Brian Naylor http://ktep.org en New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art http://ktep.org/post/new-deal-treasure-government-searches-long-lost-art At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt enacted a raft of New Deal programs aimed at giving jobs to millions of unemployed Americans; programs for construction workers and farmers — and programs for writers and artists.<p>"Paintings and sculpture were produced, murals were produced and literally thousands of prints," says Virginia Mecklenburg, chief curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.<p>In all, hundreds of thousands of works were produced by as many as 10,000 artists. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 38787 at http://ktep.org New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://ktep.org/post/man-faces-nature-more-often-us-agency-scrutinized <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ju2e0InMus</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 38141 at http://ktep.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://ktep.org/post/rising-gop-star-oklahoma-aims-us-senate The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.<p>Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.<p>On Saturday night, the Comanche County Republican Party held its annual barbecue. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37746 at http://ktep.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate Why Don't Planes Stream Their Flight Data In Real Time? http://ktep.org/post/why-dont-planes-stream-their-flight-data-real-time Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Stormy weather over the southern Indian Ocean today once again squelched the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Bad weather may be a recurring problem there as the Southern Hemisphere edges toward winter. Satellite data points investigators to those remote seas. There have also been satellite images of floating objects. But so far, no debris has been positively identified and the search area is still huge.<p>Experts say the disappearance of the Boeing jet wouldn't be such a mystery if it had been streaming its location data. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37514 at http://ktep.org In Airliner Search, Countries Still Wonder What Parts To Play http://ktep.org/post/airliner-search-countries-still-wonder-what-parts-play FBI investigators are now joining the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. It's one more instance of increasingly closer international cooperation in the search — though confusion persists. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36991 at http://ktep.org Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://ktep.org/post/toyota-justice-department-reach-settlement-recall The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota, settling a federal probe into the company's handling of a recall for faulty gas pedals. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36968 at http://ktep.org U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short http://ktep.org/post/us-checks-stolen-passports-other-nations-fall-short One of the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing is the appearance of two men on the flight manifest who were apparently traveling with stolen passports.<p>On U.S.-bound flights there are safeguards aimed at preventing that from happening. Interpol, the international police organization, issued a statement criticizing Malaysia for allowing the passengers to board the flight.<p>Since 9/11, Interpol has maintained a database of stolen passports containing more than 40 million entries, according to the agency. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36392 at http://ktep.org Government Printing Office Is Churning Out Less Paper http://ktep.org/post/government-printing-office-churning-out-less-paper Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The government is often dismissed as nothing but paper-shuffling bureaucrats, but in reality, there's a lot less paper being shuffled these days. Far fewer copies of the federal budget came off government presses this week, just one example of how Washington is trying to wean itself off paper and to online distribution of information.<p>Of course, this being Washington, this is not without controversy, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The Government Printing Office is an imposing New Deal-era edifice, a few blocks from the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36079 at http://ktep.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://ktep.org/post/behind-curtain-clinton-white-house Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Clinton Library and the National Archives released some 4,000 documents today from the Clinton administration. Among other things, the papers the deal with the Clinton's defeated healthcare reforms and then First Lady Hillary Clinton's image. They're part of a trove of documents and the first of several batches to be made public. NPR's Brian Naylor has been going through them and he joins me now. Brian, welcome.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.<p>BLOCK: And why the release now? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 35740 at http://ktep.org Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down http://ktep.org/post/feeling-fiscal-squeeze-epa-seeks-slim-down Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The Environmental Protection Agency has a lot on its plate, now add to that budget concerns. The agency is hoping to trim its staff. Like a number of other government agencies, the EPA is offering buyouts to employees.<p>As NPR's Brian Naylor reports, it's all part of a shrinking federal workforce.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The EPA has a pretty significant workload these days. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 35574 at http://ktep.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience http://ktep.org/post/west-virginia-polluted-water-squeezes-wallets-and-patience Nate May's Prius is loaded down with water. The back is filled with boxes, each holding three one-gallon jugs that he just bought at Walmart. He and other volunteers are driving around Charleston, W.V., dropping off the jugs to people who have contacted his ad hoc group, the West Virginia Clean Water Hub. It's paid for with donations.<p>"There are a lot of people this has put in a difficult bind. Some of them can't get out, some of them are elderly, some of them — it's just too much of a financial burden," May says. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34763 at http://ktep.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience Congressional Panel Probes W.Va. Chemical Spill http://ktep.org/post/congressional-panel-probes-wva-chemical-spill Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER: I wouldn't drink that water if you paid me.<p>INSKEEP: That's West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller yesterday, telling NPR he does not trust his own state's water. More than a month has passed since a chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without usable tap water. Specifically, residents were told not to drink or cook with the water.<p>While the ban has been lifted, officials will not declare the water safe to drink. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34560 at http://ktep.org Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill http://ktep.org/post/legislators-make-field-trip-investigate-wva-spill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>Officials in Charleston, West Virginia, testified today that the water there is now suitable for drinking and bathing, but nobody seemed ready or willing to call it safe. The testimony came at a field hearing held by members of Congress one month after a chemical in spill in the Elk River tainted the water for some 300,000 people. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34538 at http://ktep.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://ktep.org/post/post-office-could-rack-billions-offering-money-services As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34321 at http://ktep.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis http://ktep.org/post/undermanned-and-limited-chemical-safety-board-confronts-crisis Transcript <p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: I'm Brian Naylor in Washington.<p>The agency responsible for investigating just what happened in Charleston is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. It's a relative newcomer to Washington. It first got to work in 1998 and was modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and other transportation accidents. The Chemical Safety Board's mission is to investigate significant chemical accidents. Its current chairman is Rafael Moure-Eraso, an academic and native of Colombia. He says the issue of chemical safety in the U.S. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 34069 at http://ktep.org Virginia's Gay-Marriage Decision Shows 'Disrespect' http://ktep.org/post/va-attorney-generals-decision-gay-marriage-shows-disrespect Virginia's attorney general surprised the state's political circles on Thursday when he announced he will not defend Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage when it goes before a federal judge next week. Virginians had varying reactions to Mark Herring's decision. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33397 at http://ktep.org New Va. Attorney General Declares Same-Sex Ban Unconstitutional http://ktep.org/post/new-va-attorney-general-declares-same-sex-ban-unconstitutional Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Virginia's newly elected attorney general announced today that he will not defend the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Democrat Mark Herring revealed his decision this morning on NPR's MORNING EDITION. He says he wants to ensure that Virginia is, as he puts it, on the right side of history and the law. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33358 at http://ktep.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail http://ktep.org/post/putting-brake-who-can-see-your-cars-data-trail At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, carmakers are happy to demonstrate the technology in their vehicles. A spokeswoman for Buick points out some of the safety features in the new Regal:<p>"Automatic crash preparation," she says. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33289 at http://ktep.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment http://ktep.org/post/former-va-gov-and-wife-face-14-count-indictment Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Just 10 days after leaving office, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was indicted today by federal prosecutors for corruption. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting gifts from a wealthy Virginia businessman.<p>NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The cloud of a possible indictment hung over McDonnell's final months in office, ever since it became clear that the U.S. Attorney in Richmond was investigating the McDonnells for taking gifts and loans from Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 33222 at http://ktep.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road http://ktep.org/post/jobs-pitchman-takes-labor-departments-show-road Tom Perez is having fun at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. He sits in a Corvette, climbs into a new pickup truck, and gamely poses for pictures next to a $140,000 Dodge Viper.<p>"Any federal employee who's driving a Dodge Viper either has a really good spouse, a really good inheritance or needs to be investigated by the inspector general," he jokes.<p>Perez, 52, became the Obama administration's labor secretary in July, and he's one of a parade of administration officials to stop by the auto show this week. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 32873 at http://ktep.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried http://ktep.org/post/tighter-access-death-master-file-has-researchers-worried The "Death Master File." It sounds like a ledger the Grim Reaper might keep, but in reality, it's a computerized list containing some 86 million names and other data kept by the Social Security Administration.<p>An obscure provision tucked into the budget deal that Congress approved last month would limit access to the list — and that has everyone from genealogists to bankers concerned.<p>When someone dies, that person's Social Security number, name and dates of birth and death are passed on to Social Security by funeral homes, hospitals and families. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 32256 at http://ktep.org Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice http://ktep.org/post/next-joe-biden-busy-year-and-choice This was a busy year for Vice President Joe Biden: He was President Obama's point man on gun control; he traveled widely, pushing for infrastructure spending; and he recently returned form a trip to Asia, where he met with the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea.<p>In 2014, Biden may face an even busier schedule, as he stumps for Democratic congressional candidates in advance of November's midterm elections and tries to decide whether to make another run for president himself.<p>From the start of his association with Obama, Biden made clear he didn't want a ceremonial role as vice presiden Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:27:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 31734 at http://ktep.org Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice Businesses Object To Posting On-Job Injuries Online http://ktep.org/post/businesses-object-posting-job-injuries-online Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The government requires large employers to keep records of on-the-job injuries suffered by their employees. Now, the Obama administration wants to make those records easily available on a website. It says that would lead to safer workplaces. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 30567 at http://ktep.org FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost http://ktep.org/post/fcc-proposes-am-radio-changes-give-band-boost AM radio once played a central role in American life. The family would gather around the Philco to hear the latest Western or detective drama. The transistor radio was where baby boomers first heard the Beatles and other Top 40 hits. And, of course, there's no better way to take in a ballgame.<p>But the AM band is not what it used to be. Now, it's mostly a mix of talk shows and infomercials. According to the Federal Communications Commission, in the mid-1980s, AM radio still claimed 30 percent of the nation's radio listening hours. By 2010, that had dwindled to 17 percent. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 30172 at http://ktep.org FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost Feds Have Troubled History With New Computer Systems http://ktep.org/post/feds-have-troubled-past-new-computer-systems Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's hear a little recent history now, a history of federal IT failures. The troubled healthcare.gov website has many ancestors, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The new software system was glitchy, it was behind schedule and over budget. University of Pennsylvania computer scientist Matt Blaze said the problems were foreseeable.<p>MATT BLAZE, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Even at the beginning, the requirements for this system weren't very well specified, and they kept being changed as they were going along. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 29716 at http://ktep.org Obama's Choice For Homeland Security Chief Testifies In Senate http://ktep.org/post/obamas-choice-homeland-security-chief-testifies-senate Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>President Obama's nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security faced some tough questioning today about the nation's borders. During his confirmation hearing, Jeh Johnson told the Senate panel his top priority was filling some of the many vacancies at the sprawling agency. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:07:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28953 at http://ktep.org A Week After Polls Closed, Va. AG Race Still Too Close To Call http://ktep.org/post/week-after-polls-closed-va-ag-race-still-too-close-call Discouraged by the Republican candidate for governor's showing in the polls, GOP donors begin pouring money into the Virginia attorney general race. Now, that contest is showing a 117 vote margin with Democrat Mark Herring ahead, though there have been several lead changes as provisional ballots have been tallied. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:31:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28879 at http://ktep.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service http://ktep.org/post/how-kennedys-assassination-changed-secret-service Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, a moment that left an indelible mark on those who remember it.<p>It also permanently changed the agency charged with protecting the president — the U.S. Secret Service.<p>Looking back at the images of Kennedy, first lady Jackie Kennedy, Texas Gov. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 23:13:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28590 at http://ktep.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service Christie, McAuliffe, De Blasio Win Election Day Races http://ktep.org/post/christie-mcauliffe-de-blasio-win-election-day-races In New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie coasted to re-election as governor on Tuesday. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe prevailed in the governor's race, although by a smaller margin than most pre-election polls had indicated. In New York City, voters elected their first democratic mayor in 20 years, choosing Bill de Blasio in a landslide. Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28462 at http://ktep.org FAA OKs More In-Flight Use Of Electronic Gadgets http://ktep.org/post/faa-oks-more-flight-use-electronic-gadgets Good news for air travelers who can't get enough of their electronic devices: The FAA is relaxing rules on their use aboard airliners. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 28139 at http://ktep.org