Business of the Environment
5:25 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Alaska Air demonstrating aviation biofuels

It’s a big week for aviation biofuels.

A United flight took off Monday from Houston, for the first time burning jet fuel that was made from algae-based oil. And Alaska Air begins its demonstration flights from Seattle tomorrow (Wednesday, 2 p.m.)  – with fuel made from used cooking oil. 

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National Emergency Test
4:14 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Update: First-ever national emergency alert test is over, whew

The White House is preparing the country for the first nationwide test of the country's emergency alert system on Wednesday.

The test occurred at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday. It lasted about 30 seconds. But, of course, you wouldn’t know it if you’re online at the time.

And what does it mean that the test is on 11/9?!

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Teaching methods
12:44 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Zombies: Using pop culture's fascination as a teaching tool

Using our cultural fascination with zombies as a teaching tool is catching on.
Andrew Becraft Flickr

Educators around the country are tapping into the interest in zombies in popular culture as a means to reach students. One such place using the teaching tool is the University of Idaho.

Last week on the UI's Moscow campus there was a public lecture called "Zombies and International Politics." It was delivered by Tufts University professor Dan Drezner, who says zombies work as a metaphor for current global concerns.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:21 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Police make drug arrests at sleepy Occupy Olympia site

The scene at Occupy Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Occupy Olympia, part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, has been a rather sleepy affair. That is until this past weekend. That’s when state troopers moved in and made a series of arrests.

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In case you were wondering
9:13 am
Tue November 8, 2011

White House: Government has no evidence of extraterrestrial life

We're pretty sure these guys are in costumes. (2004 file photo from Comic-Con Convention in San Diego.)
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 8, 2011 7:30 am

This probably isn't going to satisfy many of those who think of The X-Files as a documentary series, but the Obama administration has now put the White House on record as saying the government doesn't have any evidence of life "out there."

And the Obama team doesn't believe anything's being hidden from us.

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Election 2011
9:02 am
Tue November 8, 2011

3 initiatives in focus as Election Day arrives 

Election day signs on Queen Anne Hill.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This is the last chance for voters to have a say in this year's election. Washington ballots must be postmarked or returned to an official drop-off site on Tuesday.

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Other News
8:23 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Washington mom rescues tot from washing machine

A Washington state woman used a wrench to break the window of a running washing machine and rescue her 5-year-old daughter at a Laundromat in Okanogan.

The Okanogan County sheriff's office says the girl either climbed in or was put in the washing machine Saturday night and it started running even though it had been marked "out of order."

The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/vwT6D3 ) the 29-year-old mother ran to her car, grabbed the wrench, smashed the washing machine door and pulled out her daughter.

Severe weather
8:19 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Weather Service warns of severe Bering Sea storm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The National Weather Service is warning that a severe Bering Sea storm has the potential for widespread damage when it hits western Alaska.

Forecasters expect 40 to 55 mph winds with higher gusts Tuesday night and Wednesday over the west coast.

A bulletin issued Monday by the Weather Service said the storm is expected to intensify "into one of the most severe Bering Sea storms on record." The agency is describing the storm as "extremely dangerous and life-threatening."

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Wait ... bonds aren't supposed to beat stocks!

Wall St. sign with blue jacketed traders on their lunch break in the background.
David Paul Ohmer Flickr

Over the past 30 years, U.S. Treasuries have out-performed the stock market. Bloomberg's Cordell Eddings reports the last time that happened was 150 years ago. What's going on?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein says this is a rare event and not "the new normal."

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Voting problems
5:45 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

How 11,000 ballots went missing; statewide ballot problems emerge

An embarrassing computer glitch -- but one that anyone can relate to -- in King County explains why 11,000 voters didn’t receive their ballots until just over a week before Election Day. And, just as that problem was resolved, Washington's Secretary of State discovered that 21,000 voters around the state may not have received ballots.

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