Politics http://nwpr.org en Russia's Credit Rating Cut To Just Above 'Junk' http://nwpr.org/post/russias-credit-rating-cut-just-above-junk Saying that "the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/126978660/ukraine" target="_blank">tense geopolitical situation between Russia and Ukraine</a>" could accelerate the already heavy flow of money coming out of Russia, <a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/en_US/web/guest/home" target="_blank">Standard & Poor's</a> on Friday cut that nation's credit rating to just above "junk" level.<p>What's more, S&P says it doesn't expect things to improve anytime soon:<p><blockquote><p>"In our view, Russia's political institutions remain comparatively weak and political power is highly centralized. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 44937 at http://nwpr.org One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World' http://nwpr.org/post/one-mans-quest-find-sonic-wonders-world Ever wonder why your voice sounds so much better when you sing in the shower? It has to do with an acoustic "blur" called reverberation. From classical to pop music, reverberation "makes music sound nicer," acoustic engineer Trevor Cox tells <em>Fresh Air</em>'s Terry Gross. It helps blend the sound, "but you don't want too much," he warns.<p>Cox is the author of <em>The Sound Book: The Science of the Sonic Wonders of the World.</em> He has developed new ways of improving the sound in theaters and recording studios. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:11:00 +0000 editor 41679 at http://nwpr.org One Man's Quest To Find The 'Sonic Wonders Of The World' Income / Upshot http://nwpr.org/post/income-upshot <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Presenting <strong><em>Income/Upshot</em></strong>, brought to you by the Marketplace Wealth &amp; Poverty Desk. This tool lets you calculate how far above or below the median income you are for your area.</span><iframe frameborder="0" height="350px" scrolling="no" src="http://www.marketplace.org/sites/default/iframes/income_upshot/io-widget/io_widget.html" width="100%"></iframe></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:15:30 +0000 40311 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Lawmakers Miss Midnight Deadline, Work Through Night http://nwpr.org/post/wash-lawmakers-miss-midnight-deadline-work-through-night <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Washington lawmakers missed a midnight deadline Tuesday night to rebalance the state budget. But they didn&rsquo;t go home. Instead, Governor Chris Gregoire called yet another overtime session. At this hour, lawmakers are still voting on a final budget deal. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has the latest. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:33:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 6464 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Gov: Progress, But No Deal As Final Day Of Special Session Arrives http://nwpr.org/post/wash-gov-progress-no-deal-final-day-special-session-arrives OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s the final day of Washington’s 30-day special session. But still no deal on a plan to rebalance the state budget and pass a series of government reform measures. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports closed door talks broke up late Monday night. <p> A weary Governor Chris Gregoire held a news conference just before midnight. <p> Gregoire: “We’ve made progress over 11 hours, but we’re not done and everybody’s still working.”’ <p> She spoke after a marathon round of bipartisan negotiations. Those talks will resume Tuesday. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:00:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins 6400 at http://nwpr.org Senate Holds Hearing On Protecting San Juans' Public Lands http://nwpr.org/post/senate-holds-hearing-protecting-san-juans-public-lands <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A bill to establish a National Conservation Area that would give permanent protection 1,000 acres of unique landscapes in the San Juan Islands is wending its way through Congress. A key committee took up the legislation Thursday. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:27:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5369 at http://nwpr.org Senate Holds Hearing On Protecting San Juans' Public Lands Washington Scores Well On Transparency, But Up To Citizens To Verify http://nwpr.org/post/washington-scores-well-transparency-citizens-verify <p>OLYMPIA -- Washington&rsquo;s Public Records Act and other transparency measures have earned the state a high score in a nationwide study. The State Integrity Investigation looked at every state&rsquo;s disclosure practices. It ranked Washington third in the country, with a letter grade of &quot;B-.&quot;</p><p>But budget cuts are curtailing investigations by government watchdogs. And all three branches of government have tried to put more of their records outside the law&rsquo;s scrutiny. KUOW&rsquo;s Amy Radil reports. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:38:55 +0000 Amy Radil 5109 at http://nwpr.org Washington Scores Well On Transparency, But Up To Citizens To Verify Idaho Nearly Fails Government Accountability Report Card http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-nearly-fails-government-accountability-report-card <p>BOISE, Idaho &ndash; A new investigative project ranks Idaho 40th out of 50 states for government accountability and openness. The Gem State fails six categories outright, including ethics enforcement agencies. As Scott Ki reports, The study comes out Monday as state senators investigate one of their own. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:18:10 +0000 Scott Ki 5106 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Nearly Fails Government Accountability Report Card Whats Next for Wolves After Court Decision http://nwpr.org/post/whats-next-wolves-after-court-decision <p>BOISE - The wolf hunt in Idaho will continue through June in part of the state. That&rsquo;s because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld Congress&rsquo;s decision to strip federal protection for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Aaron Kunz has reaction to the decision. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:10:18 +0000 Aaron Kunz 4907 at http://nwpr.org Walden: GOP Leaders Back Timber Payment Extension http://nwpr.org/post/walden-gop-leaders-back-timber-payment-extension <p>SALEM, Ore. -- Congress may be close to funding county timber payments for one more year. The senate passed a transportation bill Wednesday that included an extension of the rural aid program. Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:04:41 +0000 Amelia Templeton 4906 at http://nwpr.org Walden: GOP Leaders Back Timber Payment Extension