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End Of Life Brings Legal Complications For Transgender People

KPLU News - 1 hour 41 min ago


Over the weekend, the story of a transgender woman in Idaho whose family had buried as a man lit up social media.

LGBT legal advocates say there continues to be a gap in how end-of-life issues are handled, even for people who have legally changed their gender.

Washington Legislative Caucuses Race Fundraising Freeze

KPLU News - 1 hour 48 min ago


The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

The freeze that hits on Dec. 13 isn't the plummeting temperatures kind; it's a freeze on campaign fundraising.

Community Advisory Council Meeting Announcement

KPLU News - 1 hour 52 min ago

KPLU's Community Advisory Council will be meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. PST.

If you are interested in attending as a member of the listening community, please contact the general manager's office at (253) 535-8732 for more information.

For The Next Food Drive, Go For The Canned Tuna, Not The Saltines

KPLU News - 1 hour 55 min ago
When you donate to a food drive, do you ponder the nutritional labels of the can in your hand? Or do you grab a packet of ramen or a bag of marshmallows from the dark corners of your pantry and hope it hasn't expired?

Healthfulness isn't typically a well-intended food donor's top concern, says hunger advocate Ruth Solari.

Hagel Steps Down After Discord On Syria, Iraq

KPLU News - 3 hours 11 min ago
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down.

The Economics Of Thanksgiving 2014

KPLU News - 3 hours 12 min ago
Thanksgiving is remembered for feasts, family gatherings and ... awkward conversations.

You know what I'm talking about. You're back with relatives you haven't seen in years, and the conversation takes a frightening turn towards politics, religion or worse, your love life.

You need help. You have to switch to a newsy, but neutral topic.

Hello Flowers, Bye-Bye Stray Dogs: Nepal Preps For South Asian Summit

KPLU News - 3 hours 54 min ago
Katmandu is giving itself a facelift.

Tomorrow is the opening of the 18th summit meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Seven regional heads of state, whose countries are home to large numbers of the world's poorest and hungriest people, are arriving in the city for two days of talks to explore greater trade and political cooperation within the region.

Israel's Cabinet OKs Controversial Nationality Measure

KPLU News - 3 hours 58 min ago
Israel's Cabinet approved a draft law on Sunday that defines the country as "the nation-state of the Jewish people." The move has angered not only Israel's Arab citizens, but also some members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition government.

NPR's Emily Harris is reporting on the measure, which must still be approved by Israel's Parliament.

Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine

KPLU News - 4 hours 12 min ago
It's now Goliath versus Goliath in the quest for an Ebola vaccine.

Until now, the two leading candidates for a vaccine to protect against the Ebola virus were being led by global pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on the one hand, and a tiny company in Ames, Iowa, that was virtually unknown, on the other.

Today, the David in that scenario, NewLink Genetics, said it has made a deal with drugmaker Merck, to research, develop, manufacture and distribute the experimental Ebola vaccine.

BirdNote: Alex Chadwick in Big Bend - An Oasis for Birds

KPLU News - 4 hours 13 min ago

Carolyn Ohl-Johnson found a home — and a way of life — near Big Bend National Park.

BirdNote contributor Alex Chadwick visited Carolyn at the desert oasis she created for birds such as this Magnificent Hummingbird. But her accomplishment has required tremendous sacrifice. “I haven’t seen my great grandkids since they were babies,” she admits.

Secretary Of Defense Hagel To Resign

KPLU News - 5 hours 44 min ago
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down, Once Successor Is Confirmed

KPLU News - 6 hours 16 min ago
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'Ferguson Forward': Churchgoers Seek A New Normal

KPLU News - 6 hours 35 min ago
I reunited with Pastor Daryl Meese at his place of worship, a no-frills brick Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo., on this stormy Sunday morning.

We first met at a coffee shop last August. I was looking for a cool place to file a story about the protests over the death of an unarmed black 18-year-old at the hands of a white police officer; he was taking a break from the chaos. We shared a table and ended up chatting.

Pastor Meese was exhausted, that much was obvious. He had been down at the protests until late at night helping keep the peace. He was also frustrated.

With Long-Term Deal Elusive, Iran Nuclear Talks Are Extended

KPLU News - 7 hours 46 min ago
With a long-term deal still elusive, Western and Iranian diplomats have decided to keep negotiating perhaps all the way into next summer.

For the past year, Western powers and Tehran have been trying to hammer out a deal that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

Reporting from Vienna, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells us that the length of the extension is still unclear, but it could be anywhere from three to eight months.

Reuters quotes Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond as saying the talks have been extended into the summer of 2015.

Activists Again Raising Concerns About 'Smart Meters' In Seattle

KPLU News - 8 hours 13 min ago

Seattle City Light is moving forward with plans to upgrade residential electrical meters with advanced technology, often called “smart metering.”

Art Of The American West Comes To The Tacoma Art Museum

KPLU News - 8 hours 13 min ago

Images of the American West line the walls of a brand new addition to the Tacoma Art Museum. The collection, a gift from a German family with ties to the Northwest, is a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition that is raising the museum’s profile.

For Kids In Foster Care, Adoption Marks End To 'Heartbreaking' Loneliness

KPLU News - 8 hours 14 min ago

In Washington, there are almost 9,000 children in foster care. About a quarter of them are eligible for adoption.

I visited the King County courthouse to meet a family as they welcomed their foster daughter into their home — permanently.

Investigation Begins Of Fatal Police Shooting Of 12-Year-Old

KPLU News - 8 hours 39 min ago
A day after a 12-year-old boy died after being shot by police, the community in Cleveland is trying to understand what happened.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland police's Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is combing through the evidence, trying to figure out if police acted appropriately.

Action On Immigration Meets Silence, Skepticism In Silicon Valley

KPLU News - 10 hours 57 min ago
Tech companies lobbies all the time — for tax reform, patent reform. But usually, it's in the form of big checks and quiet back room meetings.

Immigration was different — the issue where business leaders decided to ally with Latino community groups and labor unions.

Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

KPLU News - 12 hours 31 min ago
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.

She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crab-like run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground.