Kirk Siegler http://wkms.org en Increasing Use Of Oil Trains Inspires Backlash From States http://wkms.org/post/increasing-use-oil-trains-inspires-backlash-states Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEvers. A year ago today, a train carrying crude oil exploded near a small town in Quebec. The fire from the explosion engulfed the downtown area and killed nearly 50 people. The accident drew more attention to the fact that railroads are fast becoming the preferred way to ship crude oil from booming North Dakota to major markets on the coast. We'll hear next about how some states and neighborhoods where these oil tanker trains pass through are saying they don't want them in their backyards. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41858 at http://wkms.org Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill http://wkms.org/post/calif-lawmakers-debate-controversial-gun-control-bill Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41528 at http://wkms.org Las Vegas Shooting Returns Police Attention To Bundy's Ranch http://wkms.org/post/las-vegas-shooting-returns-police-attention-bundys-ranch Las Vegas police are now confirming that law enforcement officials made three prior contacts with the suspects of a recent shooting spree that left five people dead, including two police officers. Authorities found no indication during those visits that Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, planned to carry out violence. The couple's anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiments continue to be the focus of the investigation. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41225 at http://wkms.org In Las Vegas Shootings, Some Suspect Roots In Anti-Government Militias http://wkms.org/post/las-vegas-shootings-some-suspect-roots-anti-government-militias A married couple apparently killed two police officers and another woman in Las Vegas. The husband and wife, also killed in the shooting, appear to have held anti-government and anti-law enforcement views. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 41161 at http://wkms.org In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security http://wkms.org/post/wake-fort-hood-shooting-attention-turns-base-security While it appears the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was different in many ways from what occurred Wednesday, the latest attack is focusing attention again on security measures there. Meanwhile, we are learning more about the alleged shooter, Specialist Ivan Lopez. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Wake+Of+Fort+Hood+Shooting%2C+Attention+Turns+To+Base+Security&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 39707 at http://wkms.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm http://wkms.org/post/scientists-help-western-states-prepare-drought-new-norm At a 10,000-foot summit in Yosemite National Park, Frank Gehrke clicks into his cross-country skis and pushes off down a small embankment onto a meadow of crusty snow. He's California's chief of snow surveys, one of the most influential jobs in a state where snow and the water that comes from it are big currency. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38512 at http://wkms.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists http://wkms.org/post/whale-traffic-jam-delights-visitors-and-baffles-scientists This is one of the best times of the year to spot gray whales off the coast of Southern California as they migrate south for the winter. But recently, there have been an unusually high number of sightings of other whales.<p>"We've had so many whales," Dan "The Whale Man" Salas tells the guests on his boat. "This is all in the last two weeks. We've had orcas, we had a sperm whale, we've got humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37694 at http://wkms.org Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection http://wkms.org/post/tragic-year-wildland-firefighters-ends-reflection Thirty-four wildland firefighters died in the line of duty this year. Some of those fatalities were isolated incidents, but one event captured the nation's attention, sparking a larger conversation about the new dangers firefighters face.<p>That event unfolded in central Arizona the afternoon of June 30, a Sunday.<p>"I'm here with Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Our escape route has been cut off," says a crew boss on recently released radio traffic from the Yarnell Hill Fire. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37647 at http://wkms.org A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department http://wkms.org/post/scandal-may-bring-new-oversight-la-county-sheriffs-department Longtime civil rights attorney Connie Rice has been following this week's indictments against officers in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She says it points to a subculture of corruption within certain units, much like the city's scandal-ridden police department of the 1990s.<p>In the main downtown jails, sheriff's officers are accused of beating and choking inmates without provocation, harassing visitors and then covering it all up.<p>"It's like entering the Bastille," says Rice. "It's ancient — you descend down into these concrete bunkers. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37277 at http://wkms.org Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever http://wkms.org/post/after-fight-over-colo-gun-laws-two-sides-dug-ever John Morse was president of the Colorado Senate until September, when he became the first elected official recalled in the state's history.<p>Three months later, he's climbing the rotunda steps of the gold-domed Capitol building — his office for seven years. He hasn't been here since October. Gazing up at the dome, he says, "This is one of my favorite things to do. That's my version of smelling the roses."<p>Morse's political career ended over the gun bills he pushed through these chambers eight months ago. But he says he would do it all again.<p>"I have zero regrets," he says. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:23:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37272 at http://wkms.org After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever