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From Killeen, Texas, where Fort Hood is based, Melissa Block talks to soldiers who were on base during the shooting, as well as with Killeen's mayor. The mayor explains how the town is trying to cope.
A shooting at Fort Hood has left four people dead and 16 wounded. Robert Siegel reports on the latest news unfolding in Killeen, Texas.
Huge crowds packed arenas to watch the world's best pedestrians walk in circles for six days at a time. And trainers encouraged the athletes to drink champagne — at the time considered a stimulant.
The Ketchikan City Council will hear a presentation Thursday about Ketchikan Public Utilities Electric Division’s move to new electric meters.
KPU Electric Division Manager Andy Donato provided the slides for his presentation in the City Council’s meeting packet. Those slides start with a history lesson, noting that electric meters first were used in the mid-1880s. Those old-style meters are no longer made, according to Donato. New digital electronic meters are now the norm.
Donato says the new meters provide better accuracy, are more reliable, and have lower maintenance costs. The new meters can allow utility companies to manage a customer’s electric use through two-way communication, but Donato says KPU doesn’t use its meters that way.
He notes that there are critics of the new style of meters, who believe that the new technology is intrusive and potentially harmful to health. Regarding the health concerns, Donato says the radio frequency exposure from smart meters is lower than, for example, the natural radio frequency from the Earth, and much lower than the exposure from talking on a cell phone.
A group called Ketchikan for Meter Choice has formed, and has an online petition asking the local government to not require KPU customers to have the new meters on their homes. The group was formed by Amanda Mitchell, who also is spearheading the effort to stop the city from switching to chloramine water disinfection.
In an email sent Thursday to the Council and cc’d to KRBD, Mitchell writes that Donato’s presentation is based on inaccurate science. She has asked the city to host a forum to provide information about the issue.
There is no Council action related to electric meters on the agenda. Tonight’s Ketchikan City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers, with public comment at the beginning of the meeting.
A new study suggests that when it comes to the optimal amount of salt intake, there may be more leeway than we thought. But some doctors say we still need to lower sodium to control blood pressure.
The new NPR poll indicated that Republicans had a 10 percentage-point advantage over Democrats with voters over age 59. In 2010, it was 21 points.
Away from combat, troops often can't carry firearms. The shooting at Fort Hood raises the question of whether they would be better able to protect themselves if they could.
The vote does not mean the report will be made public just yet. The CIA will have a chance to flag portions it believes could compromise national security.
More than 1 million Arabs are Israeli citizens. About 350,000 Jewish Israelis live in the West Bank. What happens to them if a formal border is ever set between Israel and the Palestinians?
Angela Denning stopped into Kito’s Bar in Petersburg where a few of them were practicing up.
The knocking of pool balls accent the music coming from the stage. It’s the usual sound at open mic night. The musicians agree–it’s not an auditorium–but it’s consistently available to them every Thursday to play together. And tonight, the duo Mc2 (M-C Squared) is using it as an opportunity to try out some tunes for Juneau.
Couple Nicole and Alec McMurren are Mc2 and they’re performing Arlo Guthrie’s version of “St. James Infirmary”.
“Alec and I met many years ago at different musical fundraisers for the community of Petersburg long before we were a couple,” Nicole says, “and so we’ve been playing together as a duet for about 7 or 8 years now.”
Alec says he’s been songwriting his whole life but he’s gotten more serious about it over the last few years. So, what does he write about?
“I like to write songs about boats and fishing, that’s sort of what started it off,” Alec says. “There’s not that many songs around about local stuff and I thought it would be fun.”
The song “Emily Jane” is about the local boat, which was sunk and then salvaged out of Frederick Sound.
Although Nicole has performed at the Juneau festival with other musicians, it will be the McMurren’s debut together.
Angela: “What are you looking forward to the most out of the festival?”
Nicole: “Hearing some good music and getting inspired to play some different tunes.”
Alec: “Yeah, the whole spirit of the thing, just be a part of it, to participate, yeah, to participate and learn stuff and meet people, yeah, for sure it’s always an opportunity for like-minded or different minded people that would bend you in their direction.”
Nicole: “It’s a good vibe.”
On the stage warming up is Scott Hursey, a long-time Petersburg singer songwriter. He too will be performing at the Juneau Folk Fest as he’s done many times before. In fact, he’s not quite sure how many times he’s been there.
Scott: “This is the 40th annual Folk Festival. I played at…the first time I played at the second one, so it was 39 years ago that I played at the first one. And I played, I don’t know, 10 or 15 in a row and I took a break for a while and been back off and on since then. So many different bands, by myself a few times, I’m going to play by myself this time, I think, so it will be the first time in quite a few years that I’ve done a solo act. . . played with several different bands there before.”
Angela: “What’s it like for somebody who hasn’t been there?”
Scott: “It’s a lot of fun. I mean there’s music all over town. Lots of different venues, the bars, the Silver Bow has a singer songwriter event of Friday and Saturday afternoon, lots of workshops, they’re dances, besides the main stage there are a couple of different dance events. There’s a dance stage that goes on with different bands for two nights. You know, the crowds can be several hundred people on the evening concerts.”
Angela: “Do you ever get the jitters, I mean, you’ve been doing it for so many years, do you ever get jitters still?”
Scott: “I get the jitters but it’s a lot of fun. The crowd there is probably the best crowd you’ll ever play in front of so, it’s really fun to get up in front of them because they’re very, very welcoming.”
Angela: “How often do you play? There’s an open mic every Thursday. . . do you play at home?”
Scott: “Oh yeah, I play almost every day.”
Angela: “And what does that do for you? What do you like about it?”
Scott: “It’s a creative outlet, it’s relaxing. You know, we get wrapped up in the work we do and it’s a nice way to get away from that and then also when I can play with friends around town it’s a good way to interact with people with people and have a great time. It’s really great to play with other musicians because you feed off of each other and it’s fun to create together.”
Angela: “So, a different kind of connection than you’d have any other way?”
Scott: “Oh, yeah, definitely.”
It’s this kind of connection that brings Nicole McMurren and her tambourine back onto the stage to join Hursey for a duet.
The Alaska Folk Festival runs April 7-13.
Scott Hursey performs Friday night at 10:45 p.m.
The McMurrens–Mc2–perform Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The youth group, Double Rock Band, will also be performing at the festival. They’ll take the stage Friday at 10:15 p.m. just before Hursey. We’ll hear from the young musicians in KFSK news Monday.
KRNN in Juneau is audio streaming the entire Folk Fest, and video streaming each evening at krnn.org There is no video stream during the Sat. and Sun. afternoon stage acts.
Allergy shots work, but they're inconvenient and painful. Now there are pills that can help people tolerate grass pollen. But allergies are rarely limited to grass alone.
Authorities in Washington state's Snohomish County say all of the victims recovered so far died of blunt force trauma and not from suffocation, as some family members had feared.
According to a report by the Associated Press, the U.S. funded the creation of a social media platform designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba.
Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.
Jennifer MacDonald, wilderness manager with the USFS, and Becky Latanich, chief interpreter with the National Park Service, discuss the Voices of the Wilderness exhibit on display now through April 8 at the Sitka NHP Visitor Center and at UAS. Learn more about the residency program online.
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Pro-life group remains concerned over Planned Parenthood’s involvement in health education at Blatchley middle school. The Sitka Sac Roe Herring Fishery through the eyes of biologist Dave Gordon.