Education
9:44 am
Fri September 30, 2011

State school's chief defies Gregoire's request for list of cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington schools chief Randy Dorn has defied a request by the governor to provide a list of new education budget cuts. Instead, Dorn sent Governor Chris Gregoire a letter that explains why he told his staff not to respond to her request.

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Fund Drive FREE Friday!
9:30 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Your support today helps KPLU sustain shorter drives!

You may notice when listening to KPLU today that the fund drive sounds a little different ... What’s going on?

Well, because we know you like shorter fund drives and we do like to show gratitude to our listeners, we have given you back an entire day of regular programming smack in the middle of our spring fund drive!

If you have already supported our Fall Fund Drive, thank you! And, if you haven’t had a chance, you can show us how much you love having a FUND DRIVE FREE FRIDAY by making a pledge now!

Remember we can only have shorter fund drives because we are able to reach our fundraising goals. These goals are only met because of listeners like you who make it happen every time!

Enjoy your Friday and thanks again for all you do for KPLU!

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Weak fronts mean sun, but the coming strong front will bring clouds

When the sun is just coming up ... it's the coldest part of the day.
Trevin Chow Flickr

Weak weather fronts mean the sun should stick around through the weekend, with temperatures in the lower 70s and mid-60s and some occasional light showers. Then, a stronger front moves in late Sunday that will seal our fate for next week – at least when it comes to no sun.  

“The pattern of the atmosphere is shifting,” Cliff Mass told KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld, “so we are going from a ridge-like pattern to a trough-like pattern, which means that for much of next week we are going to be stuck in a cloudy, wet situation with highs getting up to only around 60.”

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head injury
9:11 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Recession may have caused more infant abuse

It appears the economic recession has taken its toll on babies. Researchers have found the number of babies with severe head injuries nearly doubled in 2008 and 2009. Stress in the family seems to be a factor.

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Charity Cause
9:10 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Rachel’s charity raises more than $1 million for clean water

A 9-year-old girl’s selfless dream has raised more than $1.26 million dollars for clean water in Africa.

Rachel Beckwith, of Bellevue, died in a car crash in July. She had turned 9 in June and said her birthday wish was to raise $300 dollars for the cause.

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Blues Time Machine
8:00 am
Fri September 30, 2011

'Drop Down Mama' – Country blues or hard rock?

“Crying the blues” perfectly describes the style of Sleepy John Estes. His music is not very complex, and he was a solid, but not a great guitarist.

Instead, Estes is known more for his ability to write about universal themes and to sing with deep emotion. He was a big influence on early bluesmen like Big Bill Broonzy and Arthur Crudup. He also was a big inspiration for later players like Michael Bloomfield, with whom he worked in the 1960s.

“Drop Down Mama” is a song of his that has re-surfaced several times. Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon recorded it in 1935.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Mariners in 2012: Newbies show promise, veterans pose problems

Mariner Ichiro Suzuki smiles at fans after the Oakland Athletics defeated the M's 2-0 in their final game of the season Wednesday. Art Thiel says Ichiro is a big question mark for the team next year.
Kevin P. Casey AP Photo

The Mariners had a dismal 2011 season. They lost more than 90 games for the third time in four years. Attendance hit a new low at Safeco Field.

Now that the season is over, fans are looking ahead to 2012 with a little more optimism. The team has made a lot of young acquisitions who look promising. But KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says some old problems remain.

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Public spaces
12:17 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

In Everett, podcast helps blind park goers 'see' the park

Winding paths throughout a park are intended to awaken a sense of discovery but for the blind they can be confusing and even dangerous. So to eliminate potential hazards and enhance the park-going experience for its blind visitors, the City of Everett introduced downloadable audio walking instructions for Lions Park.

It’s called an audio wayfinding system and it’s one of several renovations unveiled today.

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Radar Love
12:08 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Officials celebrate new Washington coastal radar

The new Doppler radar station near Copalis Beach, Wash., where today forecasters celebrated the new radar station – that gives them better information about Pacific storms – with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Associated Press

COPALIS BEACH, Wash. — The director of the National Weather Service, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Congressman Norm Dicks are among the officials who gathered Thursday on the Washington coast to celebrate the operation of a new Doppler radar station.

They say it will help save lives and property by improving storm forecasts.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:06 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Preview: Will young talent help Mariners bounce back?

Justin Smoak is met at home by Mike Carp and Dustin Ackley on Smoak's three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics Monday at Safeco Field. They are three of the new faces on the Mariners' roster. Can they help turn things around in 2012?
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Now that the dismal 2011 season has come to a close, we're looking ahead to what 2012 might hold for the Mariners.

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