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Development
5:00 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Pacific Tower Expected To Fill With Tenants; Long-Term Funding An Issue

Joe Mabel Wikimedia

After a slow start, the state of Washington says it’s on track to fill the former headquarters of Amazon.com with tenants. But long-term costs remain a concern.

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Maya Angelou
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Remembering Maya Angelou: Her 2011 KPLU Interview

Maya Angelou answers questions at her portrait unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., on April 5. Angelou died May 28, at age 86.
Paul Morigi AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Poet and author Maya Angelou died today at age 86. Her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" broke new ground with its descriptions of overcoming racism and trauma in the South. Throughout her life, Angelou was celebrated for her words. She shared a few of those words with KPLU's Bellamy Pailthorp, in a 2011 interview we're reposting here:

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Veterans
12:23 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Olympia Nonprofit Group Refurbishing Bikes For Veterans

One Vetbikes recipient competes with his refurbished bicycle.
Vetbikes.org

As Wesley Taylor explains it, a piece of his brain is dead.

He got injured in the Army, and while recovering at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, he noticed a group of veterans setting out for a morning ride each day. Taylor decided he wanted to give it a try, and started out on a reclined bike made to accommodate disabilities.

But the desire for speed motivated him to overcome balance problems left over from his injury.

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Unlikely Companions
5:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How One Woman Learned To Face Cancer From Her 3-Year-Old Hospital Roommate

Nina Garkavi and Greta York shared a room at Seattle Children's Hospital where they learned to face cancer together.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Nina Garkavi was feeling rotten. She was throwing up. She’d barely slept the night before. And she hadn’t managed a poop without excruciating pain in weeks.

She was halfway through six months of in-patient chemotherapy when a nurse came into her hospital room and started prepping the empty bed opposite hers. The nurse informed her, matter-of-factly, that another patient would be joining her.

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Little Buggers
8:00 am
Sat May 24, 2014

How To Remove A Tick — And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

Washington state Department of Health

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

So we asked an expert for the definitive answer on how to remove the blood-sucking bugs.

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Washington Apple
12:47 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

WSU Names New Apple Variety With Starburst Spots 'Cosmic Crisp'

Washington State University

The newest variety of apple developed by Washington State University is one step closer to supermarkets with the announcement of its brand name.

The apple will be called the Cosmic Crisp.

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Concert Emergencies
11:35 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Sasquatch Festival's Emergency Room

Dr. Fernando Dietsch is the chief medical officer and ER director at Quincy Valley Medical Center.
Jessica Robinson

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

But not all of them stay there. Some end up at the tiny hospital in Quincy, Washington, with drug overdoses, alcohol poisoning and dehydration.

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Pedestrian Safety
1:37 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Report: Pedestrian Deaths Disproportionately Affect Native Americans In Wash. State

Bill Kramme Flickr

Pedestrians of American Indian descent at are at higher risk of death in Washington state, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a branch of Smart Growth America. 

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Emergency Responders
4:27 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Text-to-911 Coming, But Dispatchers Much Prefer Voice Calls

Toby Talbot AP Photo

This week, the four biggest mobile carriers met a voluntary deadline to be ready to allow consumers to send text messages to 911. But don't try that in an emergency just yet. Dispatchers in the Northwest don't yet have the capability to receive texts for help.

The Federal Communications Commission has been pressing cellular companies and emergency communication centers to accelerate text-to-911 rollout. Recently departed agency chairman Julius Genachowski argued, “Access to 911 must catch up with how consumers communicate in the 21st century."

But even when the technology arrives, voice will still be the best choice, according to Washington state E911 coordinator Ziggy Dahl.

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Affordable Care Act
5:10 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Wash. Health Insurance Rates To Increase, But By Less Than In Recent Years

Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The cost of health insurance for individuals is probably going up next year in Washington, but in a key test of the market under the Affordable Care Act, the rate hikes will be lower than in recent years.

How Obamacare would affect insurance rates has been one of the law’s big mysteries. There weren’t big price hikes this year, but now that the law has been fully in effect for some months, would there be a big jump for 2015?

According to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the answer is no. In paperwork filed with the OIC, the 17 insurance companies have asked for an average increase of 8.25 percent increase. Commissioner Mike Kreidler says that's the smallest increase in seven years.

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Noxious Weed
5:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Beware Of The Giant Hogweed, The Invasive Plant That Can Cause Burns And Blisters

King County noxious weed expert Karen Peterson stands in front of a giant hogweed plant, holding a dead stalk.
Courtesy Sasha Shaw

If you find giant hogweed growing in your garden, don't try to remove it without wearing protective clothing and safety glasses. Otherwise, you could end up suffering for a long time, says Sasha Shaw, an educator with the King County Noxious Weed Control Program.

Shaw has seen pictures of people hurt by giant hogweed. She says it's the plant's sap that "makes your skin hypersensitive to sunlight and then the sunlight causes burns and blisters. It can cause reddish to purplish scarring for up to several years.” 

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Support KPLU
12:21 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Thank You For Giving Big!

We are so thankful for your support and are honored to be included in your philanthropic priorities on GiveBIG day!

Other News
12:38 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

No More Bromine: Coke, Pepsi Drop Controversial Ingredient

A Change.org petition labeled brominated vegetable oil, used in sports drinks like Gatorade, a "fire retardant chemical."
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:54 am

Chalk up another win for citizen activists. Coke and Pepsi announced this week that they will no longer use brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, in their soft drinks.

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It’s GiveBIG day!
12:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

GiveBig And Support KPLU!

Today only, your gift will be stretched through the Seattle Foundation’s matching challenge. Every gift we receive will be partially matched today, so make your gift now.

Find out more about the Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG here!

Thank you for supporting KPLU!

Bike Share
4:08 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

With New Sponsor, Seattle's Bike Share Program Finally Set To Launch In September

courtesy of Puget Sound Bike Share

It’s official: Seattle’s much-anticipated bike share program will launch with 500 bikes in September, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Alaska Airlines.

City officials unveiled the plan for the program, called "Pronto! Emerald City Cycle Share," on Monday.

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