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3:00 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

All-Star Tribute To George Cables From Jazz Port Townsend

Benny Green, Dawn Clement, Geoffrey Keezer, George Cables, Anthony Wilson
Jim Levitt

Pianist and composer George Cables was celebrated in a special concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend last July, and the concert was recorded for broadcast. A perennial favorite at the festival and the Jazz Workshop each summer, George Cables teaches students, plays trio jazz in the clubs and often appears on the festival mainstage where this concert was recorded.  Three pianists, Geoffrey Keezer, Benny Green and Dawn Clement take solo turns playing compositions by George Cables, and guitarist Anthony Wilson also contributes a piece associated with George Cables.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Golden Eagles Of Ireland

Credit H20 Alchemist - Flickr CC

  Golden Eagles were once revered as a symbol of wisdom and power by the ancient druids in Ireland. But the Golden Eagle’s voice was not heard in Ireland for most of the Twentieth Century. In the spring of 2007, a Golden Eagle pair hatched a chick for the first time since 1912, in Glenveagh National Park, in the far northwest of the Republic of Ireland. As of 2014, three pairs are nesting in the park. The partnership that brought these eagles to Glenveagh includes not only conservation groups but also local sheep farmers and surrounding communities, which hope to bring the tradition of the Golden Eagle back to Ireland.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

The Greatest Bird Rescue Ever

Credit Adrian Pingstone

  On June 23, 2000, the "MV Treasure" iron ore tanker sank off the coast of South Africa, covering 19,000 adult African Penguins in oil. Fortunately, thousands of volunteers arrived to help. The oily birds were moved to Cape Town to be cleaned. Another 19,500 penguins that escaped the oil were released at sea, 600 miles to the east. It took those birds nearly three weeks to swim back home, allowing workers time to clean up the oil-fouled waters and beaches.

Native History
4:36 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History

Ruth Wapato of Spokane is the granddaughter of one of the members of the Nez Perce Tribe who fought alongside Chief Joseph in 1877.
Jessica Robinson

The story most people learn about the Nez Perce Tribe and the capture of Chief Joseph doesn't tell the whole history. 

Now the federal government and Northwest tribes are trying to fix that with a new historic site.

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Higher Education
12:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Approves New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on WSU’s Spokane campus would be used for the university’s proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

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Ethics Board Ruling
12:24 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Washington Lt. Governor Agrees To $15K Ethics Fine

FILE - Lt. Gov. Brad Owen bangs the gavel as he conducts business in the Senate chamber on the first day of the 2014 session of the Washington state Legislature, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stems from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a nonprofit with his wife.

The ethics investigation concluded that Owen used his office and staff to help run Strategies for Youth, a nonprofit that went around to schools, performing concerts with an anti-bullying message.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:56 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Mass: 'Perfect Viewing Conditions' For Northern Lights This Weekend

The Aurora Borealis is seen in Yellowknife, Canada in August 2012.
Doug Mahugh

We may get a rare treat this weekend. There’s a real chance we might catch the Northern Light in western Washington, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“Perfect viewing conditions,” Mass said. “The skies are not only clear but they’re dry. The viewing is good; the big question is whether we will actually see them.”

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Thank 'The Blob' For This Warm Summer And The Sunny Weekend Ahead

"September sunsets — the best."
Tim Durkan

The record-breaking summer isn’t giving way to fall just yet. Another gloriously sunny Northwest weekend is in store, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“We will have a really beautiful weekend — no precipitation, clear skies and warming temperatures,” Mass said.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Gannets Plunge-Dive

Credit Xavier Ceccaldi

Just off the North Atlantic coast, hungry Northern Gannets are gathering to feed on fish. From 100 feet in the air, the gannets plummet head-first into the water at 60 miles per hour! Such high-speed collisions would knock most creatures out. But Gannets have evolved air sacs in both the neck and shoulders that cushion the impact, and their skulls are specially reinforced. When they’re on the hunt, gannets draw droves of tourists to places like St. Bonaventure Island in Quebec, where more than 100,000 gannets nest during summer.

Seahawks' Roots
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Burke Museum: Here's The Mask That Likely Inspired The Seattle Seahawks' Logo

Courtesy of the Burke Museum

Just where did the Seattle Seahawks’ logo come from?

Amid the fever pitch of last year’s Super Bowl run, one of the art history classes at the University of Washington got curious.

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ray Rice Video Last Straw; NFL's Goodell 'Needs To Go'

FILE - In this May 20, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference at the NFL's spring meeting in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP Photo

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains under fire for his handling of the Ray Rice controversy. A lot of people are calling for his resignation, including KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel. 

What Did The NFL Know And When?

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Business & Labor
4:27 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Railroad Workers Reject BNSF Plan To Have Single-Employee Train Crews

Loco Steve Flickr

A union representing railroad conductors and switchmen has rejected a plan from BNSF Railway to operate some freight trains with a single employee. Many union members said the proposal raised serious safety concerns. 

BNSF runs important routes throughout the Pacific Northwest, from British Columbia to Portland and across the country.

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Infectious Diseases
3:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Kids Sick With Suspected Enterovirus Hospitalized At Seattle Children's Hospital

Jenny Ingram Flickr

A virus that has sickened children across the Midwest may have arrived in western Washington. Public health officials said 15 children have been hospitalized at Seattle Children’s Hospital, including five in intensive care, with symptoms that match infection from Enterovirus D-68.

That virus has sent at least 84 children to the hospital in states from Colorado to Kentucky, but this appears to be the first sign of it on the West Coast. The virus usually causes cold-like illness, but sometimes comes with severe respiratory symptoms like coughing and difficulty breathing.

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Wildfire Safety
12:41 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Remotely-Monitored Video Cameras Replacing Some Human Fire Lookouts

In this photo taken Saturday, June 19, 2011, a hiker descends the fire lookout-topped summit of Lookout Mountainnear Twisp, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Remotely-monitored video cameras are replacing some human fire lookouts on mountaintops around the Northwest.

A private nonprofit called the Douglas Forest Protective Association was the first in the region to switch to remote camera fire detection. The southwest Oregon-based association deployed its first system in 2007.

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Education Funding
10:26 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Finds State In Contempt In McCleary Case

Members of the McCleary family won a school funding lawsuit against the State of Washington. They spoke to reporters outside the Washington Supreme Court following a contempt hearing Sept. 3, 2014.
Austin Jenkins

In an unprecedented move, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state in contempt of court in the McCleary school funding case. However, the justices will wait to impose sanctions until after the 2015 legislative session to give the legislature time to "purge the contempt."

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