Bill Chappell http://wkms.org en Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate? http://wkms.org/post/who-won-creation-vs-evolution-debate Days after a wide-ranging debate on creationism and evolution between Bill Nye and Ken Ham, the event is driving an online conversation. Themes of belief and literalism, logic and faith — and, for some, relevance — are being aired and disputed. And some wonder what the debate accomplished.<p>The video of the more than two-hour debate, in which Nye and Ham presented their views on how the Earth and its surroundings were created, has been viewed more than 830,000 times on YouTube. At one point, the live event drew more than 500,000 viewers.<p>And the interest has persisted. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:46:44 +0000 Bill Chappell 38538 at http://wkms.org Who 'Won' The Creation Vs. Evolution Debate? 'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi http://wkms.org/post/crazy-and-surreal-figure-skater-jason-browns-road-sochi <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzlcVKFVWVI</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38317 at http://wkms.org 'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science http://wkms.org/post/us-high-school-students-slide-math-reading-science American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide, failing to crack the global top 20.<p>The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The <a href="http://www.oecd.org/pisa/keyfindings/pisa-2012-results.htm">latest results</a>, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world's most-developed countries. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:57:16 +0000 Bill Chappell 37040 at http://wkms.org U.S. Students Slide In Global Ranking On Math, Reading, Science Delivery By Drone? Amazon Says A New Era Looms http://wkms.org/post/delivery-drone-amazon-says-new-era-looms Amazon is looking at drastically reducing its delivery times — to 30 minutes or less — as it plans a new service called Prime Air that it says could debut in a few years. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 18:41:58 +0000 Bill Chappell 37015 at http://wkms.org Delivery By Drone? Amazon Says A New Era Looms Diesel Rebate Fraud: Truck-Stop Company Says It Is Repaying Millions http://wkms.org/post/diesel-rebate-fraud-pilot-flying-j-says-it-repaying-millions Months after federal agents raided its Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters over charges that it withheld millions in diesel fuel rebates from customers at its truck stops, Pilot Flying J says it is paying the companies that were cheated.<p>From Nashville, Blake Farmer of member station WPLN filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"The family-owned company is accused of withholding millions of dollars' worth of diesel rebates. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:33:53 +0000 Bill Chappell 35313 at http://wkms.org Diesel Rebate Fraud: Truck-Stop Company Says It Is Repaying Millions 2 Killed When UPS Cargo Plane Crashes In Alabama http://wkms.org/post/developing-ups-cargo-plane-crashes-alabama We're monitoring the news from Birmingham, Ala., where a UPS cargo plane crashed Wednesday morning. UPS says the incident <a href="http://www.pressroom.ups.com/Press+Releases/Current+Press+Releases/Statement+on+UPS+Flight+1354">involves UPS Flight 1354</a>, which was traveling from Louisville.<p>The flight, which would normally last about 45 minutes, had been scheduled to land before 5 a.m. local time, according to several flight-tracking websites. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:21:31 +0000 Bill Chappell 33993 at http://wkms.org 2 Killed When UPS Cargo Plane Crashes In Alabama Pentagon Cuts Workers' Mandated Furloughs From 11 To 6 Days http://wkms.org/post/pentagon-cuts-workers-mandated-furloughs-11-6-days Civilian workers for the Department of Defense will have to take six mandatory unpaid furlough days instead of 11 days, according to an Associated Press report that the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday afternoon.<p><strong>Update at 2:20 p.m. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 19:23:37 +0000 Bill Chappell 33754 at http://wkms.org 'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan http://wkms.org/post/34-million-waste-taxpayers-money-afghanistan "On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I uncovered a potentially troubling example of waste that requires your immediate attention."<p>That's one of the opening lines of a letter the U.S. special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction sent to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this week. In it, Special Inspector General John Sopko detailed how a contract worth $34 million was used to build a facility U.S. troops will never use.<p>It's the latest in a string of reports on waste from Sopko, who recently detailed how the U.S. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 32995 at http://wkms.org 'A $34 Million Waste Of The Taxpayers' Money' In Afghanistan Egypt's President Morsi Is Ousted From Power By Military http://wkms.org/post/egypts-president-morsi-no-longer-power-military-says (<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/03/198282481/showdown-in-egypt-wednesdays-developments/#0700" target="_self">Click here for most recent update: 7 p.m. ET</a>.)<p>A huge celebration has begun in Egypt's Tahrir Square, after army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi proclaimed that Mohammed Morsi is out as president and the country's constitution has been suspended. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:21:57 +0000 Bill Chappell 32733 at http://wkms.org Egypt's President Morsi Is Ousted From Power By Military Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993, Study Says http://wkms.org/post/rate-us-gun-violence-has-fallen-1993-study-says Since 1993, the United States has seen a drop in the rate of homicides and other violence involving guns, according to two new studies released Tuesday. Tue, 07 May 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 31535 at http://wkms.org Rate Of U.S. Gun Violence Has Fallen Since 1993, Study Says