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KPLU Travel Club
9:45 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Join KPLU for a music, food & wine lovers journey to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay!

Join KPLU on a wine lover’s international jazz expedition to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, November 13-25.

Trip highlights include private wine tastings, renowned jazz festival of Buenos Aires, a ferry to the romantic town of Colonia, Uruguay, tango lessons, tours of world-class museums, colorful outdoor markets, and an Andes crossing at sunrise.

We look forward to discovering Chile, Argentina and Uruguay with you this November! 

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:23 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Why summer solstice doesn't really mean sunshine, warmth in Seattle

This photo, titled "Raven and the Sun", is the work of Tim Durkan, a Seattle resident.

Listen to Cliff Mass' weather forecast for the weekend, plus an explanation of why weather experts say the summer solstice doesn't mark the true beginning of summer, meteorologically-speaking.

It may be summer solstice, but summer isn’t quite here yet, says Cliff Mass, professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and KPLU's weather expert.

The reason, says Mass: “Summer solstice … is astronomical summer. It is not necessarily meteorological summer,” said Mass.”

“And in the profession, we all joke—and it’s not much of a joke—that summer starts here in Seattle on July 12. And in fact, there’s a lot of truth to that,” he said.

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Military Spending
4:03 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

National Guard to spend millions on new Tacoma facility

The new readiness center will replace the antiquated Armory, seen here.
Gexydaf Flickr

The Army is planning to spend $26 million on a new National Guard facility in Tacoma. The readiness center would bring the Guard back to the city after leaving its historic Armory two years ago.

Congressman Derek Kilmer, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined Reps. Adam Smith and Denny Heck in pushing the Army to fund the new center. He said the Tacoma project is a high priority, even in an atmosphere of military budget cuts.

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
11:41 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Temporary I-5 Skagit River span to open this week

Frank Varga AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald

The Washington Transportation Department says a temporary span on the Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge should open this week, less than a month since a section of the bridge collapsed.

Spokesman Travis Phelps says the framework is in place and workers are tightening bolts and welding sections on the temporary structure that's 24 feet wide and 160 feet long.

He says they'll be installing panels Monday that will be paved with asphalt to form the new bridge deck.

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Other News
1:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says

A new survey of more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults finds that more than 90 percent feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago. Here, a woman displays her pro-gay T-shirt at the L.A. Pride Parade in West Hollywood last Sunday.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:48 pm

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans say they feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago, and they're overwhelmingly optimistic that the trend will continue. But a sweeping new Pew Research Center survey also finds persistent levels of stigmatization and secrecy in the community.

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I-5 Skagit River Bridge
11:24 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Feds releasing $15.6 million for I-5 bridge repair


Sen. Patty Murray says the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing the remaining $15.6 million of the federal share for repair of the I-5 bridge over the Skagit River that collapsed three weeks ago.

Murray, a Democrat, said Thursday Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told her in a phone call that the funds were being released. The total cost of the project is $17.8 million. The federal government previously released $1 million. The state is expected to provide the remaining money.

Other News
8:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

KPLU news team wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

After winning the 2013 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the Best Audio News Series category for its election series, “If it’s legal: Five ways legal pot could affect your life,” the KPLU News team is proud to add the prestigious 2013 National Edward R. Murrow Award to its list of accolades for the series. 

The National Edward R. Murrow Awards will be presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) on Columbus Day in New York.

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Other News
10:27 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Naked woman missing in SW Washington forest

Deputies are searching for a woman missing in a southwest Washington national forest who is naked because she was going on a spiritual quest.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox told The Columbian the 19-year-old Vancouver woman was wearing only a fanny pack with a compass and a knife about 5 p.m. Sunday when she left the Canyon Creek Campground in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

She was supposed to return that night. A friend reported her missing around midnight.

1:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

NTSB clears I-5 Skagit River bridge accident scene

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The Transportation Department says parts of a temporary Interstate 5 bridge could extend over the Skagit River in a day or two and the entire 160-foot gap should be filled by mid-June.

Spokesman Travis Phelps says it will take a little more time reopen freeway lanes that have been detoured since the May 23 bridge collapse, but it should happen before the last week of the month.

That still depends on bridge piers passing inspection and workers overcoming some engineering challenges.

Same-Sex Marriage
11:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

More than 2,400 same-sex marriages in Washington since December

The Associated Press

More than 2,400 gay and lesbian couples have gotten married in Washington state since the state's voter-approved same-sex marriage law took effect last December.

The state Department of Health on Thursday released the first statewide numbers since marriage licenses were issued in early December.

Individual counties had released same-sex marriage numbers previously, but the Department of Health's numbers are the first statewide look at how many people took advantage of the new law from December until the end of March.

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beautiful northwest
4:39 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

North Cascades Nat'l Park named one of 10 'hidden gems' in U.S.

Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park
David Jensen Country magazine

Washington's North Cascades National Park has made Country magazine's "hidden gemslist of America's ten most-beautiful, least-crowded national parks. 

The park is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Washington yet, due to its remote location, heavy annual precipitation and limited amenities, relatively few people visit it. Aside from some gravel roads, the main access is via State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway.

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daredevil photography
8:13 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Mystery man revealed: The daredevil behind the lens

Joseph Carnevale

KPLU's exclusive interview with Joseph Carnevale.

As soon as Joseph Carnevale moved to Seattle, he began sizing up the Space Needle.  

“First day, we signed a lease, and drove over to the Space Needle and started looking at it,” said Carnevale.

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Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:01 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'We weren't going to let something like this stop us'

Patrons enter the newly re-opened Cafe Racer Friday, July 20, 2012, in Seattle
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

May 30, 2012 was a beautiful, sunny day. It was also the day when residents and students in North Seattle were told to stay indoors as police searched for the gunman who had opened fire inside a busy café.

When it was all over, five people had been shot dead and the gunman had taken his own life. 

The violence began at Cafe Racer, on the northern edge of Seattle's University District. 

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3:11 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Thank you for supporting KPLU and the GiveBIG campaign!

Thank you to all of our listeners who contributed to KPLU through the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG campaign.

Thanks to your generosity, we received just over $40,000 from our supporters!

Support KPLU
11:34 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

GiveBIG on May 15th!

Can we count on your support for The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG challenge on May 15th? Plan on rallying your friends and supporting your favorite charity (us!) as part of one of the biggest days of giving in our region. Come back here to KPLU.org on May 15th and click on the GiveBIG button to make a donation.