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The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition

KPLU News - 3 hours 30 min ago
Editor's Note: This is a reporter's notebook from NPR's Tamara Keith, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The e-mail from the Clinton campaign came late on Monday. Meet at the Panera Bread in Davenport, Iowa, at 9:45 in the morning. I was to be one of about a dozen reporters in a press pool given access to an unpublicized stop. What we quickly learned was that the restaurant was a decoy.

From Losers To Possible Kingmakers, A Scottish Party Come Back Strong

KPLU News - 3 hours 55 min ago
Political life is full of comeback stories, but few are quite as dramatic as the boomerang that Scottish nationalists have experienced over the last six months.

Last September, the Scottish National Party lost a vote on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

Now, membership in the SNP has quadrupled, and that unexpected turn of events means that this party, dismissed as a loser last fall, could determine who becomes the next prime minister after British elections in a few weeks.

People who wanted Scotland to leave the U.K. had waited their whole life for last year's vote.

In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

KPLU News - 4 hours 12 min ago
In his home in Lahore, Pakistan, Saleem Khan holds up his late father's violin. There are no strings, the wood is scratched and the bridge is missing.

"There was a time when people used to come to Lahore from all over the world to hear its musicians," the 65-year-old violinist says in the new documentary, Song of Lahore. "Now we can't even find someone to repair our violins."

Pakistan's second largest city once had a booming film industry and a flourishing music scene.

Senator Murray: 'No Child Left Behind' Might Get Left Behind

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 18:11

A U.S. Senate committee advanced a bill to re-write the federal No Child Left Behind Act this week, raising hopes that Congress may finally take action to officially scrap the law's tough, but outdated systems for holding schools across the nation accountable for students' success.

The proposed "Every Child Achieves Act" shifts a lot of federal powers to education officials at the state level. Though national mandates to give students standardized tests every year would remain in place, states could decide for themselves how to use test results to rate schools and determine whether students are on-track for success in college or a career.

Teachers Plan Walkouts To Protest State Budget; At Least Eight WA Districts Affected

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:53

Leaders of eight local teachers unions announced plans Friday to hold "one-day strikes" beginning next week in hopes to express frustrations with the progress of state budget talks in Olympia. 

Teachers in the Arlington, Lakewood and Stanwood-Camano districts will walk out on Wednesday, April 22, according to a press release from the Washington Education Association. On Friday, April 24, Ferndale and Bellingham teachers will do the same.

Win Tickets To The Pearl Django CD Release Party

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:00

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitiriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Seattle Gypsy Jazz favorites, Pearl Django, for their CD Release Party! Band members are Troy Chapman (guitar) Ryan Hoffman (guitar), David Lange (accordion), Michael Gray (violin), and Rick Leppanen (bass).

Win Passes To A Screening of "True Story"

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 17:00

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) –who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat-and-mouse.  Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit and redemption.

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:38
This story is excerpted from an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

The food industry regularly turns to a small group of scientists — including several with ties to Big Tobacco — to determine whether additives they're adding to food products are safe.

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:32
Hillary Clinton made a surprising move this week. It wasn't running for president — she'd already set the stage for that — but embracing the idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money in politics.

The notion of amending the Constitution this way has been discussed, literally for decades.

Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:57
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law today allowing nitrogen to be used in executions in the state in case lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or the drugs are not available.

Oklahoma is the first state to approve such a method. It would involve placing a mask over an inmate's face and supplying pure nitrogen instead of air. The condemned person slowly asphyxiates from lack of oxygen.

As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:20
West Africa is about to receive a hefty infusion of cash. This Friday the World Bank unveiled a major aid package for the three West African countries at the center of this past year's Ebola epidemic.

Over the next 18 months, the bank plans to provide Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea $650 million in recovery assistance, mostly in the form of grants.

First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:20
Last Sunday, runner Kendall Schler was the first to cross the finish line at the GO! St. Louis Marathon. She received a $1,500 check and a photograph with Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the finish line. Trouble is Schler of Columbia, Mo., had not run the entire 26.2-mile course.

That's not all. Schler, race organizers say, also faked her third-place finish at last year's race – with a time that allowed her to qualify for the prestigious Boston Marathon this year.

St. Louis marathon officials stripped Schler of her title, voided last year's time and banned her from future Go! St. Louis events.

Oklahoma City Bombing A 'Wake-Up Call' For Government Security

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:12
Twenty years ago this Sunday, a truck bomb exploded next to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

In New Orleans, A Second-Chance School Tries Again

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:12
Principal Nicholas Dean looks at his scarred, broken office door with resignation.

"Time to get a new lock," he says.

Over the weekend, a person or persons smashed into his office, found the keys to the school van and drove off in it.

It's another day at Crescent Leadership Academy, one of New Orleans' three second-chance schools for students who have not been successful elsewhere.

The students at CLA range from ages 12 to 21. Nearly all are from poor families. More than half end up here after getting expelled from the city's charter schools, mostly for fighting, weapons or drugs.

Remembering Don Quayle, NPR's First President

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 14:12
The first president of National Public Radio has died. Don Quayle was 84 years old. He had a long career in public broadcasting — both television and radio. NPR's Susan Stamberg reflects on his impact.

Don Quayle gave me my first radio job. It was the early '60s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network — the precursor of NPR — a skinny little network of 12 East Coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it.

Don was principled, decent and astute.

Running A Marathon? How To Eat and Drink So You Don't Hit The Wall

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:58
Elite runners know the drill. When you run a marathon, you've got to consume extra amounts of carbohydrate — either from food or energy gels or energy drinks — in order to go the distance.

And if you don't fuel up enough? You may hit the wall during the big event, which, believe me, is pretty miserable.

The wall comes on abruptly. Suddenly your legs feel like lead.

As Lake Mead Levels Drop, The West Braces For Bigger Drought Impact

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:50
The historic four-year drought in California has been grabbing the headlines lately, but there's a much bigger problem facing the West: The now 14-year drought gripping the Colorado River basin.

One of the most stunning places to see its impact is at the nation's largest reservoir, Lake Mead, near Las Vegas. At about 40 percent of capacity, it's the lowest it's been since it was built in the 1930s.

"Just to see the rings around it, it's just ... kind of scary, you know," says Darlene Paige, a visitor from New York.

5 Things You Should Know About Mike Huckabee

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:29


WATCH: Chimps In Uganda Look Both Ways Before Crossing

KPLU News - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:25