Mount Rainier
9:56 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Arched entry to Mount Rainier National Park near completion

The Chinook Pass Entrance Arch, as drawn by the staff of the Historic American Engineering Record.

MOUNT RAINIER, Wash. — Crews are finishing work on an arched entry to Mount Rainier National Park on Highway 410 to replace an equestrian overpass that was built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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Education
9:31 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Groundbreaking today for Aviation High School in Seattle

A student at Aviation High School takes a look around the Museum of Flight after class in 2004.
Associated Press

Students are adding a high-tech touch to a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a new Aviation High School at the Museum of Flight near Boeing Field at Seattle.

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Other News
9:18 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Ballard Locks closed for inspection today

The Ballard Locks in Seattle are closing from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday so divers can inspect structures that divert salmon to the fish ladder.

The Corps of Engineers says both the large locks and small locks will be closed, so boaters will have to wait to travel between Puget Sound and the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Amazon.com crosses the $100 billion line

Some of the goods stored at one of Amazon's huge fulfillment centers.
Amazon.com

Until this year, only one Northwest based company has topped $100 billion dollars in market value: Microsoft. But now a second local company has crossed that line: Amazon. 

On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein and KPLU's Dave Meyer talk about Amazon.com and the importance of market value.

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Education
5:53 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

WSU welcomes record size freshman class

The new school year at Washington State University has brought with it a record class of freshmen in Pullman, with about 4,200 first-year students on campus.

"This class is highly competitive, this class represents the largest population of color than we’ve had in the history of our university, and we’ve been doing that at a time in which we’ve been more fiscally challenged than ever before," said WSU President Elson Floyd.

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Law
5:36 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

'Bad Hair Bandit' raises questions about staff-inmate relationships

The case of the "Bad Hair Bandit" raises questions some prison experts say haven't been fully addressed in the correctional system. Police believe a woman from north Idaho is the wigged robber who stole money from banks in Tacoma, Spokane, Lake Oswego and other cities on the West Coast.

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Washington law
5:16 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Suspended drivers given help to get back on the road, legally

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nearly 300,000 Washington drivers currently have suspended licenses because they failed to pay their traffic tickets. The Department of Licensing on Monday introduced a new tool to help them get their licenses back.

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Washington schools
4:16 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Cash prizes will go to schools that get more kids eating breakfast

Students at Washington Elementary in Auburn choose breakfast items from a cart before heading to their classrooms to eat. It's a model touted as a successful way to get more kids to utilize morning meals at schools.
Charla Bear KPLU

More than 300,000 kids who qualify for free or reduced breakfast in Washington are not eating it.

Participation in the state’s early morning meal program is so low, educators and children’s advocates have launched a new effort to get schools focused on the issue.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:15 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Bechtel to conduct survey on safety culture at Hanford

RICHLAND, Wash. – A key contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation said Monday it will have nuclear experts review its safety culture. Bechtel has been under fire at the southeast Washington nuclear site since a high-level manager was taken out of his position after raising safety concerns.

Bechtel is building a $12 billion factory to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive waste. But recently the federal Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board came to the conclusion that the project’s safety culture is "flawed."

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