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State Budget
4:08 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Lawmaker floats idea of victims’ compensation fund

People enjoy a sunny day outside the Washington state Capitol
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

In the current budget year, the state of Washington is on track to pay 60-million dollars to settle damage and personal injury lawsuits filed against the state. That has some lawmakers alarmed, especially in light of the state’s multi-billion dollar budget crisis. Now, one state representative has an idea for a 9-11 style victims’ compensation fund.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
1:34 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Seattle street closes tonight as Viaduct replacement work begins

WSDOT has created an interactive overhead map of the S. Holgate to S. King street reconstruction portion of the Alaskan Way Viaduct road project. The web address is: http://wsdot.wa.gov/projects/viaduct/simulations
WSDOT

The first major street closure in the work to replace Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct happens Monday night.

The state Department of Transportation says it's closing First Avenue South next to Qwest Field from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday to allow crews to set up space for the huge construction job.

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Mental Health
9:24 am
Mon January 3, 2011

Mental health advocates criticize reporting on funding cuts

Washington State Coalition for Mental Health Reporting

Mental health advocates say news stories of social service budge cuts are unfairly stereotyping people who suffer from mental illness.



They say a case in point is a recent cover of The Stranger, which included the headline "How a decimated state budget equals more unmedicated loons with hatchets."

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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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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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Welcoming 2011
12:15 am
Fri December 31, 2010

Will publicly-shared New Year's resolutions stick?

One of the dozens of resolutions posted publicly on the website newyearseattle.org
newyearseattle.org

It’s that time of year again. The time where we reflect on the past 12 months and ask: what would we change about ourselves in 2011? 

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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.

Winter Weather
8:47 am
Wed December 29, 2010

Snowy Wednesday morning for some commuters

This Everett area photo is from a WSDOT camera, taken shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday.
WSDOT

Snow greeted some Puget Sound communities this morning, making for a slippery commute.  Buses in Snohomish County skidded on freeway ramps, according to The Seattle Times.

At least two Community Transit buses were stuck along Interstate 5 entrance ramps south of Everett about 7 a.m. Wednesday as snow slickened road surfaces, according to the State Patrol.

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Recycling
10:43 am
Mon December 27, 2010

How to get rid of your Christmas tree

artisticconcretellc.com

Your Christmas tree can take on new life as wood chips or compost.  In Seattle and Tacoma, you can recycle your tree for free. 

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Holiday Season
6:30 am
Sat December 25, 2010

Holiday spending up this year

A shopper enters Nordstrom Rack in downtown Seattle as the holiday shopping season began in late November.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Here’s some holiday cheer: Consumer spending is up since last year. The increase is a small one, at about 2%. The National Retail Federation expects that number to rise to 3% by the end of the season. Why the increase?

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Metro Transit
5:25 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

King County Executive puts brakes on non-commercial Metro bus advertising

King County Executive Dow Constantine says the escalation of global interest in a bus placard critical of Israel introduces significant security concerns and makes Metro buses vulnerable to disruption. 

Because of this, he’s approved an interim policy that calls for a halt to the acceptance of any new non-commercial advertising on King County buses.

Metro expects to complete work on a permanent transit ad policy by the end of January.

Crime
2:00 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Remains found in Auburn are likely Green River victim

Remains found in an Auburn ravine earlier this week are those of a likely Green River serial killer victim.

The King County Sheriff's Office says dental records positively identified the victim as Rebecca "Becky" Marrero. The 20-year-old was last seen on Dec. 3, 1982, leaving a motel room on Pacific Highway South.

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State Government
1:09 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Advertising on state websites

Banner Advertising on the Washington State Ferries Website
WSDOT

When you visit the Washington State Ferries website in 2011, you'll find something new:  banner advertising.   It's a one year pilot project.  The state is looking for new ways to increase revenue, and that could include advertising on its websites.

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News Roundup
6:00 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

University of Washington students are shown here on campus earlier this year. A new group seeks to harness the political power of UW alumni, in time for the state legislature's January buget-cutting session.
AP

The UW boosts its political voice in Olympia; ferry rate increases get the AG's go-ahead; and Thurston County puts the brakes on wood energy projects.

UW Seeks to Raise Political Voice Ahead of Session

The University of Washington is hoping to flex more political muscle with state lawmakers. The school's alumni group is hiring top lobbyists from both parties to advocate for higher education when the legislative session begins next month. 

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