Groove Notes
4:37 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Vote for your choice to win a Grammy in jazz

Randy Brecker has been nominated for Best Improvised Jazz Solo - who's your pick?
Randy Brecker Website

The nominations have been released for the 2011 Grammy Awards, and there are some great selections for jazz categories. The winners are named on Feb. 12. Until then, vote on Groove Notes for your favorite.

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4:11 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

NPR's The Salt: Superfood kale in the limelight

A farm worker inspects organic kale at the Grant Family Farms in Wellington, Colo.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 3:49 pm

What is it with kale? That's what one of our producers asked this week, after hearing about the "Eat More Kale" standoff between Vermont t-shirt maker Bo Muller-Moore and the fast-food chain Chick-fil-A. (Check this story on last night's All Things Considered for more details.)

It's true that kale seems to be enjoying a certain limelight these days, and not just because Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin was willing to say publicly, "Don't mess with kale."

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Protesting Wall Street
2:25 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: Occupy Seattle appears unfazed by 72 hour notice to vacate

Occupy Seattle protesters appear unfazed by the order to be off the Seattle Central Community College campus by Friday afternoon, 72 hours after eviction notices had been posted.
Jonathan Klapel KPLU

Seattle Central Community College yesterday posted notice around its campus that Occupy Seattle, or anyone camping on its property, must remove tents and other property from the campus grounds or be charged with trespassing.

Roughly 24 hours later, nothing appears to have changed at the encampment ... except for protesters stringing up Christmas lights in campus trees.

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1:44 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Light winds allow counties to lift burn bans

The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is lifting the burn bans for Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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520 Tolls
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: 520 bridge tolling to start Dec. 29

Mobile 'Good to Go' teams are eager to sign up new customers, as tolling on the 520 bridge starts in less than a month.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

The Washington Transportation Department says tolling on the Highway 520 floating bridge will begin at 5 a.m. on Dec. 29.

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Returning from Iraq
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq

Keicher Singleton Jr. awaits his dad from a six month deployment to Iraq.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

As of this morning, there are fewer than 100 Northwest-based soldiers serving in Iraq. A plane carrying the final large group of returning soldiers touched down at McChord Field near Tacoma at dusk Tuesday. 

The sweetest words for 170 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers and their families: "Captain, dismissed!"

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8:51 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Many profitable companies, one in NW, pay no state income taxes

Originally published on Wed December 7, 2011 2:57 pm

Dozens of Fortune 500 companies paid no net state income taxes over the past three years, including one in the Pacific Northwest. That's one of the findings of a report issued Wednesday by a liberal think tank.

The report examined federal Securities and Exchange Commission filings from the more than half of Fortune 500 companies that reported profits over the past three years.

Those filings show how much each company paid in state income taxes nationwide. The results varied widely, even among companies in the same industry.

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Food for thought
4:30 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Show us your best thrift-store cooking gear

My greatest score. $1.25 at the Goodwill.
Dick Stein KPLU

For many a year I was quite proud that other than appliances I owned no kitchen tools, pots, pans or gear of any kind that I paid more than $10 for.  

There was just one problem.

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Groove Notes
6:03 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Engaging with Chick Corea and his 'student kind' of mind

Chick Corea playing in the KPLU studio on Friday.
Justin Steyer KPLU

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to sit down in the KPLU performance studio last Friday with jazz legend Chick Corea for an interview and live performance.

One of the topics we covered was how he has remained so versatile over the years.

“I keep a student kind of mentality in my life, so that I am always learning something, and that keeps me fresh,” he said.

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Other News
5:54 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Hanford whistleblower seeks stronger protection laws in Senate testimony

Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. Image via US Senate

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 5:22 pm

The U.S. Senate heard testimony Tuesday on protecting whistleblowers who work on federal projects. A key witness was the well-known Hanford Nuclear Reservation whistleblower Walt Tamosaitis.

He testified he was taken out of his high-level management role on Hanford's waste treatment plant after he raised safety concerns. He now works in a basement office.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill asked Tamosaitis what effect that has had on the larger project.

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