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Patient Safety
2:19 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Seattle Children's Patients At Risk Of Infection From Improperly-Cleaned Tools

Courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is notifying about 100 patients who could be at risk of serious infection due to improperly-cleaned medical instruments.

Hospital officials say the risk is small, but substantial enough to warrant letters and phone calls to patients who had colonoscopies using a tool called an auxiliary channel scope. Unlike standard scopes, these instruments have an extra tube that needs to be cleaned between uses.

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homeless
5:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Three Homeless Groups In King County Receive Foundation Funds

Friends of Youth Facebook page

Three agencies serving the homeless in King County have received a $450,000 grant from several Seattle foundations. The money will help continue outreach services for runaway and homeless youth.  

Friends of Youth, an agency that serves teens in East King County and one of the grant recipients, will use the grant to support its mobile van that operates at skate parks and malls.

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A Labor Movement In Songs
5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Tacoma Professor Tells The Story Of The 'Sharecropper's Troubadour'

Plowboy in Alabama earns 75 cents daily.
Dorothea Lange, photographer, Farm Security Administration (1936)

    

The movie "12 Years A Slave" has made clear the extent of the brutality slaves had to endure before emancipation. But life in the segregationist south up until the civil rights movement was, in many ways, not much better than during slavery.

That’s clear in "Sharecropper's Troubadour," the latest book from Michael Honey, the Fred T. and Dorothy G. Haley Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Washington Tacoma. It’s an oral history of an African-American man named John Handcox, who braved the wrath of plantation owners by using his gift for song to organize sharecroppers into a union. 

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Diversion Du Jour
6:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Meet The Seattle Woman Who Ate Nothing But Starbucks For An Entire Year

Beautiful Existence

The year 2013 was the Year of Starbucks for one Seattle woman who survived only on foods and drinks she bought at Starbucks cafes.

The woman, named Beautiful Existence, says she’d often thought about taking on the task. After all, yearlong experiments were nothing new to Existence, who challenged herself to shop only at Goodwill for the entire year of 2011.

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Public Radio Day
12:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Thank You For Making Public Radio Day A Success!

Public Radio Day was a success! Between the 5 participating stations and your support, we are giving 1177 warm kits to the United Way of King County.

Thank to all our listeners who gave so generously to support your favorite stations, and to keep those in need warm this season!

Support Public Radio
1:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

It's Public Radio Day!

Today is your chance to give to your favorite public radio stations and support the rich tradition of public broadcasting in the Pacific Northwest!

We’ve decide to team together with KING FM, KBCS, KEXP and KNHC in asking you to give a support to listener supported radio. 

For every gift you give of $120, we’ll donate one winter care pack* to the United Way of King County to be distributed to area shelters.

DONATE NOW!

Make your gift go further by supporting KPLU, our fellow public radio stations, and those in need, this holiday season!

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KPLU
10:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Public meeting notice: Fiscal Year 2013 KPLU audit review

On January 10, 2014 there will be a public meeting with the Audit and Compliance Committee of the PLU Board of Regents to review the FY12 KPLU Audit. The meeting will be at a place to be detrermined on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

If you are interested in attending either in person or by phone, please contact the General Manager's office at KPLU by calling 253-535-8732 or sdye@kplu.org for more information.

Smart Lighting
5:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

5 Tips to Help You Look Better on Skype, FaceTime

Blandine Van de Velde optimizes available light while Skyping by using a towel-covered lamp.
Justin Steyer KPLU

There’s no question more and more people are using Skype and FaceTime to connect with family and friends. And businesses are finding the technology to be a convenient way to interview job candidates to connecting with clients.

But what about how we look staring into those tiny computer and phone cameras? It seems everyone I talk to has a story about looking at themselves on Skype or FaceTime and thinking, “I look terrible.”

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transportation
5:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

SDOT Looking into De-Icer that Caused Crashes on Seattle Bridge

Seattle transportation officials are looking into what went wrong after cars started spinning out of control on a de-iced West Seattle Bridge on Monday.

Three minor car crashes in the eastbound lanes shut down the bridge for several hours. Police blamed the de-icer used on the bridge, but the formula, which the city has been using for three years now, didn’t seem to have caused any problems in the westbound lanes on the same bridge.

Still, the Seattle Department of Transportation is checking to make sure the de-icer had not been contaminated, said spokesman Rick Sheridan.

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Help for Homeless
4:25 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Pay by App in the Works for Real Change Newspaper

David Rice sells Real Change on the corner of Third and Madison in Seattle.
Paula Wissel

The lack of actual cash in our pockets is putting the squeeze on vendors trying to sell the Seattle street newspaper Real Change.

Real Change founding Ddrector Tim Harris says vendors, who are homeless or low income, are hearing customers say, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any money.”

“We think it’s more than people putting them off; we think people aren’t carrying cash with them," Harris said.

Real Change is turning to technology for a solution.

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Geronimo!
10:03 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Daredevils Woo Twin Falls to Recreate Evel Knievel Jump

This photo shows Snake River Canyon. Evel Knievel’s 1974 launch ramp is the hump on the rim, top right.
Tom Banse

A passel of daredevils is aiming to succeed where the king of stunt performers once famously failed. They want to attempt Evel Knievel's jump over the Snake River Canyon.

But first, one of the modern stuntmen has to secure the rights to both a launch and a landing spot on opposite sides of the canyon near Twin Falls, Idaho. That has the potential for another wreck in the making, a bureaucratic one that involves the wooing of the Twin Falls City Council.

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Affordable Care Act
9:49 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

On Wash. Health Exchange, Strong Numbers and Some Anxiety

Washington Health Benefits Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka is optimistic about early enrollment.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington’s new health insurance exchange has been touting its strong enrollment numbers, especially in comparison to the deeply-troubled federal exchange. But members of the board overseeing the exchange are starting to express some anxiety about meeting their signup goals.

The exchange reports 98,399 enrollments, as of mid-November. But the vast majority, 88 percent, are enrolled in the government-sponsored Medicaid program. The state needs to get many more people into private qualified health plans, or QHPs, to create a functioning market.

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Affordable Care Act
5:01 am
Mon November 18, 2013

For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare

Patrick Semansky Associated Press

Washington’s health exchange has been a bright spot in the slipshod rollout of Obamacare, but one requirement for signing up could be a barrier to the very people the new law is supposed to serve.

To sign up for coverage on WAHealthPlanFinder.org, you have to make your first payment by credit card, debit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account.

But recent studies show about one-fourth of Washington households are either “unbanked” with no access to an account, or “underbanked" with limited access. The number of those affected is even higher in low-income and minority communities to which many of the exchange’s target audience belong.

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We're #1!
5:06 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Seattle Named Smartest City in North America

Tim Durkan

Cities don’t get much smarter than Seattle, according to Fast Company magazine.

Seattle topped the magazine’s list of smartest cities in North America. The ranking is based on a number of categories, including government, lifestyle, environment, and economy.

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fighting Poverty
5:01 am
Thu November 14, 2013

New Program Offers Financial Counseling to Those in Need

Nadia Olusolo
Paula Wissel KPLU

Learning how to budget and save is something everyone can benefit from, even people who barely have a penny to their name.

That’s the idea behind so-called Financial Empowerment Centers Seattle is setting up with a $1.8 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

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