Topics http://publicradiotulsa.org en Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons Of Water, Flooding UCLA http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/water-main-break-dumps-10-million-gallons-water-flooding-ucla A 90-year-old water main broke near the University of California, Los Angeles, on Tuesday, spilling 8 to 10 million gallons of water.<p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-flooding-on-sunset-near-ucla-20140729-story.html">As <em>The Los Angeles Times</em> explains</a>, officials are facing some tough questions this morning because it took them about four hours to figure out which valve needed to be closed. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 64067 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons Of Water, Flooding UCLA Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/senate-approves-8-billion-transportation-package The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would keep transportation dollars flowing until December. But it has not yet solved the problem of how to avoid any disruption in highway spending.<p>Senators rejected the financing approach favored by the House, which makes heavy use of an accounting practice known as <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/15/331751218/how-congress-is-turning-to-a-finesse-of-wording-in-highway-payments" target="_blank">pension smoothing</a>. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 64049 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/israeli-bombing-ruins-gazas-only-power-plant Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.<p>Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/middleeast/gaza-israel-violence.html" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>The bombings came on a day when hope briefly arose about a new cease-fire. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:30:00 +0000 editor 64050 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/mcdonalds-responsible-treatment-workers-agency-says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.<p>Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-office-general-counsel-authorizes-complaints-against-mcdonalds">said</a> that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.<p>Restaurant chains have fought such a designation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 64047 at http://publicradiotulsa.org McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/court-rejects-law-threatening-mississippis-last-abortion-clinic A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.<p>In a 2-1 <a href="http://jacksonfreepress.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/news/documents/2014/07/29/JWHO_Ruling.pdf">decision</a>, a panel of the 5th U.S. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 64046 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/yall-keep-talking-lab-scratches-southern-accent-reduction-course Government scientists can speak Southern after all.<p>Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the <em>Knoxville News Sentinel</em> <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/yall-come-ornl-bows-to-southern-pride_75723471" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 64042 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/jury-awards-former-gov-ventura-nearly-2-million-defamation-case A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 editor 64028 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/court-orders-seizure-100-million-oil-shipment <strong>This post was updated at 9 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A U.S. judge says an order she gave late Monday to impound a tanker full of Kurdish oil off the coast of Galveston, Texas, cannot be enforced, <a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/29/uk-usa-iraq-kurdishoil-idUKKBN0FY0K920140729">Reuters reports</a>. The tanker, carrying $100 million worth of oil from Iraq, was in international waters and could not be seized by U.S. Marshals, the news agency says. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:32:00 +0000 editor 64020 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Kurdish Oil Shipment Too Far Offshore For U.S. To Seize Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/chances-are-pretty-good-thats-bill-collector-calling In about one-third of U.S. households, the sound of a phone or doorbell ringing may trigger a desire to duck.<p>That's because roughly 77 million adults with a credit file have at least one debt in the collection process, according to <a href="http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/413191-Delinquent-Debt-in-America.pdf">a study</a> released by the Urban Institute, a research group. A credit file includes all of the raw data that a credit bureau can use to rank a borrower's creditworthiness.<p>Some of those debts can be quite small — perhaps just a $25 overdue water bill. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 64021 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Chances Are Pretty Good That's A Bill Collector Calling This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/one-worth-watching-new-zealand-retirees-join-happy-meme <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebD_drWYVaI</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:57:00 +0000 editor 64022 at http://publicradiotulsa.org This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme