Education
12:00 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Student achievement flat in Oregon and Washington

Student achievement in Oregon and Washington isn't improving or declining, according to results released Tuesday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The bi-annual "Nation's Report Card" shows Oregon 4th graders scoring just below the national average on both Reading and Math. Oregon 8th graders are statistically tied with the nation as a whole. Christine Miles with the Oregon Department of Education says the results are basically flat.

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Other News
11:56 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Park Service sued over fatal Olympic goat goring

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The family of a man who was gored to death by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park is suing the Park Service.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in Tacoma by the Messina Bulzomi Christensen law firm.

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Street Cents
4:30 am
Tue November 1, 2011

Banks give money for keeping a foreclosed house looking good

Some banks will pay you if you keep your foreclosed house in good condition. That includes things like  mowing your lawn and keeping your toilets and countertops spick and span.

Seattle-area Real Estate Appraiser and educator Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that some lenders offer in the neighborhood of $2,000.00 to ex-homeowners  for keeping foreclosed property looking neat and tidy. 

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Protesting Wall Street
6:10 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Occupy Seattle wants to disrupt visit of JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon

JP Morgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon, left, and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein, leave the White House in Washington, after a meeting between chief executives and President Barack Obama in January 2010.
Associated Press

Occupy Seattle protestors have set their sights on a new target: The highest paid banker on Wall Street who will be visiting Seattle on Wednesday.

Banker Jamie Dimon will be the keynote speaker at the University of Washington’s “Business Leadership Celebration” and Occupy Seattle protesters are marshaling their forces to welcome him loudly.

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Food
5:35 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Vacuum-like harvester gives hope to apple growers short of workers

Apple workers have to climb tall aluminum ladders like this one, with hefty sacks of apples strapped to their bodies. Photo by Anna King

PROSSER, Wash. – Despite high unemployment in the Northwest, apple growers can't get enough workers to harvest their crops this year. They've bought ads, raised wages and offered trainings without much response. But soon farmers won't need as many workers with the help of some new technology.

Right now, apple workers have to climb tall aluminum ladders with hefty sacks of apples strapped to their bodies. Up and down, up and down they go.

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Festivals and events
5:09 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Seattle's Fremont Troll celebrates 21st birthday

Seattle's Fremont Troll
Christine Majul Flickr

The Fremont Troll turns 21, according to its Facebook page.

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Election 2011
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call

Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to get rid of state-run liquor stores and on how highway tolls can be spent. A survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.

The statewide Washington Poll, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto's poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.

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Other News
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Northwest soldiers out of the war, into the job market

Idaho National Guard soldiers bid farewell to their families in Lewiston, Idaho in 2010. They returned from Iraq in September.
Doug Nadvornick

A wave of returning National Guard soldiers from Oregon and Idaho is coming face to face with the Northwest's lack-luster job market. The 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team returned from Iraq in September.

After a month of post-deployment vacation, the troops are starting to return to the civilian workforce.

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Business
3:46 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Even in a recession, Halloween means cash for retailers

Keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters as you head out on the roads this evening Despite the down economy, retailers expect Halloween spending will rise this year.

The National Retail Federation's annual Halloween spending survey found that the average person plans to spend about $72 on costumes, candy and decorations. That's a jump of more than $15 over the past two years.

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Environment
3:37 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Idaho couple puts wetlands rules to the test in U.S. Supreme Court

Chantell and Mike Sackett say the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

PRIEST RIVER, Idaho – A fight over less than an acre of land in a remote part of the Northwest could alter the way the government enforces environmental regulations across the country.

The U.S. Supreme Court this winter will hear a case brought against the EPA by Mike and Chantell Sackett of north Idaho.

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