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Attorney General: Washington Lawmakers On Track To Complete School Funding Plan

KPLU News - 4 hours 43 min ago

Though the Washington Legislature closed its regular session without reaching a budget, it remains on track to fulfill the state Supreme Court's schools funding mandate, the state's top lawyer said in a legal filing Monday.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, charged with defending state lawmakers in the ongoing McCleary case, wrote a progress report to the court saying spending proposals from both the state House and Senate include "historic" increases in K-12 education funding.

Now all that's left, Ferguson argued, is to reach a deal in the special session which starts Wednesday.

Tacoma Advertising In Silicon Valley To Lure Tech Companies

KPLU News - 5 hours 33 min ago

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Apple have all been opening offices in Seattle in recent years.

Now, the City of Destiny wants in on the action. Tacoma recently paid $2,600 to run a quarter-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News, one of the biggest newspapers serving California's Silicon Valley, aimed at persuading tech companies that want to expand in the Pacific Northwest to look 35 miles south of Seattle.

Nepal Quake: Temblors Shook Seattle's Climbing Community

KPLU News - 5 hours 44 min ago

One member of a Seattle-based climbing group's Everest team died Saturday as a result of an avalanche that hit the mountain following the Nepal earthquake. But several other local climbing organizations reported that their team

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

KPLU News - 6 hours 15 min ago
Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.

Just ask Time magazine columnist Joel Stein. He decided to give the sharing economy a try, then wrote about his experience. The explosion of new social apps and services powering this new consumer landscape gave him the opportunity to run a few of his own DIY businesses.

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

KPLU News - 6 hours 16 min ago
The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

In 2014, support for gay marriage nationally was 56 percent. That's up from 30 percent in 2004. And among young people it's even higher.

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

KPLU News - 6 hours 17 min ago
During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

KPLU News - 7 hours 7 min ago
Most days, you can find Ran Duan pouring drinks for guests at The Baldwin Bar, inside a branch of his parents' Sichuan Garden restaurant in Woburn, Mass.

But recently he's been setting aside time each day to practice making a special drink.

Duan was recently crowned the finalist in the U.S. Bartenders' Guild's national cocktail competition. Next, he will represent the U.S. in the Bacardi Legacy Global Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28.

Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

KPLU News - 7 hours 7 min ago
More than 4,000 people are believed dead in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The scale of the devastation is likely to have an economic impact on the country, one of the poorest in the world.

IHS Global Insight estimates the cost of reconstruction at more than $5 billion – or about a quarter of the country's gross domestic product.

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

KPLU News - 7 hours 19 min ago
Aftershocks following Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake in Nepal are jangling nerves and complicating rescue operations. So far, there have been more than a dozen quakes of magnitude 5 or higher, and another two dozen between magnitude 4.5 and 5.

That rate of aftershocks is in line with a forecast by Andrew Michael and colleagues at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

KPLU News - 7 hours 23 min ago
In the most straightforward of language, Google announced its very own patent marketplace on Monday.

Seven Baltimore Police Officers Hurt In Clashes With Protesters

KPLU News - 8 hours 5 min ago
A day of mourning gave way to an evening of violent protests in Baltimore on Monday. Just hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets and faced off with police.

Television images showed those demonstrators throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at a line of police officers in riot gear.

Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said seven officers had been hurt in the clashes. Some suffered broken bones and one of them, said Kowalczyk, is unresponsive.

"This is not OK," said Kowalczyk.

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

KPLU News - 8 hours 9 min ago
Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It's the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner.

There is no scientific evidence that GMOs pose a risk to health, as Chipotle founder and co-CEO Steve Ells readily acknowledges.

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

KPLU News - 8 hours 19 min ago
After a two-month wait in Libya, Hassan Silla, a 35-year-old from Sierra Leone, made the sea crossing from northern Africa to southern Italy on a smuggler's boat last February.

As one of 76 migrants on a 12-meter-long inflatable dinghy, Silla knew exactly what the risks were. Lawlessness and chaos have gripped Libya, and Silla says migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are the most vulnerable.

While waiting to make the crossing, he lost his best friend.

"They tried to attack him, to take his money," Silla recalls.

The Largest For-Profit College Shutdown In History

KPLU News - 8 hours 25 min ago
The long-running story of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges has entered what looks like a final phase. As our colleagues at SCPR wrote:

"Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation."

We've been covering this story for almost a year.

Don't Trust The Goats; Their Ticks Could Make You Sick

KPLU News - 9 hours 27 min ago
Ticks transfer a range of diseases to humans, from the well-known Lyme to the lesser-known Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis. Now, there's a previously undiscovered disease to add to the list, from bacteria called Anaplasma capra.

Now you may be wondering: Why is it important to find new diseases carried by ticks?

It's because of the gap. There are more people who report tick bites than there are diagnoses of tick-borne diseases.

LOOK: Historic Nepal Sites Before And After The Quake

KPLU News - 9 hours 30 min ago
More than 4,000 people are dead in Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country over the weekend.

The human toll of the quake is massive, but the temblor has also damaged some of Kathmandu's most historic structures.

Here are some before-and-after images of some of those sites

Durbar Square

Kathmandu's Durbar Square is home to many of the city's main religious sites.

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

KPLU News - 10 hours 3 min ago
Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommended a maximum of 0.7 milligrams per liter of water instead of the long-standing maximum of 1.2 milligrams.

"The change is recommended because now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinse

Sandwich Monday: Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

KPLU News - 11 hours 11 min ago
Whenever people from the edges of the country come to visit me in the Midwest, I don't let them leave until they have tried deep-fried cheese curds.

If you're not familiar with them, cheese curds are a byproduct of the cheddar cheese-making process, and "deep frying" is a method by which anything is made into a better version of itself.

You can find deep-fried cheese curds all over the states surrounding Wisconsin.

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

KPLU News - 13 hours 11 min ago
In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was underway Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen.

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

KPLU News - 13 hours 16 min ago
Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position.