Jeff Brady http://wgcu.org en Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://wgcu.org/post/boston-mourns-tragic-anniversary-voices-victims One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 9342 at http://wgcu.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://wgcu.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 20:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 9306 at http://wgcu.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://wgcu.org/post/classes-even-begin-mass-stabbing-leaves-school-reeling Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And Melissa Block.<p>A 16 year-old boy is in custody after a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh left at least 20 people injured. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 9147 at http://wgcu.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://wgcu.org/post/tax-season-fraudsters-may-target-your-refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255415230/breach-at-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts">the Target stores theft</a> dominating the news headlines. But imagine what a thief could do with your company's payroll records. Those contain valuable information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your address and how much you earn.<p>Gary Blatto-Vallee of Webster, N.Y., learned how damaging this type of data theft can be when he tried to submit his federal tax return. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 8862 at http://wgcu.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://wgcu.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 8612 at http://wgcu.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://wgcu.org/post/customer-surveys-are-here-stay-suggestions-improvement Call the cable company, and an automated voice wants to ask you about the experience. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 8122 at http://wgcu.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Kiev Protesters Find Backup In Philly http://wgcu.org/post/kiev-protesters-find-backup-philly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia's president is also being criticized by Ukrainian-Americans watching the violent confrontations going on in their home country. Ukrainians in the U.S. tend to side with those protesting in Kiev's independent square. They're angry that President Viktor Yanukovych chose a closer relationship with Russia over a deal with the EU.<p>The Philadelphia area is home to more than 55,000 people of Ukrainian ancestry. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 7560 at http://wgcu.org State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming http://wgcu.org/post/state-department-keystone-xl-would-not-worsen-warming Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Keystone XL oil pipeline may be closer to being built. The U.S. State Department's released an environmental impact statement that says the project would not make climate change any worse, and it's now up to President Obama to decide the fate of the pipeline. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that environmental groups and many Democrats want the president to reject the review's findings.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, almost 1200 miles south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 6926 at http://wgcu.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames http://wgcu.org/post/much-north-dakotas-natural-gas-going-flames <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</em><p><em></em>North Dakota's oil boom isn't just about oil; a lot of natural gas comes out of the ground at the same time. But there's a problem with that: The state doesn't have the pipelines needed to transport all of that gas to market. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 6849 at http://wgcu.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel http://wgcu.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 6166 at http://wgcu.org As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://wgcu.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 5303 at http://wgcu.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York http://wgcu.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 4961 at http://wgcu.org How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy http://wgcu.org/post/fuel-supply-system-fixes-pick-gas-after-superstorm-sandy One of the effects of Superstorm Sandy a year ago could be seen at service stations throughout New York City and surrounding areas: Motorists joined long lines outside the few stations that had both electricity and gasoline.<p>"People were fighting over here. People were fighting over there. People were coming through the wrong way. It was chaos," Jessica Laura said at the time. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 3947 at http://wgcu.org Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil http://wgcu.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 3277 at http://wgcu.org Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time http://wgcu.org/post/medicaid-expansion-pennsylvania-may-take-time In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.<p>The federal law would allow people earning up to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm">138 percent of federal poverty guidelines</a> to sign up for Medicaid. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:44:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 2888 at http://wgcu.org A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful http://wgcu.org/post/amish-community-not-anti-technology-just-more-thoughful Many outsiders assume the Amish reject all<strong> </strong>new technology. But that's not true.<p>One Amish man in Lancaster County, Pa., checks his voicemail about four times a day. His shop is equipped with a propane-powered forklift, hydraulic-powered saws, cordless drills, and a refrigerated tank where milk from dairy cows is stored.<p>The difference between Amish people and most other Americans is the deliberation that takes place before deciding whether to embrace a new technology. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 2094 at http://wgcu.org Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb http://wgcu.org/post/states-targeting-hybrids-gas-tax-revenues-ebb Americans are <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=7510">buying less gasoline</a> than they did just a few years back. While many people believe this is a good thing, it does present a problem: Most road construction is paid for with fuel taxes. Less gas tax revenue means less money for roads.<p>One reason gas purchases are down is that more people are driving more efficient cars, such as hybrid and electric vehicles. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 1531 at http://wgcu.org States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings http://wgcu.org/post/penn-state-penalize-workers-who-refuse-health-screenings If you work for Penn State and don't agree to step on a scale or have your waist measured, it could soon cost you $100 a month. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 1060 at http://wgcu.org Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings