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Pianist and composer Ann Reynolds brought her Clave Gringa band to The Seattle Art Museum to warm up a cool evening  for this month's Art of Jazz Concert, presented by Earshot.  The concert was recorded for broadcast and highlights aired on Jazz Northwest on Sunday, November 23 at 2 pm.

Alexandra McKenzie

An immense field appears to be covered with snow, blanketed in white. But a closer look reveals more than 10,000 Snow Geese.

Snow Geese nest on Wrangel Island, in the Chukchi Sea off northern Siberia. Don't miss the amazing video by Barbara Galatti!

Jessica Robinson

 

For the third time this week, there are calls to protect workers from hazardous vapors at Hanford, this time from Washington’s congressional delegation.

Michael Daniel Ho

It's late autumn, and a fledgling Great Horned Owl calls to be fed. Judging from the young bird's persistence, the parents seem to be responding only with calls, not with food.

These entreaties can go on for weeks. Both parents let the fledgling know that it's time for him to feed himself. 

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.

Dick Ashford, president of Klamath Bird Observatory, completed a career with the Navy before learning about birds in earnest.

Like many, he's taking time to share his love of birds — and looking for Red-shouldered Hawks, like this one — with younger generations. 

The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy meet Sunday in California for the first of two games in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference Finals.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this series is not the MLS Championship, but it might as well be.

Anna King

The 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution drew hundreds of protestors outside the Mexican consulate in Seattle.

The demonstration called for answers in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students in September. Protestors also want the release of a Renton woman who has ties to the students. 

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Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

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Gov. Jay Inslee has challenged two Republican senators to "do more than just criticize and mischaracterize actions" being considered to reduce carbon pollution.

This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

The question is whether the University of Washington will oppose that effort. It currently runs the state’s only school for doctor of medicine degrees.

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Three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announced Thursday they intend to sue the federal government and its contractor.

They say Hanford leaders aren’t doing enough to protect workers from harmful radioactive tank vapors.

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Employers added 5,600 more jobs in Washington state last month. But the statewide unemployment rate as reported by the state Wednesday rose by three-tenths of a point to 6.0 percent. 

BirdNote: The Eagle Eye

Nov 20, 2014
Don Baccus

The eye of an eagle is one of the most sensitive of any animal, and may weigh more than the eagle's brain.

The secret to the exceptional vision lies in its retina. The density of rods and cones within a raptor's eye may be five times that of a human's.

As the Golden Eagle rides hot-air thermals high into the air, it can spot even the slightest movement of its favorite prey, a rabbit, over a mile away. Learn more about this far-seeing raptor at Cornell's AllAboutBirds.  

Tim Durkan

Thanksgiving week marks the opening of the holiday travel rush. And foolishly, Ed booked a flight to Michigan on the day before Thanksgiving.

“Don’t do that,” said KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley.

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