BirdNote
9:00 am
Sun October 12, 2014

Birds And Berries

Credit Don Spencer

  Henry David Thoreau wrote, "Our little mountain-ash is all alive with [birds.] A dozen robins on it at once ... plucking the berries... A robin will swallow half a dozen berries, at least, in rapid succession..." If you, too, enjoy watching birds eat berries, then consider planting trees and shrubs that produce berries to attract birds (like this American Robin) to your garden. Learn more about "Garden Basics" at Audubon.org.

BirdNote
9:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

How Evolution Works, Featuring Dr. Mike Webster

Credit Tom Grey

  After breeding in Alaska, some Swainson’s Thrushes migrate across Canada to the East Coast before turning south to Ecuador. Others migrate directly down the Pacific Coast to the same destination. Why are some are traveling twice the distance? Dr. Mike Webster of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology explains the roles of genetic coding and genetic variation in this migratory divide.

Weather with Cliff Mass
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Mass: Expect Intensifying Rains With Global Warming

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include a link to Craig Welch's response. 

A warmer planet will certainly cause more intense rains in the Northwest and we should start getting ready for that now, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
10:42 am
Fri October 10, 2014

The Weekend's Rain, Clouds To Give Way To Dry Sunday

Aaron Brethorst

Fall is in the air, and you’ll want to keep a raincoat handy, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass says we can expect a big transition to deep autumnal clouds and rain early next week. But the weekend forecast is not as wet as predicted a few days ago, and Sunday should bring a break from the rain.

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Politics
9:33 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Admits She Married Immigrant For Cash

Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, cries as she speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore. on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.
Gosia Wozniacka AP Photo

Oregon’s first lady said she committed a federal crime 17 years ago. Cylvia Hayes told reporters Thursday that she married a man for the sole purpose of helping him get a green card.

She said the confession came as a surprise even to the man who, this summer, became her fiancé: the governor of Oregon.

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BirdNote
9:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Ring-necked Pheasants In The Wild

Credit Tom Grey

  The Ring-necked Pheasant is likely the best-known bird in North America that isn’t native to the continent. Indigenous to Asia, Ring-necked Pheasants were introduced to Oregon in 1881. The birds thrived in rural landscapes for many years, but modern industrial farming practices have diminished pheasant habitat. In some areas, however, wildlife agencies are working with private landowners to create favorable habitats for pheasants, giving the birds the cover they need for feeding, nesting, and roosting through the seasons.

Sports with Art Thiel
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

'Remarkable' Wilson Winning Seahawks Games With Hands, Feet

Russell Wilson eludes a tackle during the Monday Night Football game against Washington.
Alex Brandon AP Photo

The 3-1 Seahawks host the 4-1 Cowboys on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel expects another strong showing from quarterback Russell Wilson, the man who's won the last two games with his hands and his feet. 

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Tacoma Public Schools
5:00 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Tacoma District Sues Lincoln High Staffers Who Allege School 'Cherry-Picks' Students

Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Tacoma Public Schools officials recently filed suit against a teacher and two guidance counselors at Lincoln High School, alleging the staff members violated privacy laws designed to keep student records confidential.

An attorney for the educators says her clients have broken no privacy laws. She says the district's lawsuit is retaliation for the staffers going public with concerns the school's scheduling practices are pushing too many students out of Lincoln and into alternative school settings.

But district officials say the practice, which attorney Joan Mell and her clients disparagingly call "cherry-picking," is part of a coordinated effort to ensure the district's most vulnerable students can graduate from high school.

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Economy
4:29 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wash. State Has Highest Cellphone Tax Rates In U.S., Says Report

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Washingtonians pay the highest cellphone bill tax rates in the country while Oregonians enjoy the lowest tax burden, according to a new report.

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Wildland Firefighters
4:11 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wash. Inmate Crews Celebrated For Work On Summer Wildfires

Inmate firefighter Christopher Hindermann did two 14-day stints on the Carlton Complex Fire in north central Washington this summer.
Austin Jenkins

This summer’s Carlton Complex wildfire was the largest in Washington history. Scores of firefighters battled the inferno in north-central Washington. Among them were prison inmates assigned to the Department of the Natural Resources. Those inmate crews were honored Thursday at a ceremony at Cedar Creek Corrections Center.

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