David Schaper http://kanw.com en Airspace Over Ukraine Was Not Considered Unsafe http://kanw.com/post/airspace-over-ukraine-was-not-considered-unsafe Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Most airlines are now diverting their planes away from the Ukrainian-Russian border to avoid the area where the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot-down. The Federal Aviation Administration banned U.S. operations in the air space around Crimea back in April. Aviation authorities in other countries warned about flying through parts of the region, too. But those restricted flight zones are some distance away from where flight 17 went down. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 David Schaper 46132 at http://kanw.com First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster http://kanw.com/post/year-after-train-disaster-first-responders-unprepared-another Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Ever since that Canadian train derailment, first responders all across North America wonder, what if it happens here? Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 45515 at http://kanw.com For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each http://kanw.com/post/sale-vacant-lots-chicago-blocks-just-1-each Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. The catch? To buy one, you must already own a home on the same block.<p>Like many U.S. cities, Chicago has struggled with what to do with a growing number of empty lots in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 45344 at http://kanw.com For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources http://kanw.com/post/rain-storms-pummel-upper-midwest-drowning-resources Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.<p>Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.<p>The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.<p>"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.<p>Rain and river water inundated her neighborhood, flooding her home and many of her neighbors' homes.<p>"Our son's Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 David Schaper 45096 at http://kanw.com Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage http://kanw.com/post/chicago-gets-out-under-its-history-political-patronage A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 David Schaper 44656 at http://kanw.com Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' http://kanw.com/post/chicago-heroin-highway-bust-shows-new-face-organized-crime Authorities say they've broken up a major heroin and crack cocaine distribution ring in Chicago.<p>A joint federal and local task force that includes the DEA, FBI, Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen gang members who allegedly supplied a significant amount of heroin to customers coming from the city and suburbs.<p>The increasingly easy availability and lower street cost of heroin has led to a surge of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/28/316673753/todays-heroin-addict-is-young-white-and-suburban">heroin abuse</a> not only in Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:23:00 +0000 David Schaper 44557 at http://kanw.com Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff http://kanw.com/post/illinois-lawmaker-found-guilty-accepting-7000-payoff In a case in which some observers suggest the FBI may have gone too far to snare a politician in a bribery scheme, a jury has convicted an Illinois lawmaker of corruption.<p>The verdict against State Rep. Derrick Smith relates to the then-freshman representative's acceptance in 2012 of a $7,000 payoff from an FBI informant.<p>The jury agreed with the prosecution that Smith abused his office for personal gain. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:27:00 +0000 David Schaper 44392 at http://kanw.com Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings http://kanw.com/post/npr-reporter-witnesses-one-chicagos-latest-shootings Gun violence in Chicago is so common in some neighborhoods that the daily reports of shootings can seem like little more than numbers. Our reporter saw the dangers of Chicago's South Side firsthand. Thu, 29 May 2014 11:33:00 +0000 David Schaper 43871 at http://kanw.com NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery http://kanw.com/post/ntsb-raises-new-concerns-about-dreamliners-lithium-ion-battery The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on the FAA to take another look at the safety of the battery used in its Dreamliners. The recommendations issued by the NTSB on Thursday call on the FAA to evaluate whether additional requirements and independent testing outside the aviation industry are needed on the lithium ion batteries used in the Boeing 787s. Incidents involving the batteries' failure caused the fleet to be grounded last year. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 David Schaper 43652 at http://kanw.com Northwestern Players Cast Union Vote — But Results Will Have To Wait http://kanw.com/post/northwestern-players-cast-union-vote-results-will-have-wait Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>It's a historic day on the campus of Northwestern University. Football players there became the first college athletes in this country to vote on whether to unionize. The results may not be known for some time. The National Labor Relations Board is reviewing Northwestern's appeal of an earlier ruling to allow this union vote to take place. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:04:00 +0000 David Schaper 42416 at http://kanw.com The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://kanw.com/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Schaper 41948 at http://kanw.com The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://kanw.com/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:39:00 +0000 David Schaper 41471 at http://kanw.com Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://kanw.com/post/nlrb-sides-college-football-players-hoping-unionize Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board today could really shake up big-money college sports. The board took the first step in favor of allowing Northwestern University's football players to unionize. A regional director for the board ruled that these college athletes meet the definition of university employees under federal law.<p>NPR's David Schaper joins us now from Chicago. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:00 +0000 David Schaper 41098 at http://kanw.com Off Australia, Searchers Find Possible Clues To Airliner Mystery http://kanw.com/post/australia-searchers-find-possible-clues-airliner-mystery Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>As morning breaks over the Indian Ocean, crews are searching for objects in the water that could be debris from a missing Malaysian Airlines jet. Australian satellites spotted two objects: one that appears to be almost 80 feet long, the other about 15 feet long. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 David Schaper 40811 at http://kanw.com FAA Review Finds Dreamliner 'Fundamentally Sound' http://kanw.com/post/faa-review-finds-dreamliner-fundamentally-sound A review by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing has concluded that the troubled 787 known as the Dreamliner is safe. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:31:00 +0000 David Schaper 40775 at http://kanw.com A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://kanw.com/post/terrible-winter-wreaks-havoc-roads-pipes-and-city-budgets Bitter cold has returned to parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, following another heavy snowstorm that left 1 to 2 feet of snow from Ohio to New England.<p>And when all this snow finally melts, it'll expose the physical toll of this brutal winter: potholes, broken water mains, collapsed catch basins and other infrastructure problems.<p>"This winter's crazy, crazy busy," says John Polishak, a foreman for the Chicago Department of Water Management. "Everybody's been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:35:00 +0000 David Schaper 40525 at http://kanw.com A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails http://kanw.com/post/oil-transports-gum-passenger-route-across-northern-plains Oil business in North Dakota is creating some big headaches for Amtrak travelers. Trains on the popular Empire Builder route between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest are often delayed for hours.<p>One reason for the congestion is an influx of trains hauling crude oil across the Northern Plains.<p>The delays are becoming so bad that a passenger group now wants the U.S. transportation secretary to intervene.<p><strong>Frozen Before Ice Fishing</strong><p>Among the disgruntled customers are ice fishers trying to get to Devils Lake, N.D. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:22:00 +0000 David Schaper 39048 at http://kanw.com Amtrak Fights Big Oil For Use Of The Rails String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://kanw.com/post/string-oil-train-crashes-prompts-push-safety-rules The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:41:00 +0000 David Schaper 38534 at http://kanw.com String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests http://kanw.com/post/documents-reveal-decades-child-abuse-among-some-chicago-priests Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:38:00 +0000 David Schaper 38387 at http://kanw.com The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://kanw.com/post/upside-bitter-cold-it-kills-bugs-kill-trees While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.<p>After their eggs are laid in the bark of ash trees during late summer, the larvae of these beetles start to bore. They feed on the conductive tissue, where water and nutrients go up and down the tree. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:12:00 +0000 David Schaper 37990 at http://kanw.com The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees