Energy
11:04 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Health division validates some concerns about wind farm noise

Upset neighbor of a wind farm in Union County, Oregon. By Tom Banse.

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:06 am

In a draft report, Oregon's Public Health Division acknowledges that noise from wind turbine blades may cause health problems among nearby homeowners. But the agency does not intend to take action against the burgeoning wind power industry.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:13 am
Tue January 10, 2012

NPR science: Nicotine patches improve early memory loss in study

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Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:25 am

Slapping on a nicotine patch may not just be for smokers trying to kick the habit.

In an intriguing test, researchers tried nicotine patches as a memory booster for nonsmokers with mild declines in their thinking ability, a precursor to dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Cupcakes are OK; cupcakes in a jar won't fly past security, says TSA

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Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:31 am

The Transportation Security Administration clarified its cupcake policy in a blog post. Cupcakegate — as the agency has termed it — was prompted in December, when TSA officers told Rebecca Hains, who was flying out of Las Vegas, she could not carry cupcakes in her carry-on luggage. The TSA said the icing on the two cupcakes was a security risk.

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Wolf reintroduction
9:08 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Wolf vigil provokes anti-wolf counter protest in North Idaho

Patrick Krapfl of Coeur d'Alene holds a sign saying "Thanks for reminding me to buy my 2012 tags!" He joined other hunters in a counter protest of the wolf vigil. By Jessica Robinson.

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 8:32 am

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The gray wolf is making its way deeper into Oregon, Washington, and now for the first time in almost 90 years, California. But where the wolf goes, emotions run high. Seventeen years after the re-introduction of gray wolves into Idaho, the subject continues to stir strong feelings in the state. Monday, wolf advocates in Coeur d'Alene held a full moon vigil to remember wolves killed by hunters.

"Do you have a candle yet?"

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Groove Notes
8:55 am
Tue January 10, 2012

1,000 jazz albums you should hear before you die (#821-#830)

Venupelli Blues is number 821.

We hope you will use these lists to seek out jazz albums you haven’t heard before, or revisit an old favorite. And as always, we want your thoughts on any or all of these albums.

Either way, let’s get started with this week, and in no particular order, albums 821 through 830.

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Obit
8:40 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Memorial for killed Mount Rainier ranger at PLU today

A memorial for Mount Rainier National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson is seen at the Nisqually entrance to the park Saturday.
Associated Press

There will be a memorial service for park ranger Margaret Anderson at Pacific Lutheran University today.

Ranger Anderson was killed while on duty at Mount Rainier.  Authorities says gunman Benjamin Barnes fled to the park after a shooting in a Skyway apartment on New Year’s Eve.  He shot Anderson at a chain-up checkpoint.

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Money Matters
4:00 am
Tue January 10, 2012

Should you put your money in real estate this year?

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It's been hard to make money in stocks and bonds lately. 2011 was a great year to sell gold, but prices are too high to buy it now. Where does that leave us?

On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that 2012 might be a great year for investing in real estate.

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College education
4:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Report: Washington falls short in higher education

Education researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have a message for the citizens of Washington state. They want them to know that the state government is failing to meet its responsibility to provide enough opportunities for a college education in Washington.

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It's All Politics
4:42 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Romney's Verbal 'Fire' Stokes Several Campaigns On Eve Of N.H. Primary

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 4:13 pm

Mitt Romney added an impromptu news conference to his already full campaign calendar Monday in New Hampshire to explain this statement from earlier in the day: "I like being able to fire people that provide services to me."

When he said those words, Romney was making a point — during breakfast at the Nashua Chamber of Commerce — about the value of being able to switch insurance companies if you're not getting good service.

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Higher Education
3:53 pm
Mon January 9, 2012

Some 2-year degrees trump bachelor's degrees for jobs, income

Thinking about life after college: “A lot of young people think if they just go to college and get a degree in anything they’re ticket is punched and that’s not always the case."
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We've heard a lot of stories lately about the struggles of young, unemployed people with college degrees. A Washington State agency says the reason for that is a lot of students are choosing the wrong majors for this economy.

If they spent less time and money on school, they might have an easier time getting a job and make more money, at least in the short term.

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