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News Roundup
7:41 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

State transportation workers blow snow from US Hwy. 2 at the town of Scenic, near Stevens Pass, on Thursday. Avalanches closed the road early Thursday, and another hit yesterday afternoon. The pass remains closed today.
WSDOT

It's Friday, April 1st. Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Work to Clear Avalanches on Highway 2 Continues
  • Flood Update: Snohomish River To Crest This Morning
  • WTO Ruling on Boeing: May Not Mean Much
  • UW's Thomas Opts for NBA Draft

 

Stevens Pass Still Closed

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JBLM Soldier
6:06 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Lone survivor of massive bomb in Afghanistan dies in car crash

Cpl. Roger Scherf Jr. was the sole survivor of a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He died in March in a car accident.
U.S. Army

He was the sole survivor of a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan that killed seven of his comrades and their interpreter. Now, Corporal Roger Scherf, Jr. has also died, the victim of a car accident on an icy highway.

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KPLU's Spring Fund Drive
10:24 am
Thu March 31, 2011

April Fools: Today is Fund Drive Free Friday!

You may notice when listening to KPLU today that the fund drive sounds a little different. What’s going on? Well, because we know you like shorter fund drives and we do like to show gratitude to our listeners, we have given you back a day of regular programming smack in the middle of our spring fund drive!

If you have already supported our Spring Fund Drive thank you for you support! If you haven’t had a chance, you can show us how much you LOVE having a Fund Drive Free Friday by making a pledge here, without the on-air pitching!

Remember we can only have shorter fund drives because we are able to reach our fundraising goals. These goals are only met because of listeners like you who make it happen every time!

Enjoy your Friday, and thanks again for all you do for KPLU!

Public health
7:35 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Northwest states move to counter rise in child immunization waivers

Child immunization rates in the Northwest lag behind national rates. Some say it's too easy to opt out of vaccinations, creating a public health threat. Many parents disagree. This 4-year old is ready to get a shot in Littleton, Colorado.
AP

Record numbers of parents in the Northwest are seeking waivers from mandatory child immunization requirements. The trend alarms public health officials. They say it creates increased risk for disease outbreaks. Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are all moving to sway vaccine skeptics.

All U.S. states require parents to immunize their children before sending them to school.

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Northwest Cultures
6:16 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Tribe wants apology from Fox News for anchor remarks

The head of the Coeur d'Alene tribe in North Idaho is demanding an apology from Fox News. Today he learned he won't get one.

Last week on the morning show "Fox & Friends," Fox Business anchor John Stossel questioned the need for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

"There's no Bureau of Puerto Rican Affairs or Black Affairs or Irish Affairs. And no group in America has been more helped in by the government than the American Indians. Because we have the treaties, we stole their land. But 200 years later, no group does worse," says Stossel.

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Spring Fund Drive: March 30 - April 4
12:26 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Our shortest Spring Fund Drive ever: Today is Jazz Alley Day!

All day your $60 pledge (or greater) earns you a 2-for-1 coupon at Jazz Alley in Seattle!

You don’t even have to give $60 all at once. Become a Sustaining Member and break that down to only $5/month and a hassle free membership to KPLU!

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We really appreciate your support! Here are some fun extras to get you in the giving mood this spring:

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Northwest Cultures
1:35 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

Radiation and climate change drive Marshall Islanders to Northwest enclave

Most schools are used to working with children whose native language isn't English. In most of the Northwest and the nation, that means Spanish.

But in Spokane, immigrants from a remote set of South Pacific islands have sent schools scrambling to find translators for a language most of us have never heard of. It's called Marshallese. Turns out,  people from the Marshall Islands are leaving their tropical home for the Northwest in large numbers.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement
3:06 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Legal questions confront proposed Seattle referendum on tunnel

Seattle's Alaskan Way viaduct remains the focus of political controversy.
AP

Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes has filed a legal challenge to a citizen referendum on Seattle's proposed deep-bore waterfront tunnel.

Holmes has asked a judge to rule on whether the construction agreements between the city and the state that targeted by the referendum are “administrative actions” which can't be overturned by the vote. 

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News Roundup
7:49 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

About a third of Pierce Transit's services are headed 'back to the garage' due to budget cuts announced Monday.
Atomic Taco Flickr

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Heavy Rains Coming Wednesday Trigger Flood Watch
  • Pierce Transit Makes Some Deep Service Cuts Permanent
  • King County Project Likely Culprit of Massive Sinkhole

 

Flood Watch Tomorrow for Western Washington

Heavy rains over the next few days have triggered a flood watch beginning tomorrow afternoon for many western Washington counties. The National Weather Service office in Seattle forecasts warmer temperatures as a very wet frontal system stalls over the region tonight and tomorrow, dumping rain and raising mountain freezing levels from 7,000 to 9,000 feet. 

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Military & Defense
2:51 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Rolling Stone releases photos in alleged war crime cases of JBLM soldiers

Rolling Stone magazine has published several more grisly photographs related to the war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The release comes just one week after a German magazine was the first to publish photos. The Army had sought to keep the pictures under wraps for fear they could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops.

Last week’s photographs showed soldiers posing with a dead Afghan named Gul Mudin. Rolling Stone now reports he was an unarmed 15-year old boy, the first of three victims allegedly killed by members of a rogue platoon from Western Washington.

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News Roundup
7:35 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

Alaskan Way/SR 99 tunnel project concept.
WSDOT

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Boeing Plant Still Closed After Power Outage
  • Seattle Tunnel Opponents Up Against Deadline
  • State Will Fix Perilous Part of Highway 2 in Snohomish County

 

Auburn's First and Second Shift Shut Down Today

Transformers failed at Boeing's Auburn plant on Saturday, forcing an evacuation, and canceling work for thousands of workers Monday

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KPLU news internship
4:56 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

The Humanosphere internship

This is where journalism meets global health and the fight against poverty.

The KPLU blog Humanosphere, a news website that covers global health and development from Seattle, is looking for a part-time intern to help build community through social media.  The blog has developed a growing Twitter community.  We’d like to amplify that growth, and we are now ready to build our presence on Facebook.  

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Washington State Legislature
3:05 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

State representative from SW Washington abruptly resigns

A member of the state House has suddenly resigned his seat. Democrat Jim Jacks of Hazel Dell in Southwest Washington departed the legislature Friday without any public announcement.

The Chief Clerk of the House says there were no formal complaints pending against Jacks. 

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News Roundup
8:07 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A Sailor greets his young daughter moments after arriving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln at Everett Thursday.
Colby K. Neal US Navy photo

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Pierce County Jury Convicts Lakewood Robbery Mastermind
  • More Learned About Seattle Actor's Death
  • Thousands Greet Returning Sailors in Everett

 

Verdict for Plotter of Violent Walmart Robbery

Odies Walker will spend the rest of his life in prison for planning out the violent 2009 robbery at the big-chain store that resulted in the killing of an armored-car guard, Kurt Husted. Pierce County Judge Bryan Chushcoff has ordered Walker held without bail until sentencing on April 8th. 

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Military
7:42 am
Fri March 25, 2011

Northwest airmen soldiers aiding in Libya operation

A C-17 Globemaster sits on the tarmac with Mt. Rainier in the distance at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood.
Biggunben Flickr

Some Air Force and Army bases in the Northwest are helping with the Libyan fight. Seven tankers and about 100 airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base are already working in undisclosed locations in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

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