Jeff Brady http://publicradioeast.org en Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon http://publicradioeast.org/post/organizers-predict-huge-crowd-boston-marathon Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In Massachusetts, nearly 36,000 runners are preparing for tomorrow's Boston Marathon. This year's race is a tribute to the three people who died in the bombing that happened shortly before 3 p.m. last year near the finish line. At least 260 other people were injured in the attack. Tomorrow, Boston city streets will again be lined with hundreds of thousands of spectators there to cheer on the runners, intent on reclaiming this year's race as a symbol of the city's resilience. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39361 at http://publicradioeast.org Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://publicradioeast.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39268 at http://publicradioeast.org Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://publicradioeast.org/post/boston-mourns-tragic-anniversary-voices-victims One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39010 at http://publicradioeast.org Boston To Pay Tribute To Victims Of Last Year's Bombing http://publicradioeast.org/post/boston-pay-tribute-victims-last-years-bombing Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene, good morning.<p>One year ago today, the Boston Marathon became more than just one of the world's major sporting events. It became a target. As runners crossed the finish line just before 3:00 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and dozens more were wounded. This year the marathon is scheduled for next week. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 38941 at http://publicradioeast.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 38910 at http://publicradioeast.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://publicradioeast.org/post/classes-even-begin-mass-stabbing-leaves-school-reeling Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And Melissa Block.<p>A 16 year-old boy is in custody after a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh left at least 20 people injured. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 38518 at http://publicradioeast.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://publicradioeast.org/post/tax-season-fraudsters-may-target-your-refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255415230/breach-at-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts">the Target stores theft</a> dominating the news headlines. But imagine what a thief could do with your company's payroll records. Those contain valuable information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your address and how much you earn.<p>Gary Blatto-Vallee of Webster, N.Y., learned how damaging this type of data theft can be when he tried to submit his federal tax return. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37772 at http://publicradioeast.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37237 at http://publicradioeast.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez http://publicradioeast.org/post/dubious-birthday-exxon-valdez Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's a bit of what we learned when we woke up that morning, 25 years ago today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>JEAN COCHRAN: A Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, Alaska says an oil tanker has run aground in an ice field 20 miles off Valdez. That's the terminus of...<p>CORNISH: The Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef, spilling millions of gallons of oil and decimating marine life. NPR's marking the anniversary in a series of reports. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37215 at http://publicradioeast.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://publicradioeast.org/post/customer-surveys-are-here-stay-suggestions-improvement Call the cable company, and an automated voice wants to ask you about the experience. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36129 at http://publicradioeast.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Kiev Protesters Find Backup In Philly http://publicradioeast.org/post/kiev-protesters-find-backup-philly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia's president is also being criticized by Ukrainian-Americans watching the violent confrontations going on in their home country. Ukrainians in the U.S. tend to side with those protesting in Kiev's independent square. They're angry that President Viktor Yanukovych chose a closer relationship with Russia over a deal with the EU.<p>The Philadelphia area is home to more than 55,000 people of Ukrainian ancestry. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 34781 at http://publicradioeast.org Pipeline Regulators Move To Ease Propane Distribution Issue http://publicradioeast.org/post/pipeline-regulators-move-ease-propane-distribution-issue Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>and we've been hearing in recent weeks about a propane shortage, which is really more about distribution. Companies are having trouble transporting their gas from where it's stored to where it's needed. Now the agency that regulates pipelines is taking an unprecedented step to try to fix that problem.<p>NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Farmers used a lot of propane for a late harvest last fall, then a very cold winter set in. Companies have been trying to catch up ever since. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 34042 at http://publicradioeast.org Powerless In Pennsylvania And Awaiting The Storm's Return http://publicradioeast.org/post/powerless-pennsylvania-and-awaiting-storms-return Over 400,000 people in Pennsylvania still have no power following this week's ice storm. Many won't get back their power back before Sunday — but another winter super storm is expected over the weekend, worrying officials and residents over how they will stay warm. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33746 at http://publicradioeast.org State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming http://publicradioeast.org/post/state-department-keystone-xl-would-not-worsen-warming Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Keystone XL oil pipeline may be closer to being built. The U.S. State Department's released an environmental impact statement that says the project would not make climate change any worse, and it's now up to President Obama to decide the fate of the pipeline. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that environmental groups and many Democrats want the president to reject the review's findings.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, almost 1200 miles south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 14:42:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33350 at http://publicradioeast.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames http://publicradioeast.org/post/much-north-dakotas-natural-gas-going-flames <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</em><p><em></em>North Dakota's oil boom isn't just about oil; a lot of natural gas comes out of the ground at the same time. But there's a problem with that: The state doesn't have the pipelines needed to transport all of that gas to market. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33154 at http://publicradioeast.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up http://publicradioeast.org/post/oil-rush-cash-cow-some-farmers-tensions-crop <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush. </em><p>Donny Nelson is a third-generation farmer and rancher near Keene, N.D., a rural community located in the center of an oil rush.<p>Oil booms come with the territory here, Nelson says, but usually they're not this intense. "This is a completely different animal than we've seen before. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33136 at http://publicradioeast.org Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel http://publicradioeast.org/post/temps-drop-gas-prices-rise-along-demand-fuel Cold weather this week has boosted demand for heating fuels across the country. Natural gas prices are up, especially in the Northeast. At one point prices for natural gas into New York City jumped nearly tenfold from an average winter price of $5.68 per million BTU to $55.49, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics company.<p>Part of the problem is getting the gas from where it's produced — these days, in places like Western Pennsylvania — to the population centers where it's burned. Sometimes there just aren't enough pipelines to meet the demand. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 31581 at http://publicradioeast.org As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel Derailing Revives Calls To Change How Trains Haul Crude Oil http://publicradioeast.org/post/derailing-revives-calls-change-how-trains-haul-crude-oil Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are in the small town of Casselton, North Dakota, trying to learn what caused a fiery train crash. It's the latest in a series of accidents involving trains hauling crude oil. By far the most destruction happened last summer in Canada, where the center of a town in Quebec was destroyed, leaving 47 people dead.<p>Monday's crash in North Dakota caused no injuries. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:26:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 31053 at http://publicradioeast.org Priest Released After Court Overturns Child Endangerment Charge http://publicradioeast.org/post/priest-released-after-court-overturns-child-endangerment-charge Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In a Philadelphia courtroom today, a judge agreed to release a Catholic Church official who's serving prison time for his handling of sexual abuse claims. Last week, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned Monsignor William Lynn's 2012 conviction. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: At trial, prosecutors said Monsignor William Lynn kept hundreds of abuse complaints secret rather than notify police. They said he re-assigned accused priests without warning the new parishes, and they argued that put more children at risk of abuse. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 30928 at http://publicradioeast.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://publicradioeast.org/post/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-2010-spill Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 29465 at http://publicradioeast.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill