Allison Keyes http://ktep.org en Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://ktep.org/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 36942 at http://ktep.org Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://ktep.org/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 36399 at http://ktep.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision http://ktep.org/post/destroyed-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-political-vision When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.<p>In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.<p>Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.<p>"Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center," is a whodunit tale that also illustrates the tensions between art and politics. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 36295 at http://ktep.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://ktep.org/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 35910 at http://ktep.org At Twenty Years Old, Landmark Gun Law Weathers New World http://ktep.org/post/twenty-years-old-landmark-gun-law-weathers-new-world Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Twenty years ago today, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act went into effect, that law pushed by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The organization says since then more than two million gun purchases have been blocked by background checks, but as NPR's Allison Keyes reports, advocates also use this anniversary to warn about the law's loopholes.<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: On Capitol Hill today, victims of gun violence walked up to the microphone holding pictures of lost loved ones and told their stories. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 35749 at http://ktep.org Delaware, Nevada Sign First Multistate Internet Gaming Deal http://ktep.org/post/delaware-nevada-sign-first-multi-state-inernet-gaming-deal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with dealing with long distance.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Dealing - we're talking about poker. Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will one day get to sit at the same virtual table. This week, their governors signed the first multi-state Internet gambling law.<p>NPR's Allison Keyes reports that while some casino I'm not so thrilled, the states see a winning hand.<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The pact sets a framework for the two states to work out regulatory standards for online poker games. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 35705 at http://ktep.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://ktep.org/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 35217 at http://ktep.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company Maryland Drug Officials Worry Over A Deadly Mixture http://ktep.org/post/maryland-drug-officials-worry-over-deadly-mixture Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Tomorrow in Maryland, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration will sit down with other law enforcement groups to talk through some big questions. Tainted heroin has recently killed at least 50 people across several states, and they want to find out where it's coming from. The heroin is laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 34311 at http://ktep.org Lawmakers To Address Delaware's Troubled Casino Industry http://ktep.org/post/lawmakers-address-delawares-troubled-casino-industry Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Delaware's gambling industry is struggling. Revenues at the state's three casinos have steadily declined in recent years, as competition from neighboring states grows. A state task force is set to make recommendations to lawmakers this week to save the troubled casino industry from layoffs - or worse. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF BACKGROUND CASINO NOISES)<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: Earlier this week, Lisa Vespucci was bopping across the floor between rows of flashing, beeping slot machines and a table surrounded with black-jack players. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:42:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33779 at http://ktep.org Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://ktep.org/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast 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>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33232 at http://ktep.org D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind http://ktep.org/post/dc-barbecue-joint-serves-food-soul-and-mind Chef Furard Tate is the kind of man who never sits still. He flits from the order desk at Inspire BBQ back to the busy kitchen, where young men are seasoning sauce, cooking macaroni and cheese, and finishing off some dry-rubbed ribs smoked on a grill.<p>"We grill on a real grill," Tate says. "None of this electric stuff."<p>But as important as the food is, Tate says it's also important that it's made by young hands who must learn a slow, consistent process.<p>Washington, D.C., has a thriving restaurant market with a plethora of restaurants serving its multicultural residents. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33161 at http://ktep.org D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://ktep.org/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 32957 at http://ktep.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Giving Up Info To Drive A Worthy Risk For Maryland's Undocumented http://ktep.org/post/giving-info-drive-worthy-risk-marylands-undocumented Maryland has just become one of several states that allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. Such licenses are issued as long as the immigrants show some form of legal ID — such as a passport — and they will have to take road exams. But critics worry about security risks, and costs to the state. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 32243 at http://ktep.org Task Force Recommends Changes At Maryland's Prisons http://ktep.org/post/task-force-recommends-changes-marylands-prisons Transcript <p>JENNIFER LUDDEN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Jennifer Ludden. A scandal at a Baltimore jail this year prompted Maryland to review procedures that all of its state and local detention centers. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 13:59:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 31768 at http://ktep.org An Unusual Call To Quash Ga. Judicial Nominees http://ktep.org/post/unusual-call-quash-ga-judicial-nominees In an unusual move, a group of politicians and community leaders in Atlanta is urging President Obama to withdraw some candidates nominated to sit on the bench in the Northern District of Georgia. The group says the candidates aren't diverse and some are racially insensitive. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 31479 at http://ktep.org Diary Of Influential Nazi Given To Holocaust Museum http://ktep.org/post/diary-influential-nazi-transferred-holocaust-museum A long-lost diary kept by a top aide to Adolf Hitler was formally transferred to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday. Scholars say the 425-page document gives a glimpse into the mind of Alfred Rosenberg, and a view of his role in shaping the Nazi regime's genocidal policies.<p>Rosenberg's meticulous script runs straight as a ruler across the sepia-colored pages. The notes are from 1936 through 1944.<p>Museum Director Sara Bloomfield says it took years — and the help of many — to procure the diary.<p>"We spent 17 years ... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 31115 at http://ktep.org Diary Of Influential Nazi Given To Holocaust Museum African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence http://ktep.org/post/african-american-gun-club-hopes-help-curb-youth-violence More than 200 people have been killed this year in Baltimore. Most of them were black, and most of them were shot to death, despite Maryland having one of the nation's toughest gun laws. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30773 at http://ktep.org African-American Gun Club Hopes To Help Curb Youth Violence Wal-Mart Brings Jobs To D.C. And Complaints Over Low Wages http://ktep.org/post/wal-mart-brings-jobs-dc-and-complaints-over-low-wages Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart opened its first two stores in Washington, D.C. yesterday, earning cheers from the district's mayor and some residents who say they'll be happy to shop in the city and not in the suburbs. But there have been months of debate over the wages the big box store pays its employees. Some activists and lawmakers say Wal-Mart does not pay workers enough to live on.<p>NPR's Allison Keyes has our story.<p>(APPLAUSE)<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: More than 100 people were lined up outside of the Georgia Avenue Wal-Mart before it opens its doors. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:59:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 30255 at http://ktep.org Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs http://ktep.org/post/trove-artifacts-highlights-realities-slavery Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.<p>"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 29765 at http://ktep.org Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs 'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical http://ktep.org/post/we-will-rock-you-bohemian-musical Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea. Whether or not you're a fan of rock and roll, you've surely heard at least one of the hits by Queen. The British band dominated the airwaves in the '70s and '80s and now their music is rocking the world again, this time in a jukebox musical called "We Will Rock You."<p>The show has been running in London for a dozen years but now an Americanized version is touring the United States and Canada. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:14:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 28690 at http://ktep.org For DC, Prospect Of Prolonged Shutdown Provokes Anxiety http://ktep.org/post/dc-prospect-prolonged-shutdown-provokes-anxiety Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>With no sign of an end to the government shutdown, the economy here in Washington, D.C., is getting walloped. The D.C. region, including parts of Virginia and Maryland, is the biggest hub of federal workers and contractors in the nation. And a local economist projects the region could be losing $200 million a day during the shutdown.<p>NPR's Allison Keyes reports the impact extends far beyond federal workers and angry tourists.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You got them coffee?<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Yeah. I got them coffee and a bagel. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:45:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 26811 at http://ktep.org Government Shutdown Takes A Toll Across D.C. http://ktep.org/post/government-shutdown-takes-toll-across-dc Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Of the hundreds of thousands of federal workers not working because of the shutdown, many are, of course, here in Washington, D.C. The region is home to dozens of federal agencies, from Homeland Security to the Environmental Protection Agency. NPR's Allison Keyes spoke with some of those affected.<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The expressways usually clogged with traffic were whizzing along this morning. The usually frenetic subway stop near a glut of federal offices by the National Mall was almost empty and so were the streets. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 26172 at http://ktep.org March Anniversary Attendees Encouraged To Keep Fighting http://ktep.org/post/march-anniversary-attendees-encouraged-keep-fighting Young people at the Lincoln Memorial reflect on the significance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Wed, 28 Aug 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 23953 at http://ktep.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights http://ktep.org/post/50-years-after-march-washington-john-lewis-still-fighting <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYasqMFCJao</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:54:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 23885 at http://ktep.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights Marchers Flock To The Washington Mall http://ktep.org/post/marchers-flock-washington-mall A march and rally kicks off at the Lincoln Memorial this morning to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Organizers say the event is also meant to continue their fight for economic parity, voting rights and equality. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:55:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 23682 at http://ktep.org Project To Fix Quote On MLK Memorial Hits Snags http://ktep.org/post/project-fix-quote-mlk-memorial-hits-snags Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In the nation's capitol, a project to remove a disputed quotation from Martin Luther King Jr. memorial has stalled. The work may not be finished in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington later this month. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:27:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 23041 at http://ktep.org Preserving African-American Cemeteries http://ktep.org/post/preserving-african-american-cemeteries Under a popular park in Washington, D.C., there is a 19th century burial ground that was once the largest African-American cemetery in the city. Advocates want to protect the park from further development and create space for a memorial. But how many other such burial grounds are in similar straits, and how have others solved the problem of co-existing with development and gentrification? Sat, 03 Aug 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 22302 at http://ktep.org Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements http://ktep.org/post/wal-mart-threatens-pull-out-dc-over-wage-requirements Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 20859 at http://ktep.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream http://ktep.org/post/deconstructing-martin-luther-king-jrs-dream "We want all of our rights!" Martin Luther King, Jr. told a throng of people gathered in and around Detroit's Cobo Arena on June 23, 1963. He was speaking at what he called the largest and greatest demonstration for freedom ever held in the United States. "We want them here, and we want them now!" he said.<p>Fifty years ago this August, King gave the iconic "<a href="http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_august_28_1963_i_have_a_dream/" target="_blank">I Have A Dream</a>" speech at the March on Washington. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 19518 at http://ktep.org Deconstructing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Dream Va. Gubernatorial Race Could Preview Congressional Midterms http://ktep.org/post/va-gubernatorial-race-could-preview-congressional-midterms Republicans and Democrats are looking at this year's race for governor in Virginia as a possible harbinger of the 2014 election. The contest pits Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli against Democratic Party fundraiser Terry McAuliffe. Both candidates are strongly supported by their respective bases, but sport strong negatives among moderate voters. The outcome could come down to turnout. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:29:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 19446 at http://ktep.org