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A Father In California, Kids In El Salvador, And New Hope To Reunite

KPLU News - 3 hours 34 min ago
Editor's Note: Unaccompanied minors surged across the U.S. southern border last year. In response, the Obama administration has introduced a program that would allow families to reunite. In this story about the divided Leveron family, NPR's Richard Gonzales reports first from California, followed by Carrie Kahn in El Salvador.

It's mid-afternoon and Carlos Leveron, 38, is returning home from a 12-hour shift at a local food processing plant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

She Wants To Stop Fathers From Giving Up Their Daughters

KPLU News - 4 hours 6 min ago


It's Official: You Can Now Take Photos During White House Tours

KPLU News - 4 hours 18 min ago
The decades-old ban on taking photographs inside the White House during public tours is being lifted today, first lady Michelle Obama announced on Instagram.

The White House, in a statement, said guests are welcome to take photos throughout the White House tour route and encouraged visitors to share their experiences using the hashtag #WhiteHouseTour.

What's permitted: Phones and compact still cameras with a lens no longer than 3 inches.

What's not: Video cameras, including any action camcorders, cameras with detach

Toyota's Top Female Executive Resigns After Arrest

KPLU News - 5 hours 36 min ago
Julie Hamp, Toyota Motor Corp.'s first senior female executive who was appointed head of public relations just weeks ago, has resigned after her arrest for allegedly importing the prescription painkiller oxycodone in violation of the country's narcotics laws.

Toyota in a statement today said Hamp resigned Tuesday, and the company accepted her resignation "after considering the concerns and inconve

Greece Signals It May Accept Terms Of Bailout – With Some Conditions

KPLU News - 6 hours 12 min ago
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told creditors his government is prepared to accept most conditions imposed for a bailout, hours after Greece defaulted on a loan payment to the International Monetary Fund.

"I am writing to inform you on the position of the Hellenic Republic towards the list of Prior Actions of the Staff Level Agreement as published on the European Commission website on June 28th 2015," Tsipeas wrote in a letter today to t

After Supreme Court Decision, What's Next For Gay Rights Groups?

KPLU News - 6 hours 41 min ago
Having clinched the long-sought prize of same-sex marriage in all 50 states, some long-time advocates are now waking up to the realization that they need to find a new job. At least one major same-sex marriage advocacy group is preparing to close down and other LGBT organizations are retooling.

They have grown from a ragtag group with a radical idea into a massive multi-million dollar industry of slick and sophisticated sellers of a dream.

USA's 'Mr. Robot' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

KPLU News - 7 hours 6 min ago





As Panama's Economy Booms, So Do Concerns Over Debt And The Environment

KPLU News - 7 hours 33 min ago
The 66th floor of Panama City's Trump Tower is a fine spot to experience Panama's booming economy.

Outside the windows, hundreds of skyscrapers stretch the length of the capital's skyline.

Inside, a hand of blackjack will set you back $200 but all you can drink champagne costs just $10.

On average, growth has topped 8 percent in the last five years, making Panama the envy of its struggling Latin American neighbors.

Fueling the boom is Panama's little-regulated and prosperous financial sector, as well as the government's construction binge: a new subway, an oceanfront highway and the mo

Historic Vote May Determine Whether Greece Remains In The Eurozone

KPLU News - 7 hours 51 min ago
At the end of World War II with the continent in ruins, Winston Churchill famously proclaimed, "We must build a United States of Europe." He believed such a union would bring an end to centuries of European wars.

For 70 years Europe has been engaged in a political and economic quest to make that happen. But many in Greece, such as Athens cab driver Jordan Repanidis, feel this historic reshaping of the Western world has a strangle hold on their country.

"If it is for me to get drowned," he said, "let me drown by myself.

Buy A Meth House Unawares And Pay The Health Consequences

KPLU News - 8 hours 11 min ago
Jennifer Nugent and her three kids are throwing a big, blue ball around in the small living room of their rental home.

The kids are happy, but Nugent isn't. She planned to raise them in a place with much more room to play.

And she was. That is, until she learned that home was uninhabitable.

Two years ago, she and her husband bought a country home in the small central Indiana town of Mooresville.

"It was blue and it had a lot of potential for us to add on," she says.

Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game

KPLU News - 8 hours 13 min ago
Amy Roegler and her husband Octavio Herrera live with their young kids, Jake and Alyssa, in Los Angeles. So, when it comes to pro baseball, they're all Dodgers fans. And Jake loved balls even as a baby, Octavio says.

"We have a picture of him as a 3-month-old with a little Dodger jersey and a glove," Octavio says. "So he was definitely going to be introduced to sports early, and he took to it right away." Today 10-year-old Jake is on his baseball league's All-Star team.

Meanwhile his sister, 8-year-old Alyssa, has a passion for gymnastics.

A Phys Ed Teacher Battles Tight Budgets And Childhood Obesity

KPLU News - 8 hours 14 min ago
First rule of Brinton Elementary School run club: Keep those legs moving. Second rule of run club: Have fun.

For 13-year-old Kaprice Faraci and her sister, Kassidy, inspiration to keep moving struck one after school afternoon in the third grade. Video games and TV bored the twins. They were outside when they spotted a small pack of children chugging down their street.

"We saw some girls running around the school in the neighborhood and we were like, 'Hey, we wanna do that!' " Kaprice says.

State Schools Chief: 'This Budget Is Not Constitutional'

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 20:54

Though it includes new funding for schools, state superintendent Randy Dorn says the budget Washington lawmakers passed falls short of meeting a Supreme Court mandate to increase K-12 spending.

In a statement, Dorn called on the state's high court to "take whatever steps necessary to bring the Legislature back into session as soon as possible" to work out solutions to problems justices ordered them to solve in their 2012 McCleary ruling.

Jeb Bush's Wealth Skyrocketed After Leaving Governor's Office

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:54
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, showing that his personal wealth has skyrocketed since he left the Florida governor's office in 2007.

The White House hopeful earned about $29 million during that time, a substantial jump from his income before becoming governor — helped by a mix of speaking fees, investments, his capital investment company J

Peru's Pitmasters Bury Their Meat In The Earth, Inca-Style

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:50
What's the epitome of summer for a lot of Americans? It's communing around a grill, with friends and family, waiting for a slab of meat to cook to juicy perfection.

In Peru, people like to gather around heat and meat, too. Except the heat — and the meat — are buried in the ground. It's called pachamanca, a traditional way of cooking that dates back to the Inca Empire.

U.S. And Cuba Will Formally Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 15:29
A White House Administration official confirms that the United States and Cuba have come to an agreement to formally re-establish diplomatic relations, and open embassies in Havana and Washington.

The Obama administration will announce the agreement on Wednesday.

As NPR's Krishnadev Calamur reported earlier last year, the U.S.

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:42
There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

On this map, the U.S.

Does The Drip, Drip, Drip Of Clinton's Email Controversy Matter?

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:33
The State Department is set to release about 3,000 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as secretary of state on Tuesday. The release is part of the State Department's schedule to release a bundle of Clinton emails every month through Jan. 29, 2016.

That date is just three days before the "first in the nation" Iowa caucuses, and pretty much guarantees that at least once a month there will be a flurry of conversation about Clinton's email practices and whether there's something missing.

How Default Could Push Greece Out Of The Eurozone

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:29
This story was updated at 7 p.m. ET.

The deadline passed Tuesday evening for Greece to make a key loan payment to the International Monetary Fund — putting it a step closer toward quitting the euro.

There had been last-minute attempts by the government to negotiate a deal with its creditors.

Ebola Returns To Liberia With A Mysterious Case Near Monrovia

KPLU News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 14:29
Almost two months after Liberia was declared Ebola-free, the disease has cropped up again — this time in a rural town outside the capital city.

So far, there's only one new case, but health officials are rushing to stop its spread.

Liberia's deputy health minister, Tolbert Nyenswah, said Tuesday that a 17-year-old boy died of Ebola at his home in Nedowein, a village near the country's international airport.

"There is no need to panic.