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11:15 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Lawmaker uses KKK mailing to discuss bigotry in Idaho

Idaho State Representative Cherie Buckner-Webb. Photo courtesy the Buckner-Webb campaign

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 5:39 pm

The African-American lawmaker in Idaho who received a flier from the KKK says she’s using the incident as an opportunity to talk about bigotry in the state. State representative Cherie Buckner-Webb and four other Idaho lawmakers have reported getting the mailings at home.

Cherie Buckner-Webb grew up in Boise and remembers when someone set fire to a cross on her family’s lawn in the 1960s.

She says, a lot has changed since then, but the KKK pamphlet she received is a reminder that racism hasn’t been extinguished.

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Spring flooding
11:12 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Army Corps preparing for 'big water' in Northwest

An aerial view of Grand Coulee Dam. Photo courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 2:59 pm

Federal water and dam managers are draining reservoirs in the Columbia and Snake River basins to get ready for "big water" coursing downriver. In recent weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers has called for bigger drawdowns -- or as the agency calls it "drafting" -- to protect against flooding. Supervisory engineer Peter Brooks says more room is needed to catch runoff from the bountiful snows of March.

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NPR tech news
10:28 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Greenpeace: How clean (and green) is your server farm?

Greenpeace's annual report ranks Internet companies based on the efficiency of their cloud facilities.
szaz iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 12:22 pm

Greenpeace released its latest report today asking, "How clean is your cloud?"

The annual report examines the server farms built by the largest Internet companies — including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — and ranks them according to how efficient their cloud facilities are, and where they get their electricity.

Yahoo — which has struggled to please investors in recent years — was the only major Internet company in the study to get most of its electricity from renewable or clean energy sources, according to the report.

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Pulitzer jurors are shocked that no fiction prize was awarded

Originally published on Tue April 17, 2012 6:50 am

One of the surprises from Monday's Pulitzer Prize announcements was the lack of an award in the fiction category. It's the first time since 1977 that the Pulitzer board hasn't given an award for fiction writing.

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A Blog Supreme
2:33 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Why tax day is even worse for musicians

The contradictions between art and business are set into relief by the U.S. income tax code.
iStockPhoto

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:05 pm

Tomorrow is the income tax filing deadline in the U.S., and jazz musicians in particular know it. The overwhelming majority of jazz musicians are freelance performers (and often freelance teachers, composers and other music-related service providers). But the informal aesthetics of the jazz world often extend to its business practices as well, with its handshake deals and cash payments. That makes it quite difficult to keep track of income and expenses when it comes time to report to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Environment
9:44 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Occupy Portland Activists Bus To Richland For Anti-Nuke Rally

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 2:25 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Occupy Portland activists took to the road this weekend. About 100 protesters showed up in sunny downtown Richland Sunday afternoon. They were there to rally against nuclear power and in favor of cleaning up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

On a large stage Native Americans and Occupy coordinators like Mirium German voiced their concerns.

SOUND: Music

“Hanford is an environmental tragedy waiting to happen,” German said.

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Law
9:41 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Idaho lawmaker is tax crusader to some, tax dodger to Feds

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 5:58 pm

The federal government says Phil Hart owes more than half a million dollars in unpaid taxes, interest and penalties. The U.S. Justice Department is threatening to foreclose on his home near Athol, Idaho if he doesn’t pay up. Meanwhile, Idaho tax collectors say Hart owes the state another $53,000.

Rep. Hart has already been re-elected once since his tax troubles came out and he’s now running for a fifth term. Boise State University political science professor Gary Moncrief studies the Idaho legislature.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:16 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Why Women Suffer More Migraines Than Men

A vintage ad for a headache remedy plays to women.
The National Library of Medicine

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 5:52 am

One in four women has had a migraine. And, it turns out, the debilitating headaches affect three times more women than men.

But why?

Decades ago, these headaches were attributed to women's inability to cope with stress, a sort of hysteria. Now experts are starting to figure out the factors that really make a difference.

Today scientists know a migraine is all in your head — but not in that old-fashioned sense. Migraines are biologically based, and they play themselves out as a wave of electrical activity traveling across the brain.

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The Two-Way
12:25 am
Sun April 15, 2012

Tornadoes, Storms Swirl Through Midwest And Plains

A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday.
Orlin Wagner AP

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 6:29 am

The midsection of the U.S. was wracked by storms and tornadoes overnight, with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center forecasting more severe weather to come. Five deaths have been confirmed in northwest Oklahoma, the state's Department of Emergency Management tells NPR.

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NPR diversions
9:06 am
Sat April 14, 2012

The strange persistence of shoes at sea

Tennis shoes lay on the beach on Terschelling island, Netherlands, Feb. 10, 2006. They were from a shipping container that fell off a ship during a storm.
Marleen Swart AP

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 5:23 am

A ship sinks. A hundred years pass. What remains? Look down, down to your feet while I tell you this tale.

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Native Americans
6:00 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Non-monetary benefits a big part of $1 billion tribal settlement

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the settlement Wednesday of breach-of-trust lawsuits filed by 41 American Indian tribes against the United States. Photo by U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 5:09 pm

A landmark settlement announced this week between the federal government and American Indian tribes is expected to have long-term effects beyond the $1 billion in the agreement. Nine Northwest tribes are part of the deal .

Forty-one tribes filed lawsuits alleging the federal government mismanaged tribal accounts for generations. The accounts held decades of royalties on timber, farming, grazing and other leases on land held in trust for the tribes.

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Politics
3:43 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Wash. Governor Wishes New Budget Had Bigger Cushion Of Reserves

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is concerned by the slim cushion of reserves in the state's budget. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 2:34 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is praising the rebalanced state budget that the legislature delivered to her in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. But Gregoire also told reporters Thursday that she's concerned by the very slim cushion of reserves lawmakers left in the state treasury.

She indicates she will selectively veto some proposed spending to keep more cash in reserve.

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The Two-Way
2:02 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Ancient texts will go online from Oxford and Vatican libraries

A general view of the Radcliffe Camera building, part of the Bodleian Library, in Oxford, England. Along with the Vatican, the library is launching a project to digitally scan rare texts and put them online.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 9:22 am

Biblical and antiquities scholars will soon have a new resource at their fingertips, as Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican Library launch a plan to digitize millions of pages of rare ancient texts. The scanned pages will be available online.

From Italy, Sylvia Poggioli filed this report for NPR's Newscast:

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A Blog Supreme
9:09 am
Thu April 12, 2012

When jazz musicians get married, who plays the wedding?

The band on Ingrid Jensen's At Sea includes (left to right) Geoffrey Keezer, Jon Wikan, Jensen, Lage Lund and Matt Clohesy. Jensen and Wikan are married.
Angela Jimenez

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 8:30 am

Because of their skill and versatility, a lot of jazz-trained musicians occasionally find themselves playing wedding gigs. But what happens when jazz musicians themselves get hitched? How do they decide who, among their many musician friends, gets the gig?

The trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is married to drummer Jon Wikan. Weeks before their 2004 wedding, NPR's Weekend Edition interviewed Jensen. Naturally, the subject came up:

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Opinion
9:08 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Foreign Policy: Twitter Predicting The Next Tahrir?

Men light flares in Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gather to mark the one year anniversary of the revolution on Jan. 25, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Tens of thousands have gathered in the square on the first anniversary of the Arab uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
Jeff J. Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 12, 2012 6:21 am

Luke Allnutt writes about digital activism and repression at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Tangled Web blog.

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