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George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

KPLU News - 3 hours 27 min ago


Need To Get Away? Just Build An Airplane, Grab The Family and Go

KPLU News - 3 hours 37 min ago

It does seem like a lot of effort simply to find a good camping spot. 

Leavin' On A Jet Plane, Don't Know If You'll Ever Sleep Again?

KPLU News - 3 hours 47 min ago

Travel over long distances can wear you out. As anyone who’s flown a great distance can tell you, the sudden change in time zones can wreak havoc on your body. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley has been almost every continent on the planet, and has a lot of experience fighting off jet lag. Here's his advice:

Before The Trip

Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And A U.S. Military Base

KPLU News - 4 hours 35 min ago
The Department of Defense says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.

Fears of exposure to the potentially deadly disease has prompted officials to advise four civilian workers to get preventive care; more than 20 military personnel are also being monitored. The samples were sent via commercial shipping companies, but the Pentagon says there is "no known risk to the general public."

The spores were supposed to have been killed by being irradiated.

Non-Academic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

KPLU News - 4 hours 44 min ago
More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

"Basically we're trying to explain student success educationally or in the labor market with skills not directly measured by standardized tests," says Martin West, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

KPLU News - 6 hours 46 min ago
Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some left-over bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

Kenne is not your typical deficit scold.

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

KPLU News - 6 hours 47 min ago
Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year.

Their Life In A Refugee Camp Might Be Better Than Life Back At Home

KPLU News - 8 hours 17 min ago
The world's largest refugee camp is also a giant social experiment.

Take hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing a war. Shelter them for 24 years in a camp in Kenya run by the United Nations. And offer different opportunities than they might have had if they'd stayed in Somalia.

The Kenyan government wants the experiment to end, soon. It's pushing the refugees to return to their home in Somalia, though the camp called Dadaab is the only home many have known.

Habiba Abdurahman fled the war in Somalia when she was six, with her mother and sisters.

The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

KPLU News - 8 hours 18 min ago
If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C.

Golden State Beats Houston, Will Face Cleveland For NBA Title

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 22:02
The Golden State Warriors managed to dominate a stacked Western Conference all season long; with Wednesday night's 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets, they'll get a chance to finish the job in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors got a team-leading 26 points from star point guard Stephen Curry, who had struck his head in a fall in the previous game on Monday. Curry's shot wasn't as accurate as usual, but he made up for it with steals, rebounds and free throws.

After Criticism, Seattle's Proposed Park Smoking Ban Gets A Rewrite

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 17:45

After sharp criticism from advocates for the homeless, the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, Seattle's plan to ban smoking in public parks has been softened to reflect concerns it would unfairly target the homeless and minorities.

On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't Helping

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:20
With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul.

Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 15:08
The Nebraska state Legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the Legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.

This makes Nebraska the 19th state in the nation (along with the District of Columbia) to outlaw the death penalty, according to data from the Death Penalty Information Center, a nonprofit organization that studies the policy.

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:52
Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails.

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:44
In the last couple of years, we've detected a faint buzz about crispy crickets and crunchy mealworms. Companies pedaling scorpion lollipops and peanut butter-and-jelly protein bars made with cricket flour have thrust their wares into our hands and mailboxes.

It's truly gotten easier to snack on bugs, should you want to do so.

Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:38
Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

Republican Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that he is running for president.

"Working families don't need another president tied to big government or big money," he said in Cabot, Pa..

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:31
As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

This week, the FBI arrested a 20-year-old Texas man named Asher Abid Khan on allegations that he intended to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State. He joins more than 60 young American men and women who have been lured to Syria by the group, also known as ISIS.

Tacoma Teachers Decide Against 'One-Day Strike'

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 14:03

Teachers in Tacoma have decided against joining the wave of walkouts that have closed some of Washington's biggest school districts this spring, with the union voting Tuesday to hold an alternate protest.

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:45
You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't.

Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School

KPLU News - Wed, 05/27/2015 - 13:45
At Georgia's Fort Benning, female soldiers are fighting a two-month battle. Their enemies? Hunger, fatigue, even hallucination. They're fighting their way through the Army's notoriously hard Ranger School, trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from it.

It's one of several Pentagon experiments to see how best to move women into ground combat roles. And it's a test that thousands of men before them have failed.

With sharp-tongued instructors looking on, Ranger School students rocket down a zip-line from a 70-foot tower.