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Enviro Efforts To 'Green The Senate' Targeting Bellingham’s 42nd District

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 min ago

Democrats are eager to win back control of the state Senate in Washington. That means they need to take two seats from the Republican majority. One of the most hotly contested races is Whatcom County’s 42nd District, where incumbent Republican Doug Ericksen faces Democrat challenger Seth Fleetwood

It’s more conservative than a traditional swing district. But outside money is pouring, in and framing this contest as a battle over environmental interests. 

Marijuana Measures In Oregon, Alaska Reflect Lessons Learned In Washington

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 min ago

Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned here.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

Can Seahawks Turn Adversity From Harvin Trade Into Opportunity?

KPLU News - 2 hours 39 min ago

The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

Redemption Is The Key To An Unlikely Friendship Two Musicians Shared

KPLU News - 2 hours 39 min ago

How exactly does a man in his 70s — a man who spent most of his adult life in and out of prison and constantly battling a drug addiction — become friends with a 14-year-old girl?

They find a common bond. And in the case of Frank Morgan and Grace Kelly, that bond was music. 

Roving, Free Health Clinic Sets Up Shop At KeyArena For Four-Day Stay

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:38

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.

Amazon Shares Drop As Third-Quarter Results Disappoint Investors

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:15

Amazon disappointed investors Thursday by posting a bigger loss than expected, sending its shares down 11 percent in after-hours trading.

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:08

Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

So where’s all the money going? It’s everything from address labels to Zipcar rentals.

Park Service Construction Damaged Native American Burial Sites

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:59
Imagine being able to drive an all-terrain vehicle right up next to a sacred earthen Native American burial mound.

At Effigy Mounds National Monument, you can. Three million dollars' worth of illegal construction projects went on for a decade at one of the nation's most sacred Native American burial grounds in northeast Iowa.

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:40

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty. Northwest utilities say your power rates would be lower if that electricity could be sold to California instead of being delivered to Canada for free.

This week in Spokane, the biggest players in the trans-national river basin are debating whether to extend that 50-year-old treaty.

Second White House Fence Jumper Had Been Arrested Before

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:35
The man who jumped the White House fence on Wednesday night has been charged with unlawful entry of the White House grounds and harming animals used in law enforcement.

According to officials, Dominic Adesanya kicked and punched two Secret Service dogs. NPR's Tamara Keith filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"The dogs, Hurricane and Jordan, helped stop the fence jumper in his tracks on the White House lawn.

"They were taken to a veterinarian and treated for minor bruising.

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:32
Today's mobile phones can do almost everything a computer can.

Actor Tom Wopat, Better Known As Luke Duke, Is Also A Talented Jazz Singer

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:00

Although actor/singer/guitarist Tom Wopat is best known for his role as Luke Duke in the long-running television series "The Dukes Of Hazzard," his best artistic work was still ahead of him when that series ended.

Instead of seeking more television work, Wopat pursued his first love, music. He has recorded 10 albums in a variety of genres, and has performed in several Broadway musicals including "Annie Get Your Gun" with Bernadette Peters.

Wopat is currently touring with his jazz group, and we were very pleased that he could make time to visit the KPLU Performance Studio. All he brought with him was a guitar, his fine voice and some good stories.

Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:58
Beef brisket is more than a tough cut of meat. Steven Raichlen says when it's braised low and slow until tender, it becomes otherworldly.

"Your knife doesn't so much cut through the brisket as glide through it," he says. "It's beefy, meaty, earthy."

Raichlen is the author of Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys.

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:57
Miami-Dade County's sex offender residency restrictions — some of the tightest in the country — drew national attention a few years ago when an encampment of sex offenders sprang up on a causeway in Biscayne Bay. After a public outcry, local and state authorities evicted several dozen people, mostly men, from that makeshift settlement.

But the restrictions remained, banning offenders from living within 2500 feet of a school. With few options, offenders still often sleep in cars, tents and in the open.

Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:57
Reynolds American, the country's second-largest cigarette-maker, is changing its policy on smoking in the office. Until now, Reynolds employees have been able to light up at their desks, but come January, workers will have to either go outside or use specially equipped smoking rooms.

"We allowed smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, traditional tobacco products throughout our facilities," says David Howard, a spokesman for Reynolds American.

How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:57


Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:31
Until Wednesday, the front door of Canada's main Parliament building, Centre Block, was often left unlocked.

How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:22
I'm bummed that the green coffee weight-loss cure touted by Dr. Oz doesn't work.

Great Danes: Three Symphonic Albums By Danish Composers

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:32
Denmark may be small — smaller than West Virginia — but its musical impact is disproportionately big. Since the late 19th century, some of the best symphonists have hailed from the Scandinavian country, and though they may not be household names in the U.S., their works have influence far beyond their homeland.

I'll (Gag) Drink To That: Oral Rehydration Key For Ebola Patients

KPLU News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:25
Have you ever swallowed unflavored rehydration solution, or ORS? That's what they call the mixture of salt, sugar and water given to Ebola patients.

I've taken more than a mouthful, and urgh!