Seattle Bridges
11:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Seattle meets goals on 5 bridges, more still need fixing

Seattle Department of Transportation Flickr

A number of concrete and steel bridges where built in Seattle in the 1930s, '40s and '50s - each designed with a 60-year lifespan.

The Seattle Transportation Department says 60 of the city's 137 bridges are more than 60 years old and would cost $1.1 billion to replace. The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports  department Manager John Buswell told the city council's Transportation Committee this week that another Bridging the Gap levy might be needed.

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Education
10:37 am
Thu September 29, 2011

New report details gaps in graduation rates at U.S. colleges

A new study from the group Complete College America says that despite years of increasing enrollments at colleges around the country, the number of students finishing college is stagnant.

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Columbia River Dams
10:06 am
Thu September 29, 2011

U.S., Canada ponder new terms for shared Columbia River

Mica Dam was completed north of Revelstoke, B.C., in 1973 to store spring and summer runoff on the Columbia River. It also generates power for BC Hydro.
DAR56 Wikimedia commons

Your power bill could be cheaper if the U.S. didn't send so much electricity north of the border every year. Canada lays claim to around $300 million worth of hydropower annually under the terms of a 50-year-old treaty.

In return, the Canadians manage the upper Columbia River to prevent downstream flooding and to optimize power production. The Columbia River Treaty can be renegotiated soon and there are voices on both sides of the border clamoring for a better deal.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Can you use any money (songs) today?

Greenbacks
AMagill Flickr

Just in time for fund drive we ponder some eternal questions about money.

Can money buy you love? No, but it puts you in better bargaining position. Can money buy you happiness? No again. But you can rent it for awhile.

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Fall Pledge Drive
12:00 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Make your pledge and take advantage of 'Jazz Thursday'

All day today, your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2 for 1 Coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle-free membership to KPLU!

Make your gift to KPLU now!

In addition, we have a special treat to donors pledging $365 or more during Morning Jazz, Afternoon Jazz and Evening Jazz.  We are celebrating Earshot Jazz Thursday, and have 25 pair of tickets to an exclusive Earshot Jazz Festival performance!

Murder of Tom Wales
6:32 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Calls for information in decade-old federal prosecutor murder case

Images of federal prosecutor Tom Wales, who was shot dead in the basement of his Seattle home.

It's been 10 years since federal prosecutor Tom Wales was shot dead in the basement of his Seattle home. The case has never been solved. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Seattle Wednesday to bring fresh attention to the cold case.

At a news conference, Holder asked anyone with knowledge of the crime to come forward. Wales' daughter, Amy, also read a lengthy statement.

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Murder of Tom Wales
6:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

'Dear Pops...' A letter to a murdered father, Tom Wales

Amy Wales is hugged by a well wisher after a ceremony in 2006 honoring her slain father, Assistant United States Attorney Thomas C. Wales.
Associated Press

Approaching the 10-year anniversary of the slaying of federal prosecutor Thomas Wales, his daughter spoke publicly for the first time.

In an emotional letter to her father, Amy Wales appealed to the public to come forward with any information that might assist the FBI in the unsolved murder investigation.

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Washington Politics
5:42 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Democrats’ long reign In Washington could be imperiled

Will Democrats face this sort of ire come 2012?
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s been a good run for Democrats in Washington state. They’ve held the governor’s office for nearly thirty years, the state House for a decade and the Washington Senate since 2005. But that political dominance could be imperiled.

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Other News
3:47 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Kitzhaber talks up unions, then tours non-union factory

EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber assured a gathering of blue-collar union workers Wednesday that he is still on their side, despite anti-union sentiment in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

The Democrat spoke at the annual convention of the AFL-CIO in Eugene. He told the crowd unions helped him get elected to an unprecedented third term. The labor coalition endorsed Kitzhaber in last year’s elections.

The governor pledged to work with unions to create so-called “family-wage jobs.”

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Alternative Energy
3:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research

Efforts to turn wood into biofuels received a major boost today in with the award of $80 million for research at the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Nigel Beaumont Flickr

Producing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fossil fuels is a puzzle that has been bedeviling researchers for years.

Now, with $80 million pouring into research at the University of Washington and Washington State University, stakeholders hope to find the key for turning biomass from wood products into fuel for cars and jets.

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