Budget crisis
4:29 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Cut teacher salaries, release prisoners: Lawmakers talk budgets

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers have started assessing potential ideas on how to fix the state's budget situation.

A Senate committee heard proposals Monday that would further reduce teacher salaries, release prisoners early and eliminate virtually all substance abuse services.

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3:40 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Alice Waters: 40 Years Of Sustainable Food

Alice Waters is the author of eight books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution.
Platon courtesy of the author

Originally published on Mon August 22, 2011 8:29 am

Four decades ago, restaurateur and food activist Alice Waters was at the forefront of the now flourishing locally grown, organic food movement. Her Berkeley-based restaurant, Chez Panisse, has become one of the most famous dining spots in America, known for changing its menu daily to reflect what's in season and for sourcing ingredients from local farmers.

But as a child, Waters almost never went to restaurants — and was extremely picky about what she'd actually put in her mouth.

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3:34 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Where's the latest hotspot for a gourmet meal? Seattle schools

Pamela Hinckley (left), CEO of Tom Douglas Restaurants, serves samples of Pollock Provencal to students at Roxhill elementary. The baked fish dish is one of several new recipes created by local gourmet chefs to entice more kids to eat school lunch.
Charla Bear KPLU

“We want them to expand their palates ..."

When you hear the words “school lunch,” it’s doubtful you think of mouth-watering cuisine. A group of gourmet chefs in Seattle wants to change that.

They’re developing recipes fit for foodies that can be served in the city’s public elementary schools. 

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Protesting Wall Street
3:15 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Brigham Young student launches 'Occupy' effort, if nervously

Image courtesy Occupy Rexburg

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 2:42 pm

College students have helped propel Occupy Wall Street protests to cities across the Northwest. But the left-wing movement is a tougher sell on some campuses – like conservative Brigham Young University's campus in eastern Idaho.

University of Washington students joined camped-out protesters at Seattle's Westlake Park. A rally at the Idaho Capitol was organized in part by students at Boise State University. And a University of Oregon senior started the Occupy Eugene Facebook page.

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2:54 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Former Washington Gov. Rosellini remembered as reformer

In this file photo, date and location not known, former Washington Gov. Al Rosellini, second from right, votes as his wife, Ethel, right, and his daughter, Lynn, third from right, look on.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former Washington Governor Albert Rosellini is being remembered as a reformer. Rosellini died today at the age of 101 of complications from pneumonia.

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Protesting Wall Street
12:20 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Occupy Seattle: Still at Westlake Park, still wet and still staying

Getting the basics at the Occupy Seattle protests in Westlake Park. Protesters say they have been allowed to put up a single bigger tent for food and some first-aid supplies.
Jake Ellison KPLU

Occupy Seattle protesters continue to weather the rain and exposure, with the aid of one structure for storing and distributing food and some first-aid care.

Monday morning, roughly 50 occupiers of Westlake Park milled about while many still slept or huddled against the rain under plastic tarps and whatever other makeshift barriers they could create to stay warm and dry.

One protestor and organizer said she intended to stay in the park indefinitely or until the "National Guard rolls in with tanks."

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9:28 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Haugen Faces Tentative December 6 Execution

Gary Haugen mug shot, courtesy of Oregon Department of Corrections

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 2:46 pm

SALEM, Ore. - An Oregon judge has set a tentative date of December 6 for the execution of two-time convicted murderer Gary Haugen. The killer has dropped all of his appeals and would become the first person to be executed in Oregon since 1997.

This is actually the second time a judge has set a date for Haugen's execution. He had been slated to die in August but the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that Haugen needed additional mental evaluation.

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9:26 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Forecasters predict ho-hum holiday hiring in Northwest

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 11:05 am

SALEM, Ore. - It's the time of year that retailers think about hiring extra help for the holidays. Labor experts in Oregon and Washington say job prospects for seasonal hires are ho-hum in the jolly ho-ho-ho season.

Washington state's Employment Department is predicting about 13,000 holiday jobs will materialize in the state through the end of the year. If true, that would fall short of last year's numbers.

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9:23 am
Mon October 10, 2011

In Wake Of Wash. Prison Officer's Death, Safety Violations Remain

Slain correctional officer Jayme Biendl. Photo courtesy Wash. DOC

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 5:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's prison system has failed to resolve numerous safety issues in the wake of the murder of a correctional officer. That's the finding of the state's workplace safety watchdog agency.

Last January, Officer Jayme Biendl was strangled to death, allegedly by an inmate, in the chapel at the prison in Monroe. In July, Washington's Department of Labor and Industries ordered the prison system to make a series of safety improvements.

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4:30 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Expect Seattle's own 'Carmageddon' during 9-day viaduct closure

King County's passenger-only ferry service to West Seattle has become a hit among downtown commuters. It's adding five round-trips a day during the weekdays of the upcoming viaduct closure.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

It’ll be the longest full closure of a Seattle area highway the region’s ever dealt with. In less than two weeks, demolition begins on the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Several miles of State Route 99 will be closed for nine days starting Oct 21st. 

The state says all commuters will be affected – but none more than those near West Seattle.

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