Endangered species act
9:56 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Critics call grizzly self-defense bill redundant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress is set to renew the Endangered Species Act this fall. One of the hot button debates emerging in the nation’s capital revolves around the killing of a north Idaho grizzly bear.

Idaho’s congressional delegation has introduced a bill on the issue that critics call redundant.

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Union unrest
9:49 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Oregon university workers relieved to avoid strike

MONMOUTH, Ore. - Public university employees in Oregon say they're glad they won't be going on strike. But that doesn't mean they're all happy with the tentative contract deal. Negotiators reached that settlement early Thursday morning after an all-night bargaining session.

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Environment
9:45 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Oregon housing development listed for superfund cleanup

Medford, Ore -- The Environmental Protection Agency placed a housing development in Southern Oregon on the superfund list Thursday.

Eighty people, about half of them children, used to live at North Ridge Estates in Klamath Falls. The EPA began cleaning up asbestos there in 2003. The agency removed almost 150 tons of contaminated soil and debris, the remains of army barracks that had once been on the site. But each spring, more asbestos worked its way to the surface.

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NW Weather
9:35 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Signs of fall: snow level drops at the Cascades

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — It still may be technically summer this weekend, but the snow level is going to drop on the Cascade Mountains.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the snow level will drop from 10,000 feet to 5,500 feet in the North Cascades. It will drop to 6,500 feet in the Central Cascades.That means hikers and campers heading to the mountains may see a dusting of snow or cold rain.

The fall equinox is Sept. 23.

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:08 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Back to wet, cool and possibly a winter similar to the last

Here they come - the return of the fall and winter clouds.
Lattiboy KPLU

That's it – nine days of summer. The nine days of over 80 degree temperatures in September look like the best we'll get this year.

“Looking at the maps, the large scale maps over the hemisphere, things have really changed. We’ve gone from a summer-type pattern to a much more winter-like pattern," Cliff Mass told KPLU's Keith Seinfeld in this morning's weather report. "The Jet stream is really strengthening and the storm systems are moving south. “

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The tactile garden
6:33 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden

Receptionist Deng Kong in Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden at Seattle Lighthouse.
Courtesy of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

At Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden a collection of plants is growing for visitors to experience through smell and touch, senses that usually come second to our primarily visual take on plants. The garden is a part of Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit serving Seattle’s blind community.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Double drag likely this weekend for Hawks and Huskies fans

NFL referee Bill Leavy at a Seattle practice last year, where he admitted making bad calls in the Seahawks' loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Leavy is working Sunday's Seahawks/Steelers game - where the Hawks are 14-point underdogs.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

This might not be the best weekend to be a Seahawks or Husky fan. Both teams are big underdogs in road games against major football powerhouses.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel can't recall a time when both teams were so heavily favored to lose in the same weekend.

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Tacoma teacher strike
8:43 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later

Tacoma teachers picketing outside the court room where Judge Bryan Chushcoff ruled their strike was illegal and ordered them back to their classes. The teachers instead voted Thursday to stay out on strike.
Charla Bear KPLU

Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.

The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.

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Union unrest
3:57 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Longshoremen union held in contempt for terminal raid

Longshoremen actions at the Longview grain terminal have led to a judge holding the union in contempt of court.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has found a union in contempt of court after hundreds of its members raided a grain terminal in southwestern Washington, smashed windows and menaced security guards last week.

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Tacoma teacher strike
3:00 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers will stay on strike

Teachers were given high-fives and other encouragements as they left the Tacoma Dome where they voted overwhelmingly to continue striking.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to remain on strike, in defiance of a judge's order that they return to work.

Some 93 percent of the nearly 1,600 Tacoma School District teachers meeting in the Tacoma Dome arena today said they wanted to continue picketing. The teachers walked out Tuesday.

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