I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Why don't people in the NW go to church?

For years, the Northwest has had the dubious distinction of being one of the most non-religious regions in the land. In fact, it's often referred to as the "unchurched belt" in contrast to the "bible belt" in the South.

On a recent visit to a North Seattle church, there was only a small group of worshipers, filling about a third of the pews. That's not unusual in Seattle or the Pacific Northwest.

So why, we wondered, don’t people in this neck of the woods go to church?

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Seahawks still quarterback shopping as free agency heats up

Green Bay Packers backup quarterback-turned free agent Matt Flynn in action on Jan. 1, 2012. Art Thiel says he may be the next Dave Krieg for the Seahawks.
Matt Ludtke AP Photo

It's up in the air who will be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks next season. The Hawks are said to still be searching for their next star. Will they find him in the free agent pool?

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel breaks down the moves the Seahawks have made so far, and what might be in their future.

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The Record
7:01 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Bruce Springsteen on the meaning of music

"Human expression is not confined to guitars." In his keynote address at SXSW Bruce Springsteen spoke of his love for pop of all flavors.
Michael Buckner Getty Images for SXSW

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:25 pm

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Washington State Legislature
5:22 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Angry Gregoire refuses to sign bills, wants budget

State Sen. Rodney Tom, one of three break-away Democrats, speaks about a new budget proposal from the Senate’s “philosophical majority. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 5:12 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nearly a week into Washington’s special session and there’s no sign of a budget deal. Now, an angry Governor Chris Gregoire is refusing to sign dozens of bills in protest over the pace of negotiations.

“If they don’t get something done here I’m going to start trickling out vetoes," Gregoire said. "Maybe that’ll get their attention.”

Gregoire is furious that Senate Republicans Thursday unveiled a new budget proposal without getting buy-in from all the negotiators. She says the move undermines trust.

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Environment
5:12 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

WSU scientists save bald eagle

SPOKANE, Wash. — Scientists at Washington State University were able to save a bald eagle that was found in Idaho suffering from lead poisoning, and this week they released the majestic predator back into the wild.

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War in Afghanistan
4:54 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Suspect in Afghanistan massacre retains Seattle attorney

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 12:00 am

We still don’t know the name of the Washington-based Army soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend. But we now know the name of his civilian attorney. John Henry Browne is a high-profile Seattle lawyer who most recently defended the serial burglar known as the “Barefoot Bandit.”

Eugene Fidell teaches military justice at Yale. His advice to Browne: book a flight to Kuwait where the soldier is being held.

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Groove Notes
4:18 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

'Saxophonic, punk jazz iconoclast' Skerik releses new project

“I very much believe in a collaborative environment, and trying to get a real band where everyone has an equal say in writing the music, arranging the music and shaping the music. That’s always been a real priority for me.” – Skerik

Skerik’s most recent project released this week – Skerik’s Bandalabra: Live at the Royal Room – includes working with Seattle musicians Andy Coe (electric guitar), Evan Flory-Barnes (upright bass), and Donne Lewis (drums).

Skerik explains that it is a change of pace from the rock bands since a lot of the music is created in the moment.

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Shots - Health Blog
3:52 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

In Protest, Democrats Zero In On Men's Reproductive Health

Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat, has introduced legislation that would regulated men's use of reproductive health services.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 2:28 pm

For perhaps the first time in recent history, male reproductive health is at the forefront of political debate.

In at least six states, lawmakers — all women and all Democrats — have proposed bills or amendments in the last few weeks that aim to regulate a man's access to reproductive health care. It's their way of responding to the ongoing debate around contraception and abortion, said Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Death penalty returns for Bonneville sea lions

California sea lion feasts on a salmon. Photo courtesy of CRITFC

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 12:00 am

The federal government has reauthorized the death penalty for the most troublesome California sea lions which congregate at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.

A lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States forced a temporary halt to selective killing of sea lions below Bonneville Dam. Northwest states, tribes and the federal fisheries agency went back to the drawing board.

Now they've returned with pretty much the same answer as before regarding how to stop sea lions from eating too many threatened salmon.

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Wash. special session
3:17 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

New senate budget could jumpstart talks

State Sen. Rodney Tom, one of three break-away Democrats, speaks about a new budget proposal from the Senate’s “philosophical majority.” Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu March 15, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s special session got off to a slow start. But now there are signs that stalled budget negotiations are inching forward. Senate Republicans Thursday rolled out a fresh budget proposal – one that would not cut education.

The coalition that took over the Washington state Senate a couple of weeks ago and passed a budget is back. This time the 22 Republicans and 3 break-away Democrats have a new plan to re-balance the books. One that would restore more than $70 million in cuts to K-12 and higher education.

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