Brian Naylor http://publicradioeast.org en Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://publicradioeast.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 46209 at http://publicradioeast.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description http://publicradioeast.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 45449 at http://publicradioeast.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank http://publicradioeast.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 20:33:51 +0000 Brian Naylor 44860 at http://publicradioeast.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://publicradioeast.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 44684 at http://publicradioeast.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers http://publicradioeast.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 43813 at http://publicradioeast.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals http://publicradioeast.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 43731 at http://publicradioeast.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://publicradioeast.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 43544 at http://publicradioeast.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks http://publicradioeast.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 42325 at http://publicradioeast.org From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks Speaking Beside A Bridge, Obama Addresses Approaching Budget Gap http://publicradioeast.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 41386 at http://publicradioeast.org Lately, Title IX Has Made Its Presence Felt Beyond The Playing Field http://publicradioeast.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 40903 at http://publicradioeast.org Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog http://publicradioeast.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 20:31:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39763 at http://publicradioeast.org Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy http://publicradioeast.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 39662 at http://publicradioeast.org New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art http://publicradioeast.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 20:50:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 39097 at http://publicradioeast.org New Deal Treasure: Government Searches For Long-Lost Art As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://publicradioeast.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 38251 at http://publicradioeast.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://publicradioeast.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 20:33:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37736 at http://publicradioeast.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://publicradioeast.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 20:12:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 37473 at http://publicradioeast.org In Airliner Search, Countries Still Wonder What Parts To Play http://publicradioeast.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 36828 at http://publicradioeast.org Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://publicradioeast.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 36796 at http://publicradioeast.org U.S. Checks For Stolen Passports, But Other Nations Fall Short http://publicradioeast.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 36124 at http://publicradioeast.org Government Printing Office Is Churning Out Less Paper http://publicradioeast.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 35791 at http://publicradioeast.org