Music + Culture
3:57 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Celebrating Three Decades of Good Music, Good Roads With Dan Maher

For more than three decades, Dan Maher's weekly radio show and live performances have entertained folk music lovers around the Northwest
Credit Northwest Public Radio

It is late Saturday morning and with the first strains of Heidi Muller’s Good Roads, you know it’s once again time for Inland Folk with Dan Maher, a very popular show that's been around for more than 30 years.

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Amy joined WUWM in January 2011 as an Announcer. She began her career interning for WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio and NPR affiliate WGVU in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She also served as News Director of her college station WNUR at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining WUWM, Amy served as an announcer and reporter for Northeast Indiana Public Radio. She also worked as a full-time bilingual writer and photographer for a Spanish- and English-language publication near Chicago. As a freelance journalist, she contributed several reports to WUWM’s Lake Effect program. Amy has won several journalism awards from The Hearst Foundations and Society of Professional Journalists.

Commentaries
11:03 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Designing Better Asphalt

Bioasphalt, made from watse cooking oil, would be gray instead of black and wouldn't emit smoke in hot weather.
Credit Hitchster / flickr.com

Asphalt: It’s everywhere and it’s expensive.  And its production is tough on air quality.  But a researcher at Washington State University may have a better way: asphalt made from waste cooking oil. "Rock Doc"  Kirsten Peters explains.

Dr. Haifang Wen grew up in a rural area of Shandong province, in eastern China. In his youth there were not many paved highways in the Chinese countryside.

“Lots of the roads were gravel,” he told me recently. “They were muddy when it rained. I remember riding a cow on them, or going along in a wagon pulled by a donkey.”

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Elizabeth first came to WRKF as a host and board operator in 2002. Since then she has worked extensively in radio in Baton Rouge before heading south of the border to Mexico for two and a half years. She's thrilled to be home in Louisiana and back at WRKF. In her spare time she enjoys music, dancing, and talking to strangers.

Minimum Wage
5:54 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Washington House Speaker: Minimum Wage Hike Wasn’t Ready For Vote

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp says the minimum wage hike wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year.
Credit Amber Trillo / Flickr

Washington Speaker of the House Frank Chopp supports a minimum wage hike. But he says the issue wasn’t ready for a vote on the House floor this year. The Democrat made his comments Friday in a rare meeting with the capitol press corps.

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WIC Program
5:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Spud Snub? Potato Growers Steamed Over Exclusion From Nutrition Program

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program.
Credit USDA

Northwest potato growers say they've been snubbed in a federal nutrition program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday finalized changes to the Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC . And it will cover all fruits and veggies … all but potatoes.

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Idaho Sales Tax
4:48 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Proposal Would End Idaho Sales Tax on Groceries

An Idaho state senator introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.
Credit Michael Pendergrass / Wikimedia Commons

An Idaho state senator and gubernatorial candidate has introduced a bill that would repeal the sales tax on groceries.

Republican State Senator Russ Fulcher says it’s time Idahoans were able to take advantage of the same savings that neighboring states like Washington, Oregon, and Montana have, by not having to pay sales tax on most grocery items.

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From The Top is coming to the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on April 24.

Get your tickets now!

K-9 Search and Rescue
6:15 am
Fri February 28, 2014

When You Need A Helping Hand How About A Nose?

German shepherd Kia lifts her nose in the air, sniffs, and takes off. She’s searching for missing hikers.
Credit Courtney Flatt

If you get lost hunting or wander off a hiking trail, a select group of volunteers may come to look for you. K-9 search and rescue teams spend countless hours training to make sure they can find you when you’re lost.

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Gay Rights
5:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

In Oregon, a religious group is attempting to get a measure on this November's ballot that would allow people to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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