Global Health
11:28 am
Fri September 16, 2011

More women in poor countries dying from breast cancer

The number of young women with breast cancer has more than doubled worldwide since 1980, say researchers at Seattle’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Most of this, say the University of Washington global health number crunchers, is in the developing world where women lack access to screening, prevention and treatment programs that have reduced the overall risk of breast cancer for women in the rich world.

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Business
10:26 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Oregon eyes insurance rate increase

SALEM, Ore. - Customers of one of Oregon's largest health insurance companies may see a large rate increase soon. State insurance regulators held a rare public hearing Wednesday on the request by ODS Health Plan to hike its rates an average of 10 percent. A decision on the requested rate hike could come next month.

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Quileute Indian Reservation
10:19 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Tribe renews plea for land to move kids out of tsunami zone

All of La Push’s lower village is in the tsunami inundation zone.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

An Indian tribe on the Washington Coast on Thursday renewed its plea to Congress to expand its tiny reservation onto higher ground. Quileute tribal leaders previously traveled to the nation's capital after the devastating Japanese tsunami in March.

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Endangered species act
9:56 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Critics call grizzly self-defense bill redundant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress is set to renew the Endangered Species Act this fall. One of the hot button debates emerging in the nation’s capital revolves around the killing of a north Idaho grizzly bear.

Idaho’s congressional delegation has introduced a bill on the issue that critics call redundant.

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Union unrest
9:49 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Oregon university workers relieved to avoid strike

MONMOUTH, Ore. - Public university employees in Oregon say they're glad they won't be going on strike. But that doesn't mean they're all happy with the tentative contract deal. Negotiators reached that settlement early Thursday morning after an all-night bargaining session.

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Environment
9:45 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Oregon housing development listed for superfund cleanup

Medford, Ore -- The Environmental Protection Agency placed a housing development in Southern Oregon on the superfund list Thursday.

Eighty people, about half of them children, used to live at North Ridge Estates in Klamath Falls. The EPA began cleaning up asbestos there in 2003. The agency removed almost 150 tons of contaminated soil and debris, the remains of army barracks that had once been on the site. But each spring, more asbestos worked its way to the surface.

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NW Weather
9:35 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Signs of fall: snow level drops at the Cascades

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — It still may be technically summer this weekend, but the snow level is going to drop on the Cascade Mountains.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the snow level will drop from 10,000 feet to 5,500 feet in the North Cascades. It will drop to 6,500 feet in the Central Cascades.That means hikers and campers heading to the mountains may see a dusting of snow or cold rain.

The fall equinox is Sept. 23.

Weather with Cliff Mass
9:08 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Back to wet, cool and possibly a winter similar to the last

Here they come - the return of the fall and winter clouds.
Lattiboy KPLU

That's it – nine days of summer. The nine days of over 80 degree temperatures in September look like the best we'll get this year.

“Looking at the maps, the large scale maps over the hemisphere, things have really changed. We’ve gone from a summer-type pattern to a much more winter-like pattern," Cliff Mass told KPLU's Keith Seinfeld in this morning's weather report. "The Jet stream is really strengthening and the storm systems are moving south. “

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The tactile garden
6:33 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Blind in Seattle take strolls in a (nearly) secret garden

Receptionist Deng Kong in Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden at Seattle Lighthouse.
Courtesy of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

At Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden a collection of plants is growing for visitors to experience through smell and touch, senses that usually come second to our primarily visual take on plants. The garden is a part of Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit serving Seattle’s blind community.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Double drag likely this weekend for Hawks and Huskies fans

NFL referee Bill Leavy at a Seattle practice last year, where he admitted making bad calls in the Seahawks' loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. Leavy is working Sunday's Seahawks/Steelers game - where the Hawks are 14-point underdogs.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

This might not be the best weekend to be a Seahawks or Husky fan. Both teams are big underdogs in road games against major football powerhouses.

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel can't recall a time when both teams were so heavily favored to lose in the same weekend.

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