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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Christian McBride: The bass boss

Bassist Christian McBride and pianist Peter Martin perform in the KPLU studios on April 5, 2012.
Justin Steyer KPLU

In the first generation of be-bop musicians, Ray Brown was King of the Jazz Bass.  Today, the ‘go-to’ jazz bassist is Christian McBride, so we felt quite lucky when he said he had the time to stop into to KPLU studios for a performance with pianist, Peter Martin.

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Beautiful diversion
11:31 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Skagit Valley tulip festival in full bloom

The color of the farmlands in Washington's Skagit Valley, near Mount Vernon, Wash., during the annual Tulip Festival, is shown in this undated photo. About 850,000 people travel to the area each year to see the farmland color during the Tulip Festival.
The Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Sunshine in recent days has Skagit Valley tulips blooming.

Tulip festival spokeswoman Betsy Nevi in Mount Vernon says the fields of flowers are showing lots of color.

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Election 2012
11:08 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Inslee raises $550k, but now McKenna can fundraise

The Legislature's adjournment is good news for Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign coffers.

McKenna now can start fundraising again and try to close the gap between him and Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in the race for the governor's office.

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Health news
10:12 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Google shows Washington stuck in flu season

Has the flu been where you are at?
Gianmaria Veronese Flickr

Flu season is hanging on longer than usual in parts of the Northwest say health officials. That’s shown in cases of the flu  and also via web searches.

Google queries for terms like “muscle aches,” ”flu symptoms” and “thermometer” are being used to track where flu is hitting now.

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Washington state legislature
8:06 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Legislature passes budget proposal, adjourns

State employee and local union president Thornton Alberg watches House floor action on the 30th day of the special session.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Gregoire played the role of negotiator-in-chief. Her shuttle diplomacy finally brought the Washington House and Senate to a bipartisan go-home deal. Lawmakers needed some extra time on the clock. But they were able to pass a budget that closes a half-billion dollar budget shortfall.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Have Fruit-Loopy fun making cakeless fruitcake

Nancy's "Rum Pot" concoction of dried fruit steeped in rum. Next pic shows growth spurt in the garlic patch.
Nancy Leson

When you ask your dinner host "What should I bring?" and the answer is " dessert" what do you make?

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Televison
2:02 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

'Simpsons' creator: Real Springfield is in Oregon

Matt Groening, creator of the animated series "The Simpsons," poses with his character creations Bart Simpson, left, and Homer Simpson earlier this year.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters.

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Gun Laws
12:55 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Survey: Will this bus campaign change your mind about guns?

An instance of Washington Ceasefire's new ad campaign.

You may have seen the new ads on city buses (250 in all) warning against the dangers of owning a gun.

But will the ads make a difference to you?

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Tolling
10:47 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Bill's in the mail for 520, Tacoma bridge tolls

People who have been tardy about paying their tolls for crossing the State Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges will be mailed civil penalty notices this week.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Money Matters
5:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

The pros and cons of Exchange-Traded Funds

401kcalculator.org

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) are a popular alternative to mutual funds.

Are they right for you? 

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that a well diversified ETF can be a great investment.

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Seattle police
6:46 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

NAACP: Was police stop coincidence or pay back?

Christopher Franklin is one of two men planning to sue the city of Seattle over treatment by Seattle police.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Was a Seattle police stop of two African American men in February just a coincidence or, as some are suggesting, "retaliation" for the publicity surrounding a previous stop. 

The NAACP says it wants answers from Seattle Police.

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Groove Notes
5:18 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

One of Louis Armstrong's final performances (favorite recipes) out this month

Louis Armstrong

Originally, a limited vinyl release by the National Press Club in 1972, one of the last recordings of Louis Armstrong will be available widely for the first time via Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on April 24th as part of the Smithsonian’s celebration of the 11th annual Jazz Appreciation Month.

Armstrong often signed letters “Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours,” which makes for an apt title for the recording especially since his favorite recipes ― everything from Louisiana Caviar to the Sazerac ― are included in the liner notes, as they were in the original pressing.

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Environment
4:59 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Feds say 3 pesticides harmful to salmon

A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.

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Public policy
3:25 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Seattle council protects public breastfeeding

The Seattle City Council has made it illegal for businesses and others to ask mothers to stop breastfeeding, to cover up or move to a different location.

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