Environment
9:36 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Short-line railroad floats third coal export terminal proposal in Wash.

A short-line railroad is taking a hard look at opening a coal shipping terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor. This is the third location proposed by different developers in western Washington. It would export Rocky Mountain coal to Asia.

The corporate parent of the Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad proposes to redevelop a public port terminal in Hoquiam. The railroad anticipates coal exports would be its main business.

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Debt debate
9:18 am
Wed August 10, 2011

Sen. Murray selected to deficit committee, criticism follows

Sen. Patty Murray
Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has named Democrat Patty Murray of Washington to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall.

The choice immediately drew cries of disbelief from conservatives.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed August 10, 2011

No one's immune from 'kitchen gizmo madness'

That's a hefty handle for a popsicle.
Nancy Leson

I'd define "kitchen gizmo" as one of those things that you buy on impulse, use a few times and then stash away in the closet – or in Nancy Leson's case – a basement freezer. 

None of us are immune to the lure of the kitchen gizmo, even though I claimed otherwise in this week's Food for Thought. 

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Blues Time Machine
8:09 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Exploring the art and science behind 'The Blues Time Machine'

Bengt Nyman Flickr

"Morning Edition" host Kirsten Kendrick and “All Blues” host John Kessler discuss the creation and inspiration behind Kessler’s new KPLU series: “The Blues Time Machine.”

Each week the new series follows one song through history – from its earliest recordings to its latest and, sometimes, most surprising interpretations. “The Blues Time Machine” airs on KPLU 88.5 on Fridays at 12:10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

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Public forum
4:45 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

State considers creating 'majority minority' congressional district

One redistricting proposal offered by the group United for Fair Representation, which is dedicated to "fair redistricting and representation of people of color."

Tonight is your last chance to weigh in on which communities will be included in the state’s congressional districts before commissioners start drafting their proposals. The public is invited to share their thoughts at a forum tonight in South Seattle.

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Festivals and events
4:20 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

A thing to do tonight (or Thursday): Dancing 'til dusk

Couples waltzing to KGB at Ball Blanc at SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Dancing til Dusk illustration

For a fifth year in downtown parks, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s popular dancing in the park returns. It’s worth staying downtown for, or making downtown an after-work destination, so join the fun!

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Other News
4:11 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Rep. McDermott of Seattle and wife to divorce

Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington and his wife of nearly 14 years are divorcing.

The Seattle Democrat has released a statement saying the end of a marriage is "difficult and painful."

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Facebook discussion
3:08 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

How has the roiling bad economy hit your life?

Can't afford a room at the "Economy Inn"? Join our discussion on Facebook about how the ongoing economic trouble has affected your life.
Brent Moore Flickr

We are working on a story about the REAL impact of the ongoing economic woes. We want to know, what one thing has been affected most in your life by the turbulent economy?

Come to our Facebook page to join the conversation and tell us your story. Here’s a few of the responses so far:

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Notice to listeners
1:35 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

KPLU signal for the Skagit Valley has moved to 105.5

If you listened to KPLU in the Skagit Valley area at 91.1 FM, please note that we had to move to a new frequency on Thursday afternoon. So for the foreseeable future, you can listen to us at 105.5 FM. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Humanosphere
1:12 pm
Tue August 9, 2011

Cautionary tales: Effective foreign aid often proves elusive

The tents of displaced Afghans still dot the countryside.
Wikimedia Commons photo

Despite the best intentions, foreign aid often goes awry in countries overwhelmed by war.

A series of recent news stories have shown clearly that governments rushing in to help people in war-torn countries often find they have solved few long-term problems and sometimes made matters worse.

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