Death row
2:20 pm
Tue September 27, 2011

Oregon murder deemed mentally competent to pursue own death

Convicted killer Gary Haugen leaves Marion County courthouse after a hearing in Salem, Ore., in May.
Associated Press

A Marion County judge ruled Tuesday that convicted killer Gary Haugen is competent to move ahead with his request to be executed. But so far, the execution has not been ordered.

Haugen wants to waive all his appeals to the death sentence and proceed to execution. But this summer, the state Supreme Court stopped execution plans and ordered the inmate be mentally evaluated.

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner
11:30 am
Tue September 27, 2011

One final delay, then 787 Dreamliner finally heads for Tokyo

Hundreds of people gathered Monday for the delivery ceremony of the first Boeing 787 to be delivered to a customer.
Boeing

There were delays until the very end. Boeing’s first 787 headed for its new home in Tokyo about 45 minutes behind schedule this morning.

The Dreamliner will begin active service for Japan’s All Nippon Airways about a month from now. And Boeing is banking on years of research and design modifications in the new 787 to "wow" carriers and passengers alike.  

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Economic Downturn
11:10 am
Tue September 27, 2011

College grads driving upward spike in bankruptcy filings

Ryan Dickey Flickr

Our high school teachers always said that a college education was a sure fire way to ensure financial stability down the road but now there’s mounting evidence that no one is immune to financial disaster.

A new study found college graduates are the fastest growing group of consumers filing for bankruptcy in the nation.  And Washington State is no exception.

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Food warning
10:14 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Washington oysters sicken 5 people

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington health officials say five people in the state got sick from eating raw oysters that were harvested from an area of Puget Sound's Hood Canal and distributed to 23 states.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Tue September 27, 2011

A moment of cute from NPR: A photo of sleeping baby pandas

This photo taken on Sept. 26 shows a group of giant panda cubs napping at a nursery in the research base of the Giant Panda Breeding Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 27, 2011 11:11 am

Unbearable cuteness is news, right? In any case, we'll get back to the serious news in a bit. But, first, a picture of 12 baby giant pandas taking a nap at a breeding center in Chengdu:

There is a bit of news to go along with this picture. As the AP reports today, China has finished its census of humans and has now started its once-a-decade counting of pandas in the wild. The AP adds:

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Rail safety
9:04 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Main rail line south of Chehalis examined for tampering

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Sheriff's deputies and BNSF railroad police are investigating what they say are about a dozen instances of possible tampering with the tracks in southwest Washington. BNSF officials declined to make any connection with an ongoing labor dispute in Longview.

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Fall Fund Drive
8:00 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Get ready for "The Official KPLU Turbo Totebag Infomercial"

Tired of all that quantum foam leakage coming from your regular grocery tote? Say goodbye to yesterday’s tired tote-tech … and hello to the new, improved KPLU “Turbo” Tote Bag!

For a gift of only $60 during our Fall Fund Drive, you too can own this modern marvel of space-age technology.

Web Wednesday exclusive: Make your pledge today, and in addition to receiving the "Turbo" Tote, your gift will count towards our goal of planting trees in a public radio forest (through the National Forest Foundation) in Spring 2012!

The Digital Future
4:30 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Tech-based security vs. liberty: The trade-offs in post-9/11 America

Security sign at the light rail station in Seattle's International District. 8/22/09
"sea turtle" flickr.com

Although there were terrorism alerts, the 10th anniversary of 9/11 was a peaceful one, thanks in part to security measures developed by America’s high-tech companies.

Strategic News Service publisher Mark Anderson participated in the technology sector response to 9/11. This month on "The Digital Future," Mark and KPLU’s Dave Meyer talk about security technology and its impact on individual liberty.

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government spending
5:10 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Seattle preserves services, but may lay off 82 workers

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his annual city budget at Seattle Central Community College.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

Big budget cuts loom from the state and federal governments, but some city and county leaders say their situation is more stable. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented an annual budget that cuts about 2 percent from the city’s general fund.

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Budget Number Crunching
5:09 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

No cuts to services in proposed King County budget

There's relatively good news on King County’s budget for 2012: In a big change from recent years, Executive Dow Constantine is proposing no cuts to services. 

Constantine says though it is “surrounded by seas of red ink,” King County is “an island of relative stability” after several years of budget cuts and streamlining.

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