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Global Health
12:25 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

How the ‘Battle in Seattle’ led to a global health epicenter

So what do the WTO riots and globalization have to do with global health? 'Lots,' says geographer Matt Sparke.
djbones Flickr

How did Seattle get to be a world epicenter for global health?

Most people would say that it’s due to the simple fact that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is here ... but Matt Sparke would say it’s more complicated than that.

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Animal attacks
12:17 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Officials: Mule deer attacked Idaho woman, rescuer

BOISE, Idaho — Wildlife managers say a mule deer injured a woman near her rural Idaho home and gored the man who came to her rescue in an unusual, though not rare attack.

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Elections 2012
9:36 am
Mon October 3, 2011

State Sen. Baumgartner announces for Cantwell seat

Sen. Baumgartner meets with the Advocates from the American Diabetes Association in April 2011.
WashingtonSRC Flickr

SPOKANE, Wash. — Republican State Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane is announcing he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

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K-12 Education
7:30 am
Mon October 3, 2011

Seattle hopes celebrities and competition get students to school

The school year just started last month and chances are a lot of kids have already missed a day or two of class. Educators say that’s a huge problem since attendance is one of the biggest indicators of whether students will graduate.

Now, some new efforts are underway to get kids to school ... one involves famous people. 

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Business
8:11 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

Minimum wage in Washington will rise to $9.04 in January

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Despite a slow economic recovery, inflation is up. That means Washington’s minimum wage will increase to more than $9 an hour starting in January.

That was the announcement Friday from the state. The wage hike is based on a voter approved initiative that links the minimum wage to inflation.

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Artscape
8:10 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Go ahead and scream: New horror film exhibit at Seattle's EMP

Among the horror film props on display at "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" at Seattle's EMP Museum is the infamous mask from "Friday the 13th."
From the Paul G. Allen Family Collection. Photo by Brady Harvey

What is it about horror films that makes our skin crawl?

EMP Museum's new  "Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film" exhibit dissects the horror flick, ripping apart the hair-raising soundtrack and giving us an up-close view of various movie props: from the gory to the just plain eerie.

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BC Place
8:00 am
Sun October 2, 2011

Bigger seats, 'marshmallow' roof replaced at Vancouver stadium

The newly renovated BC Place, the former Olympic stadium in Vancouver B.C. had it's 'marshmallow' roof replaced with a retractable roof.
Craig McCulloch KPLU

Seen around the world as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the iconic “marshmallow,” air supported roof is gone, in favor of a $240 million fabric supported retractable covering.

The renovations have been so extensive, including bigger seats for bigger bottoms, that the new BC Place is being marketed as virtually a brand new stadium.

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Festivals and events
5:34 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

3 things to do over the weekend

From locally crafted brews to deep rumbling sub-woofers, Tacoma and Seattle have a lot to offer this weekend in terms of events and festivals. Check out these three local events that could make your weekend fun and exciting.

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Data Mining
5:04 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Could young voters be the next surprise for Republicans?

Young voters have a voice and a vote – but how they will use them is the question.
Joseph Gilbert Flickr

Recent polls suggest that younger Washington state voters are trending more politically conservative than their elders.

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Drug control
12:20 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

To fight meth, new system will track your purchases of cold-meds

The fight against meth takes many forms, one of which is a new tracking system that will limit how much cold medicine you can buy.
Eric Chan Flickr

If you’re a fan of the television series "Breaking Bad" then you know, in the words of Walter White,  that making methamphetamines "is just basic chemistry."

And some of the key chemical ingredients of meth are found in over the counter cold, flu and allergy medications which contain pseudoephedrine and ephedrine. That’s why the Washington State Board of Pharmacy is implementing a new electronic reporting system that will monitor purchases of these medications in real time.

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Union unrest
10:07 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Judge fines Longshore union $250,000 over tactics

Longshoremen tactics in Longview have resulted in confrontations with police and now a major fine from a judge.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has fined a Longshore union $250,000 for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

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Education
9:44 am
Fri September 30, 2011

State school's chief defies Gregoire's request for list of cuts

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington schools chief Randy Dorn has defied a request by the governor to provide a list of new education budget cuts. Instead, Dorn sent Governor Chris Gregoire a letter that explains why he told his staff not to respond to her request.

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Fund Drive FREE Friday!
9:30 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Your support today helps KPLU sustain shorter drives!

You may notice when listening to KPLU today that the fund drive sounds a little different ... What’s going on?

Well, because we know you like shorter fund drives and we do like to show gratitude to our listeners, we have given you back an entire day of regular programming smack in the middle of our spring fund drive!

If you have already supported our Fall Fund Drive, thank you! And, if you haven’t had a chance, you can show us how much you love having a FUND DRIVE FREE FRIDAY by making a pledge now!

Remember we can only have shorter fund drives because we are able to reach our fundraising goals. These goals are only met because of listeners like you who make it happen every time!

Enjoy your Friday and thanks again for all you do for KPLU!

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:13 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Weak fronts mean sun, but the coming strong front will bring clouds

When the sun is just coming up ... it's the coldest part of the day.
Trevin Chow Flickr

Weak weather fronts mean the sun should stick around through the weekend, with temperatures in the lower 70s and mid-60s and some occasional light showers. Then, a stronger front moves in late Sunday that will seal our fate for next week – at least when it comes to no sun.  

“The pattern of the atmosphere is shifting,” Cliff Mass told KPLU’s Keith Seinfeld, “so we are going from a ridge-like pattern to a trough-like pattern, which means that for much of next week we are going to be stuck in a cloudy, wet situation with highs getting up to only around 60.”

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head injury
9:11 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Recession may have caused more infant abuse

It appears the economic recession has taken its toll on babies. Researchers have found the number of babies with severe head injuries nearly doubled in 2008 and 2009. Stress in the family seems to be a factor.

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