Weather report
1:52 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Stagnant air advisory in place for much of Washington

You've seen it before: bad air stuck over western Washington. And here we are again, a stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of the state.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest is keeping the lid on air pollutants.

A stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of Washington, except for the mountains and part of the coast, until Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say the high pressure is trapping cooler air near the ground. With poor mixing of the lower atmosphere because of the inversion, wood smoke and car exhausts can build up.

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New tracks
12:50 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Putting unique Sarah Vaughan in the 'All That Jazz' mix

Sarah Vaughan in 1946.
Wikimedia Commons

Each week in a new feature on our jazz blog – Groove Notes – we'll tell you about a few of the songs added to KPLU’s "All That Jazz" rotation by our music director Nick Francis.

This week’s picks are three tracks from Sarah Vaughan’s first long-play album “In Hi-Fi.”

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KPLU Studio Sessions
12:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

A rare visit to the KPLU Studios: Jazz piano legend Chick Corea

Chick Corea performing live in the KPLU Studios on Dec. 2, 2011.
Justin Steyer KPLU

In November, Chick Corea celebrated his 70th birthday with four weeks of concerts at The Blue Note in New York. However, when he walked into the KPLU studios in early December it was impossible to see him as a 70-year-old man.

He looks 20 years younger, acts 40 years younger and plays piano with as much passion, creativity and fire as he ever did.

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Wolf hunting
11:51 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Washington Fish & Wildlife votes to accept wolf management plan

Washington's Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a management plan for what one member called the most controversial and complex issue the Commission has ever dealt with: wolf management.

The number and distribution of breeding pairs in Washington's growing wolf population is key. The amended plan calls for four breeding pairs in Eastern Washington, four each in the North and South Cascades, and 3 more pairs anywhere in the state. If more are found, the plan calls for stepping up management actions, like moving wolves around or shooting animals who prey on cattle.

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11:43 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Investigation faults unsafe conditions for Idaho miner's death

The Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Sat December 3, 2011 7:51 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - The death of a north Idaho miner occurred last April because of safety failures on the part of the mine's owner. That's the conclusion of a federal investigation released Friday. Larry Marek was working about a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan , Idaho when 70 feet of rock above him collapsed.

Marek was working in a tunnel or "stope" that was at the base of intersecting silver veins. And about an hour after he arrived at work on the afternoon of April 15, the disconnected wedge of rock between the veins came down.

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11:39 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Elk hunt on Hanford Reach controversial with tribes

Elk on the Hanford Reach National Monument in southeast Washington. Photo courtesy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:54 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A plan to allow elk hunting on the Hanford Reach National Monument is getting mixed reviews from Northwest tribes. The highly-protected area in southeast Washington used to be part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and much of it has been long closed to the public.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife's elk hunting plan calls for killing about half the herd to bring it down to 350 animals. The aim is to protect fragile sagebrush wildlands.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:17 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Teens aren't the rampant sexting maniacs we thought

They're probably just texting their moms.
Mark Rose

Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 9:47 am

Teens sharing totally inappropriate naked photos on their phones: Sexting sounded so plausible, it just had to be true.

But now it turns out that's the vast majority of teenagers aren't sexting at all.

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Other News
11:16 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Some doctors turn their backs on insurance (script)

Doctor Manya Helman runs a small clinic in a Salem office building. After 20 years in practice, she recently decided not to accept insurance payments anymore.

Manya Helman: "I'm actually enjoying practicing medicine for the first time since I started practice."
She says she can take as much time as she wants with a patient and her business doesn't have to deal with all the paperwork.

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10:40 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Oregon Prison guard's death ruled 'line of duty'

Officer Buddy Herron. Photo courtesy Oregon Sept. of Corrections

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 2:46 pm

Corrections officers and state officials will gather in Pendleton Monday to give full honors to an eastern Oregon prison guard who was murdered. Buddy Herron was killed last week when he stopped to help what he thought was a stranded motorist.

Herron was on his way to a night shift job at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution when he was killed. Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Joshua Weeks with murder.

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10:36 am
Mon December 5, 2011

European Union complies with WTO Airbus ruling

An Airbus A380. European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for the Boeing rival. Photo by Kentaro Iemoto/Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 3:01 pm

European officials say they've now dropped all illegal subsidies for Boeing rival Airbus. That's after the World Trade Organization ruled the EU had given billions of dollars worth of improper aid to the European aircraft builder.

This is the latest installment of the seven-year-long saga between the world's two largest makers of jetliners. The Europeans have grudgingly enacted a package of changes that withdraw the supports they gave Airbus.

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