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12:32 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

After Deaths Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road.
Austin Jenkins

These days, an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.

The buses carry more people, and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide, there have been 21 deaths on these buses, including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.

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Cyber-Currency
11:27 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Central Wash. Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin Mine, More Coming

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin mine.
Tom Banse

Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin mine in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Washington.

It's not a mine in the traditional sense. In these mines, you won't have helmets, lamps or pickaxes, and there's no danger of cave in. In this case, the mine consists of two warehouses that have been converted into a data center.

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College Athlete Unionization
11:07 am
Mon April 7, 2014

NCAA Head Emmert: Unionization 'Grossly Inappropriate'

NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Sunday, April 6, in Arlington, Texas.
David J. Phillip AP Photo

The NCAA president called an effort to unionize players a "grossly inappropriate" way to solve problems in college sports while insisting the association has plans to change the school-athlete relationship.

Mark Emmert, a former president of the University of Washington, said Sunday that the NCAA wants to allow the big conferences with moneymaking teams to write their own rules, and those changes could solve many athletes' complaints more effectively than unionization.

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Oso Slide
9:32 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 33

A demolished recreational vehicle lies in a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 33.

The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says it has received three more victims than previously reported. Of those, 30 have been identified.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Song Of The Day: On Her Birthday, Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'

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"No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music. If I'm going to sing like someone else, then I don't need to sing at all." - Billie Holiday

Today would have been the 98th birthday of Billie Holiday, so I can't think of a better person to feature.

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Northwest Farmers
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Low Prices Prompt Northwest Asparagus Growers To Try To Delay Harvest

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring.

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Oso Slide
5:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

In Wake Of Deadly Slide, Chaplains Responding To Emotional Emergencies

Based at the Darrington fire station, Reverend Owen Couch greets first responders when they come in from long days searching in the muck.
Rae Ellen Bichell KPLU

As the weeks go by after the deadly mudslide in Oso, the number of volunteers helping to clean up the muddy mess is dwindling. But there’s another team working on an invisible mess — the emotional one. They’re volunteer, emergency response chaplains. Long after the funerals are over and the debris has been disposed of, their work will continue. 

Steve Schertzinger, Owen Couch, and Suzanne and Ray Thompson were some of the first volunteers to arrive after the mudslide in Oso. The chaplains will likely be some of the last to leave. 

Since they retired as a nurse and a firefighter, Suzanne and Ray Thompson have bounced from disaster to disaster.

"Tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, ice storms," Ray Thompson recalled. "I've kind of lost count."

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Homeless Youth
4:59 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Voices From The Street, Part 1

Florangela Davila

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of radio conversations between homeless youth. Voices will also be broadcast as part of the Kids@Risk coverage on Crosscut.com. 

Oso Slide
1:02 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Survivors Wonder: Why Are We Alive?

A demolished recreational vehicle lies near the edge of a debris field at the scene of a deadly mudslide, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.

LoAnna Langton ran out of her house with her baby boy in her arms. Confused about what had just happened, she shouted for her children and their friends. She knew she needed to have her all her babies close at hand.

"Larry, Larry, did you see those trees? There's a hundred trees that just went down," she screamed to her neighbor, Larry Taylor, who opened his door and poked his head out.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Song Of The Day: Perhaps The Most Famous 12 Seconds In All Of Jazz

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"What we play is life. You blows what you is" - Louis Armstrong

While Louis Armstrong wasn't the first jazz musician, he is considered the father of us all musically. Like Charlie Parker, his importance to the music — to all music — cannot be overstated. He is one of the few people who changed the music forever, and he was the first true soloist in jazz.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
8:00 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Song Of The Day: Parker's 'Ornithology' And Goodman's 'How High The Moon'

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"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art. I kept thinking there’s bound to be something else? I could hear it sometimes, but I couldn’t play it." - Charlie Parker

Bebop. This subgenre of jazz has become the defining style for the last 70 years. Over the years, other subgenres have come and gone, but bebop is still the yardstick by which jazz musicians are measured.

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Wanapum Dam
3:34 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Cracked Dam?

Boat launches and docks in the community have been left high and dry from the drawdown of water behind the damaged dam.
Anna King

For one resort community in central Washington, this summer could be a bust. A crack in the Wanapum Dam there has forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet, leaving boat docks hundreds of feet from the water.

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Studio Sessions
2:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Relive Our Live Studio Session With The David Sanborn Trio

Left to right: Joey DeFrancesco, Gene Lake and David Sanborn performing live in the KPLU studios.
Justin Steyer KPLU

It’s the final day of the KPLU spring pledge drive! To show our appreciation for your support, we were thrilled to invite The David Sanborn trio into our Seattle studios this afternoon for an electrifying live studio session, hosted by Abe Beeson. Accompanying Sanborn were organ master Joey DeFrancesco and drummer Gene Lake. 

Please consider how much great live jazz is worth to you make a gift today, in whatever amount fits, to help us reach our goal of 3,600 listeners to make a gift by the end of the day today. 

Make your pledge today!

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Oso Slide
1:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Oso Mudslide Victims Can Postpone Taxes Until Oct. 15

Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop for those affected by a deadly mudslide nearly two weeks earlier nearby, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Oso, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Internal Revenue Service says victims of the Oso mudslide in Washington don't have to worry about the April 15 deadline. They will have until Oct. 15 to file their income tax returns.

The tax relief follows this week's federal disaster declaration.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
11:18 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Song Of The Day: Coleman Hawkins And The Birth Of Bebop

smithsonianjazz.org

"The language of jazz is built on small phrases — riffs that pass like coveted currency from one musician and one generation to the next. But every now and then, there comes a moment when that tried-and-true vocabulary no longer serves, and by rejecting it, an artist arrives at a statement that nudges or catapults the music in new directions." - Tom Moon, NPR

In order to talk about bebop, we need some historical perspective. So we'll start a few years before the beginnings of the bebop era, in 1939. 

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