Weather report
9:48 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Washington: 80s in the west, 90s in the east ... where's hottest?

The National Weather Service and KPLU commentator Cliff Mass say the great weekend weather and temperatures are going to continue through the week, at least.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

The National Weather Service says Washington is in for one of the hottest stretches of summer this week.

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Street Cents
5:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

New home sales: Great deals at center of state, end of runway

New home waiting for the right buyer on the plains near Quincy, Wash.

Great deals on new homes can be found on the plains and near the planes.

That's the word from Seattle-area real estate appraiser Richard Hagar. New developments on the  flatlands of  Quincy, Wash., and the "loud lands" near Sea-Tac Airport are being built and sold at a pretty fast clip. Hagar tells KPLU's John Maynard there are some interesting reasons for that.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Back to school: Memories of junior high jitters

Seattle writer Tim Haywood laughs to avoid crying over memories of first day of junior high.
Erin Hennessey

Seattle writer Tim Haywood of Reflections of a shallow pond fame has the jitters. His youngest daughter is about to start middle school.  That brings up  memories of his own journey, 35 years ago, from elementary school to junior high. 

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Business
8:44 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Coldwater Creek to shut stores as sales drop

A Northwest brand is finding women's apparel and jewelry a tough sell in the current economy. Idaho-based Coldwater Creek has announced it will close dozens of stores in the face of a 28 percent drop in sales.

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Land use
8:40 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Commissioner says all trust lands at risk in PUD/McKenna case

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington's Lands Commissioner, Peter Goldmark, says his fight with Okanogan County over a power transmission line has implications for all state trust lands. The Supreme Court last week ordered Attorney General Rob McKenna's office to represent Goldmark in his court appeal to block new power lines.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:34 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Hanford’s waste treatment plant to undergo large scale testing

Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant.
Courtesy of contractor Bechtel

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Department of Energy says this fall they'll start large-scale testing on how to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive sludge at the currently under-construction Hanford's waste treatment plant.

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Education
8:17 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

How to identify bad teachers: Ask a parent

Ann Cone of Post Falls, Idaho decided to enroll her son Dalton, 9, in a neighboring school district to get better teachers.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Most people can remember a favorite teacher – the one who got you love a certain book or made science class exciting. But you may also remember that bad teacher – the one who made your life miserable. And according to the studies, those teachers may have had just as big an impact on your education.

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Education
8:13 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Mentor programs reach fraction of young teachers

Eric Phillips welcomes mentor Karen Herinckx into his classroom at Judson Middle School in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. - An old proverb goes like this: "Each one, teach one." It means that everyone is responsible for passing along knowledge to the next generation. That's true in many professions. A senior surgeon will demonstrate a high-stakes operation to a young medical student. A veteran fire-fighter will show the ropes to a fresh-faced rookie.

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Washington wines
8:07 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Washington wine science center moving closer to reality in Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A Northwest wine science center is moving closer to reality with the promise of money from the industry and private donors. The center would be part of Washington State University located on the Tri-Cities campus.

Plenty of people study wine grapes and wine around the world. But each region is different and has different challenges in growing and producing top rated wine. That's why the Northwest wine industry wants a place to research, teach and learn of its own.

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Other News
8:01 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

WAC commissioner says conference is in transition but rebuilding

Western Athletic Conference Commissioner Karl Benson says the conference is in transition but is rebuilding, after losing Boise State and other conference members.

Benson was in Moscow, Idaho last week for the football game between the University of Idaho and Bowling Green. He said that the WAC is in transition, with Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada this year following Boise State out of the conference.

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