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Nurse Treated For Ebola To Sue Texas Hospital

KPLU News - 2 hours 32 min ago
Nurse Nina Pham tells the Dallas Morning News that while she is Ebola free, she suffers residual effects from contracting the disease from a patient she cared for last fall at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Pham's patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the first person in the United States diagnosed with Ebola.

People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

KPLU News - 2 hours 40 min ago
When you ask people what impacts health you'll get a lot of different answers: Access to good health care and preventative services, personal behavior, exposure to germs or pollution and stress. But if you dig a little deeper you'll find a clear dividing line, and it boils down to one word: money.

People whose household income is more than $75,000 a year have very different perceptions of what affects health than those whose household income is less than $25,000.

Poll Finds Factors Large And Small Shape People's Health

KPLU News - 3 hours 38 min ago
We often think of health as a trip to the doctor or a prescription to treat or prevent diseases. Or maybe it's an operation to fix something that's gone wrong.

But a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H.

Liberia's President: Ebola Re-Energized Her Downtrodden Country

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
There's a lot to celebrate in Liberia: The number of new Ebola cases have been declining, kids are going back to school and life is returning to some semblance of normalcy.

Last year, Ebola struck the country and since then, it has killed more than 4,000 Liberians. But among the three hardest-hit countries in West Africa, Liberia has been the fastest at containing the outbreak. Just last week, the region reported 99 new cases of Ebola.

Supreme Court To Weigh Power Of Redistricting Commissions

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
Take a look at a congressional district map, and it can look like a madman's jigsaw puzzle. The reason is, in part, that the district lines are drawn by state legislators seeking to maximize partisan advantage. It's a process that critics say is responsible for much that's wrong with Washington.

That's why some states have tried setting up independent commissions to draw the map. Arizona voters created such a commission in 2000.

A Nearly Recession-Proof City Is Not Slowing Down

KPLU News - 3 hours 43 min ago
At 2.5 percent, Lincoln, Neb., has one of the lowest jobless figures in the country. But that's nothing new — the city has ranked at or near the top of the nation with one of the lowest unemployment rates for years, even during the Great Recession.

But on a recent visit, it's clear that Lincoln is not resting on its laurels. It's working hard at keeping and drawing talent to this city of nearly 300,000.

Lincoln is not an economic utopia — but it might be close.

Jazz Northwest For March 1

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 15:00

There's lots of current music to listen to and talk about on Jazz Northwest this week.   Ingrid Jensen and Steve Treseler head an all-star Quintet at The Royal Room where they'll record a show for NPR, Dee Daniels is Artistic Director at the DeMiero Jazz Festival in Edmonds next week, Thomas Marriott has a great new video and there's much more.  

A Standout Student, A Star At Goldman Sachs — And Undocumented

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:29
Julissa Arce was born in Mexico, and came to the United States on a tourist visa when she was 11. It expired a few years later — but Arce didn't leave. Instead, she excelled in high school and college, then secured a job at Goldman Sachs.

The Brother Went To Fight Ebola. So Did His Sister. Mom Was 'A Wreck'

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:29
When Alex Tran went off to Sierra Leone to work as an epidemiologist, his parents were worried. His mom was "a wreck," according to his sister Jen who followed him into the Ebola hot zone a few weeks later.

Last fall as the Ebola outbreak raged in West Africa, Alex, 28, was working at USAID. Jen, who's a registered nurse, was deployed with the U.S. Navy on a ship in the Arabian Gulf. They both were itching to get to the front lines of the epidemic to help.

Alex landed his job first with the International Medical Corps in Sierra Leone.

How Pittsburgh's Freedom House Pioneered Paramedic Treatment

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:29
In the 1960s, Pittsburgh, like most cities, was segregated by race. But people of all colors suffered from lack of ambulance care. Police were the ones who responded to medical emergency calls.

"Back in those days, you had to hope and pray you had nothing serious," recalls filmmaker and Hollywood paramedic Gene Starzenski, who grew up in Pittsburgh. "Because basically, the only thing they did was pick you up and threw you in the back like a sack of potatoes, and they took off for the hospital.

Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 13:41
Secretary of State John Kerry, apparently hoping to patch a rift sparked by GOP lawmakers' decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without first consulting the White House, says the administration doesn't want the speech to become a political football.

"The prime minister of Israel is welcome to speak in the United States, obviously.

Avalanches Kill Nearly 250 In Afghanistan

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:05
Massive avalanches in a valley not far from the Afghan capital have reportedly killed nearly 200 people, adding to a total of almost 250 deaths from the worst such snow slides in three decades in the country's mountainous northeast.

Rescue workers using bulldozers worked to clear roads to the Panjshir Valley area just northeast of Kabul — an area where villagers have been cut off for almost a week.

Gov. Abdul Rahman Kabiri, the acting governor of Panjshir province, said a total 196 people had been killed and dozens more injured in the deadly avalanches.

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:38
Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading.

While the Pew Research Center survey published on Friday shows a 14-percentage point gap between Republicans and Democrats under the age of 34, six-in-10 GOP-leaning Millennials still said they favor legalizing cannabis.

BirdNote: Amazing Pied-billed Grebe

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 09:00

The small, nondescript Pied-billed Grebe has an astonishing talent. The grebe is the master of its own buoyancy.

It can squeeze out both the air trapped in its feathers and in its internal air-sacs and sink effortlessly. Learn more about the amazing, sinking Pied-billed Grebe at Cornell's AllAboutBirds. 

Venezuela Cuts American Embassy Staff, Restricts U.S. Travel

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:10
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a reduction in U.S. diplomatic staff in the country and restrictions on travel by U.S.

ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 06:00
Astronauts at the International Space Station have ventured outside to perform a challenging cable installation on their orbiting platform.

Spacewalkers Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore have 400 feet of cable to install as well as two sets of antennas.

According to NASA, during the spacewalk, Virts and Wilmore will deploy the cable "along the truss of the station and install antennas as part of the new Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) system that will provide rendezvous and

ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:44
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In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:44
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After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:44
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Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

KPLU News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 05:44
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