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Winter Weather
6:27 pm
Sun November 21, 2010

Deep freeze, snow showers visit western Washington

For most central Puget Sound dwellers, the season's first snow showers were light and didn't create accumulations. This photo was taken in Bellevue on Sunday.
Twitpic/@JerryMoneta

Western Washington is experiencing its coldest temperatures of the season, and it's about to get a lot colder.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a winter weather advisory for much of the state through Monday night. Southwest Washington's interior, through Olympia and perhaps as far north as Seattle, could see snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches through Monday evening. That's when a second cold front is expected. 

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Budget Woes
5:03 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Magnuson Park fans want to keep old buildings in use

Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park needs repairs. The city plans to phase out its use by 2013.
Seattle.gov

Seattle's Magnuson Park has one of the city's largest spaces to host large events, and it's well used, but it may face closure plans.

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State Budget Crisis
4:31 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Governor Gregoire cancels union contracts; SEIU responds angrily

The union which represents home health workers in Washington is reacting angrily to a move by Governor Chris Gregoire on Friday to cancel several collective bargaining agreements and ordered state employees back to the negotiating table.

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State Budget Crisis
3:55 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Budget crisis means closure for McNeil Island prison

McNeil Island prison Is Slated For Closure By April 1st Due To Washington’s Budget Crisis.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

Washington's oldest prison will close by April 1st, a casualty of the state's current budget crisis. McNeil Island Corrections Center's 500 inmates will be moved to other facilities. Some of the 245 employees will be reassigned, while others stand to lose their jobs.

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News Roundup
6:20 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cuts the ribbon (and gives a shout) at the opening of the company's new Bellevue Square store Thursday. It's Microsoft's 7th U.S. retail outlet. More are planned.
AP

A huge new hit to the state's already ugly budget, a call for federal scrutiny of Seattle Police, and Microsoft takes on Apple at Bellevue Square.

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State Budget
8:29 pm
Thu November 18, 2010

Dire state revenue forecast could force special session

In the coming days, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will provide lawmakers with a list of budget-cutting options. It’s a first step in what could lead to a special session of the legislature before the year is out.


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Humanosphere
11:32 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Using chocolate to fight poverty: Tastes great … makes enemies

Joe Whinney and Theo Chocolate factory
Tom Paulson KPLU Humanosphere

Some businesses are taking the idea of ‚Äėcorporate social responsibility‚Äô seriously ‚Äď as opposed to just public relations.

But those looking for an unencumbered love-fest of enlightened capitalism might want to ask Joe Whinney, founder of Theo Chocolate in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, about how much love he’s gotten from his commercial colleagues for trying to also accomplish some social good.

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News Roundup
5:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

Workers place updated signs outside the remodeled Cinerama in downtown Seattle last month. The movie palace reopens tonight for a midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter sequel.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Get Ready for Brrrr


Are you ready for snow? There's a possibility you'll see some late Sunday or early Monday in northwest Washington. The north Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Whatcom County have the best chance for snow.  Conditions may bring it south to the Seattle area.

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Underground Food
3:59 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

Down economy gives rise to underground dining

Plates full of piping hot calamari await a few final touches before being shuttled out to customers in ‚ÄúLupita‚Äôs‚ÄĚ kitchen. Underground dining and other black market businesses increase in a down economy
Anna King N3

In the down economy some people are turning to off-the-books business models. High-priced underground restaurants have been popular with foodies, but some families have begun selling meals from home kitchens just to scrape by.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
12:22 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

$500 million to help world's poor save money

 It's described as the largest philanthropic gift ever made aimed at helping the poor  save money and provide access to financial services. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $500 million pledge was announced at a Seattle gathering attended by finance and banking leaders representing 38 nations.

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Earthquakes
9:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Small quake rattles South Sound

The red arrow on this Google map points to the Lewis County town of Mossyrock, near the epicenter of this morning's 4.2 quake. It was felt all over the South Sound.
Google Maps

A 4.2 earthquake gave a shake to Lewis and Thurston counties just before 8 am this morning. The US Geological Survey reports the small temblor was centered between the town of Morton and Mossyrock.  No injuries or damages have been reported.


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News Roundup
6:34 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Melinda Gates will help lead a gathering of world finance experts in Seattle. The two-day Global Savings Forum brings together leaders from 38 nations.
Gary Davis/KPLU

A surprise windstorm; world finance experts in Seattle, and grocery workers talk strike.

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Wind Storm
6:22 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Wind causes power outages, some school closures

A surprisingly strong windstorm blew through the state, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, and closing or delaying school openings on Tuesday. This street in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood is covered with autumn's colors.
Gary Davis/KPLU

The strong windstorm that blew through western Washington yesterday has left more than 200,000 homes without power. Line crews are on the job this morning throughout the south and central Puget Sound.

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King County Government
5:04 am
Tue November 16, 2010

King County passes lean budget

Dawn Walker and her daughter, Jesse, tell the King County Council they've benefited from county social service programs. The Council approved a budget that slashes some services and cuts 300 county positions.
King County Television

The King County Council has voted for a lean 2011 budget that slashes 300 positions, many in law enforcement. Even some council members acknowledge it could hurt public safety.

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Homelessness
3:23 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Nickelsville moving to former Lake City fire station

The Nickelsville camp is pictured here Oct. 11, 2008, when it was located in Seattle's University District. The latest move will find it in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Lake City.
Flickr photo by javacolleen

The Nickelsville homeless encampment will soon occupy a former Seattle fire station in Lake City.  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the camp could have immediate use the old Fire Station 39, left vacant after a facility was constructed next door.

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