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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

KPLU News - 46 min 50 sec ago
Most local economic development schemes focus on creating jobs. Many offer incentives to startup companies, or try to lure existing companies to re-locate.

But a campaign in Montana is turning that on its head. It's not trying to recruit companies, but rather employees to come to the sparsely populated state, and telecommute.

David Blackburn works for a financial services firm in Jersey City, N.J.

Water Shortage Response Plans Ask For Conservation, Don't Mandate It

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 18:04

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have activated their water shortage response plans. The hot, dry weather has increased demand for water just as river levels are at historic lows. Seattle Public Utilities, Tacoma Public Utilities and the city of Everett issued a joint  release announcing the implementation of the first stage of the response plans.

California Health Insurance Exchange Keeps Rate Hikes Low — Again

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:53
Monthly premiums for California's 1.3 million Covered California customers will rise a modest 4 percent, on average, officials with the agency said Monday.

As McCleary Case Drags On, What Will The State Supreme Court Will Do Next?

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 16:46

Lauding recent increases in state education funding, but ultimately admitting they still have more work to do, state lawmakers have filed an update with the state Supreme Court on their progress toward fulfilling the McCleary school funding mandate.

Now, everyone's wondering what the court will do next.

Could Joe Biden Get 'Ready For Biden'?

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:06


The 'Shock of Confinement': The Grim Reality Of Suicide In Jail

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:06
The case of Sandra Bland has raised anger and suspicions nationwide since she was found dead in a jail cell in Hempstead, Texas, two weeks ago. Bland's family and supporters have rejected the medical examiner's finding of suicide, and the criminal district attorney for Waller County, Texas, says he's recruited two outside lawyers to assist in the investigation of her death.

With Religious Services, Immigrant Detainees Find 'Calmness'

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 15:06
When undocumented immigrants move through government-run detention centers in the U.S., it can take months before they find out if they'll be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

During this long wait, many become frustrated. And some turn to religion.

It's the job of the in-house chaplain to help connect detainees to religious services.

Keith Henderson, chaplain at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., says, "I love it. I love the job," partly, he says, because he likes challenges.

This facility holds nearly 1,600 people who face deportation.

For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 14:09
Nick Lapatas spent 18 years living in Chicago. Then he returned home to Greece and bought a small farm. Today he and his son sell tomatoes in an open-air market in Athens. Despite the depressed economy and cheaper imports from Bulgaria and Albania, he's doing OK.

"I don't know how, but we are making some money," he says.

Boston's 2024 Olympic Bid Is Over

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:53
It's official. The 2024 Olympic Games will not take place in Boston.

The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Olympic Committee "severed ties" with Boston on Monday. In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said, "I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston." He continued, "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

Walsh had previously said the U.S.

Cheap Eats: A Cookbook For Eating Well On A Food Stamp Budget

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:23
Editor's note: A version of this story was first published Aug. 1, 2014.

When Leanne Brown moved to New York from Canada to earn a master's in food studies at New York University, she couldn't help noticing that Americans on a tight budget were eating a lot of processed foods heavy in carbs.

"It really bothered me," she says.

Fleeing To Haiti, They Put Their Faith In 'God And Government'

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:21
Marie Etyse left two of her children behind.

She's 29, a widow and has five kids. She's lived in a town in the Dominican Republic for the past nine years.

Like many Haitian migrants, she faced formal deportation after a law stripped them of their citizenship. Formal deportation could start as early as August 1. So many of these people have already fled to settlement camps in Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the DR.

Etyse had tried to get the required papers to stay in the country.

"All the people in the process kept asking for money," she says.

Malaysia, Cuba Taken Off U.S. Human Trafficking Blacklist

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 12:41
The U.S. State Department has taken Malaysia and Cuba off its list of worst human trafficking offenders — which many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say has more to do with politics than facts on the ground.

The department's latest annual Trafficking in Persons Report also upgraded Uzbekistan and Angola, while Belize, Belarus and South Sudan were among 18 nations downgraded this year.

Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Failed To Report 1,006 Alleged Child Sex Abuses

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:43
Australia's Jehovah's Witnesses Church failed to report more than 1,000 cases of alleged sexual abuses against children, a national inquiry has found.

The BBC reports:

"Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah's Witnesses Church, 'not one was reported by the church to secular authorities.'

"The Church dismissed 401 members following internal abuse hearings, but more than half were later reinstated, the inquiry was told.

Major League Soccer Gambles On Star Power Of Aging Foreign Players

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 11:43
"We want Pirlo! We want Pirlo! We want Pirlo!"

On Sunday night, this chant thundered through Yankee Stadium, where Major League Soccer's prized acquisition from a top European club, legendary Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, was set to make his debut with the New York City FC.

Win Tickets To Halie Loren

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:35

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes vocal siren Halie Loren, touring in support of her new release Butterfly Blue. Band members are Halie Loren (vocals), Matt Treder (piano), Mark Schneider (bass) and Brian West (drums). Show time Monday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.


Tweets Welcoming #ObamaInEthiopia

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 10:10
President Obama made history this week as the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia. He was welcomed with flowers, flags and plenty of tweets.

How many tweets exactly? The #ObamaInEthiopia hashtag in particular has been used more than 10,000 times and counting in the past seven days.

'Offensive,' 'Sad': Reaction To Huckabee's Holocaust 'Oven' Reference

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:42
Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said over the weekend that President Obama's Iran deal is so bad it will "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."

Candidates, politicians and groups were quick to denounce — or defend — the Holocaust reference.

Here's Huckabee's full quote, said in an interview with Breitbart News' editor-in-chief, Alexander Marlow, on Saturday:

"This president's foreign policy is the most feckless in Amer

Experiment In Coordinated Care For Medicare Failed To Show Savings

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 09:05
A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.

The test to coordinate treatment for high-risk Medicare patients in hundreds of communities was one of many demonstrations run by the Department of Health and Human Services' innovation center.

The Affordable Care Act created the lab and gave it $10 billion over a decade to test new

New 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah Tries Out New Jokes On Racism, Ebola

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:39
The Trevor Noah countdown has begun. The South African stand-up comedian will begin as host of Comedy Central's Daily Show on Sept. 28. And what better way to get ready than ... by doing comedy.

Noah was in D.C. this weekend as part of a summer comedy tour. Our NPR colleagues Frederica Boswell and Gwynne Villota went to the sold-out show. He got a standing ovation when he came out. Then came the act. Boswell, who's seen Noah perform before, notes that the mixed-race South African (father white, mother black) used to speak of "they" when referring to African-Americans.

The Toughest Job In Education? Maybe Not

KPLU News - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 08:03
It's been a theory of mine that the assistant principal has the toughest job in education.

I got that idea a long time ago, when I was a student teacher at a middle school.

It seemed the assistant principal's job goes something like this:

She's on duty well before the school day starts with a walkie-talkie on her belt, making sure the buses arrive on time and that the drop-off lane is running smoothly.