Brian Naylor http://kuer.org en New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://kuer.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 49734 at http://kuer.org As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights http://kuer.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 49649 at http://kuer.org Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://kuer.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 49174 at http://kuer.org Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank http://kuer.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 20:28:12 +0000 Brian Naylor 48359 at http://kuer.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://kuer.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 48232 at http://kuer.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers http://kuer.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 47704 at http://kuer.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals http://kuer.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 47663 at http://kuer.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://kuer.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 47547 at http://kuer.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog http://kuer.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 45360 at http://kuer.org Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://kuer.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 45298 at http://kuer.org As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://kuer.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 44471 at http://kuer.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://kuer.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 44181 at http://kuer.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate In Airliner Search, Countries Still Wonder What Parts To Play http://kuer.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 20:31:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43620 at http://kuer.org Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://kuer.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 43599 at http://kuer.org U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short http://kuer.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 43189 at http://kuer.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://kuer.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 42774 at http://kuer.org Feeling The Fiscal Squeeze, EPA Seeks To Slim Down http://kuer.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 42684 at http://kuer.org Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill http://kuer.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 41962 at http://kuer.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://kuer.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 41812 at http://kuer.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail http://kuer.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 41117 at http://kuer.org Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment http://kuer.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 41085 at http://kuer.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road http://kuer.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 40877 at http://kuer.org Jobs Pitchman Takes Labor Department's Show On the Road Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried http://kuer.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 40475 at http://kuer.org Tighter Access To 'Death Master File' Has Researchers Worried Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice http://kuer.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 40112 at http://kuer.org Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost http://kuer.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 39057 at http://kuer.org FCC Proposes AM Radio Changes To Give The Band A Boost How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service http://kuer.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 37900 at http://kuer.org How Kennedy's Assassination Changed The Secret Service On Capitol Hill, A Statue And A Rock God Bring Politicians Together http://kuer.org/post/capitol-hill-rock-god-and-statue-bring-politicians-together Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, an unlikely scene unfolded as a bust of Winston Churchill was unveiled in Statuary Hall Wednesday. The entertainment: Roger Daltrey. Who? Yes, Roger Daltrey of the 1960s rock band The Who. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37504 at http://kuer.org 'Loyal Soldier' Sebelius Vows To Stay Put, Fix HealthCare.gov http://kuer.org/post/loyal-soldier-sebelius-vows-stay-put-fix-healthcaregov This has not been an easy month for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.<p>Republican Sen. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:07:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37304 at http://kuer.org 'Loyal Soldier' Sebelius Vows To Stay Put, Fix HealthCare.gov Government Workers Must Get The Wheel Turning Again http://kuer.org/post/government-workers-must-get-wheel-turning-again Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>OK, with the government funding and debt ceiling deal now reached, passed and signed, government agencies are set to reopen. But don't expect all federal offices to take your calls just yet. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: University of Alabama geologist Samantha Hansen has been conducting a research project in Antarctica that, in one way, is like most everything else, funded by the federal government. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:38:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36881 at http://kuer.org Shutdown Takes A Toll On GOP In Virginia Governor's Race http://kuer.org/post/shutdown-takes-toll-gop-virginia-governors-race With the government shutdown now in its 11th day, <a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/10/20903624-nbcwsj-poll-shutdown-debate-damages-gop?lite" target="_blank">polls show</a> that voters think Republicans bear the biggest share of the blame.<p>Nowhere is this more apparent than in Virginia — a state that's home to some 172,000 federal civilian workers and where federal spending is a big part of the economy. In the race to be Virginia's next governor, GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli is falling in the polls.<p>Marsha Rippy, a legal assistant in Hopewell, Va. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 36665 at http://kuer.org