Agriculture
1:41 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

New Wash. corn plant made to influence global crop

A new agricultural plant near Othello in Eastern Washington is breeding highly specialized corn for the huge world-wide seed company Monsanto. The laboratories and growing facilities are slated to help the company more quickly distil the genetics of corn to get top characteristics to market.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Mon August 8, 2011

Mysterious orange goo ID'd as mysterious microscopic eggs

An orange substance on the water surface in Kivalina, Alaska, (shown here on Aug. 3) has been ID'd as millions of eggs ... but what species the eggs belong to is now the new mystery.
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Scientists have identified an orange-colored gunk that appeared along the shore of a remote Alaska village as millions of microscopic eggs.

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Boeing
9:17 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Committee chairman subpoenas NLRB documents in Boeing case

The chairman of the House Oversight committee has subpoenaed documents from the National Labor Relations Board relating to its lawsuit against Boeing Co.

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Obituary
9:08 am
Mon August 8, 2011

U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon has dies

Long-time U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield of Oregon has died at the age of 89. The Republican's political career spanned five decades. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports:

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Solar energy
8:45 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Community Solar program has benefits, needs more supporters

Architectural Illustration of the design for solar power generation atop a picnic shelter at Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park.
By Stephanie Bower Courtesy Seattle City Light

As interest in solar power gains momentum, Seattle City Light is marketing a new program to make it more widely available. 

Community Solar gives people who can’t install solar panels on their own homes the chance to reap the rewards of a cash investment in solar power.

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Solar energy
5:00 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Solar power gaining momentum in Seattle

Outside the solar-powered carousel at Woodland Park Zoo, visitors can see how much power is generated and used. The solar panels on the roof have exceeded expectations in the six months since the demonstration project went online.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

From carousels to picnic shelters and libraries, solar power is becoming more commonplace in Seattle.

City Light says it has seen big growth in customer demand for alternative energy over the past decade – and small solar is one of the biggest draws. 

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Artscape
4:32 pm
Sun August 7, 2011

Tulalip cultural center helps maintain tribe's traditions

Tessa Campbell, assistant curator at the Hibulb Cultural Center, sits next to a family tree showing her oldest relatives on census records.
Charla Bear KPLU

Native Americans have struggled to hang onto their cultures for decades. On August 20th, a local tribe will have a new resource to help.

The Tulalips are opening a cultural center on their reservation. It not only shares history the way the tribe sees it, but bridges the past with modern-day life.

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Home Foreclosures
6:05 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Home listings fall in Seattle but worry remains

A decline in the number of homes for sale in the area has raised hopes the market is improving or at least stabilizing, but some analysts say it's actually proof of a bank foreclosure bottleneck.

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D.B. Cooper
4:56 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Niece: No DNA match to purported D.B. Cooper

This FBI photo shows the black J.C. Penney tie Cooper was wearing during the hijacking, which he removed before jumping. it later provided a DNA sample.

A DNA test has failed to connect a deceased central Oregon man to the unsolved 1971 hijacking of a Northwest Orient jet. This according to the man's niece. She came forward this week to finger her uncle as the legendary fugitive D.B. Cooper.

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D.B. Cooper
3:26 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

D.B. Cooper's purported niece: Money was all lost

The woman who claims her uncle was the legendary hijacker D.B. Cooper believes he lost all the money from his heist.

At SeaTac Airport in 1971, a hijacker exchanged a planeload of passengers for 200,000 dollars in ransom and four parachutes. Transplanted Oklahoman Marla Cooper now says the fugitive and a previously unknown accomplice were her uncles.

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