Law
12:12 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Killer's psychological evaluation will remain confidential

The Marion County judge who'll decide if Gary Haugen is mentally competent to be executed, is keeping the inmate's psychological evaluation confidential.

Two-time convicted killer, Gary Haugen, wants to drop all appeals of his death penalty.

He fired his lawyers after they they had him undergo a psychological evaluation, then argued he was not competent to be put to death.

Judge Joseph Guimond had set an August date for Haugen’s execution.

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Washington State University
12:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

WSU's largest gift ever will advance tree fruit research

A $27 million donation from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations.
Brian Clark Washington State University

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is receiving its largest gift ever. The $27 million donation announced Tuesday is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations in Prosser and Wenatchee.

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Union unrest
11:40 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Update: Longshoremen pepper-sprayed, arrests made in Longview

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — A conflict over Longshore union jobs at the Port of Longview, Wash., grain terminal is flaring up again with the arrest of protesters blocking railroad tracks.

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Military deaths
11:13 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Anti-war veterans, widow want investigation into JBLM suicides

Army widow Ashley Joppa-Hagemann, right, with anti-war veterans, calls for a congressional investigation into soldier suicides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Northwest News Network

NEAR JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Some anti-war veterans – and an Army widow – are demanding a Congressional investigation into an apparent spike in suicides at Joint Base Lewis-McChord . So far this year nine soldiers are believed to have killed themselves, including five in the month of July alone.

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Humanosphere
9:32 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Does global health have to first focus on poverty?

Bill Clinton embraces Paul Farmer, top left, in 2009 as they watch women perform a traditional Haitian dance in Port-au-Prince. In New York on Tuesday, Farmer joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to include all the big killers.
Associated Press

KPLU's Tom Paulson caught up with physician-activist Paul Farmer at the Clinton Global Initiative, the other big meeting in New York full of heads of state, celebs and bigwigs.

Farmer, the inspiring and controversial cyclist-celeb Lance Armstrong and others have joined in the clarion call to expand the global health agenda to include all the big killers.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed September 21, 2011

Revealed: The crispiest-skinned roast chicken ever

The CI crispy skinned chicken I roasted.
Stein

I think I've found the secret and it's just two words:

Baking powder.  

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Jazz & Blues
6:29 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Jazz legend Ramsey Lewis releases 80th album

Ramsey Lewis photographed during a studio session at KPLU in 2009.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Three-time Grammy winner Ramsey Lewis, who rose to prominence in the early 1970′s, released his 80th album, Ramsey, Taking Another Look today with his Electric Band.

“The idea of the electric quintet came up and having played mostly in an acoustic trio arrangement for twelve-fifteen years, I decided to get together with the guys to see how it felt," Lewis said.

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health care costs
6:00 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Workers' wellness saving jobs in parks, policing, transit

King County Executive Dow Constantine and nine county employees who've been getting healthier.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

King County Executive Dow Constantine says he’ll be able to preserve as many as a dozen sheriff’s deputies and 20 public health nurses. That’s because King County employees have been improving their health – and saving taxpayers about $23 million this year.

The savings go back into the county’s budget, and will mean fewer cuts next year.

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Fraud
10:54 am
Tue September 20, 2011

ATM skimming scams on the rise

Federal authorities are warning consumers to take precautions when using ATMs. Illegal 'skimming' is a growing industry.
Paula Wissel KPLU

If you’ve ever used a cash machine, here’s something you should be aware of. The Justice Department has disrupted one of the largest debit and credit card skimming rings on the West Coast.

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Humanosphere
9:52 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Global health efforts make food, beverage, drug industries nervous

Headquarters of the United Nations.
UN

Chronic or non-communicable diseases (aka NCDs) are the world’s big killers, representing about 60 percent of all causes of death. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease (mostly from tobacco), diabetes and the like kill many more people — most of them in the developing world — than do infectious diseases like AIDS, TB or malaria.

However, developing health goals to combat NCSs often run up against powerful commercial interests in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

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