Energy
9:36 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Controversial coastal wind farm development cancelled

Wind turbines spin above Grayland Beach State Park. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 8:52 pm

A group of four public utilities has cancelled a wind farm development that would have been one of the first and the biggest on the Northwest coast. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

The Radar Ridge Wind Project would've had as many as 32 turbine towers on state forestland near the southwest Washington coast. The partners in the project quietly scuttled the wind farm last week before a single foundation was dug.

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News
5:17 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

ACLU: Idaho conceals execution procedure from witnesses

Idaho renovated a cell block at the state's maximum security prison to serve as the execution chamber for Paul Ezra Rhoades. Photo courtesy of Idaho Department of Correction

The American Civil Liberties Union says Idaho is violating a federal court's ruling on execution procedures. The state is set to execute convicted murderer Paul Ezra Rhoades by lethal injection on Friday morning.

The Idaho Department of Correction allows witnesses at executions, including members of the press. But only after the execution team has secured the inmate to the table and inserted two IV lines.

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Economy
4:32 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Some NW Republicans Urge 'Supercommittee' To 'Go Big'

The deadline for the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction -- or 'Supercommittee' -- to cut $1.2 trillion from the nation’s debt is next week.

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:06 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A special budget panel lead by Washington Senator Patty Murray remains gridlocked as it nears its deadline next week. Some Northwest lawmakers are urging the so-called “super committee” to exceed its goal of cutting $1.2 trillion from the nation’s debt.

If the “supercommittee” fails to reach a bipartisan solution by next Wednesday, deep spending cuts are slated to fall on nearly all of the federal budget. That puts a lot of pressure on Murrray, a co-chair of the panel.

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Humanosphere: Rwanda Special Coverage
11:41 am
Wed November 16, 2011

KPLU's Tom Paulson up close and personal with gorillas in Rwanda

No visit to Rwanda is complete without seeing the mountain gorillas. Here’s one who came to have a closer look at us.

After a whirlwind week of meeting with Rwandan officials, business leaders, local journalists, activists and others in the capital city of Kigali, we took off for a few days to journey high up into the Birunga mountain range to the northern town of Kinigi, near the Congo and Uganda borders.

I’m traveling with a group of American journalists sponsored by the International Reporting Project. Our aim is to gain perspective on this country so many associate only with its genocidal past – but which many others today dub an “African success story.”

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Mentally Ill Juveniles
9:27 am
Wed November 16, 2011

In rural northwest mentally ill teens struggle for services

In Adams County, Washington, and many other rural places in the Northwest, it’s difficult for mentally ill teens to get adequate services
Rajah Bose Northwest News Network

Experts say mental health services for teens are especially inadequate in rural areas. That describes huge swaths of our region.

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Food for Thought
8:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

'All About Roasting' is the cookbook to get for the holidays

Ever since  I acquired Molly Stevens' All About Braising  in '04 my copy has become progressively more stained, tattered and torn.  In fact, some of the pages are actually falling out.    That's how good a cookbook it is.  Now the long wait is over.  Five years in the making, All About Roasting  is out at last— and just in time for Thanksgiving. 

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The surreal
4:00 am
Wed November 16, 2011

The 40th anniversary of "I Think We're all Bozos on This Bus"

The cover of the Bozos album. Top left: Phil Austin and Peter Bergman. Bottom right: Phil Proctor and David Ossman.
The Firesign Theatre

Back in 1971, the surreal-humor group, The Firesign Theatre, released one of its most popular albums: I Think We’re All Bozos on This Bus. Three members of the quartet ... Phil Austin, Peter Bergman and David Ossman ... now live in the Puget Sound region. The fourth member, Phil Proctor, resides in Southern California.

All four will be marking the 40th anniversary of “Bozos” in shows this Friday and Saturday at the Kirkland Performance Center

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Law
8:46 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Follow @SeattlePD around during Twitter "ride-along"

Seattle police posted this photo on Twitter to show "what a stripped car looks like" during a virtual ride-along in the South precinct.
Seattle Police Department

Have you ever wondered what a Seattle police officer does all day? You’re not alone.

The department says it typically has long waiting lists of people who want to ride along on patrols. Now it’s offering a way to virtually give everyone a chance to see the action.   

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Business of the Internet
12:15 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Seattle looks to expand broadband Internet with help from private businesses

City of Seattle CTO Bill Schrier shows odd fiber optic cable lines running through underground pipes near Pioneer Square (May 2011.)
Charla Bear Photo KPLU News

Do you have a high-speed Internet connection?

If you do, you’re pretty lucky ... because many people in the Puget Sound region don’t ... even in relatively big cities, such as Seattle.

As part of a national push, the city has teamed up with the University of Washington to try and bring more private investment to broadband infrastructure.

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