News http://kplu.org en Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws http://kplu.org/post/seattle-council-member-licata-calls-new-department-enforce-labor-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This may be the year that Seattle adopts one of the highest minimum wages in the country. But labor advocates and Seattle City Council member Nick </span>Licata<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> say without tough enforcement, a new wage law will be toothless.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:45:51 +0000 Ashley Gross 16085 at http://kplu.org Seattle Council Member Licata Calls For New Department To Enforce Labor Laws Song Of The Day: Joe Henderson's 'Ishfahan' http://kplu.org/post/song-day-joe-hendersons-ishfahan <div><p>Joe Henderson is one of those musicians that didn't gain huge recognition from the casual jazz lover, but every jazz musician and fanatic will sing his praises for days. He had awesome command of the tenor saxophone, a unique sound and harmonic conception, and composed some classics of the jazz idiom, including "Recorda&nbsp;Me" (which he wrote at 14 years old!), "Inner Urge" and "The Kicker." He was equally at home playing hard bop and more avant&nbsp;garde&nbsp;music, and had a real way with a ballad.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:41:27 +0000 Jason Parker 16079 at http://kplu.org Song Of The Day: Joe Henderson's 'Ishfahan' In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults http://kplu.org/post/toughest-job-market-wwii-uphill-climb-teens-and-young-adults <p>High school junior Marcus Hollman&nbsp;wants a job — "something to get me into the job market," he says. But&nbsp;he keeps running into the same words like a brick wall: "professional experience required."</p><p>"There are very few employers ready to accept someone with no previous experience," said Hollman, a student at Harrison Preparatory Academy, after attending a youth-oriented job fair in Tacoma on Tuesday.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:22:02 +0000 Kyle Stokes 16066 at http://kplu.org In Toughest Job Market Since WWII, An Uphill Climb For Teens And Young Adults Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 39 http://kplu.org/post/death-toll-mudslide-rises-39 <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The death toll from the mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso has risen to 39.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Snohomish County medical examiner's office announced two more victims Wednesday and said it's trying to identify three of the bodies.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:05:08 +0000 The Associated Press 16065 at http://kplu.org Death Toll In Mudslide Rises To 39 PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls http://kplu.org/post/pud-changes-course-no-dam-skykomish-river-s-sunset-falls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plans to put a dam on one of Washington’s most scenic rivers have been called off.</span></p><p>The Snohomish County Public Utilities District says it has a better plan for the area on the Skykomish River near Index. But o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pponents of the project say it’s still too early to declare a victory.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Snohomish County PUD was planning an inflatable weir for the bend in the river near Sunset Falls, not far from Index. The utility said it had a design that would rise and fall with the river, making it safe for endangered fish runs and minimally disruptive to the scenic value of the area.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16056 at http://kplu.org PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls Nancy Eats Paris, Including The Best Falafel In The World http://kplu.org/post/nancy-eats-paris-including-best-falafel-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of all the places I haven't been to, Paris is the place I haven't been to the most.&nbsp; But my Food for Thought co-conspirator Nancy Leson is </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">just back from the City of Light a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">nd boy, did she eat.</span></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Dick Stein 16049 at http://kplu.org Nancy Eats Paris, Including The Best Falafel In The World Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals http://kplu.org/post/ethics-board-consider-crackdown-lobbyist-paid-meals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By next January, Washington state lawmakers should have clearer guidance on when it’s OK to accept free meals from lobbyists. The state’s Legislative Ethics Board decided Tuesday to clarify the rules governing gifts in the form of food and beverage. The board’s action follows <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/influence-game-lobbyists-wine-dine-lawmakers-after-hours">our investigation last year</a> into lobbyist-paid meals.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16053 at http://kplu.org Ethics Board To Consider Crackdown On Lobbyist-Paid Meals Song Of The Day, Lunar Eclipse Edition: Lee Morgan's 'Desert Moonlight' http://kplu.org/post/song-day-lunar-eclipse-edition-lee-morgans-desert-moonlight <p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em;"><em>"There are no natural barriers. It's all music. It's either hip or it ain't." - Lee Morgan</em></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.3em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 21px;">Lee Morgan is one of the most recorded and celebrated trumpeters in jazz, and one of my personal favorites. His playing is brash, assured, big-toned and has a swagger not matched by many other trumpeters of his day or since.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:36:49 +0000 Jason Parker 16048 at http://kplu.org Song Of The Day, Lunar Eclipse Edition: Lee Morgan's 'Desert Moonlight' Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims http://kplu.org/post/flags-lowered-statewide-one-week-honor-landslide-victims <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flags will fly at half-mast across Washington state until next Tuesday to honor the victims of last month's deadly landslide. Earlier Tuesday, the Snohomish County medical examiner raised the death toll by one to 37. Seven others remain missing.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:30:05 +0000 Tom Banse 16047 at http://kplu.org Flags Lowered Statewide For One Week To Honor Landslide Victims Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam http://kplu.org/post/endangered-chinook-hitching-ride-trucks-around-cracked-wanapum-dam <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of Chinook salmon are being rounded up and loaded into tanker trucks that will drive them around the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">southweast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Washington.</span></p><p>The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June, which means fish can’t reach their traditional ladders. Engineers are working on extensions and water slides of sorts to get fish ladders working again. But work to install this new equipment has been difficult, with cranes, man baskets and the whipping wind.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Anna King 16046 at http://kplu.org Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam It's Now Officially Wildfire Season In Wash. http://kplu.org/post/its-now-officially-wildfire-season-wash <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px;">Wildfire season officially starts on April 15 in Washington state.&nbsp;Oregon and Idaho have rolling starts to fire precaution rules, depending on local conditions.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Fire managers are looking ahead to a fairly "normal" wildfire season in Idaho and Washington this year.&nbsp;Drought-ridden central and southern Oregon though are classified at higher risk.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:16:45 +0000 Tom Banse 16041 at http://kplu.org It's Now Officially Wildfire Season In Wash. 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' http://kplu.org/post/kind-hay-year-makes-hay-farmer-smile <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Many Northwest alfalfa growers had a rough year with bad weather last summer. Rain can leach nutrients out of drying hay and rot away any profits.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">But this year, hay markets are primed if growers can duck the storm clouds.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">Drought in California and parts of the Midwest means hay buyers are focusing in on Northwest crops.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:13:48 +0000 Anna King 16026 at http://kplu.org 'This Is The Kind Of Hay Year That Makes A Hay Farmer Smile' How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates http://kplu.org/post/how-meditation-changing-monroes-maximum-security-inmates <p>Seven maximum-security inmates sit in a room with their eyes closed, not making a sound.</p><p>Shackles bind their hands and feet, confining them to a metal chair bolted to the ground. A guard stands nearby. Yells and clanks from the hallway stray in through the open door.</p><p>This is what meditation class at the Monroe Correctional Complex looks like. The students, murderer and rapists among them, listen as volunteer teacher Cathy Iacobazzi walks them through a practice session.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:34:39 +0000 Martha Kang, Paula Wissel & Justin Steyer 16025 at http://kplu.org How Meditation Is Changing Monroe's Maximum-Security Inmates Join Dick Stein And Nancy Leson For A Food For Thought 'Happy Hour' http://kplu.org/post/join-dick-stein-and-nancy-leson-food-thought-happy-hour <p><strong>C'mon, Get Happy with Dick and Nancy!</strong></p><p></p><p><strong>PURCHASE YOUR <a href="http://secure.publicbroadcasting.net/kplu-tickets/FFT_Happy_Hour/pledge.pledgemain">TICKETS</a> NOW!</strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Brenda Goldstein-Young 15990 at http://kplu.org Join Dick Stein And Nancy Leson For A Food For Thought 'Happy Hour' Slide Survivor: I Called County 3 Times Before Buying Home, But No One Warned Me http://kplu.org/post/slide-survivor-i-called-county-3-times-buying-home-no-one-warned-me <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former </span>Oso<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;resident Robin Youngblood calls the mudslide she survived last month “devastating, horrific and totally unnecessary.”&nbsp;Thirty seven people are confirmed dead, and seven remain missing as crews search for remains.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Youngblood was pulled from the ruins after her mobile home was flattened.&nbsp;She’s now on a mission to get laws changed to prevent people from building or remaining in slide-prone areas once the danger is known.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16023 at http://kplu.org Slide Survivor: I Called County 3 Times Before Buying Home, But No One Warned Me