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  • Incident Reports Around U of O Keep Investigators Busy

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 04:30:47

    Rumors of an abduction near the University of Oregon campus have yielded no evidence or witnesses, according to Eugene Police. But there are still reports of a suspicious man lurking in the area.

  • In Tiny Kansas Town, Pandemic Skeptics Abound Amid False Information And Politics

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:55:00

    Sixty-four years ago, residents of this tiny town in southwestern Kansas set a public health example by making it the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio. It's a different story today. People in Protection, like those in many rural communities, stand divided over how to slow the spread of the coronavirus and the safety of the vaccines being rolled out to protect them. "A lot of people still believe it [COVID-19] is made up and that it's not as bad as the media is saying," says Steve Herd, a 72-year-old farmer who was in the third grade on the day virtually every resident of Protection under age 40 got a polio shot. Steve Herd, a 72-year-old rancher from Protection, Kansas, was in the third grade when he participated in the 1957 event that made the town the first in the nation to be fully inoculated against polio. Jim McLean / Kansas News Service Today, some in the town of about 400 people insist that the federal government "invented" the coronavirus so that it

  • Is Deplatforming Enough To Fight Disinformation And Extremism?

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:50:00

    Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

  • Children's Books That Won Prestigious Awards This Year

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:50:00

    Winners of this year's John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals — some of the most prestigious prizes in children's literature — were announced Monday. NPR takes a look at the award-winning books.

  • Chicago Said Teachers Needed To Return In Person. The Teachers Voted No

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:33:00

    Updated at 4:33 p.m. ET Teachers at Chicago Public Schools were slated to return to the classroom on Monday, in preparation for the return of students to the district's K-8 schools next week. But on Sunday, a majority of the Chicago Teachers Union's membership voted in favor of a resolution to continue to work remotely. The union said 71% of its voting members had voted to conduct remote work only, with 86% voter participation. The Chicago Board of Education, which is appointed by the mayor, had ordered teachers and support staff for kindergarten through eighth grade appear in person on Monday in the country's third-largest school district. After the union vote, the district said it had pushed back the return of K-8 teachers and staff until Wednesday to "ensure we reach a resolution without a disruption to student learning." The district and the union "now agree on far more than we disagree, but our discussions remain ongoing," Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson and Chief

  • Like So Much This Year In The NFL, The Pandemic Is Taking A Toll — On Super Bowl Ads

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:28:00

    Anheuser-Busch InBev, the Belgian beer conglomerate, announced Monday it would not directly advertise its Budweiser brand during the Super Bowl for the first time in 37 years. Instead, the company has produced a digital 90-second video (without the Clydesdale draft horses) more akin to a public service announcement, celebrating American resilience in the face of the pandemic and ending with scenes of people getting vaccinated. The company said rather than purchasing ad time for Budweiser during the game, it will "reallocate that investment to support the Ad Council and public awareness and education throughout the year for the COVID-19 vaccination effort." Anheuser-Busch will still run advertisements for several of its other brands. The calculus of whether to buy Super Bowl ad time – which this year runs $5.6 million for a 30-second spot, according to the analytics firm Kantar – is typically one of cost-benefit. But this year's pandemic, social unrest and divisive election have led

  • Goodbye, gas heat? Proposals in Washington state seek to phase out fossil fuel heating in buildings

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:28:00

    A long goodbye to natural gas furnaces and water heating -- and possibly other gas appliances -- could begin with action by the Washington Legislature this winter. Separately, the Seattle City Council this week begins consideration of a similar proposal to eliminate fossil fuel-based heating in new commercial buildings.

  • Biden Administration Will 'Speed Up' Efforts To Put Harriet Tubman On $20 Bill

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 03:27:00

    The Biden administration will resume efforts to redesign the $20 bill to feature abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the White House said Monday. Press secretary Jen Psaki said it's important that "our money ... reflect the history and diversity of our country, and Harriet Tubman's image gracing the new $20 note would certainly reflect that. So we're exploring ways to speed up that effort." In April 2016, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced that Tubman's portrait would be on a redesigned $20 note, to be unveiled in 2020. The image of President Andrew Jackson, a slaveholder, would be moved to the bill's reverse side. But that Obama-era initiative made little progress under the Trump administration. In May 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the redesigned currency would not come out until 2028 – well after the end of the Trump administration. Before his election, Donald Trump, a fan of Andrew Jackson, disparaged the change in the currency as "pure political correctness" and

  • Education Pick Miguel Cardona On Biden's Promise To Reopen Schools

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 02:47:00

    With many U.S. schools still shuttered or operating on a limited basis, and millions of children learning remotely (or trying to), the stakes are high for Miguel Cardona. He is President Biden's pick to run the U.S. Department of Education , and if confirmed, he'll be charged with making good on Biden's promise to re-open most K-12 schools during the new administration's first 100 days. When asked Monday if that goal was "too optimistic," Cardona pushed back: "No, I think it's strong leadership." That answer came in an interview with Lucy Nalpathanchil, host of Connecticut Public Radio's Where We Live , in which Cardona reflected on what it would take to meet Biden's goal. "Ultimately, we can only safely reopen our schools while we are able to reduce spread and contain the virus," he said, an acknowledgement that, at the moment, the virus' spread remains unchecked in many communities. Unlike former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Cardona has a long public school resume. He began as an

  • Protests Sparked In Tacoma After Police Officer Drives Into Crowd

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 02:40:00

    Protests erupted late Sunday in Tacoma, Wash., in response to an incident a day earlier in which a police officer used his patrol vehicle to plow through a crowd, hitting several people and injuring at least two. The incident involving the police officer was captured on cellphone video and posted on social media. Law enforcement officials said the officer, who was not named, is on paid administrative leave during an investigation. Police said he was a 58-year-old male and has been with the force for nearly 30 years. Tacoma police have turned over the investigation to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team for an independent review. Videos on social media show the police vehicle surrounded by a crowd. The vehicle slowly backs up a few feet, then lurches forward, bowling over several people. At least one person is seen being run over by the right passenger-side wheel of the police vehicle. Some in the crowd scream in horror. Those who took to the streets in the city's downtown area

  • White House Enlists ASL Interpreters For Daily Press Briefings

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 02:14:00

    The White House on Monday announced that its regular press briefings will now include an American Sign Language interpreter. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the move was "part of this administration's accessibility and inclusion efforts." She noted that Monday's interpreter, identified as Heather, was translating the briefing virtually (a livestream of the interpreter played alongside Psaki during Monday's press conference). An ASL interpreter is seen on camera alongside White House press secretary Jen Psaki during Monday's press briefing. The White House via YouTube/Screenshot by NPR "The president is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just and more accessible for every American," Psaki said. The administration had earlier garnered praise from accessibility advocates for having the Pledge of Allegiance recited simultaneously in spoken English and ASL on Inauguration Day. The interpreted briefing can be viewed on the White House's

  • Sen. Patrick Leahy To Preside Over Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 01:57:00

    Updated at 4:58 p.m. ET Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will preside over former President Donald Trump's trial in the Senate, a Senate source told NPR. Leahy, 80, is the president pro tempore of the Senate, a constitutional role given to the longest-serving lawmaker in the majority party. The president pro tempore is third in the line of presidential succession, after the vice president and House speaker. When asked if he was concerned about remaining impartial, Leahy told reporters: "I have presided over hundreds of hours in my time in the Senate. I don't think anybody has ever suggested I was anything but impartial in those hundreds of hours." Leahy added: "I'm not presenting the evidence. I am making sure that procedures are followed. I don't think there's any senator who over the 40-plus years I've been here that would say that I am anything but impartial in voting on procedure." Chief Justice John Roberts presided over Trump's first impeachment trial, but now that Trump is a former

  • Life Is 'Really Tough' For Refugees Trying To Settle In Pandemic America

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 01:21:00

    The loneliest part of coming to America is the first few months, says Mustafa Nuur, who came as a refugee from Somalia in 2014. Now, the coronavirus makes it so much harder for newcomers, he says. Despite the pandemic, the U.S. admitted 21,533 refugees in 2020, some arriving as late as September, according to refugee resettlement agencies citing official numbers. "Everybody is getting overwhelmed," says Nuur, who helps newly arrived refugees get settled in Lancaster, Pa. "Most of the refugees and immigrants that I work with were working in service jobs and restaurant jobs. All of those jobs are going away right now. Everybody's panicking," he says. Federal financial support for refugees ends at 90 days, when they are expected to become self-sufficient. That hasn't changed during the pandemic. Now, refugees fear eviction and poverty as jobs are scarce. The usual challenges of moving to a new country are all the more daunting when many schools, offices, banks and places of worship are

  • 'Voice' Author Explores Accents, Language And What Makes A Tone Sexy

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:50:00

    Copyright 2021 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who's getting a well-deserved week off. There are a lot of things we take for granted, and among them are our voices. We sing. We laugh. We yell at ballparks, and we talk all the time - on the phone, in the office, on street corners, in noisy bars. And in doing so, we can damage our voices. Our guest, writer John Colapinto, has his own experience with that, which you'll soon hear about. And he became interested in the voice, which is the subject of his new book. It's an exploration of the astonishing complexity of our vocal apparatus and of how we form words, how babies learn to speak, how accents arise and how different kinds of voices affect us, which ones sound authoritative or sexually appealing or politically persuasive. And Colapinto argues that the development of our prehistoric ancestors' vocal structures may have been the key to humans becoming

  • Remembering Broadcasting Legend Larry King

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:50:00

    Copyright 2021 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air . DAVE DAVIES, HOST: This is FRESH AIR. Larry King, one of the most recognizable voices on television and before that on radio, died Saturday at the age of 87. He began his career in the '50s on the radio in Florida as a DJ, sportscaster and interviewer. By 1978, he had established himself as a national radio personality, hosting an all-night interview and call-in show on the Mutual Broadcasting Network, which won a Peabody Award in 1982. Then came television. "Larry King Live" ran on CNN for over 25 years. King taped over 6,000 episodes featuring interviews with a wide range of celebrities in entertainment, the arts, politics and society and became one of the best-known broadcast celebrities himself. Terry interviewed Larry King in 1982, when FRESH AIR was a local program in Philadelphia and King was still hosting his overnight call-in show. By then, he was well-known for how he approached an interview - with abundant curiosity

  • California Lifts Stay-At-Home Orders: 'Light At The End Of The Tunnel'

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:48:00

    California is lifting stay-at-home orders for all regions in the state, including Southern California, the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley — the three regions that had still been under the order — citing a drop in intensive care unit projections. But health officials warn that most counties still need to follow strict guidelines. "COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner," said Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state's public health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health. More than 40 million people live in the 54 California counties where the state deems COVID-19 risk to be "widespread," according to the latest official assessment . Only four counties, with a population a bit more than 35,000, are currently in lower-risk tiers. Still, for many businesses, the new change is good news. "The lifting of regional closures is welcome relief to

  • Brothers Osborne's Unusual Path To Country Music Stardom

    klcc.org Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:28:00

    We catch up with TJ and John Osborne, aka The Brothers Osborne , who have carved an unusual path in country music. Theirs encompasses lots of interesting flavors, including blues, rock and bluegrass, which informs what they do, to create something still within the realm of country, but with a personal twist. The band's new album, Skeletons, was meant to be heard in the arena space, which quarantine has detoured for the time being. In this session, we talk brotherhood, philosophy, politics, awards, and the state of their art. Copyright 2021 XPN. To see more, visit XPN .

  • Moderna Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Still Protects Against Emerging Strains

    klcc.org Monday, 25 January 2021 23:52:00

    Moderna says tests show that its COVID-19 vaccine offers protection against new variants of the coronavirus but that the vaccine is more effective against the variant first identified in the U.K. than the one found in South Africa. As a result, Moderna will test booster doses of its vaccine, including one that would be tailored to fight strains that have recently emerged. The newly identified strains have caused alarm, as health officials in the U.K. and South Africa say the strains appear to spread more easily than older variants of the coronavirus. They emerged in recent months, even as vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech raised hopes in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Moderna says that at current dosage levels, its COVID-19 vaccine regimen "is expected to be protective against emerging strains detected to date." But the company also says that when its vaccine was used against the variant initially found in South Africa, known as B.1.351, the vaccine produced levels of

  • ODE Director of the Office of Indian Education Discusses New Role

    klcc.org Monday, 25 January 2021 22:45:34

    The Oregon Department of Education hired their first ever Director of the Office of Indian Education in December. April Campbell discussed what she plans to do in the new role.

  • Biden Repeals Trump-Era Ban On Transgender Troops

    klcc.org Monday, 25 January 2021 22:38:00

    Updated at 2:15 p.m. ET President Biden on Monday repealed a controversial Trump-era ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. Biden signed an executive order on the issue as he met in the Oval Office with new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and Vice President Harris. Speaking briefly to reporters, Biden said the order will allow all "qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform." In the text of the order , Biden adds: "It is my conviction as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces that gender identity should not be a bar to military service. Moreover, there is substantial evidence that allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military does not have any meaningful negative impact on the Armed Forces." Biden had campaigned on overturning former President Donald Trump's ban. At his recent Senate confirmation hearing, Austin told lawmakers he supported the move. "If you're fit and you're qualified to serve, and

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