Concord Grapes
7:23 am
Fri June 20, 2014

What Climate Change Could Mean For Your Grape Juice

Grape researcher Markus Keller.
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When you think of grapes in the Northwest, wine is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But Concord juice grapes actually are Washington’s most widely planted grape. It turns out, juice grapes are more susceptible to warming weather than their wine grape cousins. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Wildfires
5:53 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

When Wildfire Smoke Gets Bad - Ways To Stay Healthy

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer.
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Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

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Oregon Death Penalty
4:49 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Case

Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant.
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Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant. The ruling comes as capital punishment faces increased scrutiny nationwide after a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma.

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Gun Giveaway Campaig
7:19 am
Thu June 19, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Didier's website, advertising a chance to win a gun.
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One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd amendment advocates AND increase the names on his campaign mailing list. He’s offering voters a chance to win a gun. Jessica Robinson has more.

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This American Life
6:57 am
Thu June 19, 2014

This American Life Live - Their Most Amibitious Live Show Ever

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This week, This American Life will bring you their most ambitious live show ever. They pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House – with nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical, into opera, and into plays.

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Paid Sick Leave
5:43 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Eugene Could Become Third Northwest City To Require Paid Sick Leave

Eugene, Ore., could become the third city in the Northwest to require paid sick leave for most workers.
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Oregon's second-largest city could be the next place to mandate employer-provided sick leave. The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to direct city staff to draw up an ordinance that would take effect next year. 

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Washington Unemployment
4:39 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May

The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent.
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The unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.1 percent according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department. 

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Musical Language
7:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Radiolab: The Language Of Music And The Music Of Language

Composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, whose composition Rite of Spring was controversial at its debut in 1913.
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What is music? Why does it move us? How does the brain process sound, and why are some people better at it than others?

Radiolab posed this question, and seeks to understand the DNA of music - and the connection between music and language.

In a recent episode, Radiolab looked at the disastrous debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in 1913, examined music through modern neurology, and met a composer using computers to decode music and find its essential pieces.

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Salmon Lawsuit
6:49 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Federal Salmon Plan Heads Back To Courtroom

Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River to protect endangered salmon and steelhead.
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It’s back to court for the federal government and salmon advocates. Fish supporters Tuesday once again challenged the government’s plan to manage dams on the Columbia River and protect endangered salmon and steelhead. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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ODOT Preparedness
6:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

State Audit Questions ODOT's Long-Term Preparedness

The Oregon Department of Transportation may lose a vast amount of institutional knowledge in the coming years. That's according to an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State. And the report questions whether ODOT is doing enough to retain that knowledge of how to design and build roads. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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