Elections 2012
11:21 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Inslee says he'll announce plans 'soon' on run for governor

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee says he will announce soon whether he will run for governor.

Inslee issued a statement Monday, shortly after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she would not seek a third term.

Inslee said he appreciated Gregoire's service during difficult economic times and that he would make his campaign intentions known shortly. He has served in Congress for more than a decade, representing the 1st Congressional District that covers northern suburbs of Seattle.

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Elections 2012
10:25 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Gov. Gregoire says she won't run for third term

"With the fullest heart and humblest head," Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she is not running for re-election to a third term.

At her announcement Monday at the Capitol, Gregoire said she intends to work hard the next 18 months to pull the state out of the recession. "We're not stopping."

Gregoire said she had no plans after leaving office except to spend more time with her family. She said she will do everything she can to support the re-election of President Obama "but that doesn't mean I'm looking for a job."

NEWS ROUNDUP
7:41 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

An endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit emerges from an artificial burrow inside an enclosure sat the Sagebrush Flats reserve near Ephrata, Wash. Wildlife experts are making one last effort to save the endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit.
Nicholas K. Geranios Associated Press

Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Chance of precipitation is 60%. More gloomy news about the week's weather here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

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Law
5:33 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Did Boeing retaliate against the Machinists union? NLRB hearing begins Tuesday

Will the NLRB make labor history when it rules on testimony that begins in Seattle this week?
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Last week, Boeing opened a new plant in South Carolina, where it's putting the second assembly line for the 787 Dreamliner.

That’s led to a fight between the aerospace giant and the National Labor Relations Board. The nation’s top enforcer of labor laws filed a complaint against Boeing in April. Proceedings in the case begin Tuesday in Seattle. 

The NLRB alleges Boeing built the second assembly line for the Dreamliner in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes by the Machinists union in Washington state.  And that, it says, is against the law.

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Artscape
8:19 am
Sun June 12, 2011

The art of circus school

Anna Partridge of Mercer Island was one of the first students at The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts when it opened in 2004. She'll be spending her summer as part of a children's circus troupe in Vermont.
Photo by Florangela Davila

There's a downside to hanging out at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) and that is, you start to feel really boring.

There's Nickolai Pirak, an expert juggler. And Erica Rubinstein, who basically juggles people.

"If you can imagine a 12-foot-long bar that’s kind of like a beam and a trampoline, but supported by people. Our flier stands in the middle of the bar," Rubinstein says.

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Science
4:30 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

The great bee count

Bees love sunflowers.
bbcactii flickr

For a number of years, honey bee populations have been shrinking. It's called colony collapse disorder. To help understand this bee die-off, citizen scientists are being asked to keep an eye on their gardens this summer as part of The Great Sunflower Project.

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Business
3:09 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Boeing cuts ribbon on $750 million South Carolina plant

Boeing South Carolina teammates, elected officials and representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors tour the new 787 Dreamliner Final Assembly building in North Charleston, S.C. during the building's opening ceremony.
Boeing

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and state officials have joined hundreds of Boeing workers in North Charleston to cut the ribbon opening the company's 787 jetliner assembly plant at the center of a National Labor Relations Board dispute.

Haley on Friday called Boeing a great American company said its workers make all South Carolinians proud.

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Floating Bridge
1:39 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

Replacing 520 floating bridge moves ahead

Release of final environmental impact statement puts replacement of 520 floating bridge one step closer.
Associated Press

A $4.6 billion project to replace the Highway 520 floating bridge and improve the corridor between Seattle and Bellevue is moving ahead.

The Washington Transportation Department released the final environmental impact statement Thursday for a six-lane bridge to replace the four-lane bridge on Lake Washington.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the Federal Highway Administration is expected to approve the project next month. Construction would begin next year and the bridge should be completed by 2015, although the whole project may take until 2018.

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KPLU Studio Sessions
11:55 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Allen Toussaint live at KPLU

Pianist, vocalist, producer and songwriting legend (and Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame inductee), Allen Toussaint stopped by the KPLU studios on June 1 and took us on a sweet and uplifting trip to New Orleans with his music.

Mr. Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious career in music. He has produced, written for, and performed with music giants such as Dr. John, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Boz Scaggs and Irma Thomas to name a few.

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Vanessa is KPLU’s newest staff reporter. She joined the team in June 2011 taking on the business and labor beat. Before that she was a freelance reporter for NPR, Marketplace and World Radio Switzerland. She’s originally from Los Angeles but has lived in and reported from New York City and Washington, D.C. She has a master of journalism from New York University.

Vanessa’s most memorable public radio moment: “Bidding on discounted dental work then willingly going under the high-pitched whine of a dental drill. All to illustrate the lengths the uninsured – me, at the time - will go to for emergency healthcare.”

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