Tacoma teacher strike
8:43 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Striking Tacoma teachers want contract solutions now, not later

Tacoma teachers picketing outside the court room where Judge Bryan Chushcoff ruled their strike was illegal and ordered them back to their classes. The teachers instead voted Thursday to stay out on strike.
Charla Bear KPLU

Tacoma schools will be closed again Friday after teachers voted on Thursday to stay out on strike. Friday will be their fourth day on the picket lines, despite a court order to return to their classrooms.

The teachers say that without a resolution to the basic contractual issues in the conflict, returning to class now would only prolong the turmoil, possibly for years.

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Union unrest
3:57 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Longshoremen union held in contempt for terminal raid

Longshoremen actions at the Longview grain terminal have led to a judge holding the union in contempt of court.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has found a union in contempt of court after hundreds of its members raided a grain terminal in southwestern Washington, smashed windows and menaced security guards last week.

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Tacoma teacher strike
3:00 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers will stay on strike

Teachers were given high-fives and other encouragements as they left the Tacoma Dome where they voted overwhelmingly to continue striking.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to remain on strike, in defiance of a judge's order that they return to work.

Some 93 percent of the nearly 1,600 Tacoma School District teachers meeting in the Tacoma Dome arena today said they wanted to continue picketing. The teachers walked out Tuesday.

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Budget crisis
2:32 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Revenue drop raises talk of special session, tax measures

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The words “special session” and even “taxes” are on the lips of some Washington state lawmakers after the latest revenue forecast.

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Elwha River restoration
2:25 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Watch the demolition of Washington dams - live and online

Watch the Glines Canyon Dam and others be demolitioned in real time. It will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
National Park Service

Six webcams will snap pictures throughout the day during the three-year removal process the Elwha River dams.

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Business
1:44 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Phone book opt-out deadline is next week

Emiliano Pennisi flickr.com

If you live in Seattle and want to avoid receiving piles of phone books that you don't need, the deadline is September 23. The city has an opt-out website at www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks

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Education
1:24 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Oregon universities avert SEIU strike

SALEM, Ore. – Negotiators have averted a potential strike at Oregon's seven public universities, at least for now. The Oregon University System and the union representing nearly 4,000 front-line employees agreed on a tentative two-year settlement early Thursday morning.

As the clock ticked past midnight, SEIU lead negotiator Marc Nisenfeld says it was clear the momentum was there for an agreement. So the bargaining team did everything they could to stay awake.

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Sports with Art Thiel
11:30 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Preview: Little to cheer about for Hawks or Husky fans this weekend

A dejected Seahawks fan sits in the stands after the Hawks lost Super Bowl XL to the Steelers in 2006. The two teams play again on Sunday, with the Hawks 14-point underdogs. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel calls that a startling spread.
Elise Amendola AP Photo

The Seattle Seahawks and Washington Huskies are poised to make rather dubious history this weekend. They're both underdogs in their respective football games. If the spreads hold true, it could be a grim weekend for football fans.

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Economic woes
11:04 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Washington revenue forecast drops $1.4 billion

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's latest revenue forecast predicts a $1.4 billion drop in tax collections through June of 2013.

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Economy and Agriculture
10:56 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Agriculture programs help Northwest refugees settle in

Farmer Pabi Tiwari enjoys a lemon cucumber straight from the field.
Deena Prichep Northwest News Network

PORTLAND – Starting over in a new country as a refugee can feel like landing a new planet.

It’s hard to understand daily life, much less face the challenges of finding a job. One movement in refugee resettlement pioneered in the Northwest helps people put down new roots – literally – through agriculture. But learning to be an American farmer can be a tough row to hoe.

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