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Win Tickets To Willie Jones III At Jazz Alley

KPLU News - 4 hours 40 min ago

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes jazz drummer Willie Jones III for two nights with his superlative quintet: Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Eric Reed (piano), Ralph Moore (tenor sax) and Buster Williams (bass) touring in support of his latest live album, The Willie Jones III Sextet Plays The Max Roac

Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

KPLU News - 5 hours 42 min ago
In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

During my reporting trip to Havana, I spoke with Julio Alvarez, the owner of Nostalgicar in Havana.

He joked that one thing Cubans should thank Fidel Castro for is all the old, majestic American cars that are now making him money.

You can listen to the story using the player above. Copyright 2015 NPR.

Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

KPLU News - 6 hours 35 min ago
Can you spend your way out of an historic drought? Not really, but the consensus in Sacramento these days seems to be that money certainly helps.

Just days after it was introduced, California Gov.

Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

KPLU News - 6 hours 57 min ago
Italy's highest court has overturned a murder conviction in the case of Amanda Knox.

The court's decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier. The verdict was overturned in 2011. But a year later, the Court of Cassation overturned the acquittal and sent the case back to an appeals court in Florence.

Thai Ruler Says He's Prepared To End Martial Law

KPLU News - 7 hours 7 min ago
Thai leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army general who seized power in a coup last year, says that after 10 months of martial law, he's prepared to end it in favor of an equally draconian constitutional provision.

Prayuth says he's "thought it through" and will replace martial law by invoking a part of the the interim constitution that grants his government the same broad powers to suppress free speech and try civilians in military courts.

"[I] am prepared to use [the clause] to replace martial law.

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

KPLU News - 8 hours 3 min ago
Over the past couple of weeks — on All Things Considered, over at Parallels, on Tumblr and on this blog — we've been reporting on Cuba.

Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

KPLU News - 8 hours 22 min ago
The current upheaval in Yemen is a sharp reminder of the fragility of the global oil market. Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen has stoked fears of a disruption to the supply market.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, share a long border.

Push To Regain Washington State's No Child Left Behind Waiver Stalls In Committee

KPLU News - 8 hours 27 min ago

A bid to get back Washington state's waiver from the No Child Left Behind law — and regain for school districts the flexibility to spend $40 million in federal funding that came with that waiver — appears to have hit a dead end in Olympia.

Majority Democrats in the House Education Committee on Thursday blocked a procedural maneuver to force an up-or-down vote on a bill making changes to the state's teacher evaluation system in hopes of convincing federal education officials to give Washington its waiver back.

After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

KPLU News - 8 hours 32 min ago
During a tough Israeli election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to antagonize, among others, the White House, Israel's Arab citizens and the Palestinians.

Now that Netanyahu's Likud Party has come out on top, the prime minister has sought to ease tensions with a series of gestures.

The latest move came Friday as Israel announced that it would tran

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

KPLU News - 8 hours 55 min ago
In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter's books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy.

University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

KPLU News - 9 hours 26 min ago
The president of the University of Oklahoma says two dozen students from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity have been disciplined for taking part in a racist chant about African-Americans and lynching that was videotaped and went viral earlier this month.

David Boren, releasing the findings of a university investigation into the incident Friday, also said the chant was learned by members of the local chapter while attending a national leadership cruise sponsored by the fraternity four years ago,

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

KPLU News - 9 hours 36 min ago
Melinda Townsend-Breslin keeps a photo of herself on her refrigerator standing with her mother, MaryLou Townsend, in the front of the Unique Thrift Store in Louisville, Ky. They're side by side in the parking lot, both wearing white shirts and sporting short, practical haircuts.

Mom is proudly showing her discount card. "For the thrift store!" said Townsend-Breslin, laughing. "The discount for the thrift store!"

For Townsend-Breslin, this photo captures her mother: a frugal woman with a cheeky sense of humor, not prone to indulgences.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

KPLU News - 9 hours 47 min ago
Log onto Yelp, and you'll find what all your neighbors have to say about your favorite restaurant. You'll find prices, locations, menus, photos, even parking tips.

And if you're in the right city, you'll also find the restaurant's health inspection score.

"What we're trying to do ... is reduce foodborne illness [by] warning consumers when they're in the middle of making a decision," Luther Lowe, Yelp's director of public policy, tells The Salt.

Now, we should note, it can be a bit tricky to spot those health inspection scores on Yelp.

How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

KPLU News - 9 hours 51 min ago
When word came of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire, various observers and Democratic constituencies quickly emerged with their choices for his successor as the party's Senate leader.

There were those who touted Patty Murray of Washington, the proven problem-solver and veteran legislator who has worked her way up the ladder of Senate succession.

Bergdahl Was Chained, Told To Kill Himself While In Captivity

KPLU News - 10 hours 12 min ago

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorney released details of his captivity in Afghanistan after the Army charged him Wednesday with desertion.

Alabama Police Officer Accused Of Injuring Indian Man Is Indicted

KPLU News - 10 hours 17 min ago
An Alabama police officer has been indicted on one charge of using unreasonable force against an Indian man in February.

A federal grand jury decided there was enough evidence to bring charges against Officer Eric Parker.

"Parker's actions deprived the man in Madison of his right under the U.S.

With Reid Out, Republicans See An Opportunity

KPLU News - 10 hours 22 min ago
Harry Reid, the wily Democratic Senate leader, was likely — once again — to be one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for reelection in 2016.

Few, though, would have bet the house against Reid — a sharp-elbowed campaigner — especially in a presidential year when demography will favor Democrats in a state where almost three-in-10 people are Hispanic.

"Do you really want to go up against Harry Reid?" said one national GOP operative, pointing out Reid's bare-knuckles style of campaigning.

But, with Reid announcing Friday he would not run for reelection, it's a different story.

"It's a t

Harry Reid, The Senator Who Never Forgot The Path He Took

KPLU News - 10 hours 28 min ago
Long-time Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, 75, who announced Friday he would not run for reelection in 2016, isn't exactly known for his charisma on Capitol Hill. But he has become known as someone who will always put up a fight.

That toughness can be seen throughout his life and political career. It was an essential quality during his hard-scrabble childhood and time in the boxing ring.

What Reid Endorsing Schumer As Top Democrat Means

KPLU News - 11 hours 22 min ago
Harry Reid's exit could have ignited a scramble to fill the power vacuum among Senate Democrats.

But the Nevada senator is doing his best to avoid what he called a "knock-down, drag-out fight" by endorsing Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat better known as Chuck, who has been Reid's top lieutenant for years.

"He will be elected to replace me in 22 months," Reid told KNPR about Schumer.