Interviews
12:08 am
Sat April 21, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Carl Zimmer, The Three Stooges

After they leave their orphanage for the first time, Curly (Will Sasso) bears a heavy burden — his fellow Stooges, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos, left) and Larry (Sean Hayes).
Peter Iovino Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Originally published on Sat April 21, 2012 8:58 am

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Oregon Taxes
5:34 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Corporate Kicker Opponents Collect Initiative Signatures

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Jenkins/ Flickr Northwest News Network

Oregon initiative activists begin gathering signatures this weekend for a measure to do away with a corporate tax rebate. It's known as the kicker because it's triggered when tax revenues exceed projections by more than two percent.

There's also a personal tax kicker, which this initiative would not touch. The labor-backed group, Our Oregon is sponsoring the ballot measure. The proposal would send money from the corporate kicker to schools. Spokesman Scott Moore says currently most of the refunds go to companies headquartered outside of Oregon.

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Oregon Sues BP
4:45 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Oregon Sues BP Over Lost Investments

BP deep water oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Photo credit: © BP p.l.c. BP

Oregon has filed a securities lawsuit against the petrochemical giant, BP.  The state wants to recover investment losses triggered by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill two years ago.

The lawsuit alleges that investors, like the state, were misled about the safety of deep water drilling. Lawyers say BP made 'materially false' and 'misleading' statements. James Sinks of the Oregon State Treasury says state lawyers did their due diligence before filing, and are confident.

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NW Nuclear Power
4:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Northwest's Only Commercial Nuclear Plant Launches Publicity Campaign

The Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington.
Photo courtesy of NRC.gov

The utility Energy Northwest is launching a new TV ad campaign to improve the image of nuclear power. But as correspondent Anna King reports, the ads touting nuclear energy as green might be a tough sell.

Energy Northwest operates the only commercial nuclear power plant in the region. It’s called the Columbia Generating Station in Richland.

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Cold Water Risks
3:58 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Sunshine Brings Recreational Water Use On Deathly Cold Water

Kayakers near the Deception Pass Bridge.
Photo credit: KUOW Northwest News Network

Gorgeous weather is on its way to the Puget Sound region, for the third weekend in a row. That means, kayakers and canoers are eager to get back out on the water. But officials warn that high air temperatures can be misleading, because the water in rivers and lakes is so much colder.

Ted Buehner with the National Weather Service says six people drowned in Washington in the last month in accidents involving non-motorized boats.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Reports: More Agents Involved, More Expected Dismissals In Prostitution Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 3:37 pm

Update at 6:19 p.m. ET. Three Secret Service Agents Step Down:

The Secret Service confirmed that three "additional employees have chosen to resign" and a twelfth employee has been implicated.

"At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave and their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this investigation," the agency said in a press release.

The three dismissals today brings the total number of agents forced out of the agency because of the scandal to six.

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The Disappearing Coast
3:06 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Two Years Later, BP Spill Reminders Litter Gulf Coast

Pictured here on April 13, 2011, Barataria Bay — part of Louisiana's Barataria Basin — was one of the hardest hit areas in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Today, obvious signs of the spill have faded, but communities are still reeling from its effects.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 3:17 pm

It's been two years since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The oil has long stopped flowing and BP spent billions of dollars to clean up oiled beaches and waterways, but the disaster isn't necessarily over.

Oil fouled some 1,100 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline, but today, in most spots, you can't see obvious signs of the spill. In Orange Beach, Ala., the clear emerald waters of the Gulf roll onto sugar-white sand beaches.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:49 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Couples Should Get Tested For HIV Together, WHO Says

What do you say we go get HIV tested together?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 7:05 am

The World Health Organization is telling couples around the world to get tested together to see if either is infected with HIV.

If one of them is, that partner should start treatment with anti-HIV drugs – even if it's not yet medically necessary.

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It's All Politics
1:43 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Presidential Fundraising Numbers Poised To Skyrocket

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 2:11 pm

The latest financial numbers are coming out Friday from the campaigns of President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — along with the superPACs that love them.

First, the easy numbers: $53 million was raised in March to re-elect Obama and $12.6 million was raised by the Romney campaign to win the Republican primaries.

But those easy numbers don't give a complete picture.

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Music + Culture
1:38 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Record Store Day: To Support Local and Independent Music

Deadbeat Records in Moscow, Idaho

This Saturday, April 21st will be the world wide observance of Record Store Day. The idea of celebrating independently owned record stores and artists has been going on for 5 years. At the same time there’s been an increase in listening to music on vinyl.

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