David Schaper http://ktep.org en The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://ktep.org/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 38732 at http://ktep.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Fewer Complaints Help To Boost Airline Quality Ratings http://ktep.org/post/fewer-complaints-help-boost-airline-quality-ratings The nation's airlines are running late more often and losing more suitcases. But passengers are complaining less, that's boosted airline quality ratings to their highest level ever. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 38224 at http://ktep.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://ktep.org/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:39:00 +0000 David Schaper 38007 at http://ktep.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field Legal Action Initiated Over Malaysian Flight's Disappearance http://ktep.org/post/legal-action-initiated-over-malaysian-flights-disappearance A Chicago law firm is taking the first legal action against Malaysian Airlines and Boeing, the maker of the 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean, on behalf of the families of the passengers. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 09:21:00 +0000 David Schaper 37697 at http://ktep.org Board Rules Athletes At Northwestern University Are Employees http://ktep.org/post/board-rules-athletes-northwestern-university-are-employees The decision still must be approved by the full NLRB board in Washington, D.C. The regional director ruled football players at Northwestern qualify as employees and may therefore unionize. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 David Schaper 37466 at http://ktep.org NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://ktep.org/post/nlrb-sides-college-football-players-hoping-unionize Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board today could really shake up big-money college sports. The board took the first step in favor of allowing Northwestern University's football players to unionize. A regional director for the board ruled that these college athletes meet the definition of university employees under federal law.<p>NPR's David Schaper joins us now from Chicago. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:00 +0000 David Schaper 37452 at http://ktep.org Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery http://ktep.org/post/australia-searchers-find-possible-clues-airliner-mystery Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>As morning breaks over the Indian Ocean, crews are searching for objects in the water that could be debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines jet. Australian satellites spotted two objects: one that appears to be almost 80 feet long, the other about 15 feet long. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:28:00 +0000 David Schaper 37068 at http://ktep.org FAA Review Finds Dreamliner 'Fundamentally Sound' http://ktep.org/post/faa-review-finds-dreamliner-fundamentally-sound A review by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing has concluded that the troubled 787 known as the Dreamliner is safe. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 David Schaper 37012 at http://ktep.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://ktep.org/post/terrible-winter-wreaks-havoc-roads-pipes-and-city-budgets Bitter cold has returned to parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, following another heavy snowstorm that left 1 to 2 feet of snow from Ohio to New England.<p>And when all this snow finally melts, it'll expose the physical toll of this brutal winter: potholes, broken water mains, collapsed catch basins and other infrastructure problems.<p>"This winter's crazy, crazy busy," says John Polishak, a foreman for the Chicago Department of Water Management. "Everybody's been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:43:00 +0000 David Schaper 36630 at http://ktep.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets Delta Customers Angered By Changes To Frequent-Flier Program http://ktep.org/post/delta-customers-angered-changes-frequent-flier-program Delta is making radical changes to its Sky Miles frequent-flier program. It is rewarding the customers who buy the most expensive tickets instead of giving miles equally based on miles flown. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 David Schaper 35706 at http://ktep.org Problems Linger For Boeing's Flagship 787 Airliner http://ktep.org/post/problems-linger-boeings-flagship-787-airliner Despite more than a decade to work out problems and an estimated $20 billion to build it, Boeing's 787 aircraft is still plagued by issues.<p>The high-tech, fuel-efficient airplane was supposed to be a game changer in the aviation industry — and it still may be — but it keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons.<p>Ever since 787s finally began flying in 2011, there have been technical and mechanical problems, from software bugs and engine defects to faulty wiring, trouble with hydraulics and fuel tank leaks.<p>"The lingering problems run the gamut from insignificant to highly significan Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 35505 at http://ktep.org Problems Linger For Boeing's Flagship 787 Airliner With Wallets Bulging, States Must Decide How To Spend Their Cash http://ktep.org/post/wallets-bulging-states-must-decide-how-spend-their-cash After several lean years of cutting budgets to the bone, states hit hard by the deep recession finally have good fiscal news: Many states are now projecting budget surpluses.<p>But in an election year for three dozen governors, these surpluses are setting up potential political battles over what to do with the extra cash.<p>The first salvos are coming from governors themselves, in their annual State of the State addresses, as many of them take credit for bringing budgetary warmth to states that suffered through long, bitterly cold economic winters.<p>"We've stopped the bleeding. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:28:00 +0000 David Schaper 34547 at http://ktep.org With Wallets Bulging, States Must Decide How To Spend Their Cash Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails http://ktep.org/post/oil-transports-gum-passenger-route-across-northern-plains Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours.<p>One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains.<p>The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.<p><strong>Frozen Before Ice Fishing</strong><p>Among the disgruntled customers are ice fishers trying to get to Devils Lake, N.D. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:22:00 +0000 David Schaper 34233 at http://ktep.org Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails NCAA To Fight Football Team's Decision To Unionize http://ktep.org/post/ncaa-fight-football-teams-decision-unionize Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>As we start this next story, let's remember that college football is big business, TV contracts, million dollar coaching salaries, game day revenues and more. Everybody profits except the players who may get treated like royalty and get all sorts of benefits on campus, but technically, are not supposed to be paid. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:43:00 +0000 David Schaper 33713 at http://ktep.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://ktep.org/post/string-oil-train-crashes-prompts-push-safety-rules The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 33464 at http://ktep.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests http://ktep.org/post/documents-reveal-decades-child-abuse-among-some-chicago-priests Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 David Schaper 33233 at http://ktep.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://ktep.org/post/upside-bitter-cold-it-kills-bugs-kill-trees While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.<p>After their eggs are laid in the bark of ash trees during late summer, the larvae of these beetles start to bore. They feed on the conductive tissue, where water and nutrients go up and down the tree. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 32576 at http://ktep.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms http://ktep.org/post/oil-company-looks-great-lakes-shipping-demand-booms North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than it can be shipped to refineries.<p>Rail car manufacturers can't make new tank cars fast enough, and new pipeline proposals face long delays over environmental concerns. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:21:00 +0000 David Schaper 31704 at http://ktep.org Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms Sysco To Buy U.S. Foods http://ktep.org/post/sysco-buy-us-foods Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The biggest player in food distribution is gobbling up a rival.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Sysco, which supplies places, such as restaurants and hospitals, is planning to buy U.S. Foods in a deal worth more than $8 billion. If approved by regulators, this could turn Sysco into a distribution colossus.<p>NPR's David Schaper has more.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: Sysco is already the continent's largest distributor of food, owning 18 percent of the North American market. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 David Schaper 30565 at http://ktep.org N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System http://ktep.org/post/ny-train-crash-spotlights-push-automatic-safety-system <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIsQuoFXwe4</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:33:00 +0000 David Schaper 30439 at http://ktep.org N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle http://ktep.org/post/epic-commutes-face-those-caught-public-transit-puzzle It's a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation.<p>Take Sarah Hairston's commute from her apartment on Chicago's South Side to her part-time job at a shelter for homeless teens on the north side of town.<p>Hairston, a 25-year-old graduate student, begins her trek at 4 a.m. by walking to a nearby bus stop, in the hopes of catching a bus to the L train. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:46:00 +0000 David Schaper 29910 at http://ktep.org Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle Early Warnings Saved Lives In Weekend Storms http://ktep.org/post/early-warnings-saved-lives-weekend-storms The death toll from Sunday's tornado outbreak across the Midwest stands at eight. Many of those who witnessed the devastation say they're shocked that number isn't higher. Early warnings delivered by text message may have helped limit the casualties. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:35:00 +0000 David Schaper 29379 at http://ktep.org Midwest Tornadoes Send Residents Scrambling http://ktep.org/post/midwest-tornadoes-send-residents-scrambling The cleanup continues across the Midwest, where dozens of tornadoes struck on Sunday. The Illinois town of Washington appears to have been hardest hit. The mayor says as many as 500 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado that cut a path about an eighth of a mile wide from one side of the town to the other. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:23:00 +0000 David Schaper 29313 at http://ktep.org Midwestern States Sort Through Aftermath Of Scores Of Tornadoes http://ktep.org/post/midwestern-states-sort-through-aftermath-scores-tornadoes Scores of tornados touched down across the Midwest on Sunday, leveling homes and killing at least eight. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:44:00 +0000 David Schaper 29286 at http://ktep.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate http://ktep.org/post/size-does-matter-least-tallest-building-debate There's a question that's looming over the new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York: Should it count as the tallest building in the country?<p>The developers say yes. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago — formerly known as Sears Tower — can still lay claim to the title.<p>Now, an <a href="http://www.ctbuh.org/">obscure organization</a> known as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is preparing to settle the debate.<p>"It's a seminal moment for skyscrapers," says Antony Wood, the council's executive director. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 28600 at http://ktep.org Size Does Matter, At Least In The Tallest Building Debate Food Stamp Benefits Set To Shrink http://ktep.org/post/food-stamp-benefits-set-shrink Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The 47 million Americans who rely on food stamps will have to make do with less starting today. The officially-name Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is losing $5 billion of funding. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 09:11:00 +0000 David Schaper 28168 at http://ktep.org Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too http://ktep.org/post/reverse-commutes-now-often-daily-slog-too It is still as dark as night as Jim Rix steps out of his red brick Chicago bungalow and gets into his car, parked on the street. It's 6 a.m., and the 53-year-old engineer is getting an early start on his 35-mile commute out to Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago's southwest suburbs.<p>"Depending upon weather and time of day, it can take 45 minutes to two hours to get to and from work," Rix says.<p>Rix is one of many on the roads driving a reverse commute from the city to the suburbs. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 27909 at http://ktep.org Reverse Commutes Now Often A Daily Slog, Too Japanese Airlines Makes Deal To Buy Airbus Planes http://ktep.org/post/japanese-airlines-makes-deal-buy-airbus-planes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Japan Airlines stunned the aviation world today by announcing that for the first time in the company's history, it will buy new wide-bodied jets from Airbus, the European aircraft manufacturer. The deal is worth billions and it's a big setback for Boeing, which has long dominated the Japanese aviation market. NPR's David Schaper reports.<p>DAVID SCHAPER, BYLINE: Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Bregier was positively beaming in Tokyo this morning in an interview with financial network CNBC.<p>FABRICE BREGIER: Yeah, it's a great event. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:20:00 +0000 David Schaper 26546 at http://ktep.org FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics http://ktep.org/post/faa-may-soon-stop-making-you-power-those-electronics It's news many airline passengers have waited to hear: The Federal Aviation Administration may allow smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices to be used throughout an entire flight — including takeoff and landing.<p>Frequent flier Barbara Reilly, a health care consultant from Atlanta, is like many airline passengers: She boards her flights with a laptop, an iPad and a cellphone, and "I used them all ... continuously, until the very moment I had to turn them off. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 26090 at http://ktep.org FAA May Stop Making You Power Off Those Electronics Chicago's Privatized Parking Meters Sour Airport Lease Deal http://ktep.org/post/chicagos-privatized-parking-meters-sour-airport-lease-deal Close to 19 million passengers come through Chicago's Midway Airport each year, and many will spend a lot of cash here — on food, drinks, books, gum, parking and rental cars — not to mention the landing fees and gate fees paid by airlines.<p>There are a lot of opportunities to make money in a bustling hub airport like this, and the city was hoping to cash in.<p>Last winter, when the city opened the bidding process in what would have been the first commercial airport to go private, six investment firms expressed interest. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:29:00 +0000 David Schaper 26021 at http://ktep.org