Science
4:14 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

UW Researchers stream live video from undersea volcano

Coral grows on an older "pillow basalt" lava flow at Axial Seamount.
Courtesy of University of Washington

A University of Washington research ship is sending amazing live video of the aftermath of an undersea volcanic eruption. The large volcano is about 300 miles due west of Astoria, Oregon.

Some scientists theorize life on our planet started at a place like this.

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Public Spaces
3:30 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Update: Chihuly, city break ground for exhibition at Seattle Center

Dale Chihuly mans a shovel at the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new exhibition of his artwork at the Seattle Center. Next to Chihuly is Billy O'Neill, VP of operations of Chihuly studios.
Robin Cedar KPLU

What was once a Fun Forest will soon be “ Chihuly Garden and Glass.”

Artist Dale Chihuly officially broke ground today on a 1.5 acre exhibition space in the Seattle Center. The gallery will include a garden, bookstore and café. It’s set to open in the spring of 2012. Just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair.

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Transportation
2:52 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Feds approve tunnel to replace viaduct

The Federal Highway Administration has approved plans to replace the State Route 99 viaduct through downtown Seattle with a tunnel.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
1:33 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

6 Hanford waste workers quit over drug testing

RICHLAND, Wash. — Six workers at a Hanford radioactive waste disposal site decided to quit rather than submit to drug testing after a baggie of marijuana was found in building at the landfill called the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

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Law
10:00 am
Tue August 23, 2011

Moscow gunman kills UI graduate student, self

A University of Idaho graduate student was killed in an off-campus shooting Monday night in Moscow.

The homicide occurred on Lilly Street in Moscow, a neighborhood familiar to the University of Idaho community because of its close proximity to campus. Moscow police say the victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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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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