Global Health
12:23 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Get live ongoing coverage of UN Week from Humanosphere

A week of big meetings surrounding the United Nations in New York, including a pivotal discussion of tackling non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes ... in poor countries.

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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.
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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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Mining death
10:03 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Poor mining practices, inadequate oversight preceded miner's death

A statue of a miner stands outside Hecla Mining’s headquarters in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The company owns the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho, where miner Larry Marek died in April.
Jessica Robinson KPLU

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho – It's been five months since a rockfall at the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho killed veteran miner Larry Marek. Much about the accident is still unknown. But public records going back several years suggest the federal agency that oversees mines did not adequately ensure the safety of workers at the Lucky Friday.

A 2008 report on another collapse there went missing. And since Larry Marek’s death, inspectors have found a dramatically higher number of safety violations.

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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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Soldier deaths
9:39 am
Mon September 19, 2011

JBLM soldier killed in Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Saturday of combat injuries in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael W. Hosey, 27, of Birmingham, Ala., was fatally injured when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Hosey was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:36 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Salazar pushes Hanford reactor as national park

Hanford's B reactor.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the historic B Reactor at the Hanford nuclear reservation should be part of a national park to tell how the nuclear era was born out of World War II.

Salazar visited the reactor Sunday with Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Doc Hastings and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The Tri-City Herald reports the B Reactor would be a key attraction in the Manhattan Project National Historical Park along with properties at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge. Tenn.

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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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