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Why The Northwest Is A Potential 'Climate Refuge' From Effects Of Global Warming

KPLU News - 9 hours 16 min ago

The Pacific Northwest stands out as just about the only part of the country that will be largely spared from the ill effects associated with global warming, according to KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, who mapped out all the calamities expected to result from climate change over the next century.

NLRB Judge: Boeing Failed To Bargain In Good Faith With SPEEA

KPLU News - 10 hours 5 min ago

Boeing failed to negotiate in good faith when it refused to provide evidence to substantiate its claim that workers in the Puget Sound area cost more than workers elsewhere, a National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday.

The ruling was in response to an unfair labor practice charge filed by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA.

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

KPLU News - 11 hours 17 min ago


Plenty Of Sun For Seafair, But Lightning Threat Spells Increasing Wildfire Danger

KPLU News - 12 hours 32 min ago

There will be plenty of sunshine for Seafair weekend, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass, but dry conditions and a chance of lightning could mean trouble for firefighters.

Plenty Of Sun In Western Washington

Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It

KPLU News - 13 hours 58 min ago
After winning the Tour de France last Sunday, Vincenzo Nibali was tested for a bunch of performance-enhancing substances. But Nibali and his fellow competitors were welcome to have several cups of coffee (or cans of Red Bull), before their ride into Paris; caffeine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list.

Still, the drug is definitely a performance booster.

The Good Listener: Why Do Band Photos Look Like That, Anyway?

KPLU News - 13 hours 59 min ago
We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside the Archer paraphernalia we bought at Comic-Con and shipped to ourselves is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives — and, this week, thoughts on musicians' publicity photos.

Erin Briskie writes via email: "While traveling abroad recently with friends, our typical group photos in front of iconic landscapes slowly transitioned into a group of seven non-musicians attempting to take fake, ironic 'band photos.' Because everyone does that, right?

Militants In Iraq Seek Control Of Precious Weapon: Dams, Waterways

KPLU News - 14 hours 5 sec ago
In the searing heat of northern Iraq, among its dry, scrubby landscape, there's a surreal sight: a wide, shimmering blue lake, held back by the concrete and steel of a dam. It's on the Tigris River, near the city of Mosul.

Brig. Gen.

Tropical Storm Bertha Takes Aim At The Caribbean

KPLU News - 14 hours 21 sec ago
Tropical Storm Bertha is moving northwest, taking aim at Puerto Rico and expected to skirt the Dominican Republic's coast.

The National Hurricane Center has issued a tropical storm warning for Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, and the U.S.

A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

KPLU News - 14 hours 2 min ago
Last month, the only hospital in the sleepy town of Belhaven in eastern North Carolina closed its doors, prompting Belhaven Mayor Adam O'Neal to step out of party lines and call for an expansion of Medicaid in North Carolina. And then he took a lot more steps.

The Republican mayor and self-proclaimed conservative spent the last two weeks walking the 237 miles from eastern North Carolina to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the need to save his and other rural hospitals around the nation.

O'Neal did it with the support of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP.

Certain Birth Control Pills Linked To Breast Cancer Risk, Say Seattle Scientists

KPLU News - 18 hours 31 min ago

Seattle researchers have found a troubling link between certain kinds of birth control pills and a risk of breast cancer. But the lead scientist says women should not panic.

Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports

KPLU News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:55

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon received the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a necessary approval to make the controversial project pencil out, but many hurdles remain.

Jailed In Washington? You Have A Right To A Bail Bondsman

KPLU News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 17:22

You’ve heard of your Miranda rights, but did you know that most state constitutions also give you a right to a bail bondsman?

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed that criminal defendants can go to a third-party, like a bondsman, who will put up bail for a fee.

Scientists Say The Moon Is Hiding A Lumpy Middle

KPLU News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:37
What shape is the moon? When it's full, we'd all agree that it looks perfectly round. But careful measurements by a team of scientists have shown that's not the case.

Like many an Earth-bound observer, it turns out that our nearest neighbor in space is hiding a slight bulge around the waist.

Washington Ferries To Be Back To Normal Saturday

KPLU News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:57

Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound.

Capt. George Capacci says that will be made possible by the return of the ferry Wenatchee, which has been in drydock in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers

KPLU News - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:33

A breakdown in a U.S. State Department computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.

Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.