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Win Tickets To Roberta Gambarini At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - 1 hour 37 min ago

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini for two nights only. Band members are Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums). Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Win Tickets To Roy Hargove Quintet

KPLU News - 1 hour 37 min ago

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes acclaimed trumpeter, composer and bandleader Roy Hargrove for four nights! Band members are Roy Hargrove (trumpet), Justin Robinson (sax), Sullivan Fortner (piano), Ameen Saleem (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).

Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

KPLU News - 3 hours 11 min ago
Business groups have long been active players in the nation's immigration debate. They represent employers who need to recruit workers, after all — employers who are sometimes investigated, even prosecuted, for hiring workers who are not approved to work in the U.S. legally.

Many big employers have been pushing for reforms that would allow them to keep more science and technology workers and skilled laborers in the country.

Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

KPLU News - 3 hours 31 min ago
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, added another meeting today in Vienna in the push toward an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian news reports had earlier said Zarif was returning to Tehran for further instructions.

An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

KPLU News - 4 hours 10 min ago
One reason the Ebola virus is so terrifying is that it's so lethal. Researchers estimate that the strain circulating in West Africa is killing upwards of 70 percent of those it infects. And even among those getting care, as many as 64 percent are dying.

But some doctors in Sierra Leone say it doesn't have to be that way. An Ebola treatment facility in the capital of Freetown claims to have improved the odds of survival — with little resources or money.

Sierra Leone's government set up the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in some classrooms at a former police training academy.

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

KPLU News - 4 hours 10 min ago
For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped.

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

KPLU News - 4 hours 10 min ago
We need more stories and books that treat Mexican immigrants as humans — novel idea, right? But far too often, the media and authors cast them as sinners or saints, with little deviation from cliches established decades ago.

That's why I recommend the writer Sam Quinones, and his two collections: True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

Sakuma Praises Obama's Immigration Move But Says It Doesn't Solve His Farm's Labor Shortage

KPLU News - 4 hours 21 min ago

Steve Sakuma, one of the owners of Sakuma Brothers Farms, a Skagit Valley berry farm that’s been in the spotlight for a labor dispute, calls President Obama’s announcement on immigration a "good first step." But he says it doesn’t solve a labor shortage the farm has faced.

In the past, Sakuma has called the current immigration system broken, saying it’s not good to have so many workers living in the shadows and it limits their upward mobility. For that reason, Sakuma praised the president’s move to protect some workers from deportation and let them work here legally.

Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

KPLU News - 4 hours 51 min ago
The Texas State Board of Education has voted to approve the use of 89 history and social studies books across the state.

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The Texas Tribune has more:

"In total, they approved 89 products for eight different social studies courses that will be used in Texas public schools for the next decade.

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

KPLU News - 4 hours 51 min ago
A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas – and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste.

The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes.

It's not hard to imagine the Bath Bus Company's newest power source prompting jokes.

Texas Hits The Books

KPLU News - 5 hours 14 min ago
In the education world, all eyes were on Texas Friday.

For the first time since 2002, the Texas State Board of Education voted to adopt a new generation of social studies products. That includes some 89 textbooks, workbooks and other classroom materials. The vote matters because, with about 5 million students, the state has a big impact on the national textbook market.

As for what's in the books, that wasn't entirely clear until Friday.

Last 'Angola 3' Inmate's Conviction Should Be Thrown Out, Court Says

KPLU News - 5 hours 26 min ago
A federal appeals court has ruled that a man who has spent about 40 years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison should have his conviction overturned.

Albert Woodfox, the only member of the so-called Angola 3 still incarcerated, was convicted of the 1972 murder of a young prison guard named Brent Miller. Woodfox was found guilty along with fellow inmate Herman Wallace.

Wallace's conviction was overturned last year as his health was failing.

A Closer Look At Obama's Immigration Plan: What's In It, Who's Affected

KPLU News - 5 hours 31 min ago
The executive actions that President Obama announced Thursday are wide-reaching and complicated. Even the top-line numbers — such as how many people will be affected — are tough to pin down, because they are based on estimates of a population that Obama himself has said is living the shadows.

NPR's Scott Horsely has outlined many of the details.

Thanksgiving, Frozen: A 6-Day Guide To What To Cook Ahead, And When

KPLU News - 6 hours 21 min ago
The countdown to Thanksgiving has begun.

To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

KPLU News - 6 hours 23 min ago
Walking is a simple thing that becomes really, really important as we age. Being able to get around on our feet for extended periods of time not only makes everyday life easier, it's linked to fewer hospitalizations and greater longevity.

Back To Northwest Normal: Wet, Windy November Weather Ahead

KPLU News - 7 hours 59 min ago

The week before Thanksgiving is normally the wettest, stormiest part of the year in the Pacific Northwest. And true to form, the rains and wet clouds are back, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“If you look at the records going back decades, this is the week: ground zero for storms and wetness here in the Northwest. And it may not disappoint,” Mass said.

New Affirmative Action Cases Say Policies Hurt Asian-Americans

KPLU News - 8 hours 52 min ago
If you go to HarvardNotFair.org, you'll find yourself on a page that says this: Were You Denied Admission to Harvard? It may be because you're the wrong race.

UNCnotfair.org says the same thing about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And there's a third one called uwnotfair.org, for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thai Martial Law Will Remain In Place 'Indefinitely,' Minister Says

KPLU News - 8 hours 54 min ago
Martial law in Thailand will remain in place "indefinitely," the country's justice minister told Reuters in an interview nearly six months after the military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

"Martial law is necessary and we cannot lift it because the government and junta need it as the army's tool," Justice Minister Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya told the news agency.

The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems

KPLU News - 9 hours 6 min ago
People live for — and die because of — the "Viagra of the Himalayas."

That's the nickname for one of the weirdest fungi around.

It starts with the larva of the ghost moth — a caterpillar that lives underground. A fungus invades the larva, kills it and consumes the body. Just the outer skeleton remains.

Eventually, a small brown stalk erupts from the dead caterpillar's head. In the spring, the pinkie-sized stalk pokes an inch or two from the earth.

In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

KPLU News - 9 hours 31 min ago
When my partner Cheryl was dying from respiratory complications related to treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, she was in so much physical distress she couldn't bear to be touched.

The only contact she could stand — one of the few ways I could share my love with her — was for me to rub her feet.