Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

After shocking end to season, future uncertain for Seattle Storm

Sue Bird reacts to a call against her during Monday's decisive Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs against the Phoenix Mercury. Phoenix won 77-75. There's word Bird played with a hip injury all season and may need surgery to repair it.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

They may have won it all in 2010, but this year the Seattle Storm reverted back to their old habit of exiting the playoffs in the first round. They've done it six out of the last seven years.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says injuries and exhaustion were big factors.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

First responders get electric vehicle training

SALEM, Ore. - A car wreck that involves an electric vehicle or a hybrid can pose grave risks to emergency personnel. A group of first responders in Oregon got a training session Thursday on how to handle a high wattage accident.

It's no surprise that an electric car might have more electricity pulsating through it than a regular car. So, how much power does it take?

Matt Paiss of the National Fire Protection Association says an electric car can pack quite the punch.

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Budget crisis
5:32 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Washington state agencies propose more 'painful' program cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state agencies are putting entire programs on the chopping block – including $65 million from UW and WSU – to satisfy a request by the governor for more budget savings.

On Thursday, Governor Chris Gregoire notified state lawmakers that she will call them back to Olympia on November 28th for a special budget cutting session to make the cuts.

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Washington wines
5:23 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Northwest wine makers struggle just to keep sales flat

David Lytle Flickr

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wineries are working harder than ever just to keep sales flat. That's what winery owners and market experts are saying as wine lovers gather this weekend for the Columbia Valley's Catch the Crush event.

"We pay our bills," one winery owner told me. "There’s a lot of extra wine out there," said another.

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JBLM soldier
3:45 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Boise soldier enters guilty plea in war crimes case

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A 21-year-old soldier from Boise has pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder of an unarmed Afghan civilian.

Private First Class Andrew Holmes entered his plea Thursday as part of an agreement with prosecutors. The deal spares him a possible mandatory life sentence.

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Festivals and events
3:26 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Itchin’ to be green and seek a future beyond fossil fuels?

Flickr

This Saturday you can join the green-minded at events in Seattle celebrating the international day of action on climate change.

First thing in the morning you can be in a parade of boats and bikes, feet and wheels, pedaling, rowing, sailing, walking, dancing, skipping, skating, jumping, cartwheeling our sweet selves from all over Cascadia to Lake Union Park, according to the Website for the Moving Planet Seattle events.

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Other News
3:01 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Oakridge, Oregon mayor, 3 city councilors survive recall effort

The Mayor of Oakridge, Oregon and three city councilors survived a recall election Tuesday. A financial crisis created turmoil at recent council meetings.

Mayor Don Hampton and councilors Rayetta Clark, Amy Kordosky, and Glenn Fortune are all still in office. But, for the mayor and councilor Fortune, the margin was narrow. Mayor Hampton attributes that to the widespread dissatisfaction people feel with government these days. Hampton says he's heard of the threat of recall used recently in other Oregon communities.

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Health
2:55 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

State limits non-emergency ER visits by Medicaid recipients

The emergency room sign at the Ballard branch of Swedish Hospital. 4/19/07
"zoomar" flickr.com

The state of Washington is limiting Medicaid recipients to three non-emergency Emergency Room visits per year, beginning October 1st.

Visits over the limit won't be covered by Medicaid, and hospitals will be allowed to bill patients for those services.

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Traffic Woes
2:20 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Plethora of weekend events means lots of fun and traffic hell

A traffic jam from previous busy weekend in Seattle.
Oran Viriyincy KPLU

Beer drinkers at Oktoberfest in Fremont, Huskies and Seahawks battling it out on the playing field, marching bands in the streets ... all of which means drivers will be edging in and out of one traffic jam after another, warns the Seattle Department of Transportation.

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Tacoma teacher strike
1:48 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers strike is over

Tacoma teachers have approved a contract that ends their strike with nearly 100 percent of teachers voting for the new deal.

Negotiators had reached a tentative deal last night in Olympia in the governor’s wing where they were called by Gov. Chris Gregoire to settle their differences. The strike was the first for the Tacoma district since 1978 and kept 28,000 students out of school for eight days.

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