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School Shooting
11:26 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville-Pilchuck High Student Kills 1, Injures 4 Before Taking Own Life

A student wearing a Marysville Pilchuck football jersey is comforted at a church Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, where students were taken to reunite with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

A student opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday, fatally shooting another student and injuring several others before taking his own life, according to Marysville police.

Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the gunman began shooting inside the school cafeteria at 10:39 a.m., fatally injuring a girl. He said the gunman injured four others students, three critically, before turning the gun on himself. Police had no motive.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:33 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Embrace Sunbreaks While You Can — Windy, Rainy Weekend And Wetter Days Ahead

Tim Durkan

Enjoy the sunbreaks while you can.  Heavy rain returns Friday night and we’ll return to a wetter, windier pattern, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

“It’ll be basically dry, partly cloudy during the afternoon, you know, probably even some sun,” Mass said of Friday. “So, a really nice day.”

But that’s going to change rapidly, Mass says, as a warm front associated with a center of low pressure off the coast moves northward.

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Well?
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Oregon Chef Asks: Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day?

Honeycomb tripe
Wikimedia

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day today.

What is tripe? It's the lining of the cow's stomach.

Matt Bennett, owner of Sybaris Bistro in Albany, Oregon volunteered to promote consumption of beef stomach on behalf of the British-based Tripe Marketing Board.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Gull Identification I

Credit Jeff Poklen

  Relatively few gull species are common nesters in the Lower 48. But in October, both the variety and number of gulls increase dramatically. Gulls that nested in Alaska or Canada fly south to spend winter in more temperate climates. Western Gulls are present in the West all year, mostly near the coast. Mew Gulls turn up in the winter along the West Coast, and Herring Gulls can be seen in the East. October is an ideal time to learn which gull is which. Seen here, top to bottom, are Western, Thayer's, and Glaucous-wing Gulls.

Election 2014
5:01 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Enviro Efforts To 'Green The Senate' Targeting Bellingham’s 42nd District

Doug Ericksen, left, and Seth Fleetwood

Democrats are eager to win back control of the state Senate in Washington. That means they need to take two seats from the Republican majority. One of the most hotly contested races is Whatcom County’s 42nd District, where incumbent Republican Doug Ericksen faces Democrat challenger Seth Fleetwood

It’s more conservative than a traditional swing district. But outside money is pouring, in and framing this contest as a battle over environmental interests. 

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Marijuana Legalization
5:01 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Marijuana Measures In Oregon, Alaska Reflect Lessons Learned In Washington

FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, July 1, 2014, a worker weighs out one-gram packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle," during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattl
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned here.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

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Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Can Seahawks Turn Adversity From Harvin Trade Into Opportunity?

Percy Harvin stands on the sideline late in the second half of the Seahawks' 30-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The spotlight will be on the Seahawks once again this weekend as the team tries to bounce back from all the controversy that's been swirling around them recently. They play the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on Sunday.

The Seahawks have been under intense scrutiny following back-to-back losses and the shocking trade of star receiver Percy Harvin.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says this is what happens when a defending Super Bowl champion makes a controversial mid-season trade that really amounts to a firing.

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Jazz and Blues
5:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Redemption Is The Key To An Unlikely Friendship Two Musicians Shared

The Frank Morgan Tribute band at San Quentin, L to R: George Cables, piano; Ron Carter, bass; Grace Kelly, alto; Mark Gross, alto; Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone; Marvin "Smitty" Smith, drums.
Courtesy of Terrill Lee Lankford.

How exactly does a man in his 70s — a man who spent most of his adult life in and out of prison and constantly battling a drug addiction — become friends with a 14-year-old girl?

They find a common bond. And in the case of Frank Morgan and Grace Kelly, that bond was music. 

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Health Care
4:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Roving, Free Health Clinic Sets Up Shop At KeyArena For Four-Day Stay

Reina Rosales has her cavity filled by Dr. Phillips Trautman.
Monica Spain

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.

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Business
4:15 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Amazon Shares Drop As Third-Quarter Results Disappoint Investors

Amazon is starting to face more competition from Google in delivery of items such as groceries
Jason Brackins Flickr

Amazon disappointed investors Thursday by posting a bigger loss than expected, sending its shares down 11 percent in after-hours trading.

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Election 2014
4:08 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

mathteacherguy Flickr

Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

So where’s all the money going? It’s everything from address labels to Zipcar rentals.

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The Business Of Energy
3:40 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

B.C. Energy Minister Says U.S. Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River at Rowena, Oregon.
Jessica Robinson

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty. Northwest utilities say your power rates would be lower if that electricity could be sold to California instead of being delivered to Canada for free.

This week in Spokane, the biggest players in the trans-national river basin are debating whether to extend that 50-year-old treaty.

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Studio Sessions
3:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Actor Tom Wopat, Better Known As Luke Duke, Is Also A Talented Jazz Singer

Tom Wopat
Justin Steyer

Although actor/singer/guitarist Tom Wopat is best known for his role as Luke Duke in the long-running television series "The Dukes Of Hazzard," his best artistic work was still ahead of him when that series ended.

Instead of seeking more television work, Wopat pursued his first love, music. He has recorded 10 albums in a variety of genres, and has performed in several Broadway musicals including "Annie Get Your Gun" with Bernadette Peters.

Wopat is currently touring with his jazz group, and we were very pleased that he could make time to visit the KPLU Performance Studio. All he brought with him was a guitar, his fine voice and some good stories.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Pileated Applepeckers

Credit Diana Buckley birdsamore.com

It's autumn, and apples have begun to fall, although many remain on the trees. In full view of its offspring, an adult Pileated Woodpecker stabs a tasty apple treat. After it feeds, it flies to a nearby tree. Alone now, the youngster repeats what it's seen, knocking apples to the ground until it finds one secure enough to withstand its hungry blows. It just learned something that will sustain it, once it's on its own. Hey, perhaps they should be called Pileated Applepeckers at this time of year!

Ebola
5:01 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Ebola 'Still Small Potatoes,' But A Major Menace In West Africa

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Nowa Paye, 9, is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia.
Jerome Delay AP Photo

As the Ebola outbreak first emerged in West Africa, some global health experts downplayed it. The virus has flared up here and there since it was discovered in the 1970s, and rarely has its death toll exceeded a few dozen or at most a few hundred.

“I actually was among those who didn’t think it would be that big a deal, and like the previous ones, it would be contained and would burn itself out very quickly,” said Tom Paulson, who has been covering global health for nearly 20 years. “I was dead wrong.”

Paulson, the founder and editor of Humanosphere, sat down with KPLU to talk about why he’s changed his mind and come to see Ebola in Africa as a major menace.

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