Tom Banse http://kuow.org en Five Hospitals In Washington And Oregon Among Victims Of Computer Hack http://kuow.org/post/five-hospitals-washington-and-oregon-among-victims-computer-hack <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081814TB_DataBreach_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A national hospital chain says it suspects Chinese hackers breached its computer system earlier this year. Patients whose doctors work with any of five hospitals in the Northwest might have had financial data stolen.<p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:13:41 +0000 Tom Banse 40387 at http://kuow.org What Happens When 911 Callers Don't Speak English? http://kuow.org/post/what-happens-when-911-callers-dont-speak-english <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081514TB_EmergencyUPDATED2_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an emergency, the last thing you want to hear is, "I can't understand you." The reality is emergency dispatchers in the Northwest generally speak one language, English. But in our increasingly polyglot society, some people in distress inevitably can't communicate in English.</span><p> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:41:37 +0000 Tom Banse 40264 at http://kuow.org What Happens When 911 Callers Don't Speak English? Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys http://kuow.org/post/triple-rescue-and-rehab-ends-well-lucky-ospreys <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081414TB_OspreyRescue_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Three young ospreys and a parent are flying free along the Columbia River today after surviving close calls with litter.<p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:17:48 +0000 Tom Banse 40132 at http://kuow.org Triple Rescue And Rehab Ends Well For Lucky Ospreys Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status http://kuow.org/post/feds-decide-wolverine-does-not-merit-threatened-species-status <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081214TB_Wolverine.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The wolverine is not going on the threatened species list after all. Tuesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced federal protected status for the fierce and rare carnivore <a href="http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=CB5069E7-CFB9-BC06-C70E63988DF271A7">is unwarranted at this time</a>.<p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:28:35 +0000 Tom Banse 40001 at http://kuow.org Feds Decide Wolverine Does Not Merit Threatened Species Status Seattle Runner Smashes Speed Record For Full Length Of Pacific Crest Trail http://kuow.org/post/seattle-runner-smashes-speed-record-full-length-pacific-crest-trail <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081114TB_PCTrecord_web_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A 23-year-old Seattle man has smashed the speed record for hiking the full length of the Pacific Crest Trail. Recent college grad Joe McConaughy crossed into Canada on Sunday, exactly 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes after leaving the Mexican border on the storied trail.<p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:12:08 +0000 Tom Banse 39887 at http://kuow.org Seattle Runner Smashes Speed Record For Full Length Of Pacific Crest Trail Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse? http://kuow.org/post/wildfire-severity-really-getting-worse <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/081114TB_FireWorse_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It might seem like fire season is as bad as it<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">'</span>s ever been. But there<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">'</span>s a group of researchers who question that prevailing wisdom.<p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 03:55:32 +0000 Tom Banse 39855 at http://kuow.org Is Wildfire Severity Really Getting Worse? Fatal Attraction: Ospreys In A Bind With Baling Twine, Fishing Line http://kuow.org/post/fatal-attraction-ospreys-bind-baling-twine-fishing-line <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080614TB_Ospreys_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Osprey nests are a common sight near rivers, lakes and bays in the Northwest. If you look closely with binoculars, you might notice some of these large raptors like to line their nests with discarded baling twine or fishing line. The problem is it can kill them.<p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:31:45 +0000 Tom Banse 39607 at http://kuow.org Fatal Attraction: Ospreys In A Bind With Baling Twine, Fishing Line How A Fat Grizzly Bear Could Help You Avoid Diabetes http://kuow.org/post/how-fat-grizzly-bear-could-help-you-avoid-diabetes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/08/080514TB_BearScience_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington State University’s mascot is the cougar, but the university is also home to <a href="http://environment.wsu.edu/facilities/bears/bear-center.html">the nation’s only captive grizzly bear research center</a>. A new study involving those bears yields insights into possible therapies for human obesity and diabetes.<p> Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:47:32 +0000 Tom Banse 39594 at http://kuow.org How A Fat Grizzly Bear Could Help You Avoid Diabetes Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports http://kuow.org/post/oregon-terminal-developer-gets-blessing-natural-gas-exports <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073114TB_LNGExport_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon, <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/energy-department-conditionally-authorizes-oregon-lng-export-liquefied-natural-gas">received the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing</a> Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a necessary approval to make the controversial project pencil out, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut many hurdles remain.</span><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:37:08 +0000 Tom Banse 39340 at http://kuow.org Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers http://kuow.org/post/northwest-farmers-worried-about-visa-backup-legal-migrant-workers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/073014TB_NoVisas_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A breakdown in a&#160;U.S. State Department&#160;computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.<p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:56:37 +0000 Tom Banse 39263 at http://kuow.org Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers Pierce County First In Northwest To Approve 'In God We Trust' Motto Display http://kuow.org/post/pierce-county-first-northwest-approve-god-we-trust-motto-display <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072914TB_GodWeTrust_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A divided county council in Pierce County, Washington Tuesday <a href="http://councilonline.co.pierce.wa.us/councilonline/proposal/proposal.htm?proposal_num=R2014-80s">voted to display the motto "In God We Trust" in its chambers</a>. That makes it the first jurisdiction in the Northwest to become part of a national campaign to feature the motto.<p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:37:37 +0000 Tom Banse 39216 at http://kuow.org Pierce County First In Northwest To Approve 'In God We Trust' Motto Display USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards http://kuow.org/post/usgs-tries-listening-human-racket-understand-seismic-hazards <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/usgs.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Research geologists have just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:23 +0000 Tom Banse 39061 at http://kuow.org USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kuow.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140724airlines.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:16 +0000 Tom Banse 38934 at http://kuow.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://kuow.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314TB_SeaTest_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.<p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:53:07 +0000 Tom Banse 38867 at http://kuow.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests http://kuow.org/post/washington-governor-asks-cooperation-fire-evacuation-requests <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071814TB_Inslee2_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Friday asked residents near those fires to heed evacuation notices when issued.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:40 +0000 Tom Banse 38622 at http://kuow.org Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests