Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MORNING BRIEFING: Radioactive waste and chickenpox lollipops

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Headlines

Zehm Trial Updates: Karl Thompson was released from custody yesterday, pending sentencing. And a federal judge has delayed ruling on whether jurors in the trial would be questioned about television reports that might have influenced their decision to convict Thompson. (SR)

There are two proposals on the table from the United States Department of Energy to use Hanford as a national radioactive chemical waste dump. If they get final approval, some of the 12,000 truckloads of waste could travel right through Spokane. (KREM)

Today is Election Day across the country, and the deadline for Washington ballots. If you didn't receive your ballot in the mail, or have lost it, go to your county elections office or a Voter Service Center to cast a provisional ballot by 8 pm today. (SR)

Out There

In case you haven't heard by now, Conrad Murray was found guilty yesterday of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. (LA Times)

Asteroid 2005 YU55, the largest asteroid to come this close to Earth since 1976 will zip by tonight at 30,000 mph, just inside the moon’s orbit. The nearest pass to our planet will occur at 3:28 pm PST. (Washington Post)

The number of job openings that employers reported in September was the highest it's been in three years. (Reuters) 

The Food and Drug Administration had planned on requiring tobacco companies to begin putting graphic warning labels on cigarette packages and ads next year. A federal judge blocked their mandate yesterday until the courts can review it. (Washington Post)

Parents frightened of vaccinating their children are soliciting other Facebook users to send them the disease. The idea is that a random stranger will mail them licked lollipops, spit, or other items from children who have chickenpox. How is this safer than a vaccine? (KREM)

Video of the Day

The Muppets' Swedish Chef attempts to make... popcorn shrimp? Be sure to watch it with the captions on. It's just not worth it otherwise. 

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