Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

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It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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College education
4:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Report: Washington falls short in higher education

Education researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a message for the citizens of Washington state. They want them to know that the state government is failing to meet its responsibility to provide enough opportunities for a college education in Washington.

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Romney's Verbal 'Fire' Stokes Several Campaigns On Eve Of N.H. Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 4:13 pm

Mitt Romney added an impromptu news conference to his already full campaign calendar Monday in New Hampshire to explain this statement from earlier in the day: "I like being able to fire people that provide services to me."

When he said those words, Romney was making a point — during breakfast at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce — about the value of being able to switch insurance companies if you're not getting good service.

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Higher Education
3:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income

Thinking about life after college: “A lot of young people think if they just go to college and get a degree in anything they’re ticket is punched and that’s not always the case."
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We've heard a lot of stories lately about the struggles of young, unemployed people with college degrees. A Washington State agency says the reason for that is a lot of students are choosing the wrong majors for this economy.

If they spent less time and money on school, they might have an easier time getting a job and make more money, at least in the short term.

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Washington State Legislature
3:50 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

With no budget solutions in sight, Wash. lawmakers begin session

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington state lawmakers begin their 2012 session with no agreement in sight for how to solve major budget shortfall.

In the House of Representatives Monday, leaders from both parties laid out different visions for how they would balance the budget.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

IRS revives amnesty program for offshore tax cheats

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 3:02 pm

The Internal Revenue Service is brining back an amnesty program for Americans who have stashed money in offshore accounts in order to dodge taxes. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman announced the program's renewal on Monday, saying the tax dodgers would have to pay back taxes and penalties but would not face any criminal charges.

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Environment
3:24 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Scalia Calls EPA 'High-Handed' In Northwest Property Rights Case

Chantell and Mike Sackett of Priest River, Idaho were ordered to halt work on their home because the EPA says the plot is part of a wetland. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:47 pm

WASHINGTON, DC - United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia criticises the E-P-A for what he calls "high-handedness." His comments came during oral arguments Monday in the case of Sackett versus the Environmental Protection Agency.

The case involves a north Idaho couple, barred from building a home because the EPA has classified their property as a protected wetland. The landowners contend they've been denied due process.

For Chantell and Mike Sackett, this day was the culmination of four years in limbo.

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Humanosphere
3:02 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

The desire for the latest e-gizmo is poisoning the poor worldwide

Chinese woman sorts electronic waste.
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“This is against international law but not against the law in the U.S.”

The media love-fest with digital gizmos is moving from the high-pitched holiday phase (electronic devices are always the top gifts for Christmas) into a smaller, but more intense hysterical phase this week with the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Tuesday.

When we buy new gizmos, we usually want to get rid of the old ones. Electronic waste (aka e-waste) is a surprisingly large, toxic and growing burden inflicted, like many such afflictions, mostly on poor people in poor countries.

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Lucky Friday mine
2:28 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Federal inspectors shut down Lucky Friday’s silver shaft

Federal inspectors have shut down the primary shaft into a troubled silver mine in north Idaho. The order comes on the heels of three tragic accidents that led the owners of the Lucky Friday Mine to take a two-month hiatus from mining to make safety improvements.

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