Shots - Health Blog
2:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Medical Technician Might Have Exposed Hundreds To Hepatitis C

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:24 pm

After five years of crisscrossing the country as a traveling medical technician, David Kwiatkowski landed at New Hampshire's Exeter Hospital in the spring of 2011. A full-time job in the hospital's cardiac unit soon followed.

It was at Exeter that federal prosecutors say the 33-year-old began to divert syringes of the drug Fentanyl. They say Kwiatkowski, who was arrested July 19, would inject himself with the painkiller, and then refill syringes with a saline solution. He is hepatitis C-positive, meaning those tainted needles might have spread the liver-damaging virus.

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Politics
2:06 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars after his speech at the VFW National Convention in Reno, Nev., on July 24.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:25 am

The latest national security issue to figure in the presidential campaign has little to do with Iran, Afghanistan or other foreign policy challenges. Mitt Romney is instead focusing on what he and other Republicans allege is the Obama administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes.

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Space
2:04 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Telescope Targets Black Holes' Binges And Burps

The NuSTAR telescope, seen in this artist's illustration, will soon be sending back data that researchers will use to study black holes.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 4:45 am

NASA's newest space telescope will start searching the universe for black holes on Wednesday. Scientists hope the NuSTAR X-ray telescope, which launched about six weeks ago and is now flying about 350 miles above the Earth, will help shed some light on the mysteries of these space oddities.

Mission control for the telescope is a small room on the University of California, Berkeley, campus, where about a dozen people with headsets rarely look up from their screens.

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Europe
1:55 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Italy Worries Sicily's Woes Could Have Ripple Effect

Raffaele Lombardo, the governor of Sicily, speaks to reporters after his meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Rome last week. Lombardo has been accused of having ties to the Mafia in Sicily.
Alessandro Bianchi Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:09 pm

In antiquity, Sicily was known as Greater Greece. Now, the eurozone crisis has led to sharp spending cuts and, with an economy based on public sector wages, Sicily is being called Italy's Greece. The central government fears the region's debt of more than $6 billion could further endanger the country's financial stability.

Worried about contagion, the Rome government is dictating on Sicily tough bailout conditions similar to those international lenders imposed on Greece.

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Northwest Silver Mines Clash
5:59 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Neighboring Mines Clash As Stakes Rise In Silver Market

Hecla Mining Company has made an unsolicited bid to buy out shares of U.S. Silver Corp.
Northwest News Network

Every time you buy a smartphone or a tablet, you’re buying a little piece of silver inside. The expected global appetite for more and more silver-containing technology has spurred a corporate clash over mines in a remote corner of north Idaho.

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Oregon Federal Foreclosure Assistance Funds
5:51 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Oregon Has Highest Distribution Rate Of Federal Foreclosure Assistance Funds

A graph showing the rate at which states have used federal “Hardest Hit” dollars.
Northwest News Network

Oregon has been the most aggressive state in distributing federal funds aimed at preventing foreclosures. The state has tapped into nearly half of the $220 million it received under the “Hardest Hit” program. That's a higher rate than any of the other 17 states and Washington, D.C., that were awarded the funds.

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Oregon Alzheimer Plan
5:43 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Oregon Unveils Alzheimer Plan

The state unveiled its new plan to coordinate and improve care for people with Alzheimer's Monday.

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Northwest Renewable Energy
5:00 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Northwest Utilities Exceed Green Power Minimum

Northwest utilities mostly bought wind power to achieve compliance with green energy requirements.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Electric utilities in the Northwest have overachieved in meeting requirements to add renewable energy to their portfolios. That's according to fresh regulatory filings.

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American West's "Megadrought"
4:19 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Study: "Megadrought" The New Normal In The West

This tower in a ponderosa pine forest near Sisters, Ore., gathers data on forest productivity and soil processes that influence the carbon dioxide and water vapor exchange with the atmosphere.
Beverly Law

The drought that hit the West from 2000-2004 is not only the worst in 800 years, but it could be the new “normal."  That’s according to new research in the journal Nature Geoscience.

You’d have to go back to the middle ages to find a period as dry as 2000-2004 in the American West. Snowpack decreased. Crop productivity in much of the west went down by 5 percent. And that’s not the worst of it, the researchers say. Grasses, plants and trees suck up about 30 percent of our CO2 emissions in North America. In the Northwest, that percentage is even higher.

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Station Announcements
4:03 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

The NPR News service is now on in Yakima on KYVT 88.5 FM

For the first time, the NPR News service of Northwest Public Radio—and its standout broadcasts like NPR’s Fresh Air, the Diane Rehm Show and Talk of the Nation—are on the airwaves of KYVT 88.5 FM in Yakima.

Through a partnership with Yakima School District and  YV-Tech,   Northwest Public Radio and  NPR’s award-winning news programming is now available on the school district's radio station KYVT 88.5 FM.   Listeners can tune in to KYVT’s 3,000-watt transmitter in Yakima as well as West Valley, Union Gap and Selah to hear more public radio programs.

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