Science
12:24 pm
Wed August 24, 2011

Undersea cable laid for 'transformative' ocean observatory

Map graphic courtesy of University of Washington.

This spring there was a big volcanic eruption in the Pacific Northwest. If you missed it, you're not alone. It happened under the ocean off the northern Oregon coast.

However, all this week a University of Washington research ship has been streaming live video via satellite of lava flows in the undersea crater. In a couple years, 24/7 video coverage of the ocean floor will be made possible by a new underwater fiber optic cable.

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University of Idaho
11:35 am
Wed August 24, 2011

Apparent murder, suicide leave UI community 'shocked and saddened'

Classes at the University of Idaho are going on as usual today, but the campus remains subdued following an apparent murder- suicide this week involving a former UI professor and a UI graduate student.

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Northwest Public Radio

Columbia Generating Station
11:26 am
Wed August 24, 2011

NRC seeks comments on nuclear plant relicensing

RICHLAND, Wash. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comments on a plan to relicense the Pacific Northwest's only commercial nuclear power plant for another 20 years.

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Other News
11:23 am
Wed August 24, 2011

WA Republicans face $6,700 campaign finance fine

The state's election watchdog has proposed a fine against the Washington State Republican Party for campaign finance violations, including the failure to timely report $500,000 in contributions.

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Food for thought
5:00 am
Wed August 24, 2011

How do you like them apple brandies?

With Suzy Pingree by San Juan Island Distillery's 200 liter Adrian copper still.
Hawk Pingree

I sure did.  The ciders, too.  And the gin.  And I'm not much of a drinker.  I am getting better at it, though.

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K-12 Education
5:36 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

District cuts yellow school buses for some Seattle students

Some Seattle students will see less of these.
rytc Flickr

When kids in Seattle head back to school in a few weeks, you might notice a lot more of them getting there on foot.

Some Seattle students who took yellow buses last year won’t have service this year. Others could have to wait at new stops, up to a half of a mile away from their homes. 

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Humanosphere
5:22 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Critical of U.S. celebrity focus, African writer names top women

Ory Okolloh from Kenya is a Harvard-trained lawyer, activist and blogger. She is No. 1 on the list of young power women of Africa.
Forbes

In response to this somewhat typical (if not also dispiriting) celebration of American celebrity elite – particularly when it comes to lists of "power women" – Nigerian writer Mfonobong Nsehe decided to put together for Forbes his own list of the top 20 young power women of Africa.

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Other News
5:05 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Oregon unveils newest 'solar highway'

Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez autographs a solar panel at the groundbreaking ceremony for a new "solar highway" project along I-5 near Wilsonville, Ore.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Drivers taking a break on I-5 near Portland could soon have their rest stop powered by the sun. Oregon broke ground Tuesday on a new solar project that officials are hailing as the largest of its kind in the nation.

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Law
4:56 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

State prison system prepares for convicted killer Isaiah Kalebu

Corrections Lt. Jeff Sanders Shows Off The Inside Of The “Special Transport” Van Used For High-Risk Inmates
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

SHELTON, Wash. – The recent murder trial in Seattle of Isaiah Kalebu made headlines for the brutality of his crime – the rape and butcher knife attack of two women in their home that left one of them dead.

But the trial also attracted attention because of Kalebu’s volatile outbursts in court and suicide attempts. Now he’s headed to prison – for life.

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