KMUW http://kmuw.org en Are Organic Vegetables More Nutritious After All? http://kmuw.org/post/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious. But a new <a href="http://csanr.wsu.edu/program-areas/m2m/research-areas/nutritional-quality/bjn-2014/">study</a> is the most ambitious attempt so far to resolve the issue — and it concludes that organic fruit and vegetables offer a key benefit.<p>It's a scientific reply to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/04/160395259/why-organic-food-may-not-be-healthier-for-you">analysis</a> that some researchers at Stanford University published two years ago. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 37346 at http://kmuw.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery http://kmuw.org/post/florida-ruling-primer-redistricting-chicanery If you have some time over the weekend or need a break from the endless LeBron James coverage, you could peruse <a href="http://www.campaignlegalcenter.org/images/Romo_v_Detzner_Final_Judgment_7-10-14.pdf">the highly readable opinion</a> by a Florida judge who invalidated some of the redistricting efforts by the state's Republican Legislature.<p>Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis found compelling evidence of chicanery in how the lines of two Florida congressional districts were redrawn — the 5th District, represented by Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown, and the 10th District, held by Rep. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Frank James 37344 at http://kmuw.org Florida Ruling Is A Primer On Redistricting Chicanery Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders http://kmuw.org/post/feds-tighten-lab-security-after-anthrax-bird-flu-blunders In the course of trying to understand a laboratory accident involving anthrax, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stumbled upon another major blunder — involving a deadly flu virus.<p>The flu incident apparently posed no health risk, but it went unreported to top brass for six weeks. Those officials now recognize a <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/09/330038131/researchers-aghast-over-discovery-of-smallpox-vials">pattern of problems</a> in their world-class laboratory. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Richard Harris 37345 at http://kmuw.org Feds Tighten Lab Security After Anthrax, Bird Flu Blunders Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://kmuw.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 37343 at http://kmuw.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders Remembering Jazz Legend Charlie Haden, Who Crafted His Voice In Bass http://kmuw.org/post/remembering-jazz-legend-charlie-haden-who-crafted-his-voice-bass <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJGY-LV1fZ8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYzlgETvKaY</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:38:00 +0000 editor 37340 at http://kmuw.org Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes http://kmuw.org/post/spread-palm-oil-production-africa-threatens-great-apes In recent years, consumers have grown increasingly aware that the explosion of palm oil plantations to supply food companies making everything from Pop-Tarts to <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/08/16/212671438/ramen-to-the-rescue-how-instant-noodles-fight-global-hunger">ramen noodles</a> has taken a heavy toll on the environment.<p>In Malaysia and Indonesia, where most of the world's palm oil is produced, environmental groups have been putting <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90714122">pressure</a> on suppliers that convert rain forests into plantatio Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:37:00 +0000 editor 37339 at http://kmuw.org Spread Of Palm Oil Production Into Africa Threatens Great Apes House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama http://kmuw.org/post/house-gop-plows-forward-plans-sue-obama House Republicans are pushing ahead with a plan to sue President Obama, accusing him of trying to sidestep Congress and make his own laws.<p>But the president is also using the suit, which is considered a long shot in legal terms, to score political points.<p>House Speaker John Boehner says the lawsuit will focus on the administration's decision to postpone the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that large employers provide health insurance for their workers.<p>But the White House describes the suit as a "taxpayer-funded political stunt," and the president used it as a convenient punch lin Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 37337 at http://kmuw.org House GOP Plows Forward With Plans To Sue Obama Fate Of The New N.C. Voter ID Law Now Rests In A Judge's Hands http://kmuw.org/post/fate-new-nc-voter-id-law-now-rests-judges-hands North Carolina's voter ID law has come under fire in the courts, challenged by lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice, the NAACP and voting rights groups. A judge will decide whether parts of the law should be implemented or delayed. Jeff Tiberii of WUNC has been following the hearing, and he wraps up recent developments and possible outcomes. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 WUNC-FM. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:18:00 +0000 editor 37338 at http://kmuw.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 http://kmuw.org/post/newspaper-editor-activist-john-seigenthaler-dies-86 John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited <em>The Tennessean,</em> was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of <em>USA Today</em> and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.<p>A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.<p>NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/125 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 37333 at http://kmuw.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration http://kmuw.org/post/after-decades-storage-damaged-rothko-murals-get-high-tech-restoration Paintings by postwar abstract artist Mark Rothko are highly coveted — in May one of his works sold at auction in London for $50 million. But oddly enough, Harvard University has had a handful of Rothkos — faded by sunlight and splattered with food and drink — in storage. Now, new technology has led to a potentially controversial restoration.<p>Retired Harvard curator and conservator Marjorie Cohn was an apprentice at the Harvard Art Museums around the time Rothko was commissioned to create wall-sized paintings for a new space at the university's Holyoke Center. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 37336 at http://kmuw.org After Decades In Storage, Damaged Rothko Murals Get High-Tech Restoration