Allison Keyes http://wkms.org en Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens http://wkms.org/post/nearly-3-years-after-quake-washington-monument-reopens-doors The Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday for the first time since a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/26/140819486/video-atop-washington-monument-visitors-scrambled-during-quake">2011 earthquake</a> caused significant damage to the obelisk. More than 20,000 stones had to be inspected. Scores turned out for a ceremony under sunny skies.<p>Children sang; the U.S. Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed; and red, white and blue stars decorated the stage set up in front of the gleaming monument. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40512 at http://wkms.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://wkms.org/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:20:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 38191 at http://wkms.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://wkms.org/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:18:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 38099 at http://wkms.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs http://wkms.org/post/trove-artifacts-highlights-realities-slavery Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner's wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn't know how to read or write, and didn't know what she carried.<p>"She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn't tell her," the letter reads. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:19:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 36893 at http://wkms.org Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs 'We Will Rock You': A Bohemian Musical http://wkms.org/post/we-will-rock-you-bohemian-musical Transcript <p>DON GONYEA, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Don Gonyea. Whether or not you're a fan of rock and roll, you've surely heard at least one of the hits by Queen. The British band dominated the airwaves in the '70s and '80s and now their music is rocking the world again, this time in a jukebox musical called "We Will Rock You."<p>The show has been running in London for a dozen years but now an Americanized version is touring the United States and Canada. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 12:14:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 36432 at http://wkms.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights http://wkms.org/post/50-years-after-march-washington-john-lewis-still-fighting <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYasqMFCJao</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 03:54:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 34378 at http://wkms.org 50 Years After March On Washington, John Lewis Still Fights Wal-Mart Threatens To Pull Out Of D.C. Over Wage Requirements http://wkms.org/post/wal-mart-threatens-pull-out-dc-over-wage-requirements Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from plans to build three of six new stores slated for the nation's capital. Those three stores are supposed to go up in some of the city's neediest neighborhoods. But the city council in Washington, D.C., has approved a bill requiring big box stores to pay employees a living wage of $12.50 an hour. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:39:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 33026 at http://wkms.org Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York http://wkms.org/post/woof-out-red-carpet-westminster-dogs-take-new-york On Tuesday night, one dog will be named "best in show" at the 137th <a href="http://www.westminsterkennelclub.org/" target="_blank">Westminster Kennel Club</a> Dog Show in New York.<p>Many of the canines that have flocked to Manhattan are staying at the Hotel Pennsylvania across the street from Madison Square Garden, where judging of the main events in the show is held.<p>The hotel has special amenities for its four-legged guests.<p>"Hey, buddy," doggie concierge Jerry Grymek says to a border collie in a crate. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 08:32:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 27885 at http://wkms.org Woof Out The Red Carpet: Westminster Dogs Take New York Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington http://wkms.org/post/newtown-residents-join-gun-control-rally-washington Residents of Newtown, Conn., where 20 children died in December's school shootings, marched alongside other supporters of gun control at a rally on the National Mall on Saturday.<p>About 100 residents were expected from Newtown, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/newtown-residents-to-join-pastors-parents-in-march-for-gun-control-on-national-mall-in-dc/2013/01/26/e10bedfa-678e-11e2-83c7-38d5fac94235_story.html">The Washington Post</a> says. The march was organized in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, where six teachers were also killed. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 27258 at http://wkms.org Newtown Residents Join Gun Control Rally In Washington Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants http://wkms.org/post/ill-considers-licenses-undocumented-immigrants Illinois could become the third state — after Washington and New Mexico — where undocumented immigrants can obtain driver's licenses. The legislation is halfway there. A bill that passed the state Senate 41-14 last Tuesday has bipartisan support.<p>Before the Senate vote, leaders from both parties, including Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican former Gov. Jim Edgar, spoke out in favor of the legislation. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 22:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 25478 at http://wkms.org Ill. Considers Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants