Jazz and Blues
4:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

KPLU's Own Jim Wilke Named 2014 Jazz Hero By Jazz Journalists Association

Jim Wilke
Steve Korn

The Jazz Journalists Association announced on April 1 (no joke) its list of 24 Jazz Heroes for 2014. 

Jim Wilke, host and producer of KPLU's "Jazz Northwest" and PRI's "Jazz After Hours" is Seattle's Jazz Hero. 

Involved in the local music and radio scene since the early 1960s, Jim was inducted into the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993, and won the prestigious Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting last year.

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Juvenile Justice
4:50 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Washington To Seal Juvenile Court Records

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If you were charged with shoplifting or another minor criminal offense as a teenager, you shouldn’t have to pay for it for the rest of your life.

That’s the reasoning behind a bill being signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The law will seal the court records for most juvenile offenders.

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Environment
4:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Seattle Council Mulls Supporting Ban On Routine Feeding Of Antibiotics To Livestock

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Jeff Roberson AP Photo

Seattle may join several other cities in a campaign calling for a federal ban on the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms. A resolution on the issue has passed out of committee, and will be considered by the full council on Monday. 

The resolution calls for an end to routine feeding of antibiotics to animals, which critics say is leading to drug-resistant superbugs that harm human health. 

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Wanapum Dam
2:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Winds Hamper Exploratory Drilling On Wanapum Dam’s Giant Crack

Photo courtesy of Grant County PUD.

High winds on the Columbia River are hampering forensic work on the damaged Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington. Workers first noticed a giant crack in the structure over a month ago. Investigators are trying to figure out just how bad it is and how to fix it.

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Explosion
2:19 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

LNG Plant Still Not Safe For Investigators

State and federal pipeline safety investigators have not yet been able to access the scene of an explosion and fire at a natural gas facility in southeast Washington. But they are interviewing employees who work at the Williams Northwest Pipeline facility where the accident took place Monday.

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Jason Parker is a Seattle-based jazz trumpet player, educator and writer. His band, The Jason Parker Quartet, was hailed by Earshot Jazz as "The next generation of Seattle jazz."

Jason has been involved in the jazz world all his life, after a concert by Dizzy Gillespie at his elementary school prompted him to pick up the trumpet for the first time. He's been playing jazz and other music ever since, has a long history in radio, and is currently teaching jazz to middle and high school students at University Prep.

The JPQ has produced five CDs, the latest of which features compositions by Seattle jazz musicians. Hear the music and learn more about Jason at jasonparkermusic.com.

Oso Slide
9:58 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Death Toll From Oso Slide Climbs To 27

A searcher walks through a channel of water as a flag flies in the debris field Monday, March 31, 2014, near Darrington, Wash., at the site of the massive mudslide that hit the nearby community of Oso,Wash. on March 22, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

The official death toll from Washington state's mudslide has increased to 27, with the Snohomish County medical examiner's office saying 19 victims have been positively identified. That's up from 24 dead with 18 identified on Monday.

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Jazz Appreciation Month
9:46 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Song Of The Day: Miles Davis' 'So What'

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In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month, I’ll be posting a jazz song of the day each day in April. Some of these songs you’ll be very familiar with; some may be new to you. This is a completely subjective list of some of my favorites, and I’m sure your list would have some overlap and some differences. That’s one great thing about jazz: there’s something for everyone!

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Behind The Beat
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Here's The Man To Thank For The Sound Of The Harmonica As We Know It

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The song “Juke” by Little Walter Jacobs might not sound revolutionary to modern ears, but when it first came out in 1951, nobody had ever had heard harmonica played like this — ever. It really has an aggressive, in-your-face sound.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
10:31 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

State of Washington To Feds: Cleanup At Hanford Must Go Faster

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Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson complained Monday that the federal government will likely miss major deadlines for cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

They want the feds to stick to agreed upon deadlines and are demanding new tanks to replace the leaking old ones. But the feds say they, too, have a plan.

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