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Monsoon Flooding Kills Dozens In Myanmar, Prompting Calls For Help

KPLU News - 2 hours 36 min ago
At least 46 deaths have been blamed on flooding and landslides in Myanmar, where monsoon rains have forced disaster declarations in four regions. More than 1 million acres of farmland have been flooded, the government says.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is appealing for international aid to help it cope with the flooding.

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
This is a tale of two cities. In New Orleans, there are signs of hope that veteran homelessness can be solved. But Los Angeles presents a very different picture.

Under the deafening highway noise of the Pontchartrain Expressway in central city New Orleans, Ronald Engberson, 54, beds down for the night. Engberson got out of the Marines in 1979, plagued even back then by problems with drugs and alcohol. He says that's mostly the reason he's been homeless the past 10 years.

"My longest stretch sober was 14 months," he says.

How New Jersey Tamed The Wild Blueberry For Global Production

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
Nearly every plant that we now depend on for food — from wheat to beans to tomatoes — comes from ancestors that once grew wild on hills and in forests.

In most cases, we don't know who, exactly, tamed those plants. We don't know which inventive farmer, thousands of years ago, first selected seeds and planted them for food.

The blueberry, though, is different. We know exactly who brought it in from the wild, and where.

It happened in the pine barrens of New Jersey.

This land is called barren for a reason.

New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
An epic legal battle is about to begin over President Obama's plan to address climate change, in which the Environmental Protection Agency is putting in place new limits on greenhouse gases from power plants.

Berlin's New Airport: Still In A Holding Pattern

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
Germany may be Europe's economic giant, but Berlin remains the lone major European capital without a proper airport. The mismanaged, roughly $6-billion project to build one became a national laughing stock that has dragged on for years.

Ground was broken on the airport in 2006 and the opening was delayed just shortly before the planned date in 2012.

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

KPLU News - 3 hours 6 min ago
During a severe drought in 2011, JennaDee Detro noticed that many trees on the family cattle ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, withered, but a certain evergreen holly appeared vigorous. It's called a yaupon.

"The best we can tell is that they enjoy suffering," Detro says with a laugh.

Is Obamacare's Research Institute Worth The Billions?

KPLU News - 4 hours 45 min ago
On the ninth floor of a glassy high rise in downtown Washington, partitions are coming down to make more room for workers handing out billions of dollars in Obamacare-funded research awards.

Business has been brisk at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute or, PCORI, as it is known.

Primary Election 2015: Here Is Some Last-Minute Procrastinator Help

KPLU News - 5 hours 24 min ago

So you've still not dropped off your ballot for the Seattle 2015 Primary Election? You don't know which of the 50 candidates for nine Seattle Council seats you should pick? Don't know your fire districts or local initiatives?

Don't worry. (OK, worry a little bit.) But you still have time.

Here's your quick guide on what to do:

Murders Prompt Seattle To Shut Down Hookah Lounges; Owners Say Violence Not Their Fault

KPLU News - 6 hours 26 min ago

Seattle wants to shut down all of the hookah lounges in the city because of ongoing violence near the clubs. The most recent example was the murder of Donnie Chin, a well-liked community figure in Seattle’s International District. But, club owners say it’s unfair to punish them for what happens outside their establishments.

Delta Will Ban Big Game Trophies As Airline Freight

KPLU News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 16:18
Delta says it will no longer allow freight shipments of big game trophies. The decision follows the killing of a popular lion in Zimbabwe.

The airline said in a statement on Monday that, effective immediately, it "will officially ban shipment of all lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo trophies."

NPR's Jackie Northam reports that Delta is the only major American carrier that has direct flights between the U.S. and Africa.

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

KPLU News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 15:32
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:59

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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:54
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:54
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:42
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:20
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:14
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 - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:13
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Darren Wilson, An Uneasy New Dad In Virtual Hiding

KPLU News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:01
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Koch Brothers Gather Conservative Donors To Hear GOP Candidates

KPLU News - Mon, 08/03/2015 - 14:01
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