David Schaper http://wkms.org en Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff http://wkms.org/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 21:58:13 +0000 David Schaper 41199 at http://wkms.org Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff NPR Reporter Witnesses One Of Chicago's Latest Shootings http://wkms.org/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 11:03:00 +0000 David Schaper 40910 at http://wkms.org NTSB Raises New Concerns About Dreamliner's Lithium Ion Battery http://wkms.org/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 21:14:00 +0000 David Schaper 40800 at http://wkms.org Summer Travel Season Expected To Heat Up http://wkms.org/post/summer-travel-season-expected-heat AAA predicts that more Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend than any other since the start of the Great Recession. Those who do may find higher air fares but gas prices have leveled off. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 40778 at http://wkms.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://wkms.org/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 20:56:00 +0000 David Schaper 39911 at http://wkms.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://wkms.org/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 39692 at http://wkms.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://wkms.org/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 39497 at http://wkms.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://wkms.org/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 22:43:00 +0000 David Schaper 39245 at http://wkms.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://wkms.org/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 23:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 38268 at http://wkms.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://wkms.org/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. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:44:00 +0000 David Schaper 37960 at http://wkms.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees