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State Supreme Court
12:29 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Wiggins sworn in as newest justice

Charlie Wiggins takes the oath as he becomes Washington's newest supreme court justice, Jan. 7, 2010, in Olympia, Wash.
TVW image

The state's newest Supreme Court justice was sworn in Friday afternoon. Charlie Wiggins defeated incumbent Justice Richard Sanders by just 13,000 votes in November's election. 

The Bainbridge Island attorney challenged Sanders, who had served three terms, and who was sometimes the center of controversy. 

Gene Johnson of the Associated Press covered today's swearing in, and the Wiggins-Sanders race last fall:

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
8:41 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Seattle tunnel contract signed

WSDOT calls this graphic, from their files, "an early concept of proposed bored tunnel's south portal." They note it is subject to change.
WSDOT

The deal is official, but the political fight simmers. The state has put its signature on the contract to build the world's largest deep-bore tunnel, under Seattle's waterfront. It would replace the elevated Alaskan Way Viaduct, SR 99. 

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News Roundup
5:42 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A bottleneck dolphin is making a rare visit to Puget Sound. This photo of the dolphin was taken in Olympia's Budd Inlet by Cascadia Research. Biologists believe the dolphin is healthy, but lost.
Josh Oliver, WDFW and Cascadia Research

Making headlines today:

  • Gov's ferry proposal draws fire
  • Red light cameras in the hot seat
  • A bottlenose dolphin spotted in south Sound

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Law
7:54 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Traffic court getting tougher for speeders?

If you challenge a speeding ticket in traffic court, you’ve had a good chance of getting it thrown out in recent years.  That’s because prosecutors in western Washington have been cutting their budgets and prioritizing for bigger crimes. 

Prosecutors have been absent from traffic court for at least five years, according to The Seattle Times.  At the urging of presiding King County District Court judge Barbara Linde, that's changing. 

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News Roundup
6:48 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning:

  • Flap Over Govenor's Education Proposal Intensifies
  • Domestic violence victims face system "failures"
  • Governors meet to discuss Columbia River coal-shipping terminal

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Business
6:46 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Home sales send mixed message

Home sales bumped up in December, in King County.  Analysts disagree over whether it’s sign of an important trend or not.  The Seattle Times calls it the biggest month for home sales since a federal tax credit expired last summer. 

But the Seattle P-I quotes Glenn Crellin of Washington State University as saying the real estate market is likely to stay sluggish for several months or longer:

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Journalism
11:47 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Where are former Seattle PI reporters now?

This PI paper box stands empty following the death of the paper's print edition, in March 2009.
KPLU

Reporter Ruth Teichroeb has been keeping tabs on her former Seattle PI co-workers since she and 140 colleagues lost their jobs after the Hearst Corporation shuttered print operations.  Did they find new work? If so, were those journalism jobs?

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News Roundup
7:50 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Caribou feed in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR. The terrain is likely to become a political hot topic once again, as the new Republican chair of the House Natural Resources committee says ANWR should be opened to oil and gas exploration
AP

Making headlines today:

  • Republicans give powerful post to Congressman Hastings
  • Former Sen. Gorton to help redraw political boundaries
  • Tacoma group wants to buy Rainiers
  • One state Mega Millions Winner

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Seafair
3:11 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Loud jet? Just a Blue Angel's one-day visit

A Navy Blue Angel jet.
Seafair

People in Seattle will hear a familiar noise from the sky tomorrow. The Navy's Blue Angel #7 is making a one-day visit, part of the preparation for Seafair's annual summer event. 

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News Roundup
5:51 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines: Banks 'stressed' ... higher ed reforms proposed ... salmonella outbreak prompts sprout recall

Washington's banks are the nation's 2nd most 'stressed,' according to a new survey based on FDIC data.
Pacific Northwest Inlander.com

Washington banks among most stressed in US, push to reform higher education funding, and a recall on sprouts after a salmonella outbreak.

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News Roundup
6:20 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Monday morning's headlines: Funding higher ed, Seahawks in playoffs, and M.I. High in London

Seattle Seahawks' Leon Washington in action against the St. Louis Rams in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011, in Seattle.
AP (John Froschauer)

Washington looks for better ways to fund higher education, the Seahawks claim the NFC West title and a playoff berth, and Mercer Island High's band prances through London's New Year's parade.

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East King County
9:32 pm
Sat January 1, 2011

Five dead in Redmond fire

Updated Jan. 1 at 8:54 p.m.

Authorities in Redmond say five people - four of them children - have been killed in an apartment fire early Saturday.

Police spokesman Officer Matt Peringer says a 32-year-old man died and a woman was taken to a hospital. The children, four boys, were aged 11 and younger, according to The Seattle Times. 

Residents of 12 apartments were evacuated and taken to temporary housing.

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2010 in Review
10:49 am
Fri December 31, 2010

KPLU News favorite stories of 2010

An art installation at Seattle's old INS Building (now INScape) in the International District opened a new chapter for the historically-rich space.
INScape

As 2010 winds to a close, the KPLU News reporting team has been looking back at the stories they covered this year, and have chosen some favorites. 

The reports they selected aren't necessarily the 'biggest' news stories of the year, or necessarily on the reporter's beat. They are the ones that for each were memorable because of they exemplify the art, beauty and impact of the aural medium, the joy of radio storytelling.

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Holiday Bowl
10:48 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

Huskies humble Nebraska, get first bowl win since '01

Washington's Nate Fellner, right, celebrates his interception against Nebraska with teammate Cort Dennison during the first half of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010.
AP

Coach Steve Sarkisian told ESPN it "a big win for the Husky Nation" after his Washington team beat daunting odds to defeat the 18th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers in Thursday's Holiday Bowl in San Diego. The UW dominated on defense and offense for a 19-7 victory.

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Other News
10:02 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Seattle plans higher parking rates for busiest times

Brian Teutsch Flickr

Seattle drivers who've been accustomed to paying the same curbside parking rates at all times of day could soon be faced with variable parking prices based on market factors, with rates higher at busier times. The Seattle Times reports city officials hope variable fees will mean quicker turnover of scarce parking spaces and reduce congestion caused by people who circle blocks looking for an opening. Market-based  parking rates are already in place in several U. S. cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington, D. C.

"It helps reduce the traffic congestion, of people finding a spot", said Mary Catherine Snyder, a parking strategist for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

The Seattle Department of Transportation will publish data from its study on parking trends in mid-January, then take several weeks to to reprogram meters to reflect new neighborhood-level rates. Parking meter rates in Seattle will increase this spring to as high as $4.  Included in the City Council's budget is a proposal to require paid parking to a later hour, from the current 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

By 2012, the city would be able to customize rates block by block and alter parking rates by time of day.

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