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DNA Evidence Would Have To Be Preserved Under Proposed Law

KPLU News - 1 hour 57 min ago

DNA preservation in felony cases is something 35 states require, but Washington State isn’t one of them. A bill being considered in Olympia would change that.

For Dollars Donated To Vaccine Campaigns, Norway Wears The Crown

KPLU News - 4 hours 58 min ago
GAVI asked and the world gave.

GAVI is the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. At a conference in Berlin today, the nonprofit group asked for help in meeting its goals of vaccinating 300 million children in low income countries against potentially fatal diseases.

The response was extraordinary: a total of $7.5 billion pledged to cover GAVI's 2016-2020 efforts.

The largest single donor was the United Kingdom, which ponied up $1.573 billion. The second leading donor was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ($1.550 Billion) followed by Norway and the United States.

Pakistanis View Obama's India Visit With A Touch Of Irritation

KPLU News - 5 hours 13 min ago
A black and white photograph captures a scene that could never happen today.

It shows an American president riding through the streets of a city in Pakistan in a gleaming horse-drawn carriage, as if he's the Queen of England.

The city is Karachi, in the days when American visitors were not obliged by the presence of Islamist militants to conceal themselves behind blast-proof walls, sand-bags and razor wire.

The president is Dwight Eisenhower. As his cavalcade slides past an ocean of onlookers, he is standing beneath a parasol, smiling.

In Case You Were Wondering, Marshawn Lynch Is Here For One Reason

KPLU News - 5 hours 16 min ago


How Did Obama Play In India? We Ask Four Villagers To Weigh In

KPLU News - 5 hours 33 min ago
What do the villagers of India think of the Obama visit? To find out, our intrepid village correspondent (and creator of the "Village Way" video for Goats and Soda) interviewed four residents of villages in the rural parts of Tamil Nadu, a state in South India.

Meet the villagers:

Simpson: The 25-year-old came back to his native village of Ayartharmam after earning a bachelor's degree in theology and religious studies. Simpson speaks English and is passionate about his rural home.

Operator Of Drone That Crashed At White House Works At Intelligence Agency

KPLU News - 5 hours 45 min ago
We told you Monday about a "quad copter" that crashed on the White House grounds. The Secret Service said the person who was operating the device later called to say (s)he had lost control of it, noting the person had been cooperative. Well, today we know a little more.

Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

KPLU News - 5 hours 46 min ago
Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault.

That means millions of people are just one major earthquake away from drying out for a year or more.

"It's a really concerning issue for the city of Los Angeles," says Craig Davis, an engineer with the LA Department of Water and Power, which oversees the LA aqueduct.

Research shows that a magnitude 7.8 quake on the San And

Even At $30 A Barrel, Saudis Are Still Making Money On Oil

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago
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What Will New King Mean For Women In Saudi Arabia?

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago
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Live Studio Session: Stanton Moore Trio

KPLU News - 5 hours 48 min ago

Drummer Stanton Moore is one of the busiest drummers in New Orleans.  Everybody wants to work with him.  Likewise with the other members of his trio, David Torkanowsky (piano) and James Singleton (bass).  These three guys are among the most sought-after musicians in a city brimming with great players.

So it was a true delight to get them into the KPLU performance studio for this live session.  Buckle up, turn it up and take a ride with the Stanton Moore Trio.  

To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

KPLU News - 6 hours 5 min ago
Carl Krawitt has watched his son, Rhett, now 6, fight leukemia for the past 4 1/2 years. For more than three of those years, Rhett has undergone round after round of chemotherapy. Last year he finished chemotherapy, and doctors say he is in remission.

Now, there's a new threat, one that the family should not have to worry about: measles.

Rhett cannot be vaccinated, because his immune system is still rebuilding. It may be months more before his body is healthy enough to get all his immunizations.

Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don't Hold Sway On Marriage

KPLU News - 6 hours 37 min ago
Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.

Chief Justice Roy Moore said that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S.

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

KPLU News - 6 hours 46 min ago
The animated Fox series Bob's Burgers centers on the Belcher family, who is trying to run a halfway successful restaurant.

The Mysterious Life Of India's First Lady

KPLU News - 6 hours 46 min ago
This week President Obama traveled to India with his wife Michelle to meet with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. But Mr. Modi's wife was nowhere to be seen. In fact she has never appeared in public with her husband and Mr. Modi only admitted her existence last year. Melissa Block talks with Annie Gowan of the Washington Post, who has interviewed Mrs. Modi. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Public Inquiry Into Death Of Former KGB Agent Litvinenko Starts

KPLU News - 6 hours 51 min ago
Tuesday is the first day of a public inquiry into the death of former KGB agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko. He was poisoned in London in 2006 with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope. On his deathbed, Litvinenko claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for the murder. Alan Cowell of the New York Times talks to Robert Siegel. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Football As A Tool In The Hands Of A Master Craftsman

KPLU News - 6 hours 51 min ago
Under the bright lights on a cold November Friday, the Panthers of River Rouge High are about to play for the district championship.

On the other side of the field, the visitors' stands are packed. The River Rouge side is pretty empty as the Panthers take the field.

The Panthers' head coach, Corey Parker, is used to this. He works it into his pregame speech.

"All we have is us!" he shouts, as his players bounce with nervous energy. "Fight for each other, love each other, let's go get it Rouge!"


Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

KPLU News - 9 hours 28 min ago
President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S.

Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages

KPLU News - 10 hours 12 min ago

Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled legislature approves a proposed increase.

King County Defends Juvenile Strip Searches In Detention

KPLU News - 10 hours 12 min ago

At the juvenile detention facility in King County, Washington, strip searches are common practice at intake for serious and violent offenders or those accused of a drug crime.

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New Highs, Report Finds

KPLU News - 11 hours 7 min ago
A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

The report noted that almost all exonerations for drug crimes across the U.S.