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Despite Criticism, Arkansas Passes Religious Freedom Bill

KPLU News - 2 hours 21 min ago
Despite criticism and protests, Arkansas legislators passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to the one passed by Indiana.

NBC News reports:

"Protesters gathered outside the governor's mansion in Little Rock on Tuesday morning.

Supporters Work To Reclaim Legacy Of Penn State Coach Joe Paterno

KPLU News - 2 hours 26 min ago
The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal rocked Penn State University in 2011 and the fallout from the case continues today. A series of lawsuits are on-going and, now, a campaign is underway to restore the legacy of the university's former head football coach Joe Paterno.

As the scandal became public Paterno fell from legendary football coach to someone accused of protecting a child molester.

Lufthansa Says It Knew Of Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz's Depression

KPLU News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed his aircraft into the French Alps last week, had informed Lufthansa in 2009 of a "serious depressive episode," the German airline said in a statement.

Lufthansa says a note about a "previous depressive episode" was found in email Lubitz apparently sent to the Lufthansa flight school when he resumed his training after a months-long interruption.

The airline today said it provided the documents to pr

Advice For Trevor Noah From The 'Jon Stewart Of South Africa'

KPLU News - 2 hours 36 min ago
This week, Comedy Central announced that Jon Stewart's replacement on The Daily Show will be a South African comedian, Trevor Noah. To get some perspective on this surprise decision, we contacted Noah's colleague and friend Loyiso Gola, a comedian who hosts Late Nite News, his own satirical news program on South African television.

Watchdog Groups File Complaints Against Likely Candidates

KPLU News - 2 hours 42 min ago
Updated at 5:40 p.m.

Tweeners Trust Peers More Than Adults When Judging Risks

KPLU News - 3 hours 33 min ago
If you are the parent of a preteen, you are all too aware that they suddenly seem to value the opinions of their peers far more than yours.

The good news, if there is any, is that you're not alone. Young teenagers ages 12 to 14 are more influenced by their peers' opinions than they are by adults', a study finds. That's true only for that age group, not for older teens, children or adults.

Researchers asked 563 people visiting the London Science Museum to rate the riskiness of activities like crossing the street on a red light, biking without a helmet, or bungee jumping.

Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
In the annals of journalism, there is a long tradition of newsfolks — reporters, writers, broadcasters — pulling April Fools' Day tricks on readers and listeners. Sometimes the prank prevails; sometimes it fails.

For instance, the Long Beach Independent reported in 1961 that the newly minted Los Angeles Angels had acquired Mickey Mantle — star outfielder of the New York Yankees — for a million dollars, a half interest in a local radio station and a passel of other players. It was a hoax.

Dozens Of Countries Join China-Backed Bank Opposed By Washington

KPLU News - 4 hours 22 min ago
Dozens of countries have slid under today's deadline to join a China-backed infrastructure development bank that is opposed by Washington.

U.S. allies such as South Korea and Australia were among the more than 40 nations that signed up at the last moment as founding members of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Key European allies — France, Germany, Italy and the U.K. — joined earlier this month.

What The 2016 Hopefuls Are Saying About Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
A controversial law in Indiana has made its way into the 2016 presidential race. Supporters praise the Religious Freedom Restoration Act's for protecting religious convictions, but the law has drawn wide criticism from those who say it allows businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons.

Would-be candidates on the GOP side mostly defended the law. "I don't think Americans want to discriminate against anyone," Sen.

Obama Releases Frozen Military Aid To Egypt

KPLU News - 4 hours 34 min ago
The White House says the U.S.

Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

KPLU News - 4 hours 38 min ago
Brain researchers are joining forces with computer hackers to tackle a big challenge in neuroscience: teaching computers how to tell a healthy neuron from a sick one.

"Sick neurons have a withered appearance, much like a sick plant has a withered appearance," says Jane Roskams, executive director of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Father Of Marysville School Shooter Arrested

KPLU News - 4 hours 55 min ago

The father of the teenager who killed four students and himself at Marysville-Pilchuck High School has been arrested. Raymond Lee Fryberg, 42, is charged with illegally purchasing the gun used in the mass shooting.

It was last October that Fryberg’s son, Jaylen, shot his friends and then turned the firearm on himself in the school cafeteria. One of the victims, his cousin, was wounded but survived.

The Revival Of Lamb Ham: A Colonial Tradition Renewed

KPLU News - 4 hours 57 min ago
Roast rack of lamb or a platter of smoked, glazed ham — which dish should be the centerpiece of the Easter table?

Lamb is rich in religious symbolism: A sacrificial lamb was first served by Jewish people on Passover, and Christians often refer to Jesus as the lamb of God. But ham feeds more guests and makes tastier leftovers.

Soon, we may not have to choose.

Washington Senate Republicans Hold Hearing On $12 Minimum Wage

KPLU News - 5 hours 6 min ago

Two of the highest priority issues for Washington House Democrats are a $12 per hour minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Budget Fight Looms in Washington Legislature

KPLU News - 5 hours 6 min ago

House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposed $1.5 billion tax package. Senate Republicans plan to rollout their proposed budget later this week.

Nigerian President Said To Concede Election To Opposition Candidate

KPLU News - 5 hours 27 min ago
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly called his rival to congratulate him on his victory.

The AP reports that opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari's campaign said Jonathan made the call on Tuesday, after partial election results showed Buhari leading by close to 3 million votes.

The AP reports:

"An aide in

Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart's Replacement, Goes From Hero To Villain In 24 Hours

KPLU News - 5 hours 30 min ago
Trevor Noah, if you haven't heard by now, will replace Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central's Daily Show.

Noah joined Twitter in June 2009. Since then, he has tweeted nearly 9,000 times. Among those tweets are several that mock women and Jews – tweets that critics have called sexist and anti-Semitic.

Staff At Britain's Windsor Castle May Strike Over Low Wages

KPLU News - 6 hours 14 min ago
Staff at Windsor Castle, one of Britain's most popular tourists sites, begin voting today whether to go on strike over low wages.

Alabama Judge Says Raising Money To Be Elected Is 'Tawdry'

KPLU News - 6 hours 34 min ago
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Seattle Fire Fighters Still Advocating For Protection From Oil Train Hazards

KPLU News - 7 hours 36 min ago

Legislation that would ensure more safety when oil trains roll through communities is still pending before lawmakers in Olympia. That’s nearly a year and a half after the fiery train derailment in Quebec that killed 47 people.

Two proposals that would help protect people from an oil train accident have been moving through the legislature in Olympia.  One is backed by environmentalists, the other more by industry.