KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest http://kplu.org en Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://kplu.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160319830&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another longtime industry: methamphetamine.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">For the first time, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">EPA’s "Brownfields" program</a>&nbsp;is covering the cleanup of former meth houses, and the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17874 at http://kplu.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health http://kplu.org/post/fire-community-bands-together-resources-animals-mental-health <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160317462&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Carlton Complex fire has consumed 300 homes in north-central Washington, the Okanogan County sheriff said Friday. It’s too soon for many people to know what they lost in the fire, including homes, orchards, livestock and pets.</p><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:53:35 +0000 Paige Browning 17872 at http://kplu.org Fire Community Bands Together For Resources, Animals, Mental Health Win Tickets To Curtis Stigers At Dimitriou's Jazz Alley http://kplu.org/post/win-tickets-curtis-stigers-dimitrious-jazz-alley <ul><li><a href="http://curtisstigers.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Curtis Stigers</strong></a></li><li><a href="http://www.jazzalley.com/www-home/artist.jsp?shownum=1416" target="_blank">Dimitriou's Jazz Alley</a></li><li>Tuesday, August 5th at 7:30pm</li></ul><p></p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Aaron Hushagen 17866 at http://kplu.org Win Tickets To Curtis Stigers At Dimitriou's Jazz Alley Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast http://kplu.org/post/summer-back-dry-weather-and-warm-sunny-skies-forecast <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160262297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The last week of July is historically the driest week of the year. And despite record-breaking rain last week, the forecast for the days ahead fits the bill for this time of year, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We’re going to have sun, warmth and virtually no precipitation,” Mass said of the week ahead.</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:06:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17871 at http://kplu.org Summer Is Back! Dry Weather And Warm, Sunny Skies In the Forecast Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://kplu.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160031216&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.</p><p>Radiation experts don't believe there is cause for alarm on our shores, but some coastal residents are stepping forward to pay for seawater testing just to be sure.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 17856 at http://kplu.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://kplu.org/post/washington-secretly-competed-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160315527&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tried to woo electric carmaker Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&nbsp;may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:25:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17870 at http://kplu.org Washington Secretly Competed For Tesla ‘Gigafactory' Worth Thousands Of Jobs So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners http://kplu.org/post/so-far-federal-wildfire-assistance-doesnt-include-direct-payments-homeowners <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160172168&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Federal funds are being used to help fight the wildfires that have raged across the Northwest this summer. But so far, the Federal Emergency Management Agency isn't handing out money directly to owners of the nearly 200 homes lost in the blazes.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:54:50 +0000 Chris Lehman 17869 at http://kplu.org So Far, Federal Wildfire Assistance Doesn't Include Direct Payments To Homeowners Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160171392&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Seattle-based Alaska Air&nbsp;<a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=109361&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1950870&amp;highlight=" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">posted a record second quarter profit Thursday</a>, a day after Delta toasted&nbsp;<a href="http://ir.delta.com/stock-and-financial/earnings-releases/default.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">its own high earnings</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But Alaska executives are still showing concern about a flood of new seats on their home turf.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17868 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns http://kplu.org/post/oil-train-derailment-under-busy-seattle-bridge-highlights-safety-concerns <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160154500&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Three tanker cars derailed at a Seattle rail yard early Thursday while carrying oil from North Dakota to a refinery in Anacortes.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one was hurt and none of the oil spilled, according to&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Burlington Northern Santa Fe</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the incident spurred renewed calls from the city for a </span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31504&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ban on oil train traffic near neighborhoods</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:41:16 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17865 at http://kplu.org Oil Train Derailment Under Busy Seattle Bridge Highlights Safety Concerns Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination http://kplu.org/post/engineers-union-files-charges-against-boeing-alleges-age-discrimination <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160256124&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.</p><p>The move comes in the wake of a series of announcements by Boeing that said the company is shifting thousands of engineering jobs to other states.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:38:58 +0000 Ashley Gross 17863 at http://kplu.org Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://kplu.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:12:12 +0000 Scott Neuman 17861 at http://kplu.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? http://kplu.org/post/who-most-blame-climate-change Here in southeastern Virginia, our biggest city, Norfolk, is saddled with an unwanted claim to fame. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:33 +0000 Barbara J. King 17860 at http://kplu.org Who Is Most To Blame For Climate Change? When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients http://kplu.org/post/when-federal-privacy-laws-protect-hospitals-instead-patients <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGqINIwOArg</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:29 +0000 Charles Ornstein 17859 at http://kplu.org When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients Wreckage Of Air Algerie Flight With 116 Aboard Found In Mali http://kplu.org/post/air-algerie-jet-likely-crashed-mali-116-aboard <em><strong>Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Air Algerie MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has been found with no survivors.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, reporting for our Newscast team, that a presidential aide in neighboring Burkina Faso says the remains of the missing aircraft have been found just across the border in Mali, in an isolated area about 60 miles south of the town of Gao.<p>Gen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30:23 +0000 Scott Neuman 17862 at http://kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates http://kplu.org/post/seattle-ballot-measure-park-district-divides-parks-advocates <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160049636&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.</p><p>Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17857 at http://kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates