Laura Sullivan http://ktep.org en Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance http://ktep.org/post/senate-re-authorizes-governments-role-terrorism-insurance Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Today the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize a bill first passed after 9/11. It allows the government to act as a financial backstop in the event of a large terrorist attack. Supporters say it's crucial for anyone trying to build a shopping mall or skyscraper. But as NPR's Laura Sullivan reports, the bill may run into trouble in the house.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: In the days and months after the September 11th terrorist attacks - after the human toll had been calculated, the scope of the financial devastation became clear. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 44903 at http://ktep.org Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling http://ktep.org/post/senate-democrats-aim-overturn-high-courts-hobby-lobby-ruling Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. When the Supreme Court issued a major decision on contraception last month, Democrats started working on a way to nullify it. The court ruled in favor of the owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, saying that some for-profit corporations may refuse to provide health coverage to pay for contraceptives if an employer has religious objections. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 44784 at http://ktep.org Lawmakers Unearth Failures To Investigate Campus Sex Crimes http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-unearth-failures-investigate-campus-sex-crimes Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>U.S. colleges are failing to investigate sex crimes on their campuses. That's the conclusion of a new national survey commissioned by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. The survey is part of an effort by several senators to reduce sexual assaults in college and change a culture where only 5 percent of victims report the crime. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports from the capital.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: Senator Claire McCaskill and other senators have been studying the high rate of sexual abuse on college campuses across the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 44328 at http://ktep.org Lawmakers' Step Back Toward Disclosure Driven By Optics http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-step-back-toward-disclosure-driven-optics Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The House Ethics Committee is undoing a recent change it made to lawmakers' annual financial disclosure forms. The committee had deleted a line asking what free trips members have taken in the previous year. These trips are usually paid for by companies or private interest groups. Members justified the change this week, saying that the information was redundant. But they've now decided to reverse course and put the question back. Joining us from the Capitol to explain this is NPR's Laura Sullivan. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 43970 at http://ktep.org VA Bill Was An Easy Sell, But Some Senators Still Feel Sticker Shock http://ktep.org/post/va-bill-was-easy-sell-some-senators-still-feel-sticker-shock Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>No politician wants to be seen voting against veterans. A recent bill to increase veterans' benefits and overhaul much of the VA sailed through the Senate, and now the House is working on a compromise to get it to the president. Despite to the momentum, one thing caught lawmakers in both parties by surprise this week - the bill's cost. NPR's Laura Sullivan reports.<p>LAURA SULLIVAN, BYLINE: The VA bill was an easy sell. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 43108 at http://ktep.org From The Border To The Hill, Influx Of Immigrant Kids Draws Concern http://ktep.org/post/border-hill-influx-immigrant-kids-draws-concern Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The issue of immigration has heated up in recent weeks - not just in Eric Cantor's campaign but also along the border. There is a flood of unaccompanied immigrant children attempting to cross into the United States. The numbers have skyrocketed since last year - swamping Boarder Patrol facilities. The White House says the children are fleeing rising violence in their Central American home countries. For their part, Republicans are eager to attack the administration's immigration policies. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 42482 at http://ktep.org Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption http://ktep.org/post/life-after-life-aging-inmates-struggle-redemption Out in the empty plains of northeast Colorado two years ago, nine inmates line up against a wall inside the Sterling Correctional Facility. It's a line of green jumpsuits and gray hair.<p>The men, hobbling on canes, wait for the others to pull plastic chairs into a circle so class can begin. Today's instruction is about what life is like on the outside: how to use an ATM, how to find a job, what the Internet is.<p>These men have been in prison for two, three or four decades. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 42034 at http://ktep.org Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption Rep. Murphy Aims For Mental Health Bill To Pass Before Next Shooting http://ktep.org/post/rep-murphy-aims-mental-health-bill-pass-next-shooting Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Friday, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. The mass shooting in California last weekend has lawmakers on Capitol Hill talking again about overhauling the nation's mental health system. In recent months the issue has seemed to have been placed firmly on a back burner but yesterday psychologists and family members of those with mental illness urged Congress to do more. Fri, 30 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 41695 at http://ktep.org The Executioner's Lament http://ktep.org/post/executioners-lament In 1977, death row inmate Gary Mark Gilmore chose to be executed by a firing squad. Gilmore was strapped to a chair at the Utah State Prison, and five officers shot him.<p>The media circus that ensued prompted a group of lawmakers in nearby Oklahoma to wonder if there might be a better way to handle executions. They approached Dr. Thu, 08 May 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 40208 at http://ktep.org The Executioner's Lament Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance http://ktep.org/post/effort-force-treatment-severely-mentally-ill-meets-resistance Ed Kelley and his wife have three children. They live in a comfortable suburb of Baltimore. And for a long time their life seemed perfect.<p>"We were churchgoing; we were involved in the community. We had a very close-knit family all around us."<p>And he adored his 14-year-old son.<p>"He was funny, he was getting good grades, he loved playing sports; he was so humorous. Actually for the longest time he was sort of the center of the family."<p>And then one day, that happy 14-year-old boy disappeared. And in his place emerged a paranoid, delusional child who heard voices, believed he was a U.S. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 39807 at http://ktep.org Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky http://ktep.org/post/enforcing-prison-rape-elimination-standards-proves-tricky On a recent day at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, inmates in jumpsuits peek out of their cells to see three men with clipboards walk into the housing unit. These men are auditors doing a practice inspection. They're here to see if the facility complies with a federal law called the <a href="http://ojp.gov/programs/prisonrapeelimination.htm" target="_blank">Prison Rape Elimination Act</a>, or PREA.<p>Auditors Steven Cubello and Howard Ray start at a line of phones. There's no sign with the toll-free hotline that inmates can use to report an assault. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 37894 at http://ktep.org Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-seek-lay-roadblock-powerful-painkiller Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 36682 at http://ktep.org Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions http://ktep.org/post/governments-empty-buildings-are-costing-taxpayers-billions On a street corner in downtown Washington, D.C., David Wise is opening a century-old iron gate in front of an old, boarded-up brick building.<p>Wise is an investigator for the Government Accountability Office, the government's watchdog group. His mission is to figure out <a href="http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-645" target="_blank">why the government owns so many buildings</a>, like this one, that it doesn't use.<p>The 132-year-old brick structure is sitting on prime real estate six blocks from the White House. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 36528 at http://ktep.org Government's Empty Buildings Are Costing Taxpayers Billions Critics Question FDA's Approval Of Zohydro http://ktep.org/post/critics-question-fdas-approval-zohydro Prominent universities and drug addiction organizations are asking the FDA to reconsider its approval of a controversial painkiller called Zohydro. It's 10 times more powerful than OxyContin. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 35534 at http://ktep.org Missouri Execution Stalled Over Lethal Drugs In Short Supply http://ktep.org/post/missouri-execution-stalled-over-lethal-drugs-short-supply A few years ago, Missouri, like other states, was having trouble finding lethal execution drugs. Europe was balking, and U.S. drug manufacturers didn't want a part of it.<p>So Missouri turned to a place called a compounding pharmacy to make up the needed drugs based on the ingredients. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 35056 at http://ktep.org To Rent Or Buy? For The Federal Government, It's Complicated http://ktep.org/post/rent-or-buy-federal-government-its-complicated The Bureau of Indian Affairs has been in the hot seat in recent weeks for mishandling the leases for some of its office space. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 34637 at http://ktep.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads http://ktep.org/post/spike-heroin-use-can-be-traced-prescription-pads The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has brought attention to a grim reality of drug abuse in America — most notably with the increasing use of heroin.<p>Hoffman was found dead in his apartment on Sunday, and New York police are investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. Hoffman struggled with drug addiction throughout his career.<p>This is not the first time heroin use has skyrocketed in the United States. In the 1970s and '80s, the drug took hold in urban centers. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 23:12:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 34155 at http://ktep.org Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA http://ktep.org/post/exonerations-rise-and-not-just-because-dna 2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations in the United States, according to statistics compiled by the National Registry of Exonerations.<p>At least 87 people were set free for crimes they did not commit last year, the highest number since researchers began keeping track more than 20 years ago. Some of those people spent decades in prison before release.<p>And it's no longer just DNA evidence that's driving exonerations, <a href="http://www.law.umich.edu/special/exoneration/Documents/Exonerations_in_2013_Report.pdf" target="_blank">the registry's report</a> finds. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:46:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 34087 at http://ktep.org Exonerations On The Rise, And Not Just Because Of DNA As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind http://ktep.org/post/states-close-prisons-and-cut-crime-feds-lag-behind State prison populations are declining for the first time in four decades. But at the federal level, incarceration rates are going in the opposite direction.<p>The federal Bureau of Prisons is on track to swallow a third of the Justice Department's budget by 2020, according to a <a href="http://www.urban.org/publications/412932.html" target="_blank">report by the nonpartisan Urban Institute</a>.<p>"That is at great expense to other fiscal priorities," says Nancy La Vigne, director of the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33853 at http://ktep.org As States Close Prisons And Cut Crime, Feds Lag Behind Why Small Town Mayors Face Multiple Disadvantages http://ktep.org/post/why-small-town-mayors-face-multiple-disadvantages Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Hundreds of mayors converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. There were some big names in the group: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, New York Mayor Bill de Blassio. Also in the mix were mayors from some of the country's smallest towns and cities. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33396 at http://ktep.org Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents http://ktep.org/post/long-dirty-word-gentrification-may-be-losing-its-stigma Bobby Foster Jr. can often be found reading the paper on a wooden bench outside Murry's grocery store on the corner of Sixth and H streets northeast in Washington, D.C.<p>"The sun shines over here this time of day," says Foster, a retired cook. "It's always good when the sun shines."<p>Murry's has been an anchor in this neighborhood for decades — during the crack wars of the 1980s and the urban blight that followed, when most other businesses packed up and left. Foster has been somewhat of an anchor, too. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33238 at http://ktep.org Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help http://ktep.org/post/mentally-ill-inmates-often-locked-jails-cant-help Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Tom Dart walks the halls of his jail every day. With 10,000 inmates, this place is a small city — except a third of the people here are mentally ill.<p>Dart has created some of the most innovative programs in the country to handle mentally ill inmates, hiring doctors and psychologists, and training staff. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33167 at http://ktep.org Mentally Ill Are Often Locked Up In Jails That Can't Help Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label http://ktep.org/post/police-banks-help-undocumented-workers-shake-walking-atm-label On a recent Friday evening in Langley Park, Md., police officer Juan Damian drives his patrol car past fast food restaurants, discount stores and Hispanic groceries.<p>Damian estimates that at least two-thirds of the people here are undocumented, and that has made it a magnet for robberies over the years. Gangs know undocumented day workers are especially lucrative targets, he says. Their pockets are often stuffed with a day's or even a week's worth of wages. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 33127 at http://ktep.org Police, Banks Help Undocumented Workers Shake 'Walking ATM' Label A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back http://ktep.org/post/night-rock-former-alcatraz-inmate-journeys-back For 29 years, Alcatraz — the notorious prison off the coast of San Francisco — housed some of the nation's worst criminals: Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Birdman Robert Stroud.<p>Today, 50 years after it closed, it's a museum. And earlier this year, the National Park Service gave Bill Baker, a former inmate, special permission to stay the night in his old cell. He was 24 when he was transferred to The Rock. Today, he's 80.<p>Baker, who was born in Kentucky during the Great Depression, has spent a lot of his life in and out of federal prison. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:21:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 27004 at http://ktep.org A Night At The Rock: Former Alcatraz Inmate Journeys Back New Details Emerge On Woman Shot After Capitol Hill Car Chase http://ktep.org/post/new-details-emerge-woman-shot-after-capitol-hill-car-chase Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>We're learning more about the woman who led police on a chase through the District of Columbia yesterday. The car chase ended with a shootout that left the woman, Miriam Carey, dead. Carey's family positively identified her body this afternoon. And to learn more about her background, we're joined by NPR's Laura Sullivan. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 26406 at http://ktep.org Booz Allen Hamilton A Major Player In Intelligence Community http://ktep.org/post/booz-allen-hamilton-major-player-intelligence-community Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Back in the U.S., the leaks have put a spotlight on the company Edward Snowden worked for. Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the largest private contractors that does intelligence work for the government. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 18668 at http://ktep.org South Dakota Officials Miss Historic Meeting With Tribes http://ktep.org/post/south-dakota-officials-absent-historic-meeting-sioux-tribes Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Federal officials met with South Dakota's nine Sioux tribes yesterday. They were beginning a three-day summit in Rapid City. This meeting has been a year in the making. It's an effort to address long-standing concerns over the high number of Native American children that the state places in non-Native foster homes. Families testified about alleged violations by South Dakota under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Thu, 16 May 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 16914 at http://ktep.org Older Suspect Described As Controlling, Manipulative http://ktep.org/post/older-suspect-described-controlling-manipulative Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Big cheers in Watertown, Massachusetts, tonight and this tweet from the Boston Police Department, captured with three exclamation points, the hunt is over, the search is done, the terror is over, and justice has won, suspect in custody. We've been gathering a lot of information all day on the bombing suspects' backgrounds. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 15185 at http://ktep.org Getting Lost In The Prison System http://ktep.org/post/getting-lost-prison-system Ten million people funnel in and out of our nation's jails and prisons every year. And every year, some of them get lost. Recently there have been two high-profile cases of such inmates — one who got out years too early, and one who stayed years too long. Both cases had disastrous consequences, but there's no easy fix to this problem. This story originally ran on Morning Edition on April 5. Sun, 07 Apr 2013 21:04:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 14301 at http://ktep.org Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System http://ktep.org/post/without-reviews-inmates-can-get-lost-us-prison-system Every year 10 million people funnel in and out of America's jails and prisons. And every year some of them get lost. Recently there have been two high-profile cases of such inmates — one who got out years too early, and one who stayed years too long. Both had disastrous consequences.<p>In January, Evan Ebel walked out of a Colorado prison four years too early. Two months later, he allegedly rang the doorbell of Tom Clements, the head of the Colorado Department of Corrections, shot him in the chest and killed him. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 08:09:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 14169 at http://ktep.org Without Reviews, Inmates Can Get Lost In U.S. Prison System