Environment
10:48 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Catalyst may lead to more ethanol options

The right balance of zinc and zirconium oxides in this catalyst (purple block) converts ethanol to isobutene with low amounts of unwanted byproducts such as acetone and ethylene.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Ethanol may soon have more uses than just as a fuel additive. Researchers have accidentally discovered an easier, more environmentally friendly biofuel catalyst.

Researchers hope a new catalyst called isobutene will lead to more ways to use ethanol –- from making rubber to solvents to aviation fuel.

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Endangered species
10:09 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Ranchers worried budget crisis will limit payments in wolf plan

Washington's wolf plan looks great on paper, ranchers say, but they worry the state budget crisis will hamper payments for livestock killed by wolves.
Idaho Fish and Game

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington ranchers would get full compensation for confirmed wolf kills of their livestock under a new state wolf management plan. That proposal got its first public airing in Olympia Thursday.

Just as in neighboring Oregon, ranchers are uneasy about how the payments will work in reality.

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Health care reform
9:42 am
Fri August 5, 2011

New rules for insuring state's poor cause flurry of competition

Dr. Peggy Eaton sees low-income patients at a community health clinic in Seattle.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

"There's a lot of courting going on ..."

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In Washington, there are more people on Medicaid than there are kids in public school – 1.2 million. And that number will grow significantly in 2014 when the new federal health care overhaul kicks-in.

The expansion has triggered a high-stakes competition for state contracts to provide Medicaid coverage.

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Floating Bridge
9:14 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Feds approve state's plan to rebuild 520 with 6 lanes

The new 520 bridge across Lake Washington got a big green light yesterday, as federal officials approved the state’s plan to put in a six-lane replacement.

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Strange planet
9:03 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Sedro-Woolley men skin python found on road

Two Sedro-Woolley men were driving down a road when they noticed something that turned out to be a dead 16-foot-long python.

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Medical care
6:00 am
Fri August 5, 2011

New emergency response system will streamline response

When moments count.
Michael Gil Flikr

In some counties in Washington, access to emergency care is among the best in the nation. But in other parts of the state there are fewer paramedics and specialists to respond to heart attacks and strokes.

A new emergency response system will reduce the time it takes for patients to get the treatment they need. 

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Time will tell on recent Mariners' trades

New Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush won his first game against the A's on Wednesday. He and left fielder Casper Wells are two trade acquisitions already proving their worth. It’ll be a while before the other new players will get the chance.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

You have to give up a lot to get a lot. That's what sports analysts are saying about the choices the Mariners made at the trade deadline last weekend. They gave up four pitchers for six players. Starting pitcher Erik Bedard is now with the Boston Red Sox and starter Doug Fister is a Detroit Tiger.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the players the Mariners got in return look good on paper. But how will they look in the field and at the plate?

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Petting Zoo attack
12:24 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Llama viciously attacks elderly woman at B.C. petting zoo

The owner of the Langley, B.C., petting zoo where the attack occurred said nothing like it had happened before.
Flikr

The Llama at the Langley, British Columbia, petting zoo was probably after some grain France Pilotte, 75, had in her backpack when it reared up, knocked her to the ground and stomped on her, according to The Vancouver Sun.

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Sports with Art Thiel
12:15 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Preview: Mariners trade for talent, but not for this season

New Mariner Casper Wells is greeted at home by Mike Carp and Jack Wilson after Wells and Carp scored Wednesday against the A's at Safeco Field. Wells plays left field and is one of the players acquired in trades over the weekend.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Just who are these guys? Mariners fans might be asking that question about the players the team acquired in trades with Boston and Detroit. Those trades this weekend sent pitchers Erik Bedard, Doug Fister, David Pauley and Josh Fields packing. 

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel shares his insights on the new players, and when we might see them having an impact. That's coming up tomorrow morning at 5:35 and 7:35 on 88.5 KPLU. Check back here tomorrow to find a blog of our conversation.

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