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Tacoma teacher strike
9:17 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Tacoma school cafeteria food goes to food bank

TACOMA, Wash. — With Tacoma schools closed by a teachers' strike, district food service workers gave perishable produce to a food bank.

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Stolen Statue
9:11 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Boy Scout statue stolen in Tacoma

The top of the 6-foot McKenzie statue of a Boy Scout youth that was stolen from the Creighton Scout Service Center over the weekend.
Courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma Boy Scouts are asking metal recyclers in the region to watch for a 6-foot bronze statue of a Boy Scout that was stolen.

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Humanosphere
8:57 am
Tue September 20, 2011

KPLU's Tom Paulson attending 'weird and wonderful' UN Week

People attend a 'Health Workers Count' event sponsored by Save the Children in New York's Times Square to raise awareness of the importance of midwives and local healthcare providers in developing countries ahead of the Unite Nations General Assembly.
Associated Press

As heads of state, officials and other bigwigs descend on New York City for the United Nations General Assembly meeting, key city streets are closed, the traffic replaced by police officers, patrol cars and vans, and New Yorkers are irritated.

It’s UN Week and most of the buzz is about the Palestinian push for UN recognition as an independent state. President Obama is already in town, scheduled to speak at the UN on Wednesday.

But I’m not here for all that. I just came to see the UN deal with a proposal to re-set the global health agenda — something that, arguably, could do a lot more to increase global stability, our national security and worldwide economic growth than all this other blather. Arguably.

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Money Matters
4:30 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Nervous about stocks? Buy bonds!

U.S. Treasury building, Washington, DC. 11/17/10
Bernard Oh flickr.com

If you’re spooked by the volatile stock market, you may want to put your money into bonds.

On this week’s Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU’s Dave Meyer that short term U.S. Treasury bonds are a safe bet.

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Tacoma teacher strike
7:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

District says it has no plans to replace striking Tacoma teachers

Teachers will remain off the job for the sixth day (with schools closed as well) on Tuesday in Tacoma, where a strike has idled about 28,000 public school students. Negotiations have been continuing late into the night since the strike began.

However, despite the comments of a judge involved in the strike, the Tacoma school district says there is no plan afoot to hire replacement workers for the teachers who remain on strike.

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Medical care
6:07 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

NW medical school doctors paid by drug companies

Some medical students are calling for Northwest doctors to be banned from taking speaking fees from drug companies.
Flickr

Some doctors on the faculty of Northwest medical schools are getting paid by pharmaceutical companies to give talks on new drugs.

Harvard and Stanford have banned this practice. But not Oregon Health and Science University or the University of Washington. Now some medical students want similar bans here.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Seattle zoo prepares to release imperiled frogs

A female Oregon spotted frog from the Owyhee Mountains of Southwestern Idaho, rests in the hand of a researcher in this undated file photo taken in Idaho.
Associated Press

The Woodland Park Zoo is getting ready to release about 1,400 Oregon spotted frogs into Washington wetlands in a move to try to save the imperiled species.

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Crime
4:13 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

FBI: Violent crime continues to decline in Northwest

Alan Cleaver Flickr

The FBI says violent crime dropped 6 percent nationwide in 2010. Northwest states are following that same trend, but see less improvement when it comes to property crime rates.

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Tacoma teacher strike
12:48 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Judge: Tacoma could replace striking teachers

TACOMA, Wash. — A Pierce County Superior Court judge says he's considering giving the Tacoma school district the option to hire replacement teachers for those on the picket line.

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Medical Marijuana
10:57 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Ellensburg planning for medical marijuana gardens

In Ellensburg, marijuana gardens would have to be inside, if the council approves its latest measures.
Flickr

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Ellensburg City Council will take public testimony at Monday's meeting on proposed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Business
9:54 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Washington legislature created program that nobody used

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A loan program the Washington legislature created in 2008 to help small manufacturers hasn’t had a single taker. That’s the finding of a legislative audit that recommends the program be terminated.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:48 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Interior’s Salazar makes economic pitch for Hanford B reactor park

Ken Salazar visited Hanford’s B Reactor this past weekend. He supports efforts to make the site a National Park that would be open to the public.
Anna King KPLU

RICHLAND, Wash. – U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says turning a historic piece of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation into a National Park would be good for the Northwest economy. He made the comment during a tour of Eastern Washington this weekend.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:41 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed

TACOMA, Wash. — Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.

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Elwha River restoration
9:31 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Wild-fish groups to sue over Elwha River hatchery

One of the dams to be destroyed in the Elwha River restoration project. A fish hatchery slated to be part of the restoration has raised concerns.

SEATTLE — Wild-fish advocates say they plan to sue federal and Washington state agencies over a fish hatchery built as part of the Elwha River restoration project.

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Global Health
6:00 pm
Sun September 18, 2011

What's so controversial about cancer? Ask the U.N.

Some of the leading disease experts from Seattle are visiting the United Nations this week. They’re at a "High-Level" meeting to discuss whether poor countries should start worrying about cancer and diabetes – as much as malaria or AIDS. 

That's a controversial idea, says KPLU’s Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson.  He's in New York to cover the meeting. Before he left he explained the controversy to KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld.

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