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Voting Rights Violations in Washington

August 10, 2016 - 8:44 am

Last week, the Washington State chapter of the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Pasco’s at-large election system for violating the Voting Rights Act. The ACLU alleges the city has been unlawfully diluting the vote of Latinos in elections, preventing any Latino candidates from winning City Council seats. This lack of minority representation

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National Parks Become Concert Halls To Celebrate Park Service’s 100th Birthday

Photo by Tom Banse Photo by Tom Banse

August 8, 2016 - 8:00 am

National parks will offer free admission on the final weekend of this month (Aug. 25-28) in honor of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Before then, the park service centennial is being celebrated with music. Southern Oregon’s Britt Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra are among more than a dozen arts organizations to

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New Murals Bring Art to the SoDo Track

Photo by Casey Martin Photo by Casey Martin

August 5, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Two miles of Seattle’s downtown warehouse district are getting a new look! Artists from around the world and the Seattle area have been commissioned to paint vibrant murals along the SoDo Track–the transit corridor between 4th and 6th avenues only accessible to Light Rail and Metro buses. You can find a map of the SoDo Track murals here.

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Olympic Runner Takes to Oregon Logging Roads for Rio Prep

Bradley W. Parks / OPB news Bradley W. Parks / OPB news

August 5, 2016 - 7:30 am

The U.S. Olympic team includes more than 75 athletes from the northwest. One of them is Minnesota transplant Ben Blankenship, who be will be competing in the men’s 15-hundred meter race later this month. He’s excited about Rio, and has been preparing by training in some uniquely northwest locations.

A Day At The Bus Stop

photo courtesy of Oran Viriyincy photo courtesy of Oran Viriyincy

August 4, 2016 - 11:58 am

What happens at a bus stop throughout the day? In this special edition of What’s the Flux: Commuter dispatches, lead Producer, Mona Yeh sends reporters out to visit some of our region’s busiest bus stops over a 24 hour period. You’ll listen to the rhythm at popular transit centers in our region, and what riders

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How to Grow a Blueberry in the Desert

Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network Photo by Anna King / Northwest News Network

August 2, 2016 - 2:30 pm

Organic blueberries are really hard to grow west of the Cascades — too many bugs and too much disease. But east of the mountains, they’re battling the desert. Correspondent Anna King visited a farm in Patterson to find out how blueberries could possibly grow in this environment, and came back with the answer: giant tents. Left: Flora

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Backers Say Potential Ballot Initiative Empowers Small Donors

Chelsea Talbert/Integrity Washington Chelsea Talbert/Integrity Washington

August 2, 2016 - 11:00 am

Backers of an initiative aimed at amplifying small donations to politicians are waiting to hear if they’ve qualified for the November ballot. Initiative 1464 would give Washingtonians three 50-dollar “democracy vouchers” to donate to the politicians of their choice for each election. The measure has support from groups that span the political spectrum, who say

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Music of the Moment – August


July 29, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Check out these five new albums we’re loving right now.

Karl Blau  – Introducing Karl Blau
Céu – Tropix
Crater – Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep
Erynn Marshall – Greasy Creek
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is

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Why is it hard for white people to talk about racism?


July 29, 2016 - 9:10 am

We do not live in a color blind society. Racism is a very real issue. So why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? Dr. Robin DiAngelo asks and provides answers to this question. She is a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice. Robin received her PhD from

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Legalizing Pot in Oregon…Again

Photo by Chris Lehman Photo by Chris Lehman

July 27, 2016 - 10:57 am

Even though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can’t legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities. That’s because some city and county governments have banned recreational marijuana businesses. But voters in nearly half of those places will have the chance to overturn the bans this November. Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.

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