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Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

KPLU News - 3 hours 19 min ago
The Internet radio service Pandora made its name by creating personalized stations using tools such as "like" and "dislike" buttons for listeners.

Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

KPLU News - 4 hours 14 min ago
In Taneka Hawkins' classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It's busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

"The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it's kind of hard when it is more than 20," Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. "I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size."

Hawkins teaches in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

KPLU News - 4 hours 16 min ago
It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around your Thanksgiving table.

More and more Americans are passing on gluten — some for medical reasons, most by choice.

Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

KPLU News - 4 hours 17 min ago
Has there ever been a team in any sport in the United States that everybody loves as much as the San Antonio Spurs? Sure, there have been popular teams –– the Yankees, Dodgers, the Cowboys when they were America's team and not Jerry Jones' team, Notre Dame — but all those teams engendered almost as much hate as love.

But everybody loves the Spurs. You love the Spurs. I love the Spurs. Have you ever heard anyone criticize the Spurs? No! The good feeling about our Spurs –– and yes, they are our Spurs –– is because they are certified to do everything right.

Thanksgiving Recipes From 'Morning Edition' Listeners

KPLU News - 4 hours 18 min ago
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Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 22:41
Public reaction to a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has ranged from fire and looting close to where Wilson shot Michael Brown to peaceful protests nearby.

Other protests were held in large and small cities and college towns across America today; photos from those scenes show a variety of demonstrators, tactics, and responses.


Home Visits As Helpful As Medicine For King County Asthma Patients

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:51

The occasional home visit from a health worker can be strong medicine for people who suffer from asthma. A new study based in King County shows it can have as much benefit, and cost even less, than prescription drugs.

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:32
It's a busy time of year for turkey farmers around the country. And these days, with the growth of the local food movement, small family farms are struggling to keep up with all the orders for birds. So, we went to find out what one New England farmer is doing to get her gobblers from the field to the table. Enter the "abattoir."

On a recent chilly November morning, I visited Kate Stillman's farm, a 160-acre spread nestled in between some little hilly pastures and some woods. It's a beautiful little place. And it's been a farm here in Hardwick, Mass., since the early 1800s.

Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:31
The Ebola outbreak started in rural areas, but by June it had reached Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

By August, the number of people contracting the Ebola virus in the country was doubling every week. The Liberian government and aid workers begged for help.

Enter the U.S. military, who along with other U.S. agencies had a clear plan in mid-September to build more Ebola treatment units, or ETUs. At least one would be built in the major town of each of Liberia's 15 counties.

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:16
For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury's decision whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

But any results of that effort quickly vanished following Monday night's announcement as buildings burned and st

At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:08
Residents and business owners in Ferguson, Mo., awoke Tuesday morning to assess the damage done to their neighborhoods.

The Psychic Effects Of Seeing Police Everywhere In Ferguson

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:42
After a night of unrest and violence, police are posted at every intersection in Ferguson, Mo. National Guard troops man camouflaged Humvees in strip mall parking lots. The governor ordered more. Is it making the community feel safer?

One thing's for sure: It's keeping people from moving about as they normally would during this holiday week.

The Target store at the end of West Florissant Avenue is virtually empty.

Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:41
In Washington, D.C., a city with one of the highest costs of living in the nation, low-income residents are having trouble buying affordable housing — not because of a lack of it, but because of all the red tape.

Nearly 1 in 5 D.C. residents lives at or below the poverty line.


Ferguson Documents: The Physical Evidence

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:38
We've already touched on Officer Darren Wilson's testimony and that of the dozens of people who testified as witnesses in front of the grand jury in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Now let's look at some of the physical evidence:

Officer Wilson fired 12 shots in all in his encounter with the 18-year-old.

Missouri Governor Adds 'Significantly' To National Guard In Ferguson

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:38
"The violence we saw in areas of Ferguson last night cannot be repeated," Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday, announcing that he is sending hundreds more members of the National Guard to the city that saw intense looting on Monday night.

"Last night, criminals intent on lawlessness and destruction terrorized this community," Nixon said, "burning buildings, firing gunshots, vandalizing storefronts, and looting family businesses — many for the second time."

Nixon said he'd just returned from West Florissant Avenue, a focal point of the unrest.

In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 In A Cowshed

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:32
Every day, shortly after breakfast, more than 150 noisy and eager-eyed kids, coated in dust from top to toe, troop into a mud cowshed in a sun-baked village among the cotton fields of southern Pakistan.

Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:16
As employers try to minimize expenses under the health law, the Obama administration has warned them against paying high-cost workers to leave the company medical plan and buy coverage elsewhere.

Such a move would unlawfully discriminate against employees based on their health status, three federal agencies said in a bulletin issued in early November.

Brokers and consultants have been offering to save large employers money by shifting workers with expensive conditions such as hepatitis or hemophilia into insurance marketplace exchan

Ferguson Protests Continue In Seattle As Students Walk Out To March

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:13

Demonstrations continued Tuesday in Seattle as students and others took to the streets to protest the grand jury decision in Missouri not to indict a Ferguson police officer.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles: No Decision Yet On Wilson's Job

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 13:01
Police officer Darren Wilson's "current employment status has not changed," Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says, speaking one day after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

Saying that an internal affairs investigation into the August incident in which Wilson shot Brown to death is continuing, Knowles added that he couldn't go into more specifics than to say Wilson remains on administrative leave.

After Knowles gave an introductory speech, several clergy members went before the cameras to express their empathy for those hurt and frustrated by recent events in

Florida Woman In 'Stand Your Ground' Case Accepts Plea Deal

KPLU News - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:43
A Florida woman who once had been sentenced to 20 years in a case that invoked the state's "stand your ground" law has accepted a plea deal that will see her released from prison in January.

Marissa Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla., was accused of firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and two of his children during a domestic dispute in 2010. She was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, convicted and sentenced under Florida's mandatory minimum guidelines.

Alexander's legal team used the stand-your-ground law as part of her legal defense.