Topics http://publicradiotulsa.org en University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>People who live in Tonawanda, N.Y., live in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/1 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 63628 at http://publicradiotulsa.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetles http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tree-planted-honor-beatle-killed-beetles Flowers may grow so incredibly high, as the Beatles once sang, but trees — not so much.<p>Actually, a pine tree planted in Los Angeles a decade ago to honor former Beatle George Harrison reached a height of 12 feet, before succumbing recently.<p>To an infestation. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 63629 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetles 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 63621 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/montana-judge-publicly-censured-over-30-day-sentence-rape Less than a year after his lenient jail sentence for an admitted rapist stirred outrage, a Montana judge was publicly reprimanded today. In giving a former high school teacher <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/26/226450112/montana-rapist-being-freed-after-30-day-sentence">only a 30-day jail sentence</a>, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the man's victim, a student, seemed older than her age, 14.<p>The case drew national attention last fall. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 63617 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/faa-prohibits-us-airlines-flying-tel-aviv The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a 24-hour ban on flights to and from the Tel Aviv airport.<p>"The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning of July 22, 2014," the FAA said in a statement.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333908274/as-kerry-tries-for-ceasefire-attacks-continue-in-gaza">As we reported earlier</a>, some American carriers had already started canceling flights to and from Israel. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:44:00 +0000 editor 63608 at http://publicradiotulsa.org FAA Prohibits U.S. Airlines From Flying To Tel Aviv U.S. Appeals Courts Issue Conflicting Decisions On Obamacare Subsidies http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/us-appeals-court-deals-blow-obamas-health-law A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday dealt a significant blow to the Affordable Care Act, when it threw out an IRS regulation that governs subsidies. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:42:00 +0000 editor 63602 at http://publicradiotulsa.org U.K. Orders New Inquiry Into Ex-KGB Spy Litvinenko's Death http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/uk-orders-inquiry-ex-kgb-spy-litvinenkos-death Britain has ordered a public inquiry into the death in 2006 of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko by radiation poisoning.<p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/announcement-in-relation-to-the-death-of-mr-litvinenko">In a statement to Parliament</a> today, Home Secretary Theresa May said the independent Home Office inquiry will be headed by Robert Owen, a senior judge who is the coroner in the inquest into Litvinenko's death. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:22:00 +0000 editor 63603 at http://publicradiotulsa.org U.K. Orders New Inquiry Into Ex-KGB Spy Litvinenko's Death Detroit Pensioners Approve City's Bankruptcy Plan http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/detroit-pensioners-approve-citys-bankruptcy-plan Detroit moved one step closer toward bankruptcy after crossing a major hurdle on Monday.<p>With a large margin, retired police and firefighters approved modest cuts in their pensions that are part of the city's bankruptcy plans.<p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140721/METRO01/307210050/Official-vote-tally-shows-big-support-Detroit-debt-cutting-plan"><em>The Detroit News</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"About 82 percent of retired and active Detroit police and firefighters who voted overwhelmingly approved the city's plan to reduce their inflationary increases but preserve the Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 63597 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Top Stories: Plane Victims' Bodies Moved; Gaza Latest http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/top-stories-plane-victims-bodies-moved-gaza-latest Good morning, here are our early stories:<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333908274/as-kerry-tries-for-ceasefire-attacks-continue-in-gaza"><strong>-- Gaza Conflict Day 15: Here's What You Need To Know.</strong></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333901610/train-carrying-mh17-victims-remains-arrives-in-kharkiv"><strong>-- Train Carrying MH17 Victims Remains Arrives In Kharkiv.</strong></a><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/333910305/jakarta-gov-widodo-wins-indonesian-presidency-tally-shows"><strong>-- Jakarta Gov. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 63594 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Gaza Conflict Day 15: Here's What You Need To Know http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/gaza-conflict-day-15-heres-what-you-need-know As Israel's offensive against Hamas entered its 15th day, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo pressing for a truce modeled after the 2012 cease-fire.<p>Still, the violence continued unabated with the death toll on both sides rising: More than 500 Palestinians and 25 Israeli soldiers and two Israeli civilians have been killed.<p>With that here's what you need to know:<p>-- Shortly after Delta and United cancelled flights to Tel Aviv, the FAA <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">issued a ban on flights to Isr Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:25:00 +0000 editor 63595 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Gaza Conflict Day 15: Here's What You Need To Know