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Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised By Greece's Impasse With Europe

KPLU News - 50 min 47 sec ago
This is what has unfolded in Greece in the past week:

June 26: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announces a July 5 referendum on terms put forward by the strapped country's creditors and urges his people to vote "no."

June 27: Europeans rule out

Russian Rocket Poised For Crucial Supply Run To Space Station

KPLU News - 58 min 47 sec ago



Sweeping Or Skydiving? When Counting Calories It's All The Same

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Sure, playing in the women's World Cup burns a lot more energy than watching the women's World Cup. But the number of calories expended in sports and daily activities isn't always so obvious.

To figure it out, we dove into this database compiled by Arizona State University.

In June Jobs Report, Positive Numbers Belie Frustrations Beneath Surface

KPLU News - 2 hours 55 min ago
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Interview With Thomas Lauderdale At The TD International Jazz Festival In Vancouver, BC

KPLU News - 3 hours 12 min ago

KPLU Evening Jazz host Abe Beeson was honored to introduce the amazing "little orchestra" from Portland, OR, Pink Martini to a joyous crowd at the Orpheum Theatre for this year's TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But The Prep Kit May Not Be

KPLU News - 3 hours 45 min ago
With summer vacations coming up, one reader this week asked about travel insurance, while others had questions about coverage of preventive services, including costs related to colonoscopies.

We know now that anesthesia for a screening colonoscopy is covered with no cost sharing as a preventive service under the health law. As a plan administrator, I am also struggling to find guidance on how to handle bowel prep kits for colonoscopies.

BP Agrees To Fork Over Nearly $19B For Role In Gulf Oil Spill

KPLU News - 3 hours 49 min ago
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U.S. Seeks Extradition Of 7 FIFA Officials From Switzerland

KPLU News - 3 hours 54 min ago
U.S. prosecutors have sent Switzerland a formal request to extradite seven FIFA officials who had been arrested in May in Zurich in a corruption investigation of soccer's governing body.

The FIFA officials were arrested May 27, and the extradition request, submitted by the U.S. Embassy in Bern, came within the deadline laid down by the bilateral extradition treaty between the U.S. and Switzerland.

As we reported in May, the U.S.

BP To Pay $18.7 Billion To Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims

KPLU News - 4 hours 3 min ago
BP on Thursday announced an $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government, five Gulf Coast states and more than 400 local governments.

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3 Percent, But For The Wrong Reason

KPLU News - 5 hours 10 min ago
The U.S. economy keeps adding jobs at a steady pace, but the Labor Department report for June shows more people are also leaving the labor force and that wages are not rising.

The economy added 223,000 jobs last month as unemployment fell to its lowest rate since 2008, the Labor Department said Thursday. The Jobless rate dipped to 5.3 percent from 5.5 percent in May.

However, the number of net new jobs added in May was revised down to 254,000 from 280,000 previously reported.

Procrastinators, Have No Fear: Last-Minute Tricks For Weekend Escapes

KPLU News - 6 hours 12 min ago

You’re looking to get away for a weekend, but the Fourth of July (or maybe the summer in general) kind of crept up on you. KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says have no fear: There are still plenty of options.

First, this late in the game you'll need to be flexible. But there are some tricks you can use:

Make a list. Pick three places you’d like to go, and if possible, three weekends you’re able to go. Be prepared for a combination.

The Top Words Of Wisdom For New Graduates

KPLU News - 6 hours 39 min ago
I've had this phrase running through my head since we started updating our Commencement Speeches database a few weeks ago: "If you're too big for a small job, you're too small for a big job."

Who said that? It was Katie Couric at American University last year.

Who knew that a commencement address could get stuck in your head? Well, the best of these speeches have a lot in common with a great pop song.

Georgia Leads A Push To Help Ex-Prisoners Get Jobs

KPLU News - 9 hours 14 min ago
In the 1990s, states went on a prison-building binge. Today, millions who spent time in those prisons are back in society — and many are struggling to find work.

Jay Neal is in charge of Georgia's new office of re-entry.

Sunnis Flee The Islamic State, But Still Fall Under Suspicion

KPLU News - 9 hours 15 min ago
The Nidaa mosque in northern Baghdad looks grand, with clean, modern lines swooping up to a blue-mosaic dome. But inside it's squalid, with piled-up mattresses, cooking pots and almost 60 families. Most are Sunni Muslims who fled the western province of Anbar when the self-proclaimed Islamic State advanced against the Iraqi security forces two months ago.

"We suffered a lot in our journey," says Wafaa Ahmed, a widow who walked for days with three sick children.

Labor Department To Release Jobless Data Ahead Of Holiday Weekend

KPLU News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 23:22
Economists surveyed by Reuters are predicting that employers added about 230,000 jobs to their payrolls. That's less than the month before but still a pretty strong showing.

Because of the Independence Day holiday, the unemployment report is being released on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET. It is normally issued on a Friday.

The U.S. economy slowed a lot over the winter, but as the weather has improved so has the job market.

Misdiagnosis: This Woman Built Her Life Around A Disease She Didn't Have

KPLU News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:51

When Tracey Croisier was five years old,  she began having seizures. 

Her family was living in Taiwan.  By the time she was nine, they had moved back to the United States. Her parents took her to a doctor. He explained to the family that her condition, epilepsy, was so severe it would prevent Tracey from ever driving, holding a job or living independently. 

And then the expert added that she should never have kids.

Washington Law To Crackdown On Handicap Parking Abuse

KPLU News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:25

The state is cracking down on handicapped parking abuse. Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, you’ll need a doctor’s prescription in order to get a disabled parking placard. It was rampant misuse and abuse of disabled parking permits that prompted the Washington state legislature to act.

In Seattle, a 2013 auditor’s report showed a loss of $1.4 million a year in parking meter fees due to people cheating the system.

Under the new state law, according to Department of Licensing spokesman David Bennett, penalties for cheating are tougher. 

“Illegally obtaining  or selling a special parking placard is now a gross misdemeanor instead of an infraction,” Bennett said.

Meaning, you could face criminal charges and a fine of $250 dollars.

Cities In California Conserved A Lot Of Water In May

KPLU News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:21
Cities in drought-plagued California took water conservation seriously in May. Residential water use went down by 28.9 percent in May, according to a press release from the State Water Resources Control Board.

"The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, in the press release.

Paying At The Pump: 12-Cent Hike In Washington Gas Tax Passes

KPLU News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 15:13

The Washington state Senate Wednesday morning failed to muster a two-thirds vote to suspend a voter-approved class size reduction measure. That could put a $2 billion hole in the freshly passed two-year budget.