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Pesticide Drift Threatens Organic Farms

KPLU News - 56 min 16 sec ago
Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006.

Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

KPLU News - 1 hour 4 min ago
Alan Cheuse, the novelist, teacher and longtime literary commentator for NPR, has died at the age of 75. His daughter, Sonya, confirmed that he died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident in California two weeks ago.

"On behalf of the family, we are in deep grief at the loss of our beloved father, husband and grandfather," Sonya Cheuse told NPR. "He was the brightest light in our family. He will always remain in our hearts.

U.K. Officials Instructed To Grant Ai Weiwei's Original U.K. Visa Request

KPLU News - 1 hour 27 min ago
Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who was originally granted only a 20-day visa to visit Britain will now receive the six-month one he applied for. A spokesperson for the U.K. Home Office explains the head of the department, Theresa May, was not consulted over the staff's decision to allow only a shorter stay.

"She has reviewed the case and has now instructed Home Office officials to issue a full six-month visa," the spokesperson says. "We have written to Mr.

Judge Says Virginia Can Refuse To Issue Confederate License Plates

KPLU News - 1 hour 40 min ago
Close on the heels of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted Texas the right to refuse to issue Confederate-themed license plates, a federal judge has effectively vacated a state injunction in Virginia that kept officials there from similarly blocking such plates.

Judge Jackson L.

Hillary Clinton's Doctor Says She's Healthy Enough To Be President

KPLU News - 2 hours 3 min ago
The State Department's latest dump of Hillary Clinton's emails may dominate the news cycle in the coming days, but her campaign also released another crucial document on Friday — a clean bill of health for the Democratic front-runner.

The confirmation comes from Lisa Bardack, a New York-based doctor who has been Clinton's physician since 2001.

Hot Weekend Will Make Seafair More Like Heatfair

KPLU News - 2 hours 24 min ago

The Puget Sound is going to continue it California weather imitation for another weekend in what already is a record-breaking summer, said KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass.

Cheetos, Canned Foods, Deli Meat: How The U.S. Army Shapes Our Diet

KPLU News - 2 hours 38 min ago
Many of the foods that we chow down on every day were invented not for us, but for soldiers.

Energy bars, canned goods, deli meats — all have military origins. Same goes for ready-to-eat guacamole and goldfish crackers.

According to the new book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How The U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat, many of the packaged, processed foods we find in today's supermarkets started out as science experiments in an Army laboratory.

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

KPLU News - 3 hours 2 min ago
One day before a district court ruling was to go into effect that would force the NCAA to allow colleges to pay student-athletes $5,000 per year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on that order.

The ruling comes nearly a year after a district court judge ruled that the "NCAA violated antitrust laws when it said college athletes couldn't be compensated for the use of their names and likenesses," as we reported last August.

Marine Version Of F-35 Deemed 'Combat Ready'

KPLU News - 4 hours 2 min ago
Updated at 2 p.m. ET

Eighteen years and nearly $400 billion since engineers begin outlining the initial concept, a small squadron of F-35B Lightning IIs has finally been declared ready to fight.

Ten of the stealthy fighters, which have experienced numerous cost overruns and delays over the years, will begin flying with the U.S.

#NPRReads: Considering The Language Of Wine And What's In A Toddler's Mouth

KPLU News - 4 hours 6 min ago
#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four items.

From NPR producer Sarah Handel:

How does becoming a parent change your work?

She Owes Her Activism To A Brave Mom, The ADA And Chocolate Cake

KPLU News - 4 hours 28 min ago


Toxic Lead Contaminates Some Traditional Ayurvedic Medicines

KPLU News - 4 hours 33 min ago
Nisha Saini has been practicing an Indian traditional health form called Ayurveda for over 16 years. She runs a small alternative health center in Manhattan called New York Ayurveda where customers can get massages and dietary advice. Over the counter, Saini sells an extensive array of traditional remedies concocted from herbs and spices. But there's one kind of Ayurvedic medicine she doesn't sell.

"[They're] mostly made from metal ashes. Those are called rasa products," Saini says.

Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

KPLU News - 4 hours 39 min ago
Advocates and inmates working to overhaul the criminal justice system will have to wait at least a little longer for congressional action.

The Republican leader of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley, said he won't hold a public event on sentencing reform proposals until after the August recess, as language is still being drafted by a bipartisan working group. And in the U.S.

Arson Attack That Killed Toddler In West Bank Is Called Terrorism

KPLU News - 5 hours 49 min ago
An arson attack in the West Bank that killed an 18-month-old boy was being condemned widely on Friday, but the Palestinian Liberation Organization is putting the blame on the Israeli government.

The attack happened in the early morning hours of Friday when perpetrators firebombed a house in the village of Duma. According to the BBC, the perpetrators left behind some graffiti in Hebrew.

New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

KPLU News - 6 hours 16 sec ago
In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine's trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa.

"The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent," a team of researchers say.

The trial was called Ebola ça Suffit — French for "Ebola that's enough." Funded by the World Health Organization and other groups, it started in April and ended on July 20, relying on participants who consented to be part of the trial.

Summer Olympics 2008 Host Beijing Awarded 2022 Winter Games

KPLU News - 6 hours 4 min ago
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Death Of Beloved Lion Heats Up Criticism Of Big Game Hunting

KPLU News - 6 hours 17 min ago
The killing of Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion, by a dentist from Minnesota has turned an international spotlight on big game hunting. It's a thriving industry, with more than 1,000 organizations worldwide.

George Hinton is with Hunting Legends in Pennsylvania. The company runs safaris on thousands of acres in South Africa. Its website is filled with pictures of lions, and there's a price list: An elephant can cost you $60,000 plus daily rates.

In Report, Justice Accuses St. Louis County Family Court Of Racial Bias

KPLU News - 7 hours 16 sec ago
In a scathing 60-page report, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division says the St.

More Previously Uninsured Californians Got Coverage Under Obamacare

KPLU News - 7 hours 16 min ago
Just over two-thirds of Californians who did not have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act went into full effect in 2014 are now covered, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The newly insured are much less likely to say that paying for health care is a problem, compared to when they were uninsured.

"This is really great news for California," said Sarah de Guia, executive director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an advocacy group. She spoke of people being lifted from the fear of paying for care.