The Two-Way
9:15 am
Tue September 27, 2011

A moment of cute from NPR: A photo of sleeping baby pandas

This photo taken on Sept. 26 shows a group of giant panda cubs napping at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 11:11 am

Unbearable cuteness is news, right? In any case, we'll get back to the serious news in a bit. But, first, a picture of 12 baby giant pandas taking a nap at a breeding center in Chengdu:

There is a bit of news to go along with this picture. As the AP reports today, China has finished its census of humans and has now started its once-a-decade counting of pandas in the wild. The AP adds:

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Rail safety
9:04 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Main rail line south of Chehalis examined for tampering

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sheriff's deputies and BNSF railroad police are investigating what they say are about a dozen instances of possible tampering with the tracks in southwest Washington. BNSF officials declined to make any connection with an ongoing labor dispute in Longview.

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Fall Fund Drive
8:00 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote? Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

The Digital Future
4:30 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Tech-based security vs. liberty: The trade-offs in post-9/11 America

Security sign at the light rail station in Seattle's International District. 8/22/09
"sea turtle" flickr.com

Although there were terrorism alerts, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was a peaceful one, thanks in part to security measures developed by America’s high-tech companies.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson participated in the technology sector response to 9/11. This month on "The Digital Future," Mark and KPLU’s Dave Meyer talk about security technology and its impact on individual liberty.

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government spending
5:10 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his annual city budget at Seattle Central Community College.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

Big budget cuts loom from the state and federal governments, but some city and county leaders say their situation is more stable. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented an annual budget that cuts about 2 percent from the city’s general fund.

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Budget Number Crunching
5:09 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

No cuts to services in proposed King County budget

There's relatively good news on King County’s budget for 2012: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services. 

Constantine says though it is “surrounded by seas of red ink,” King County is “an island of relative stability” after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.

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Digital Billboards
5:06 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

King County delays vote on digital billboards

One potential use of digital billboards - as long as it doesn't flash, fade or change too quickly - that could be allowed in King County.
Jack Lail Flikr

The King County Council decided to take no action today on the contested digital billboards proposal. The vote will instead be held until Oct. 24, said Al Sanders, a spokesman for the council.

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Washington state legislature
3:28 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Washinton Democrats may put taxes back on the ballot

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There are fresh signals that majority Democrats in Olympia may try to send a tax measure to voters this spring. House Democrats met behind closed doors Monday.

With a special session scheduled for late November, time is of the essence. State Representative Kathy Haigh chairs the House education appropriations committee. She says getting Democrats on the same page to fill the new $2 billion hole in the budget won't happen overnight.

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Groove Notes
3:13 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Jacqui Naylor combines acoustic smashing, fan choice on 'Lucky Girl'

Jacqui Naylor
Jeff Bizzell

Singer Jacqui Naylor releases her 8th album, Lucky Girl, tomorrow. She is also performing tonight at Jazz Alley in Seattle as she kicks off her international tour. KPLU's Kevin Kniestedt spoke to Jacqui today about letting her fans choose the songs for her new album, her continued success with “acoustic smashing” and being the subject of a new documentary.

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Death row
1:37 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Oregon murderer explains why he wants to be executed

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

On Tuesday, a judge in Salem, Ore., will hold a competency hearing for convicted killer Gary Haugen.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But his former lawyers have raised questions about his mental competency. Haugen spoke to a reporter by phone from prison. The widow of one of the people Haugen is convicted of murdering responded in a separate interview.

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