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Court Decision Throws Gun Safety Initiative Off Washington Ballot

Backers of a Washington gun safety initiative are fighting to keep it on the November ballot after a court ruling invalidated more than 300,000 signatures on a petition Friday.

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In Washington, Republican US Senate candidate Dino Rossi refers to it as the “functional” unemployment rate: 17.4 percent. Or nearly one in five people. That’s the number the US Bureau of Labor Statistics uses to capture not just the out-of-work, but a whole host of other people who’ve been hurt by the down economy. Dave Wallace with Washington’s Employment Security Department says it’s the broadest measure of both unemployment and under-employment.

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The US Postal Service is bleeding red ink and one way the agency wants to save money is by parking mail trucks on Saturdays. Oregon elections officials say that would potentially disenfranchise people who wait until the last minute to vote. In Oregon, ballots must arrive at county offices on or before Election Day in order to count. Voters can drop ballots off at designated sites. But Oregon Deputy Secretary of State Barry Pack says rural voters often don't have convenient access to ballot drop-off locations.

As the son of actor/director/jazz fan, Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood grew up listening to jazz. In this performance-interview hosted by Abe Beeson, Kyle talks about a childhood trip to The Monterey Jazz Festival and how hearing the Count Basie Big Band that day inspired him to become a bass player.

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     The state Supreme Court is considering whether to release thousands of police records related to last year's fatal shooting of four Lakewood police officers.

      The Seattle Times is seeking release of the records. The files are from the case of Maurice Clemmons, an ex-con who gunned down the Lakewood officers in November.

      Clemmons was killed by a Seattle officer following a massive manhunt. But a half-dozen people are charged with crimes for allegedly aiding him.

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One of the problems with saving lives is it’s hard to identify a death averted. Success in disease prevention is often invisible.

You typically can’t say, for example, that 380 cases of malaria, and one death, were prevented in African children for every $1,025 spent on insecticide-treated bed nets last year.

Except now you can.

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The Seattle Storm host Atlanta at KeyArena this evening in Game 2 of their best-of-five series for the WNBA title, the top rung in women's basketball. The Storm won Sunday's first game. When the team flies to Atlanta for Game 3, some of their most vocal fans plan to be there.

Tom Banse

Tom Banse: "I'm standing at the lip of Elwha Dam. That's the sound of the Elwha River in the background gushing out of a spillway and then crashing down 105 feet into an emerald, green pool at the base of dam. Because the sun is hitting just right now, I can see salmon. Actually, quite a few salmon...circling aimlessly here at the foot of the dam...still looking after all these years for some way over. It's been 100 years since Elwha Dam was constructed. It was built without fish ladders. Because of that...and those frustrated salmon below...this dam's days are numbered."

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Jazz saxophone legend Sonny Rollins celebrated his 80th birthday on September 7th. KPLU's Kirsten Kendrick and Nick Morrison used the opportunity to talk about Rollins' life and play some of his great music. As part of a monthly contribution to NPR's music Web site, Nick compiled a list of five Sonny Rollins' songs that span his extensive career. And Nick talked with Kirsten about some of his selections.

Kirsten: Nick, when did Sonny Rollins first start coming into focus for jazz fans?

Mac ‘Dr. John’ Rebennack has been at the heart of New Orleans funk and R&B since the 1950’s so when he paid a visit to the KPLU/Jazz24 studio for a solo piano/vocal performance, we were sure we’d get a good dose of The Crescent City. We certainly did.

When Lee came into the KPLU/Jazz24 studios on an unseasonably cool August afternoon, he arrived with a rhythm section hot enough to raise Seattle’s temperature a few degrees: drummer, Will Kennedy and bassist, Melvin Davis. Together, they laid down three delightful tracks; Water’s Edge, L.P.—For Les Paul, and Freddie Hubbard’s composition, Povo (watch the video below).

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Dick Stein and Nancy Leson share their views on food, cooking and eating. Sometimes they even agree.

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High Pulp's Tasty Modern Fusion

Considering the mix of the nine (or ten) members of Seattle's future funk fusion group High Pulp, it has to be fusion. Their new album Bad Juice is out this week and they're celebrating live at Nectar with Industrial Revelation Saturday night. We got a powerful preview live in the KNKX studios that you've gotta hear. Drummer Rob Granfelt leads this ensemble, which began as a quartet a couple years ago and has been built through friendships formed in the after-show "hangs" around Seattle. Core...

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Terell Stafford at Jazz Port Townsend 2018.
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Terell Stafford Quintet Live At Jazz Port Townsend

Trumpet player Terell Stafford led an all-star quintet in concert at Centrum's Jazz Port Townsend in July. The music includes selections by the late trumpet icon Lee Morgan from Terell Stafford's CD "BrotherLee Love" celebrating Lee Morgan. Tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, who played on the CD is also on this concert, with pianist Dawn Clement, John Clayton on bass, and Billy Williams at the drums. Terell Stafford heads the Jazz department at Temple University and is a regular in the Vanguard...

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