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Teacher Walkouts, By The Numbers: 1 In 4 Washington Kids Now Impacted

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:16

Two weeks from now, a teacher walkout will have impacted one out of every four of Washington state's 1 million public school students.

That's after Monday's confirmation teachers in Seattle Public Schools would join colleagues in 28 other districts in approving a "one-day strike" to protest state lawmakers' stances on several key education issues.

Pacquiao Sued For Failing To Disclose Injury Before 'Fight Of The Century'

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:57
Boxer Manny Pacquiao is being sued for his failure to disclose a shoulder injury during his "Fight of the Century" Saturday against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Reuters reports: "The lawsuit was filed by Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran in federal court in Nevada.

Justice Dept. Criticizes Punishments For Agents Linked To Student's Detention

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:05
Federal agents who forgot that a detained San Diego college student was in a jail cell without food or water for more than four days were reprimanded and suspended for up to seven days, a punishment the Justice Department says is inadequate.

The case involves Daniel Chong's detention in 2012 by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"What happened to Mr.

Road-Tripping On The West Coast Electric Highway

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 15:03

The call of the open road beckons to electric car owners now that Washington and Oregon have completed their portions of the West Coast Electric Highway, a network of rapid recharging stations to enable long distance electric-powered travel.

Tea Tuesdays: Butter Up That Tea, Tibetan-Style

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:57
Butter (arguably) makes everything better – even tea. For Chime Dhorje, who works at Café Himalaya in New York City, the butter in the cup of tea before him ideally comes from a yak.

Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Dhorje's homeland, Tibet. Tibetans drink it all day long — up to 60 cups a day, it's said — though they're not the only ones who enjoy it: It's consumed in countries throughout the Himalayas.

In those lofty Himalayan mountains, a few cups of yak butter tea would be a welcome respite from the cold, thin air.

Clinton 'War Room' Pushback And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:42


From Oakland To Baltimore, Lessons Learned From Cities Of Unrest

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:11
The images from Baltimore of demonstrations, police in riot gear, looting and outbreaks of violence are familiar to some other cities after encounters with police ended in death for unarmed individuals — primarily black men.

Officials say what comes from those tragic encounters can be important lessons about policing and moving forward.

In April 2001, Cincinnati Police Officer Stephen Roach fatally shot 19-year-old Timothy Thomas in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, an inner city area, then in deep decline.

In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 14:11
The island of Puerto Rico is many things: a tropical paradise, a U.S. territory and an economic mess. After years of deficits, state-owned institutions in Puerto Rico owe investors some $73 billion. That's four times the debt that forced Detroit into bankruptcy two years ago. The bill is now due.

One of the most visible signs of the crisis is a tent city on the plaza in front of Puerto Rico's historic Capitol building in San Juan. For several weeks, a group of protesters have been camped out, with signs, rallies and music. They're opposing plans by Gov.

Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:17
President Obama says he wants consumers around the world buying more products stamped, "Made in the U.S.A."

That's one reason he's pushing a controversial Asian trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has chosen a curious setting to make his pitch for the trade agreement this week.

Virtual Volunteers Use Twitter And Facebook To Make Maps Of Nepal

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:17
The village of Melamchighyang needs 100 blankets.

The remote area of Hyolmo has many injuries, and only two nonprofit groups are providing "limited aid."

Two girls from Germany are missing in Langlang Valley.

People are stranded in Kyanjin Gompa.

These pleas for help in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake have popped up on ever changing maps of the disaster zone, compiled and posted by hundreds of digital volunteers around the globe.

It's No Joke: Venezuela Cracks Down On Comedians

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:55



New French Rules Would Expand Surveillance Of Terrorism Suspects

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:19
French lawmakers in the lower house of parliament have voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill legalizing a broad surveillance of terrorism suspects. The legislation, which must still be approved by the country's Senate, has been criticized as highly intrusive.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley tells our Newscast unit:

"One of the most sensitive measures of the bill would allow intelligence services to collect masses of data on regular citizens, which would be subject to analysis for potentially suspicious behavior.

London's Dominance Becomes A British Election Issue

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 12:13
Nearly every country in the world has its major hub city, often the capital, with smaller cities feeding into it. The United Kingdom takes this structure to a whole new level. London is one of the richest cities in the world, and its population is the size of the next six British cities combined.

A global hub, London completely dominates the political, cultural and economic life of the U.K. to an extent rarely seen in other countries. The U.K. has struggled with this imbalance for decades.

Natural GMO? Sweet Potato Genetically Modified 8,000 Years Ago

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:22
The first genetically modified crop wasn't made by a megacorporation. Or a college scientist trying to design a more durable tomato. Nope. Nature did it — at least 8,000 years ago.

Well, actually bacteria in the soil were the engineers. And the microbe's handiwork is present in sweet potatoes all around the world today.

Scientists at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, have found genes from bacteria in 291 sweet potato varieties, including ones grown in the U.S., Indonesia, China, parts of South America and Africa.

New Fighting Along Yemen Border Closes Schools And Airports

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 10:21
The fighting in Yemen has expanded from the major cities and ports to a border region with Saudi Arabia.

Attorney General Meets With Freddie Gray's Family In Baltimore

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 09:42
Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Baltimore Tuesday where she met with the family of Freddie Gray, the black man whose death led to riots in the city and charges against six police officers.

"This is a flashpoint situation," Lynch told a group of officials after she met privately with Gray's family.

Spore Wars Help Fend Off Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 08:42
Infections with the bacteria Clostridium difficile are a big problem, killing 29,000 people a year. Many of those people got infected while in the hospital. And antibiotics often don't work.

So how about this: Take spores from a harmless version of C.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential Run

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 08:41
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Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 08:36
Lately, Californians have been focused on a measles outbreak that got its start at Disneyland.

Somali Immigrants Get Moral Support From Seattle In Push To Restore Remittances

KPLU News - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 08:31

Local Somali immigrants are continuing to pressure the federal government to allow them to once again send money to relatives back home.

Now, the Seattle City Council has gotten behind their cause.