Kathy Lohr http://publicradioeast.org en Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense http://publicradioeast.org/post/abortion-rights-groups-say-its-time-stop-playing-defense Abortion rights activists are working on a counterattack to the 200 bills that have passed in states across the U.S. since 2010.<p>In the past three years, Republican-led legislatures have backed bills to regulate abortions and the doctors and clinics that perform them.<p>Bills to ban abortions at 20 weeks are among the laws that cropped up three years ago and have now passed in about a dozen states. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 30857 at http://publicradioeast.org Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense Even If FCC Relaxes Rules, Delta Won't Allow In-Flight Calls http://publicradioeast.org/post/even-if-fcc-relaxes-rules-delta-wont-allow-flight-calls Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>If you ever fly, you've heard it countless times: You cannot use your cellphone while en route to your destination. Federal rules will not allow it. That could change now, as the FCC considers relaxing those rules. But in advance of that decision yesterday, Delta Airlines said it plans to remain committed to high altitude quiet time.<p>Here's NPR's Kathy Lohr.<p>KATHY LOHR, BYLINE: Delta CEO Richard Anderson says frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would disrupt travel. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:29:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 30196 at http://publicradioeast.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers http://publicradioeast.org/post/family-ga-teen-found-dead-gym-mat-pushes-answers Activists from across the country are asking Georgia's governor to support an investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old discovered dead in a high school gymnasium almost a year ago. His body was found in a rolled-up gym mat.<p>State investigators ruled out foul play, but Johnson's parents don't believe it.<p>For 11 months, his family has gathered on the street outside the county judicial complex in Valdosta, Ga. His family sits in folding chairs bundled with scarves and gloves against the brisk wind and chilly rain. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:48:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 29719 at http://publicradioeast.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time http://publicradioeast.org/post/get-around-town-some-cities-take-step-back-time <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.<p>Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.<p>"We have to have a look at reducing traffic issues. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 27184 at http://publicradioeast.org To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time Judge Rules Against Part Of Texas Abortion Law http://publicradioeast.org/post/judge-rules-against-part-texas-abortion-law Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne, good morning.<p>In Texas, a federal judge has struck down a key provision of that state's new abortion law one day before it was to go into effect. The judge blocked a regulation requiring that abortion doctors to be connected to nearby hospital with admitting privileges. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:15:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 26502 at http://publicradioeast.org Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues http://publicradioeast.org/post/clinics-close-texas-abortion-fight-continues The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.<p>The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 26242 at http://publicradioeast.org Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues Univ. Of Alabama Sororities Accept A Few Students Of Color http://publicradioeast.org/post/univ-alabama-sororities-accept-few-students-color Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A bit of history has been made at the University of Alabama. Four black women and two other minority students have been accepted into all-white sororities. The sororities sent invitations to the women following allegations of discrimination in the recruiting process.<p>NPR's Kathy Lohr reports the university calls it a first step toward integration. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:03:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 24157 at http://publicradioeast.org University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System http://publicradioeast.org/post/university-alabma-moves-integrate-greek-system Students at the University of Alabama and community leaders are reacting to allegations that white sororities denied access to black women because of their race.<p>The student newspaper in Tuscaloosa, the <em>Crimson White</em>, ran a story that quotes sorority members who say they wanted to recruit at least two black candidates but the students' names were removed before members could vote on them.<p>One of the black women who sorority members say was pulled from consideration seemed the perfect recruit. She had a 4.3 grade point average. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 23573 at http://publicradioeast.org University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System Trail Life USA, The 'Other' Boy Scouts Of America http://publicradioeast.org/post/trail-life-usa-other-boy-scouts-america <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7zGYASqoBY</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 22875 at http://publicradioeast.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-carpet-plants-help-cushion-blows-recession-losses Known as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Dalton, Ga., has struggled and lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade.<p>But now, Engineered Floors is investing $450 million in two new manufacturing facilities and a distribution center in the area. The Dalton expansion is part of a resurgence in manufacturing in Georgia and it reflects an optimistic outlook for manufacturing across the Southeast.<p><strong>Something Different, Something New</strong><p>Kaila French and her young boys play with plastic model cars and trucks, rolling them on the wooden floor in her home in Dalton. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 22485 at http://publicradioeast.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers http://publicradioeast.org/post/bank-america-close-drive-teller-lines Some Bank of America branches with drive-through tellers from Georgia to Texas have already closed the lanes, according to spokeswoman Tara Burke.<p>She wouldn't divulge exactly how many are closing. She did say the decision is not a cost-cutting move but a response to the way people are banking.<p>About 13 million customers bank by mobile phone and 29 million participate in online services. Among them is 19-year-old Brittney Sprague who says, "Not too many folks will really miss the drive-through teller because everybody uses apps. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:49:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 21592 at http://publicradioeast.org Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers Civil Rights Leaders Call For States To Expand Voting Rights http://publicradioeast.org/post/civil-rights-leaders-call-states-expand-voting-rights Civil rights leaders meeting in Atlanta say states, including Texas and North Carolina, are deliberately trying to make it more difficult for voters. They're calling for a national campaign to strengthen voting rights, increase voter participation and eliminate long lines at the polls. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 21073 at http://publicradioeast.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know http://publicradioeast.org/post/where-do-drugs-lethal-injections-come-nobody-knows Several states are dealing with a shortage of lethal injection drugs and have had problems getting enough to carry out executions. In Georgia, lawmakers passed a measure that makes information about where the state got its supply a secret.<p>The Lethal Injection Secrecy Act says that the identity of people or companies that manufacture, supply or prescribe drugs used in executions is a state secret. But attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill are challenging the state over whether that law is constitutional.<p><strong>Cruel And Unusual Punishment? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 19893 at http://publicradioeast.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States http://publicradioeast.org/post/laws-tightening-abortion-regulations-gain-traction-states A judge has temporarily blocked a North Dakota law that would have banned abortions beginning around six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat is detectable. It's one of several state laws passed this year intended to limit abortion.<p>Those backing the new rules say they will make abortions safer. But abortion-rights advocates say the laws are about politics, not safety.<p>In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill this month that increases requirements for clinics and doctors who perform abortions in that state. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 19384 at http://publicradioeast.org Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States New Band Director Says Florida A&M Must March Forward http://publicradioeast.org/post/new-band-director-says-florida-am-must-march-forward Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Let's go now to a university that's rebuilding its marching band. Florida A&M University recently lifted its suspension of the group known as the Marching 100. The band had been suspended since 2011 when a hazing that went too far ended in the death of one of the band's drum majors, Robert Champion. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 09:06:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 18777 at http://publicradioeast.org G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City http://publicradioeast.org/post/g-man-fights-crime-and-medical-disorder-kansas-city Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.<p>Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 18679 at http://publicradioeast.org G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City Churches Reconsider Sponsoring Boy Scout Troops http://publicradioeast.org/post/churches-reconsider-sponsoring-boy-scout-troops Some churches have said they will end their affiliation with the Boy Scouts after its decision to allow openly gay members to join. Others, including Southern Baptists, are considering their next move. Another group plans to hold a meeting in Louisville later this month with parents who say they want a more Christian organization for their children. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 16131 at http://publicradioeast.org Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Gay Members, But Not Leaders http://publicradioeast.org/post/boy-scots-vote-allow-gay-members-not-leaders Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Boy Scouts ban on openly gay scouts is coming to an end. That's the result of a vote held today by the leadership of the Boys Scouts of America.<p>WAYNE PERRY: Our vision is to serve every kid. We want every kid to have a place where they belong, to learn and grow and feel protected.<p>BLOCK: Today's historic vote is being celebrated by gay rights advocates as a hard-fought victory and criticized by opponents as a moral capitulation. NPR's Kathy Lohr is in Grapevine, Texas, where the vote took place, and she joins us now. Fri, 24 May 2013 00:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 14777 at http://publicradioeast.org Boy Scouts Vote On Whether To Allow Openly Gay Members http://publicradioeast.org/post/boy-scouts-vote-whether-allow-openly-gay-members Members of the Boy Scouts of America will vote on Thursday on whether to allow gay members. Thu, 23 May 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 14756 at http://publicradioeast.org Boy Scouts To Decide Whether To Admit Gay Youth http://publicradioeast.org/post/boy-scouts-decide-whether-admit-gay-youth Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>This week, Boy Scouts of America officials will meet in Texas to consider changing the group's longstanding ban on gay members. The first round of voting starts tomorrow. Wed, 22 May 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 14619 at http://publicradioeast.org