Grizzly bears
4:25 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Grizzly bear case inspires politicos to take shots at federal regs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service file photo of a grizzly bear.

More details are coming out about the north Idaho man accused of killing a grizzly bear on his property. That's spurring Idaho politicians to take aim at the federal government and the environmental regulations the man is accused of violating.

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Grizzly bears
4:17 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

More people plus more bears equals more bear attacks

This U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service file photo shows a grizzly bear in a field at Yellowstone National Park.

Wildlife experts say bear attacks are rising – but then, so is the number of people in bear country. Yellowstone National Park officials confirmed that a grizzly bear killed a hiker from Michigan. That's the second grizzly-caused death in the park this summer.

According to the Montana-based Center for Wildlife Information, run-ins with grizzly and black bears have increased in the last 20 years in North America. To some degree, that's expected. Bear populations have dramatically increased, and more people live and recreate in bear habitat now.

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Traffic News
3:45 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Update: Viaduct to close for 9 days to put up detour connections

Construction of the new southbound SR 99 roadway underway just west of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle.
WSDOT

It’s the beginning of the end for the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Demolition work will shut down the double-decker highway for 9 days about two months from now, from October 21 – 31. According the state Department of Transportation, it’s the longest full closure of a Seattle area highway the city’s ever dealt with.

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K-12 Education
3:30 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Tacoma teacher contract talks stall, raising fears of strike

The first day of school for Tacoma students is just a few days away, but their teachers might not show up.

They have yet to reach an agreement over their contract with the school district. That leaves many families worried that a strike could be on the horizon.

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Environment
2:33 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

New photos and video of clouded leopard cubs at 2 months

Point Defiance Zoo has released new photos and video of its clouded leopard cubs.
Seth Bynum Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Now a little over two months after their birth, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium's two clouded leopard cubs, named Taji and Sumalee, are more active than ever, if the new photos released are anything to go by. (More photos inside.)

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Education
2:14 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Test scores go up in Oregon - along with stakes for high school

Results from earlier this summer showed fewer Oregon students met federal benchmarks last year, than at any time since Congress passed the No Child Left Behind act.

Now, more detailed test results demonstrate what officials claimed at the time: that students were improving at Reading and Math – but that fewer students were passing because the required minimum score went up.

The new test results show double-digit gains on many measures, especially in high school.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
2:08 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Hastings pushes bill to preserve Hanford reactor

Hanford's "B Reactor can be seen between the water towers on the right side of this World War II photo.
Courtesy of the Department of Energy.

RICHLAND, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings says he is pursuing legislation to recognize the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor as a national historic park.

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Groove Notes
12:03 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

New jazz center opens in New Orleans

The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music opened last week in the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans’s Upper 9th Ward.

The center is a performance hall and place where local students and musicians can make recordings, take classes and have access to computers and community rooms.

KPLU’s Kevin Kniestedt visited the site of the center in 2010.

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Humanosphere
11:34 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Does success in Libya make the case for humanitarian warfare?

Gandhi and Che, two kinds of freedom fighters
Runs with Scissors Flickr

CNN’s Global Public Square blog writes "... as the first unambiguous military enforcement of the Responsibility to Protect norm, Gadhafi’s utter defeat seemingly put new wind in the sails of humanitarian intervention."

Tom Paulson, blogger for KPLU's Humanosphere, has written on this topic before and continues the discussion on Humanosphere.

Other News
9:20 am
Mon August 29, 2011

Hoquiam Loggers Playday T-shirt mocks bin Laden

View of the T-shirt design from the Hoquiam Logger's Playday's Facebook page.

HOQUIAM, Wash. — The Loggers Playday community festival in Hoquiam is raising eyebrows with a T-shirt mocking Osama bin Laden. It's a cartoon of bin Laden tied to a log with the caption "Osama Bin Loggin.'"

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