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The Vegans Are Coming! The Vegans Are Coming!

KPLU News - 24 min 47 sec ago

Nancy tells me "This week I had relatives in from out of town, young cousins, their romantic partners, their room-mates, and I had to figure okay what am I going to feed everyone?"  That decision could have been easier had she not asked "Is there anything that some people don't eat?"

Two Trains Derail In India, Killing At Least 24; Floodwaters Blamed

KPLU News - 59 min 47 sec ago
In a span of minutes, two passenger trains traveling in opposite directions derailed in central India Tuesday night, sending them into the mud along a riverbank. At least 24 people died; officials say that tracks near the river had been flooded by monsoon rains.

Images from the scene show the trains' cars and engines resting at odd angles near the bridge, with the tracks lying twisted and curved in the mud.

Untangling The Many Deductibles Of Health Insurance

KPLU News - 2 hours 16 min ago
Sure, there's a deductible with your health insurance. But then what's the hospital deductible? Your insurer may have multiple deductibles, and it pays to know which apply when. These questions and answers tackle deductibles, whether an ex-spouse has to pay for an adult child's insurance, and balance billing.

Recently I took my son to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. When I arrived at the office, I saw it was located adjacent to the hospital. My insurance has a large hospitalization deductible so I worried that the visit would not be covered.

An 'Island Tax' Could Harm One Bright Spot In Greek Economy

KPLU News - 3 hours 7 min ago
For years, hotels, shops and restaurants on the far-flung Greek islands kept costs low thanks to a big tax break. And tourism has been one bright spot in Greece's barely functioning economy.

The Greek islands are still enjoying record numbers of tourists this summer.

The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History

KPLU News - 3 hours 7 min ago
The College Board has just released the latest curriculum framework for its Advanced Placement U.S.

A Syrian Refugee School: Nearly 2,000 Students, 5 Shifts, 3 Languages

KPLU News - 4 hours 20 min ago
It's the summer session at the Al Salam School in Reyhanli, a town in southern Turkey, just across the border from Syria. A group of girls are practicing their shots on the outdoor basketball court. A class of 8-year-olds is busy with English language drills. The computer lab is open.

Many of these Syrian refugees live in desperate conditions, but for a few hours a day there is the familiar world of school.

Al Salam School is one of the few success stories in an education disaster for Syria.

Looking Up: Amusement Parks May Have A Record-Breaking Year

KPLU News - 4 hours 20 min ago
If you're looking for a way to gauge the health of the U.S. economy this summer, consider regional amusement parks — parks that you can drive to within a few hours. Some 260 million people spend about $10 billion annually at regional theme parks, and this year is shaping up to be a record-breaker.

To understand what's driving those numbers, there are few better people to spend a day at a park with than Martin Lewison.

"As of today, I've been on 1,306 different roller coasters," Lewison says.

He picked up his latest tally mark at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn.

One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:56
One of the world's most prominent free divers is missing off the coast of an island called Formentera, near Ibiza, Spain. Natalia Molchanova of Russia was on a recreational dive on Sunday when she was separated from companions, according to AIDA, the worldwide federation for free diving.

Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 15:10
This post was updated at 7:15 p.m.

The final polls are in and the stage is set for Thursday night's first Republican presidential debate.

Those who made the cut, according to Fox News: businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Relegated to an earlier debate Thursday evening: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Gov.

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:51
Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech.

But what about the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

Laws in Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa have also made it illegal for activists to smuggle cameras into industrial animal operations. A new North Carolina law goes into effect in January 2016.

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:39
It's earnings season on Wall Street, and investors are again looking to quarterly reports to gauge the health of companies. Some environmentalists are looking to so-called "sustainability reports" — how companies are improving their ecological footprints. But not all environmentalists are putting so much stock in these reports.

Andrew Hoffman, at the University of Michigan, breaks environmentalists into two colors, or rather shades of a color.

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 14:38
Almost as soon as it was unveiled, opponents were lining up to oppose President Obama's new plan to limit carbon emissions. The new rules would require states to lower their carbon emissions by nearly a third over the next decade and a half.

The rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal.

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:47
A 1925 article in The Boston Daily Globe featured a photo of a dog at a radio microphone for a special remote broadcast from a Pennsylvania prison.

He looks like a friendly, dark-haired Labrador. Two prison officers on either side have a hand on his back.

The caption says: This is Pep, "the pet dog Gov.

At Some Stores, Readers Can Go Get A Refund For 'Watchman'

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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When Relying On The Sun, Energy Storage Remains Out Of Reach

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
The ability to store energy could revolutionize the way we make and use electricity. But for many utility companies and regular folks, energy storage is still way out of reach. It's expensive — sometimes more expensive than building out old-fashioned infrastructure like power lines and power plants.

For people like Jim and Lyn Schneider, their decision to invest in battery storage came four years ago when they moved to central Wyoming.

Their backyard is filled with sagebrush, and ringed by red rocks on one side and wide-open prairie on another. They love it.

In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

KPLU News - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 13:29
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