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From The Eye Of The Hurricane To Near Oblivion: Katrina's Forgotten Town

KPLU News - 2 hours 48 min ago
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast 10 years ago, the eye of the storm made landfall near a tiny speck of a town at the mouth of the Pearl River on the Louisiana border with Mississippi.

To say Katrina — one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history — nearly wiped Pearlington, Miss., off the map isn't entirely true.

Here's How We Know Washington Schools Still Have A Funding Problem

KPLU News - 3 hours 20 min ago

Tacoma Public Schools' Rosalind Medina doesn't want to leave the impression she's ungrateful for the multi-million dollar windfall her school district will see from the new state budget, chock full of $1.3 billion in new K-12 funding.

But if news of the budget arrived in Tacoma like a check in the mail, it also arrived with a bill.

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

KPLU News - 3 hours 26 min ago
Kim Pil-Gi left his construction job in Seoul, South Korea, three months ago. Now he happily spends his days handling grubs: squirming, writhing, beetle larvae, each one about as thick as a grown man's thumb. He sits at a tray, sorting them by size.

"At the construction company a lot of the time I'd wake up at six in the morning and work all night through to the next day," he says. "That was really hard for me."

South Korea has an overwhelmingly urban population. More than 80 percent of people live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change.

Could Your Child's Picky Eating Be A Sign Of Depression?

KPLU News - 3 hours 26 min ago
One of the frequent trials of parenthood is dealing with a picky eater. About 20 percent of children ages 2 to 6 have such a narrow idea of what they want to eat that it can make mealtime a battleground.

A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics shows that, in extreme cases, picky eating can be associated with deeper trouble, such as depression or social anxiety.

The study followed a broad spectrum of children who had come to Duke University for routine medical care.

Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

KPLU News - 3 hours 38 min ago
The continent of Africa has long been seen as the place where humanitarian aid and World Bank loans go — to attempt to save lives or to dictate how countries should grow.

Now there's a new movement underway — a technology movement. Young entrepreneurs from the continent are protesting the old ways by launching startups that, they say, will put Africans in the driver's seat. But not everyone agrees that technology is the solution to Africa's problems.

Gregory Rockson, age 24, is definitely in the pro-tech camp.

New York Attorney General Orders Immediate Halt To Realistic Toy Gun Sales

KPLU News - 4 hours 3 sec ago
Toy guns that look real should no longer be sold in New York.

NPR's Joel Rose reports that retailers who were selling realistic-looking toy guns have agreed to halt their sales of the product.

California Wildfire Blazes Through 60,000 Acres, Containment Estimated Next Week

KPLU News - 4 hours 6 min ago
As wildfires continue to blaze across California, one fire is more expansive in its reach than others. It's called Rocky Fire, and it began last week.

Puerto Rico Fails To Make Its Bond Payment

KPLU News - 4 hours 7 min ago
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Darren Wilson, An Uneasy New Dad In Virtual Hiding

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 min ago
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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 min ago
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Obama's Climate Plan Faces Huge Political Challenges

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 min ago
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How EPA Rules Would Hit Coal-Heavy West Virginia

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 min ago
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Ultimate Frisbee Recognized By Olympic Committee

KPLU News - 4 hours 19 min ago
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Wanted: More Bulls With No Horns

KPLU News - 4 hours 26 min ago
The next time you're in the dairy aisle at the supermarket, take a moment to imagine the animals that produced all that milk. Do these cows have horns? Chances are they do, or at least they did at birth.

About 85 percent of milk sold in the United States comes from Holstein cows born with horns.

Oil Prices Tumble Again, Hurting Drillers But Helping Drivers

KPLU News - 4 hours 28 min ago
Oil prices took another drop Monday, rattling the stock market and putting more downward pressure on gasoline prices.

For oil companies, the price slump is hitting hard at profits, but for U.S. motorists, the downshift has brought savings at the pump.

"Oil prices took a pretty strong hit in the month of July," said Chris Christopher, an economist for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

Snail Venom Yields Potent Painkiller, But Delivering The Drug Is Tricky

KPLU News - 5 hours 50 min ago


Heavy Loads Of Pollen May Shift Flight Plans Of The Bumblebee

KPLU News - 6 hours 17 min ago
Bumblebees are important pollinators of crops and wildflowers across the U.S., and gather heavy loads of nectar and pollen from flowers. A study published Monday shows that the type of food they carry affects how they fly.

That's because they store nectar in a special pouch inside their abdomen, while pollen gets packed into little hollows in their hind legs.

President Obama Unveils New Power Plant Rules In 'Clean Power Plan'

KPLU News - 6 hours 29 min ago


Wheelchair Beauty Queen Sings For Toilets

KPLU News - 6 hours 33 min ago


Basketball (And The NBA) Try To Find Fans In South Africa

KPLU News - 6 hours 48 min ago
Motlapule Mofokeng missed his chance to see the biggest professional basketball game ever played in South Africa on Saturday. Tickets sold out in less than an hour for the NBA's All-Star Team Africa vs. Team World game in Johannesburg.

Fortunately, it wasn't the only big game in town.