "Catios" are nifty ways to give your kitty a breath of fresh air. Learn more!

Legal Marijuana
7:46 am
Fri September 26, 2014

A Court Decision Says Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Illegal in Washington State

ILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 file photo, medical marijuana is packaged for sale in 1-gram packages.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

At some point today, depending on where you live, you are likely to pass by a medical marijuana collective garden, which is more commonly known as a dispensary.

These places have been allowed to flourish in cities like Seattle. But according to a ruling last March by Washington’s State Court of Appeals, dispensaries are actually illegal and communities have the authority to ban them.

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Transportation
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

King County Bus Service Cuts, Stop Closures Begin This Weekend

Atomic Taco Flickr

The first wave of what could be the largest service cut in King County Metro Transit history begins Saturday.

Buses will stop running along 28 routes — a half-dozen of which run within Seattle and another dozen that connects outlying communities with the city center. Service will decrease or change on another 13 routes.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

4-0 Huskies Prepare For Pac-12 Challenge Against Stanford

Washington Huskies run onto the field before a game against Eastern Washington Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

After four wins in non-conference games, the Pac-12 season begins Saturday for the University of Washington football team. The unranked Huskies take on No. 16 Stanford at home. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says it should be a lively matchup.

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Business
9:45 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Council Member Sawant Criticizes Murray’s Affordable Housing Committee

File image
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant is criticizing Mayor Ed Murray’s newly created affordable housing committee, saying the group is skewed toward developers with not enough low-income housing advocates.

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First Amendment Rights
6:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Forest Service Chief Says No, You Won't Be Charged To Take Photos

Rafters paddle down the middle fork of the Salmon River in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, Idaho, June 6, 1999.
Ted Anthony AP Photo

A federal agency under fire from free speech advocates and nature enthusiasts says it has absolutely no intention of charging people to take pictures on public land. The head of the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday clarified a rule that’s been generating charges of government overreach.

Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell wants to make one thing perfectly clear.

“There's no way that our proposal will infringe on anyone's First Amendment rights,” Tidwell said.

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Kids & Marijuana
6:34 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Marijuana Sales Get Underway, But Youth Prevention Campaign Months Away

Ted S. Warren AP Photo

People are lining up to buy legal marijuana in Washington state. Now the question is how to convince kids not to touch the stuff.

A panel of experts briefed Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday on the topic of youth marijuana use.

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