Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Understanding share buybacks

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Shareholders often get excited when their companies announce share buyback programs. If a company reduces shares in the marketplace, an investor’s share of the company goes up. So that's good, right? Usually, it is, but sometimes it can be a sign that the company is in trouble.

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K-12 Education
5:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Space shuttle blasts off with Ballard High School experiment

An exhaust cloud forms around Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida as space shuttle Endeavour soars into the sky. The shuttle is carrying a Ballard High School experiment.
Troy Cryder NASA

The Space Shuttle Endeavor is headed to the International Space Station after a successful launch. On board is an experiment conducted by students in Seattle

A team from Ballard High School is cultivating E. Coli in space to see how it compares to bacteria on Earth.

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Transportation
2:58 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Light rail tunneling to begin at University of Washington

Sen. Patty Murray drops a ceremonial bottle of "champagne" from a zip line to be smashed against a tunnel boring machine several stories below at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

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Washington State Legislature
2:00 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

It's a do-or-die week for Washington special session

It’s do-or-die week in the Washington Legislature. A budget deal will have to come together over the next several days if lawmakers are to finish business within the 30-day special session.

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MILITARY AND DEFENSE
12:49 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

3,000 Washington National Guard members could be called up

Soldiers from the Washington National Guard 81st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 81st BCT, during training Feb. 2009 in Iraq.
Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 The Defense Department has notified the Washington National Guard that 3,000 members could be called up for overseas missions.

The "notice of sourcing" announced Monday is not a mobilization order or alert. However, it could affect the 81st Brigade Combat Team and the 506 Military Police Company.

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Environment
9:19 am
Mon May 16, 2011

New rules to distance boats from endangered orcas start today

Going on a whale watching tour is a popular activity in the border waters between Washington State and British Columbia. New rules that take effect  Monday require vessels to give a wider berth to the iconic resident killer whales. KPLU's Tom Banse reports from one of the home ports of the whale watching fleet, in Victoria.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
6:13 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Seattle's Columbia Center and Smith Tower are visible through raindrops on a window. The central Puget Sound area received as much rain in just over 15 hours over the weekend as it typically averages in the entire month of May.
Shannon Kringen Flickr

Showers today; high 56 - dry for the rest of the week

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Rain Records Broken - When Will it Stop?
  • Alaska Air CEO: We'll Remain Independent
  • Gregoire Signing Transportation Budget Today

 

Seattle Sets Two Rain Records in 15 Hours

Steady, moderate rain that has been falling across the Puget Sound region has set not one, but two daily rainfall records in just over 15 hours.

KOMO reports Sea-Tac airport received 0.97 inches from when the rain began at just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening through 1 a.m. Sunday.That broke the daily rainfall record for May 14, which was 0.53" set in 2001.

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ARTSCAPE
9:00 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Whidbey Island retreat provides solitude for women writers

Hedgebrook's website say that it "supports a growing global community of women writers from all over the world with residencies at our retreat." Left to right: Molly Smith Metzler, Radha Blank, Susan Soon He Stanton, Lisa Loomer, Alva Rogers.
Courtesy of Hedgebrook

On Whidbey Island, among the evergreens, sits Hedgebrook, a writers retreat solely for women. Nestled on 48 acres, women writers, like feminist and journalist Gloria Steinem, have been seeking solitude at the property since 1988. It's a piece of land that many say is a source of creative power.

Recently, young women playwrights have been honing their works with only the sounds of the surrounding forest to interrupt their writing. They've been invited to Whidbey Island to join in the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival.

For  KPLU's weekly Artscape series, I travelled to Hedgebrook to talk to two of the writers about their work.

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Arts Education
5:30 am
Sun May 15, 2011

Roosevelt, Mountlake Terrace make top 3 at Essentially Ellington

Taylor Griffin performs with the Mountlake Terrace High School Jazz Band at the 16th Annual Essentially Ellington competition in New York this weekend. Terrace finished third overall. Seattle's Roosevelt High School placed second.
Paul deBarros Twitpic

Two Western Washington high school bands finished in the top three at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Saturday.

KING 5 TV reports Seattle's Roosevelt High School took second place and Mountlake Terrace High School took third.

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Upcoming Studio Session
3:15 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Pianst Taylor Eigsti and vocalist Becca Stevens live today on KPLU

tayjazz.com

Two, young and talented musicians: pianist Taylor Eigsti and vocalist Becca Stevens, will be in the KPLU studios for a live interview and performance today at 12:15 p.m

Stevens will join the Taylor Eigsti Quartet later tonight at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley for a 7:30 p.m. performance.

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