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Seattle’s Preschool Program Is Starting To Take Shape With A Little Help From Boston

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:57

The universal preschool program Seattle voters said yes to last November is starting to take shape. As it works out the details, the City is getting a lot of advice from Boston. That city, which is home to world renowned universities, is also considered a national leader in early childhood education since it launched its preschool program in 2005.

American Ambassador Attacked In South Korea

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:44
The United States ambassador to South Korea was attacked on the streets of Seoul, Thursday morning Korean time.

Appearing on CNN, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Mark Lippert is now in the hospital and officials have yet to determine a motive.

"We will do a full investigation," Harf said, adding that the "injuries are not life threatening."

Images on Korean television showed Lippert walking away from the scene holding his right hand over his right cheek and blood splattered over his other hand and face.

House Benghazi Committee Issues Subpoena For Clinton Emails

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:19
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has issued a subpoena for all emails related to Libya or Benghazi that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have sent from a private email account.

This is the first concrete fallout from a revelation by The New York Times that Clinton conducted official business through a personal account that was not and is still not controlled by the federal government.

A spokesman for the committee

Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:14
Sugar is sweet.

But too much of it can expand our waistlines, rot our teeth and increase the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

So the World Health Organization has new advice: Limit sugars to less than 10 percent of total calories consumed each day.

Is Fighting Racism In Soccer 'A Lost Cause'? FIFA President Says No.

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 15:11
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he's concerned about the findings of a recent study regarding racism in Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup.

The report, by the Fare network and SOVA Center, found more than 200 incidents of discrimination in Russian soccer between 2012 and 2014. The Fare network is an organization dedicated to combating racism in European soccer.

How To Help Children Orphaned By Ebola

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:45
The Ebola epidemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on children.

More than 1,000 children have died from the disease. But even more have lost parents, grandparents and siblings.

"To date, 16,600 children have been registered as having lost one or both parents or primary caregivers," UNICEF's Timothy James Irwin writes in an email.

Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 14:33
America's oil boom is going through some growing pains. But despite the recent dip in oil prices, some segments of the industry are focused on long-term growth.

In southwestern Washington state, oil companies want to build the largest oil-by-rail terminal in the country at the Port of Vancouver, on the banks of the Columbia River.

Vancouver, a suburb of Portland, Ore., which lies just across the river, is the most direct rail route from the Bakken oil fields to the Pacific Ocean.

McDonald's Says It Won't Be Serving Chicken Raised On Antibiotics

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:41
Fast food giant McDonald's announced Wednesday it will begin sourcing chickens raised without antibiotics.

Over the next two years, the chain says its U.S.

Ferguson Documents: Justice Investigation Backs Former Officer Wilson

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:34
When a grand jury decided not charge former Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo., ended up in flames.

Protesters decried the injustice and faced off violently with police officers and the National Guardsmen who were brought in to ensure peace.

Robert McCulloch, the prosecuting attorney in the case, also decided to release reams of documents with the evidence presented to the grand jury.

The documents did not come with expert analysis, instead it was left up to independent experts, the media and the general public to sift through the poli

A Ruling Against Obamacare Would Have Broad Implications

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:30
The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could end Obamacare subsidies for policyholders in a majority of states, including Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In LA, Clearing A Backlog Of Aging Instruments

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:30
There are about 800 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and hundreds of them have music programs. There are jazz bands, choirs, orchestras and marching bands. But for a couple of years, teachers and student musicians have faced a big problem: broken strings, worn-out horns and out-of-tune pianos — a backlog of aging instruments that the district is scrambling to repair and replace.

Instruments like the violin in senior Melissa Valenzuela's hands.

"Well, there's no bow," she says. "This is a broken violin, actually. All the strings are detached.

Failed Keystone Veto Override Marks Another Win For Veto Pen

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:21
Congress mustered big majorities for the Keystone XL, which you might think would mean that pipeline would soon be under construction to carry Canadian crude oil from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico.

But you would be forgetting the presidential veto, which President Obama signed on Feb. 24 with little or no fanfare.

Wednesday, the Senate put an end to years of legislative effort by upholding the Obama veto.

India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 13:20
India is banning a documentary about the deadly gang rape of a young woman in 2012 amid concerns over remarks made by one of her convicted rapists.

The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:30


Senate Fails In Bid To Override Obama's Veto On Keystone XL Pipeline

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 12:21
The Senate has failed to override President Obama's veto on a measure to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The final vote was 62-37, short of the two-thirds needed to override the presidential veto.

Few Clues On Health Law's Future Emerge In Supreme Court Arguments

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:45
For the second time in three years, the Affordable Care Act went before the Supreme Court Wednesday. And before a packed courtroom, a divided group of justices mostly picked up right where they left off the last time.

Once again, people inside the courtroom and out were left to wonder where Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy, considered swing votes in the case, stand. A decision is expected by the end of June.

Unlike in 2012, the current case, King v.

Programs Help Students Cut Back On Booze, But Not For Long

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:45
Most colleges require students to go through some sort of alcohol education program. When I was a freshman in college, I was required to play a video game that involved helping Franklin the frog navigate through various college parties without succumbing to alcohol poisoning.

Jawbone Fossil Fills Big Gap In Human Evolution, Scientists Say

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:44
A partial jawbone found in Ethiopia is the oldest human-related fossil, scientists say.

NPR's Christopher Joyce, who is reporting on the story, tells our Newscast unit that the discovery fills in an important gap in human evolution. He says:

"The fossil consists of a partial jawbone and several teeth. It dates back to about 2.8 million years ago.

"The team says the fossil appears to belong to an individual from the beginning of the ancestral line that led to humans.

Live Studio Session: Lynne Arriale Carla Cook And Grace Kelly

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:00

Song List: 

  1. "Feeling Good"
  2. "The Music Is The Magic"
  3. "I Love Being Here With You"

Lynne Arriale (piano), Carla Cook (vocals) and Grace Kelly (saxophone) are all headline jazz artists who lead their own bands.  Not long ago, though, these three extremely talented players decided it would be fun to get together and pay tribute to the musicians and the songs that initially inspired them to pursue a life in jazz.

Ferguson Report: Justice Dept. Says Wilson Won't Face Civil Rights Charges

KPLU News - Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:45
Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown last August, will not face federal civil rights charges over the killing.