K-12 Education
8:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Tacoma tells adults: Give the kids an hour to catch up

Tacoma city leaders want more adults to volunteer an hour a week at programs such as the Trinity Afterschool Program, a literacy center for 1st and 2nd grade students.
Trinity Presbyterian Church

Thousands of students in Tacoma are behind in school, according to state tests that show they’re not meeting grade-level expectations. City leaders say if adults in the community pitch in just one hour a week, it could help these kids catch up.

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Street Cents
4:30 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Buying homes from the bank saves money, but not time

It's a drawn out, frustrating process, but if you're willing to put in the time,  buying a home from a bank can save you a lot of money. Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard that while it is mostly investors who seek out these properties, average home buyers can score great deals, too

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Fall Fund Drive
12:00 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Final Day - 500 Pledges by Noon!

This is it ... our Fall Fund Drive is coming to an end! We need 500 pledges by noon so make your gift now and be counted! Help KPLU reach its goal!

As an added incentive, listeners who pledge at the $500 level (or just $42/month) will recive an exclusive package with the opportunity to see NPR's Steve Inskeep at Town Hall on October 27th!

This package includes great tickets to the event, an exclusive reception with appetizers and drinks, as well as the opportunity for a meet & greet with Steve!

If that wasn't enough, we will also give you a signed copy of his new book, Instant City: Live and Death in Karachi.

There are only 10 pairs of tickets available, and they will go fast, so make your pledge now to secure your spot!

Union unrest
4:54 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Longshore union to appeal judge’s $250,000 fine

TACOMA, Wash. – A Longshore union says it plans to appeal a federal judge's quarter-million dollar fine for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

Friday, lawyers on various sides of the case argued first about that punishment for a clash in early September. Later, the judge took up the heart of the matter. .

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt of court for blocking a train and storming a grain terminal about three weeks ago. He's now fined the union $250,000.

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Elections 2012
4:51 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Cantwell's first GOP challenger steps up in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Washington state senator from Spokane plans to take on U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Michael Baumgartner made his announcement Monday. He's the first Republican to launch a 2012 challenge against the Democratic senator from Washington. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

Baumgartner, at age 35, is fairly new to politics. His resume includes work in Iraq and Afghanistan as an economic consultant. In 2010 he ran for state senate and beat the Democratic incumbent in a race that went down as the most expensive in Washington senate history.

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Other News
4:48 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Rail line to Oregon coast set to re-open

Soon, trains will once again roll down the rail line to the Oregon coast port of Coos Bay. A key rail link that was abandoned four years ago is set to re-open this month.

The previous private owners of the 110-mile rail link abruptly shut it down in September of 2007 citing deteriorating tunnels and track conditions. The Port of Coos Bay bought the tracks and used about $25 million in state and federal money to rehab the line. The Port's Martin Callery says it means sawmills and other shippers in the region won't be dependant on trucks alone to get their products to market.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:12 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Layoffs add up to a sober week for Hanford workers

More than 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are getting layoff notices. This latest round of downsizing started this week due to reduced federal funding in 2012.

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Italy trial
3:13 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Seattle vigil for Amanda Knox supporters ends ecstatically

Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her appeal verdict as they sit in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle on Monday.
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Hometown friends and supporters of Amanda Knox kept an early morning vigil at a Seattle hotel while awaiting the verdict from Italy. The group of about a dozen burst into applause and cheers when they got word that the murder charge against Knox was overturned.

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, As Italian Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Amanda Knox weeps in an Italian appeals court as her murder verdict is overturned. In 2009, Knox was found guilty of charges stemming from the stabbing death of fellow student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 3:19 pm

Amanda Knox has won her freedom after appealing her murder conviction, for which the American had been serving a 26-year prison sentence. In 2009, Knox, who came to Perugia, Italy, as an exchange student, was found guilty in the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who works with NPR's Morning Edition and Digital Media group. In addition to coordinating Web features, he frequently contributes to NPR's blogs, from The Two Way and All Tech Considered to The Salt.

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