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Do You Have A Wish List For Local Mass Transit? Take The Survey

KPLU News - 3 hours 23 min ago

What does your ideal commute look like?  Sound Transit wants the public to weigh in on the next phase of planning for light rail expansion.   

But act fast; the comment period closes on Wednesday. You can access a link to the survey on our web site, kplu.org.

Industry Payments To Nurses Go Unreported In Federal Database

KPLU News - 3 hours 39 min ago
A nurse practitioner in Connecticut pleaded guilty in June to taking $83,000 in kickbacks from a drug company in exchange for prescribing its high-priced drug to treat cancer pain.

In Ecuador, Pope Begins Three-Nation Tour

KPLU News - 5 hours 9 min ago
Pope Francis is making his first visit as pontiff to Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

Francis landed in Quito, Ecuador, on Sunday and was welcomed by hundreds of thousands. The New York Times reports:

"The first pope from Latin America, Francis later drove through the streets of Quito, the capital, standing in the back of a white car with open sides.

Washington Assistant Attorney General Who Negotiated Big Mortgage Settlement Is Retiring

KPLU News - 5 hours 47 min ago

Here are some words that might give you a flashback to the darkest days of the mortgage meltdown: no-doc loans, teaser rates, robo-signing.

But long before abuses in the mortgage industry became dinner-table conversation, one quiet assistant attorney general in Washington state was already targeting predatory lending. That man is David Huey, and he's now retiring after a string of high-profile successes.

Latest On Greek Crisis: Finance Minister Resigns, As EU Leaders Meet

KPLU News - 6 hours 29 min ago
Greece and its European Union partners are beginning to sort out what's next, after the country voted en masse to reject a German-led bailout plan that would have given the country more credit to pay its debt in exchange for tough austerity measures.

Liberal Minority Won Over Conservatives In Historic Supreme Court Term

KPLU News - 10 hours 59 sec ago
It was a historic term, a surprisingly liberal term — and a nasty term.

That's the essence of the tea-leaf reading about the U.S. Supreme Court term that just concluded. Astonishingly — though the court is dominated by conservative justices — the liberal minority, disciplined and united, drove the direction in a startling number of cases, while the conservatives splintered into multiple factions.

The numbers tell the story. The liberals won in 19 of the 26 closely-divided ideological cases and eight out of 10 of the most important ones.

A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger

KPLU News - 10 hours 1 min ago
This summer, Morning Edition is taking you on adventures off the beaten path — trails that transport us to a special, hidden place. We start just minutes from downtown Mobile, Ala., at the point where five rivers converge in the Mobile Bay Delta. With our trail guide, we discover centuries of history, and biodiversity like no other place in the country.

This trail will be by water, and starting at the point where five rivers empty into Mobile Bay.

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Nears Its Quarry

KPLU News - 10 hours 2 min ago
It's taken nearly a decade and three billion miles to get there, but scientists are about to get their first look at Pluto.

The New Horizons spacecraft is closing fast on the tiny world once thought to be at the edge of our solar system. On Tuesday the probe will begin an intensive nine-day scientific study of Pluto and its moons.

It's been a long time coming. New Horizons was launched in 2006.

People With Brain Injuries Heal Faster If They Get Up And Get Moving

KPLU News - 10 hours 2 min ago
When Kate Klein began working as a nurse in the Cleveland Clinic's Neurointensive Care Unit, one of the first things she noticed was that her patients spent a lot of time in bed. She knew patients with other injuries benefitted from getting up and moving early on, and she wondered why not patients with brain injuries.

"I asked myself that question. I asked my colleagues that question," Klein says. "Why aren't these patients getting out of bed?

After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

KPLU News - 10 hours 3 min ago
It's been called the "Super Bowl of the ocean."

Shark Week is a ratings bonanza for the Discovery Channel with more than 40 million people tuning in last year.

Corruption On The Border: Dismantling Misconduct In The Rio Grande Valley

KPLU News - 10 hours 4 min ago
This week, Morning Edition and All Things Considered examine public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up pervasive misconduct by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. But as NPR's John Burnett and Marisa Penaloza report, the problems are entrenched.

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is a world apart, isolated by empty ranch land to the north, the Gulf to the east, and Mexico to the south.

In Crucial Referendum, Greeks Reject Bailout Proposal

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 15:17
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Lucas Pino No Net Nonet Seattle Debut Concert At Ballard Jazz Festival

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 15:00

The Lucas Pino No Net Nonet played an exciting concert of original music at the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival, and the concert was recorded for broadcast on KPLU's Jazz Northwest

Lucas Pino is a New York-based tenor saxophonist who has been leading a similar band in monthly concerts at Smoke in New York City for the past three years.  The New York band has a new CD on the Seattle label, Origin Records, and Lucas Pino recently married Roxy Coss, another saxophonist who is a former Seattle resident who attended Garfield High.

Kerry: Iran Faces 'Hard Choices' To Reach Nuclear Deal With West

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 13:23
Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is ready to walk away from the negotiating table if Tehran is unwilling to make the "hard choices" necessary to achieve a deal with the West on limiting its nuclear program.

However, Kerry also said that he and his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, were making "genuine progress" on "several of the most difficult issues" that remain to be resolved.

"If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said outside a Vienna hotel where day

China Takes Steps To Halt Plunge In Stock Markets

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 08:23
China's central bank will provide an injection of cash for the state-run margin finance company, as the country's top brokerages pledge to go on a share-buying spree to prop up faltering markets that have lost a third of their value in less than a month.

Some analysts estimate the total margin-lending in the world's second-largest economy is $645 billion. As The Guardian noted last week, the falling share prices have triggered margin calls.

Russian Supply Capsule Successfully Docks With Space Station

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:42
The International Space Station has just received a much-needed delivery, including some groceries, aboard a Russian capsule that successfully docked after three previous attempts to resupply the orbiting laboratory failed.

The unmanned Progress M-28M, carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, linked up with the station two days after it launched aboard a Russian rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Greeks Decide The Fate Of Their Economy In Crucial Referendum

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 06:04
As deeply divided Greeks go to the polls in a referendum that could determine whether the European Central Bank extends a crucial line of credit and the country remains in the euro zone, Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis has vowed to resign if they vote "yes" to bailout terms that the government opposes.

The referendum is on whether the country should accept a deal – including harsh austerity measures — that has technically been removed from the table by international lenders.

Do Try This At Home: Three Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:57
This summer, NPR is getting crafty in the kitchen. As part of Weekend Edition's Do Try This At Home series, top chefs are sharing their cleverest hacks and tips — taking expensive, exhausting or intimidating recipes and tweaking them to work in any home kitchen.

This week: We go to Seoul, South Korea, to make banchan — those endless small plates of pickles and veggies that traditionally accompany rice or soup.

Tunisia Seeks Its Way On A Winding, Bumpy Path

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:57
Editor's Note: An attacker opened fire on a beach in Tunisia and killed 38 people on June 26. NPR's Alice Fordham went to cover the story. She used to live in Tunisia and reflects on how the country's changed in recent years.

Two years ago, I first went to the town of Kairouan, one of the holiest sites in Islam. Tear gas drifted around the beautiful old stones of the Great Mosque and nervous police sheltered in small patches of shade.

Greeks Begin Voting In Historic Resolution

KPLU News - Sun, 07/05/2015 - 04:57
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