Jeff Brady http://wkms.org en Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://wkms.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39991 at http://wkms.org Boston To Pay Tribute To Victims Of Last Year's Bombing http://wkms.org/post/boston-pay-tribute-victims-last-years-bombing Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene, good morning.<p>One year ago today, the Boston Marathon became more than just one of the world's major sporting events. It became a target. As runners crossed the finish line just before 3:00 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and dozens more were wounded. This year the marathon is scheduled for next week. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39893 at http://wkms.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://wkms.org/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39881 at http://wkms.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel http://wkms.org/post/temps-drop-gas-prices-rise-along-demand-fuel Cold weather this week has boosted demand for heating fuels across the country. Natural gas prices are up, especially in the Northeast. At one point prices for natural gas into New York City jumped nearly tenfold from an average winter price of $5.68 per million BTU to $55.49, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics company.<p>Part of the problem is getting the gas from where it's produced — these days, in places like Western Pennsylvania — to the population centers where it's burned. Sometimes there just aren't enough pipelines to meet the demand. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37897 at http://wkms.org As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel Priest Released After Court Overturns Child Endangerment Charge http://wkms.org/post/priest-released-after-court-overturns-child-endangerment-charge Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In a Philadelphia courtroom today, a judge agreed to release a Catholic Church official who's serving prison time for his handling of sexual abuse claims. Last week, a Pennsylvania appeals court overturned Monsignor William Lynn's 2012 conviction. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: At trial, prosecutors said Monsignor William Lynn kept hundreds of abuse complaints secret rather than notify police. They said he re-assigned accused priests without warning the new parishes, and they argued that put more children at risk of abuse. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 21:38:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37689 at http://wkms.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://wkms.org/post/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-2010-spill Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37210 at http://wkms.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York http://wkms.org/post/how-fracking-pennsylvania-helps-clear-air-new-york The state of New York effectively has a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing as the government figures out how to regulate the controversial drilling technology. Still, the state is benefiting from a fracking-fueled drilling boom in next-door Pennsylvania.<p>For decades, oil has been the fuel of choice for thousands of residential buildings in New York City. But now there are fewer chimneys spewing black smoke. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36935 at http://wkms.org How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare http://wkms.org/post/colorado-couple-finds-relief-obamacare There's plenty of criticism of the Affordable Care Act and how it's being implemented.<p>But let's introduce you to someone who is quite pleased with her Obamacare experience: Lela Petersen of Flagler, Colo. She's a small business owner with a very big health insurance bill.<p>But thanks to the health law, she expects that bill will be cut by more than half in January.<p>Petersen is 57, and her husband, Mike, is 60. They have some pre-existing conditions. He has diabetes. She has a back injury. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36313 at http://wkms.org In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil http://wkms.org/post/phase-two-bp-trial-focuses-amount-spilled-oil In a New Orleans courtroom this week, BP and the federal government are arguing over how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=127868273">Deepwater Horizon explosion</a> in 2010.<p>Oil flowed from the out-of-control well for nearly three months. Just how much oil spilled will be key in determining the amount BP will have to pay in federal fines and penalties.<p>Attorneys for both the U.S. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 35532 at http://wkms.org Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil Deepwater Horizon Trial Enters Second Phase http://wkms.org/post/deepwater-horizon-trial-enters-second-phase Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Oil giant BP was back in a New Orleans federal courtroom today, arguing over an issue that could cost the company billions of dollars in fines and penalties. This is part of the complex civil trial connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. This part of the trial focuses on how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before crews succeeded in stopping the out-of-control well. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 35524 at http://wkms.org