Festivals and Events
3:48 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

3 things this weekend: Jazz and holiday celebration

Dance Victoria

Thanksgiving is over, but the holiday season is just beginning. This weekend has some exciting stuff in store. Legendary Jazz pianist Chick Corea is in town and much, more!

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NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

The Friday beer: Alaskan Brewing's Winter Ale

The Alaskan Winter Ale
Paul Gibson

If anyone knows how to brew a winter beer it should be a brewery in Alaska. The Alaskan Winter Ale is a fine example of this seasonal style of beer – maltier, a higher ABV, something to help battle the cold days and long nights.

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Boeing
2:53 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Boeing, Machinists respond to concerns on new labor contract

The 737-MAX is Boeing's newest version of its best-selling jet. Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh says it will be built in Renton if a new contract proposal is approved.
Boeing Media image

More than 30,000 Boeing Machinists are studying a proposal that would spell labor peace for the next four years if it’s approved. But  some union members are concerned about aspects of the deal.

Lingering questions

One of the top concerns among union members has to do with how solid Boeing’s commitment to Renton really is. Property near the factory where the 737 is built has been sold off over the years.

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Environment
11:58 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Washington must restrict refineries' emissions, judge orders

A federal judge in Seattle says Washington must restrict greenhouse gas emissions from the state's five oil refineries.

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Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition.

Based in Los Angeles, Neighmond has covered health care policy since April 1987. She joined NPR's staff in 1981, covering local New York City news as well as the United Nations. In 1984, she became a producer for NPR's science unit and specialized in science and environmental issues.

Environment
11:09 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Whale activists sue to free killer whale 'Lolita' from captivity

In this 1970 photo by Wallie Funk, orca whales are held captive near Whidbey Island. Seven of the dozens of whales captured, including Lolita, who has been performing stunts for Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades, were sold to marine parks.
Associated Press

Supporters have offered $1 million for her release. Annual demonstrations have demanded her return to the Northwest.

Over the years, celebrities, schoolchildren and even a Washington state governor have campaigned to free Lolita, a killer whale captured from Puget Sound in 1970 and who has performed at Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades.

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Business
10:56 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Power up: Boeing flips switch on solar array

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Boeing has flipped the switch on the solar power array on the roof of its new South Carolina assembly plant.

Officials of Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas on Friday dedicated the 10-acre project which officials say is the largest rooftop solar installation in the Southeast, ranked by production capacity.

The array on the roof of Boeing's 787 final assembly plant generates 2.6-megawatts of power.

Scana Chairman and CEO Kevin Marsh said the array generates enough power for 250 homes.

Seattle city workers
10:50 am
Fri December 2, 2011

3 Seattle utilities employees fired over $440

The Seattle Public Utilities agency fired three employees Friday and suspended a fourth for tampering with billing records.

The agency says an investigation found they waived late fees, readjusted payment periods or manipulated payment arrangements.

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Other News
10:05 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Will Washington’s privatized liquor sales impact Idaho?

BOISE – Washington State’s move to privatize liquor sales next year could have repercussions on Idaho’s revenues. That’s according to Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation.

Analyst Jared Tatro of Idaho’s Office of Performance Evaluation says high prices for liquor in Washington drive bargain seekers to Idaho.

But privatization may change that.

“If Washington prices are reduced to the point where residents stop coming over, what we’re going to see is, for example, if it’s a 10 percent drop in sales, that’s a reduction in $3.5 million in profit,” Tatro says.

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Environment
10:01 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Contractor's report finds no 'chilled' safety culture at Hanford

The Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant or vit plant, located on the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford site. Photo courtesy of Bechtel National, Inc.

Originally published on Thu December 1, 2011 3:47 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Critics of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's say its Waste Treatment Plant has a culture that lets safety concerns slide. Now a new government-funded report disputes that notion.

The in-depth report came after a federal watchdog agency and a high-level whistleblower called the treatment plant's safety culture flawed. But this new report says that there is no reluctance on the part of workers for the Department of Energy, or contractors Bechtel and URS, to raise safety and technical issues, except in isolated cases.

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