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Transportation
12:58 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Planned 4-Day Closure Of State Route 99 Could Snarl Traffic In Downtown Seattle

Traffic at left heads northbound on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, above the southbound lanes below, through downtown Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

State transportation officials are warning Seattle drivers to brace themselves for long commutes with a busy stretch of State Route 99 scheduled for closure through the weekend and into early next week.

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Disasters And Accidents
12:23 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

After The Fire, Heavy Rains Trigger Landslides Near Twisp

In this photo provided by Washington State Department of Transportation water pours over a damaged road east of Twisp, Wash., Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
WSDOT

Heavy rains near Twisp, Washington have triggered flash floods and landslides on hills and ranches left charred by the Carlton Complex wildfire. Highways have been closed in Okanogan County and traffic has been rerouted.

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In Case Of Emergency
9:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

What Happens When 911 Callers Don't Speak English?

Dispatch supervisor Brenda Faxon and director Mark Buchholz in the Willamette Valley 911 Communications Center in Salem.
Tom Banse

In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear is, "I can't understand you." The reality is emergency dispatchers in the Northwest generally speak one language, English. But in our increasingly polyglot society, some people in distress inevitably can't communicate in English.

So what happens then?

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Celebrating History
5:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

'A Thrill Of A Lifetime': Pat O'Day Recalls The Beatles' Seattle Concert, 50 Years Later

As part of their first U.S. tour, The Beatles performed at Seattle Center Coliseum on August 21, 1964.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Timothy Eagan Collection

On August 21, 1964, four young musicians from Liverpool performed to an eager crowd of 14,300 at Seattle Center Coliseum, now known as KeyArena. Seattle was the third stop on The Beatles’ first U.S. tour. The concert was also the first one ever held at the coliseum.

“The event was a phenomenon,” said Seattle radio personality Pat O’Day, who introduced the Beatles to the sold-out auditorium 50 years ago. “It opened the door and our eyes to what the concert business could be.”

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Radio Silence
4:59 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Wash. State Radio Station For The Visually-Impaired Fades To Quiet This Week

Volunteer Richard Berndt will read the Evergreen Radio Reading Service’s last Seattle Times on Friday at noon, 6 and 11 p.m.
David Junius

For more than 40 years, a radio station called the Evergreen Radio Reading Service has been broadcasting all day, every day across Washington state for the print-disabled — people who are visually-impaired or unable to hold or turn a page.

But the station is fading to quiet today.

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Seeding New Bonds
5:00 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Seattle Gardening Program Pairs East-African Seniors With At-Risk Youths

Coty Fitzgerald and Mekonene Bihon take a break from raking the soil at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.
Alison Marcotte / KPLU

On an eight-acre farm in the middle of Seattle, farmers shovel a mountain of compost as sounds of Somali, Amharic, Oromo and English sail over rakes and wheelbarrows.

About a dozen East-African seniors work alongside at-risk youth at the city’s largest urban farm in Rainier Beach. Seattle Tilth, an environmental nonprofit group, runs the program that pairs up the immigrant elders of the East African Senior Farming Project with the homeless and underserved participants of the Youth GardenWorks program. The two groups began working together on a weekly basis earlier this summer.

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Wildfire Danger
2:14 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Even Campfires At Washington Campgrounds Banned Through September

Plumes of smoke rise from the Devil's Elbow Complex fire on the Colville Indian Reservation.
Washington Interagency Incident Management Team #4

Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires.

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Atomic Bombing
5:00 am
Wed August 6, 2014

On 69th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Bombing, Remembering Seattle's Victims

Women pray during the Atomic Bomb Victims' Memorial Service at Seattle Buddhist Church on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014.
Courtesy of Yoshiko Matsushima The North American Post

Fumiko Uyeda Groves was 11 years old when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. She was living in Seattle at the time, having returned four months earlier after being incarcerated at Idaho’s Minidoka Relocation Center for three years.

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Fair Season
12:07 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

State Fair Strategies: What's The Payoff For Lowering Ticket Prices?

FILE - People attending the Puyallup Fair look skyward as fireworks go off near a carnival ride, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, in Puyallup, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

It's August, which means state fair season is underway in the Northwest. From new names to lower ticket prices, fair organizers are trying hard to get people through the gates.

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Promotion
5:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Join KPLU For A Night At The Mariners!

KPLU continues our summer celebration of the great American pastime by presenting KPLU Night at the Mariners at Seattle's Safeco Field on Tuesday, August 26. Round up your friends and family and help us cheer the Ms as they take on the Texas Rangers beginning at 7:10 p.m.   We're offering specially-priced tickets to the game.

                                 PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE.  

                                    PLEASE USE PROMO CODE: KPLU

You'll watch the game in comfortable, wide padded seats from the Terrace Club on the exclusive 200 level for a relaxing and casual ballpark experience. View the game from your seats or step inside the Terrace Club Lounge complete with plasma TVs, a full bar and specialty concession stands.  Or, if you prefer, order food and beverages from your seats!

Tickets are $50 (save $10 off regularly-priced Terrace Club seats). Note: $5.00 per ticket processing fee applies.  FOOD AND BEVERAGES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE.

Don't forget to attend the KPLU pre-game party, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Terrace Club Lounge. Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick and KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel will be there, along with live jazz from the Deadwax Trio, prizes and more!

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Certain Birth Control Pills Linked To Breast Cancer Risk, Say Seattle Scientists

This undated photo provided by the American Cancer Society shows a mammogram procedure
AP Photo/American Cancer Society

Seattle researchers have found a troubling link between certain kinds of birth control pills and a risk of breast cancer. But the lead scientist says women should not panic.

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Boat Woes
5:04 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Delays Almost Everywhere As State Repositions Fleet

The fight is on over proposed ferry-service cuts in Gov. Gregoire's budget plan. At a Bremerton meeting last night, lawmakers said they'll oppose reductions to mid-day service.
AP Photo

There are big delays on Washington State Ferries just about anywhere you go this week. The fleet has been redistributed to make up for some out-of-service vessels, which is having ripple effects that are nearly system-wide.

Some examples:

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Veterans Affairs
4:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Patty Murray Praises VA Reforms But Warns Of More Troubling Revelations

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the reforms are a step in the right direction.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington’s senior U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says a new deal to spend billions on fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs is an essential step, but she warns the reform efforts are likely to unearth even more problems.

Bipartisan negotiators in Congress took a while to settle on a $17 billion package of reforms meant to address long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics across the country.

As the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald as the new VA Secretary, Murray, the former chairwoman of the Senate veterans affairs committee, praised both the nominee and the reforms he’ll be overseeing. But she also warned there could be more troubling revelations to come.

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Seafair
9:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Blue Angels' Flights Won't Damage Hearing, But Will Affect Traffic

anaxila Flickr

People can expect to hear the roar of the Blue Angels zooming above Lake Washington this weekend. After missing last year’s Boeing Seafair Air Show due to sequestration cuts, the Blue Angels have returned to Seattle.

The noise of the planes may be bothersome to neighbors, but audiologist Susan Anderson says it doesn’t pose a health risk.

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Bertha The Boring Machine
4:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule

Placing the concrete pilings, as seen in this conceptual drawing, is taking longer than expected.
Seattle Tunnel Partners

Just six weeks after the contractor managing the State Route 99 tunnel project laid out its timeline for getting back to digging, the company said it’s about a month behind on repairs to its tunneling machine.

Crews are working to burrow down from the surface to where the machine known as Bertha is sitting idle. An early step is to sink a circle of interlocking concrete pillars that will line the access shaft and protect surrounding structures, but that’s proving harder than what the company was planning for in mid-June.

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