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Misdiagnosis: This Woman Built Her Life Around A Disease She Didn't Have

KPLU News - 5 hours 25 min ago

When Tracey Croisier was five years old,  she began having seizures. 

Her family was living in Taiwan.  By the time she was nine, they had moved back to the United States. Her parents took her to a doctor. He explained to the family that her condition, epilepsy, was so severe it would prevent Tracey from ever driving, holding a job or living independently. 

And then the expert added that she should never have kids.

Washington Law To Crackdown On Handicap Parking Abuse

KPLU News - 6 hours 52 min ago

The state is cracking down on handicapped parking abuse. Beginning tomorrow, July 1st, you’ll need a doctor’s prescription in order to get a disabled parking placard. It was rampant misuse and abuse of disabled parking permits that prompted the Washington state legislature to act.

In Seattle, a 2013 auditor’s report showed a loss of $1.4 million a year in parking meter fees due to people cheating the system.

Under the new state law, according to Department of Licensing spokesman David Bennett, penalties for cheating are tougher. 

“Illegally obtaining  or selling a special parking placard is now a gross misdemeanor instead of an infraction,” Bennett said.

Meaning, you could face criminal charges and a fine of $250 dollars.

Cities In California Conserved A Lot Of Water In May

KPLU News - 6 hours 56 min ago
Cities in drought-plagued California took water conservation seriously in May. Residential water use went down by 28.9 percent in May, according to a press release from the State Water Resources Control Board.

"The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought," said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus, in the press release.

Paying At The Pump: 12-Cent Hike In Washington Gas Tax Passes

KPLU News - 7 hours 3 min ago

The Washington state Senate Wednesday morning failed to muster a two-thirds vote to suspend a voter-approved class size reduction measure. That could put a $2 billion hole in the freshly passed two-year budget.

A Dose Of Culinary Medicine Sends Med Students To The Kitchen

KPLU News - 7 hours 4 min ago
When it comes to premature death and disease, what we eat ranks as the single most important factor, according to a study in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Yet few doctors say they feel properly trained to dispense dietary advice. One group, at least, is trying to fill that knowledge gap.

In a bustling kitchen at one of Chicago's top cooking schools, a student cracks an egg into a wide, stainless steel bowl. But he's not an aspiring chef.

Daughters of Hanford: 'Translating' Hanford Cleanup And America's Nuclear Legacy

KPLU News - 7 hours 7 min ago

To understand Hanford and its nuclear legacy, many newcomers need a “translator” like Liz Mattson.

Washington Budget Signed Into Law, Partial Shutdown Averted

KPLU News - 7 hours 8 min ago

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget into law just before midnight Tuesday averting a partial government shutdown.

Who's Behind A String Of Bombings In Ukraine's Black Sea 'Pearl'?

KPLU News - 7 hours 49 min ago
Oleg Konstantinov, the editor of a news website called Dumskaya in Ukraine's port city of Odessa, pulls up a map on a computer screen in his small, crowded newsroom.

Nationwide Crime Spike Has Law Enforcement Retooling Their Approach

KPLU News - 7 hours 49 min ago
Crime in America may be on the rise again. It's too early to talk about a national trend, but there have been troubling spikes in shootings and murders in big cities such as New York, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

Until recently, crime decreased steadily for two decades, and the national murder rate is half what it was in the early 1990s — so police departments are under pressure to crack down.

Justice Department Investigating Airlines For Possible Price Collusion

KPLU News - 8 hours 6 min ago
The Justice Department says it is investigating "possible unlawful coordination" by several major airline carriers.

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

KPLU News - 8 hours 53 min ago
Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today.

People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It's also legal to grow up to four plants per household.

However, there's no way to legally buy it unless you're a medical marijuana patient, writes The Oregonian.

Militants Stage Series Of Deadly Attacks In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula

KPLU News - 8 hours 53 min ago
Militants launched a number of deadly attacks on checkpoints in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. A group linked to the so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility.

Merrit Kennedy filed this report from Cairo for Newscast:

"In Egypt, militants launched a coordinated series of assaults in the restive north Sinai peninsula.

Industry Payments To Doctors Are Ingrained, Federal Data Show

KPLU News - 8 hours 57 min ago
Few days went by last year when New Hampshire nephrologist Ana Stankovic didn't receive a payment from a drug company.

All told, 29 different pharmaceutical companies paid her $594,363 in 2014, mostly for promotional speaking and consulting, but also for travel expenses and meals, according to data released Tuesday detailing payments by drug and device companies to U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals.

Abe Beeson Interviews Jimmy Heath

KPLU News - 9 hours 1 min ago

He learned to play sax alongside John Coltrane, worked with Dizzy Gillespie's band, grew up with talented brothers Percy (bass) and Albert (drums), he's written more than a hundred songs, and at 88 years old, can't wait to release his new album with singer Roberta Gambarini. The legendary Jimmy Heath sat down to talk with me at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and we started by talking about the musical house in which he was raised.

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

KPLU News - 9 hours 7 min ago
If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw them.

For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's brains, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neuron.

20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

KPLU News - 10 hours 36 sec ago


Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

KPLU News - 11 hours 4 min ago
The FBI is investigating a string of recent physical attacks on Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The most recent occurred early Tuesday morning, reports The Wall Street Journal, hitting "several cables in Livermore, Calif., shortly before 4:30 a.m.

Antipsychotics Too Often Prescribed For Aggression In Children

KPLU News - 11 hours 6 min ago
Powerful antipsychotic medications are being used to treat children and teenagers with ADHD, aggression and behavior problems, a study finds, even though safer treatments are available and should be used first.

"There's been concern that these medications have been overused, particularly in young children," says Mark Olfson, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University who led the study.

Survey Forecasts A Banner Year For Atlantic Sea Scallops

KPLU News - 11 hours 21 min ago
Scallop fishermen off the East Coast could soon see one of their biggest bumper crops ever. A federal survey in waters off Delaware is predicting a boom in the next couple of years for the nation's most valuable fishery.

Every year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration looks for young sea scallops on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.