Election 2014
1:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

National Republican Group Puts Money Into Washington Legislative Races

Colin Fogarty

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a national Republican group with a focus on “down ballot” races, is pumping money into Washington state.

So far this year, the committee has invested more than $300,000 in the state.

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Shots - Health News
11:25 am
Thu October 2, 2014

No, Seriously, How Contagious Is Ebola?

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 5:22 pm

Update on Oct. 8: The Ebola patient in Dallas, the first diagnosed with the virus in the U.S., has died.

Holy moly! There's a case of Ebola in the U.S.!

That first reaction was understandable. There's no question the disease is scary. The World Health Organization now estimates that the virus has killed about 70 percent of people infected in West Africa.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

What The Pacific Wren Hears

Credit Julio Mulero

  What does the Pacific Wren hear in a song? It's a long story. What we hear as a blur of sound, the bird hears as a precise sequence of sounds, the visual equivalent of seeing a movie as a series of still pictures. That birds can hear the fine structure of song so acutely allows them to convey much information in a short sound. Pacific Wrens are found most often in closed-canopy conifer forests, nesting in cavities, usually within six feet of the ground.

Going Places
5:00 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travelers Find Art, Architecture And Autonomy In Barcelona

The architect died in 1926, but the Sagrada Familia, a soaring church in Barcelona, still isn't finished.
Arstuce/Flickr

The Spanish city of Barcelona sits on the Mediterranean coast, just a couple hours’ drive from the French border. More than 1.6 million people call it home, and it’s the capital city of Catalonia, an autonomous region that, lately, has been pushing for independence from Spain.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley says it’s also worth your time as a vacation destination.

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Seattle Public Schools
9:38 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

State Freezes Part Of Seattle's Special Ed Funding As District Takes Step To Improve

Lynne Sladky AP Photo

State education officials have raised the stakes in Seattle Public Schools' efforts to improve services for the district's most vulnerable students, recently announcing they will hold back $3 million in federal funding until the district can get its troubled special education department back on track.

On Wednesday night, the Seattle School Board members took a step toward potentially getting that funding back, hiring an outside firm to help district officials implement a plan to fix its special education offerings.

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Gun Initiatives
4:35 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

NRA Says It's 'Very Committed' To Defeating Gun Background Check Measure

M Glasgow Flickr

The National Rifle Association says it’s “very committed” to defeating a background check measure on Washington’s November ballot.

But the gun rights group says it has no plans to compete financially with the campaign in favor of Initiative 594.

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Aerospace
4:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Unions Want Tougher Tax Breaks That Make It Harder For Boeing To Move Jobs

In this photo taken Wednesday, May 29, 2013, a Boeing 777 jet is partially surrounded by scaffolding while being assembled at the company's production plant in Everett, Washington.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Unions representing Boeing engineers and machinists are pushing Washington state lawmakers to toughen a package of aerospace tax breaks passed last year. They’re aiming to make it harder for Boeing to move work out of state.

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Technology
3:47 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Eastern Oregon Drone Test Range Chalks Up First Flight

First test flight on Pendleton UAS range utilized an Aeryon Scout quadcopter.
Credit Peak3 Inc.

A drone test range in northeastern Oregon launched its first flight Tuesday.

A small quadcopter made two five-minute flights over a fallow wheat field outside Pendleton. Then high winds scrubbed the rest of the day’s planned testing.

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Crime
3:12 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Oregon Man Gets 30 Years In Christmas Bomb Plot

A Nov. 27, 2010 file photo provided by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office shows Mohamed Mohamud.
AP Photo/Mauthnomah County Sheriff's Office

An Oregon man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb a crowded holiday event in Portland's town square in 2010.

Mohamed Mohamud was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland in the plot that actually was an FBI sting.

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FBI
1:13 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

FBI Director Comey Says Homegrown Terrorists A Problem Everywhere

In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, FBI Director James B. Comey speaks at a news conference during a visit to Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The Pacific Northwest isn’t immune to home grown terrorists. That’s what FBI director James Comey told reporters during a stop in Seattle.

Comey, who’s been in his position for a year, is visiting all 56 FBI field offices.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

The Little Red Spot On A Gull's Bill

Credit Tom Murray

  In the mid-20th Century, Dutch scientist Niko Tinbergen studied nesting Herring Gulls. He noticed that newly hatched chicks were fed by their parents only after they pecked at the adults' bills. Tinbergen devised experiments that varied the shape and coloration of the adult's bill. It became clear that the red spot on the adult gull's bill was a crucial visual cue in a chick's demands to be fed, and thus its survival. Learn more about Herring Gulls and about Tinbergen's research.

Invasive Species
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em' Say Diners Noshing On Invasive Species

Crayfish stuffed piquillo pepper, sorrel smoked salmon puff, wild turkey terrine with blackberry mustard, dandelion spanakopita and wild boar bratwurst.
Tom Banse

It may be difficult to eat our way out of the invasive species problem, but it can be satisfying to try.

Chefs and adventurous diners converged at Zenith Vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley near Salem Sunday as more than 200 people paid handsomely to nibble on course after course of invasive species like nutria, dandelion and carp.

The point of this affair was to highlight the range of edible invasive weeds, birds, fish and mammals around us. These invaders are costly to control. They crowd out native plants and animals and can change entire landscapes.

One slogan heard here: "If you can't beat 'em, eat ‘em."

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Nancy Leson Knows Her Apples, Including The Best Kind To Grow In The Northwest

Northern Spy apples and Nancy Leson's pie.
Nancy Leson

Nancy Leson now knows more about apples, thanks to her friend Bill Davis, who really knows his apples. Which is way more than I knew, never having bitten into one in my whole life. But even fruitophobic me learned plenty of interesting stuff this week, including the best kind to grow in the Pacific Northwest.

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Shots - Health News
9:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

A patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has a confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. He is being treated and kept in strict isolation.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 12:10 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the first case of Ebola has appeared in the U.S.

A man in Dallas has tested positive for the virus, the agency said. The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia, arriving on Sept. 20, NPR has learned. He wasn't sick on the flight, and had no symptoms when he arrived.

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Alternative Energy
2:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Snohomish County PUD Cancels Tidal Power Project

A screenshot from a promotional video by OpenHydro, the manuficaturing company that was one of the partners on the project.
Courtesy of Snohomish County PUD

Snohomish County Public Utility District has pulled the plug on its high-profile research project to develop technology that harnesses the tides to generate electrical power. The utility says the U.S. Department of Energy was not willing to share in escalating costs for the project.

It was to be located in Admiralty Inlet, west of Whidbey Island.

The federal agency committed in 2006 to cover a fixed dollar amount that, at the time, covered half of the total bill for the tidal energy project. But it was not clear how to cover increased costs for materials and new mandates for studies, and the DOE said Friday it would provide no additional funding for the effort.

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