Brian Naylor http://ktep.org en New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://ktep.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45306 at http://ktep.org As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights http://ktep.org/post/rockets-encroach-israels-main-airport-sees-canceled-us-flights Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This morning outside Tel Aviv, a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion International Airport. That prompted the FAA to tell U.S. carriers not to fly into Tel Aviv. And several airlines canceled flights to Israel on their own, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The airlines were led by Delta, which diverted a Tel Aviv-bound flight this morning to Paris. The Boeing 747 originated at JFK airport in New York and carried 273 passengers and 17 crew. The airline says it has suspended service to Ben Gurion until further notice. Other U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45194 at http://ktep.org Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs http://ktep.org/post/sen-alexander-outpaces-tea-party-remains-its-cross-hairs Tennessee's Lamar Alexander is one of a number of incumbent Republican senators caught in the cross hairs of Tea Party groups, taking on several challengers in next month's GOP primary.<p>But while Tea Party groups may be optimistic about the race, challengers like Joe Carr face an uphill battle to unseat the two-term senator.<p>Carr's campaign office is just across the street from Murfreesboro's antebellum courthouse. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45118 at http://ktep.org Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs Proposal To Allow State Tolls On Interstates Hits Roadblocks http://ktep.org/post/proposal-allow-state-tolls-interstates-hits-roadblocks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's talk a little more now about the effort to refill the federal highway trust fund, which is expected to run out of cash later this summer. A short-term fix passed the house earlier this week, and the Senate is said to consider a similar measure - that's the short term. Then there's the question of the longer-term. One possible solution from the White House would let states collect tolls on interstate highways. They've been prohibited from doing that for decades. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44848 at http://ktep.org Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://ktep.org/post/governors-talk-infrastructure-annual-meeting The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44552 at http://ktep.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description http://ktep.org/post/interior-secretary-getting-outdoors-job-description It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.<p>A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.<p>"It's in the job description," she says. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43913 at http://ktep.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description Best Known For Watergate Committee, Longtime Sen. Howard Baker Dies http://ktep.org/post/best-known-watergate-committee-longtime-sen-howard-baker-dies Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. A vaunted Capitol Hill dealmaker has died. Howard Baker was 88. He served as Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff, and he helped negotiate deals on everything from the Panama Canal Treaty to civil rights legislation and environmental laws. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43504 at http://ktep.org Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank http://ktep.org/post/conservative-critics-lobby-early-end-export-import-bank Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The Export-Import Bank isn't something we hear about very often. But it's been around a long time, 80 years. It even has a nickname, the Ex-Im Bank. It was set up to help U.S. businesses sell their products overseas. Congress has to reauthorize the bank this fall. But some conservative Republicans say it's time to shut it down. And they were given a boost when the new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined their cause. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:26:11 +0000 Brian Naylor 43418 at http://ktep.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://ktep.org/post/oklahoma-senate-race-choice-between-two-deep-shades-red In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.<p>The winner of the GOP primary will all but certainly become Oklahoma's next U.S. senator — the state is among the reddest of red states, as red as the meat served at the Cattlemens' Steakhouse. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43261 at http://ktep.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers http://ktep.org/post/hill-debate-reawakens-over-tired-truckers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last weekend, a tractor-trailer hit a limo carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. He's still hospitalized, and comedian James McNair was killed. The truck driver had allegedly not slept for more than 24 hours. And despite the attention, the trucking industry is working to roll back a regulation, passed last year, regulating rest periods. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: In 2012, the last year for which there are records, almost 4,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42563 at http://ktep.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals http://ktep.org/post/va-students-abuzz-star-professors-become-political-rivals The upset of Rep. Eric Cantor by Dave Brat in Tuesday's primary rocked Washington. It also left its stamp on a tiny college in Ashland, Va. Brat is a professor at Randolph-Macon College — as is his next opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell.<p>Randolph-Macon is a small liberal arts college of about 1,300 students, founded by the United Methodist Church in 1830. The chances that two of its professors would be opponents in a congressional campaign were, before this week, microscopic. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42505 at http://ktep.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://ktep.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42359 at http://ktep.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks http://ktep.org/post/yellowstone-grand-canyon-wpa-posters-celebrate-national-parks If you've ever been to a national park and stopped off in the gift shop, you may have seen drawings of iconic park sights for sale as posters or post cards. The brightly colored print reproductions showcase the parks' impressive vistas, such as Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon's overlooks.<p>The originals of some of those prints are currently on display in an exhibit called "<a href="http://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum/posterity.cfm">Posterity</a>" at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 41393 at http://ktep.org From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks Speaking Beside A Bridge, Obama Addresses Approaching Budget Gap http://ktep.org/post/speaking-beside-bridge-obama-addresses-approaching-budget-gap President Obama is visiting one of New York state's bridges across the Hudson River to talk about the need to spend more on roads and bridges. Funds for federal highways and bridges continue to fall short of expected needs. Why is the federal gas tax not keeping pace with the number of miles Americans are driving? Wed, 14 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 40641 at http://ktep.org Lately, Title IX Has Made Its Presence Felt Beyond The Playing Field http://ktep.org/post/lately-title-ix-has-made-its-presence-felt-beyond-playing-field Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In college sports, Title IX is known mostly as a way to ensure women are given the same opportunity as men to participate in sports. What is less known is that the act also requires colleges to prevent sexual assault and violence at their institutions.<p>NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: First, a little history. Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 bars discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program that receives federal funding. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 40265 at http://ktep.org Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog http://ktep.org/post/report-decries-cozy-relationship-shared-dhs-and-watchdog A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39350 at http://ktep.org Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://ktep.org/post/obama-administration-opens-review-its-deportation-policy 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>The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policy. According to the president, it's an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is leading the review, meeting with numerous groups, ranging from agricultural workers to religious leaders to members of Congress. Many organizations have been weighing in with ideas of how they'd like to ease the rules. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39262 at http://ktep.org 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