Wyoming Public Media http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en Authorities Lose Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/authorities-lose-contact-air-algerie-aircraft Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft traveling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, Reuters reports citing the Algerian state news agency.<p>Reuters adds:<p><blockquote><p>"APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.<p>"Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 61797 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Russia Will Move Clocks To Make Winter Mornings Brighter http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/last-word-0 <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=Russia+Will+Move+Clocks+To+Make+Winter+Mornings+Brighter&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTc3MDEzMjAzMzEyMDA3Njc1Nw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 61802 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Videographer's 'Happy' View Of Gaza Turns Tragic http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/videographers-happy-view-gaza-turns-tragic <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=Videographer%27s+%27Happy%27+View+Of+Gaza+Turns+Tragic&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDE2ODUyMDEzNjkxNjcyNDgxNWNhMg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Emily Harris 61801 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 61800 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 61799 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do – cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised – some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 61798 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ariz-governor-orders-review-after-execution-lasts-2-hours <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=Ariz.+Governor+Orders+Review+After+Execution+Lasts+2+Hours&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:36:00 +0000 editor 61796 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/arizona-execution-inmate-takes-nearly-two-hours Another U.S. execution has gone awry, as Arizona officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour after the mix of lethal injection drugs was administered, Wood's attorney says.<p>Nearly two hours after the execution began at 1:52 p.m. local time Wednesday, Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.<p>"Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die," said Troy Hayden of KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, who served as a witness. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 61795 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 61793 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 61794 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Missing Hiker's Body Recovered In Grand Teton National Park http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/missing-hikers-body-recovered-grand-teton-national-park <p>On Tuesday, park personnel recovered the body of Will Cornyn,&nbsp;a hiker in Grand Teton National Park who had been reported missing&nbsp;on Monday.&nbsp;Cornyn was found at the foot of a steep drop near Inspiration Hill after a six-hour search. He is the fifth&nbsp;visitor to die in the park this year.</p><p>Most fatalities that occur in the park are caused by risky activities such as rock climbing, white-water rafting, and hiking in the backcountry.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:24:39 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 61791 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Missing Hiker's Body Recovered In Grand Teton National Park Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 61792 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 61790 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State Wyoming Becoming More Ethnically Diverse...Slowly http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-becoming-more-ethnically-diverseslowly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The face of Wyoming is changing, slowly but steadily, according to Wyoming’s Principal Economist Wenlin Liu, who says the state will continue to see ethnic diversity as people move here&nbsp;to work. There has been a 17-percent increase in&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">all</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;ethnic groups between 2010 and 2013.&nbsp;Meanwhile, white population growth was only a little over one percent.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:56:33 +0000 Melodie Edwards 61789 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wyoming Becoming More Ethnically Diverse...Slowly Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 61786 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 61785 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 61787 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 61788 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends Legislative Committee Releases Final Cindy Hill Report http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/legislative-committee-releases-final-cindy-hill-report <div>&nbsp;The special legislative committee investigating Wyoming schools Superintendent Cindy Hill has released a final report sharply criticizing her performance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report released Wednesday concludes Hill failed to follow legislative budget directives and intentionally violated the law by requiring permanent Education Department employees to certify she could fire them at any time.</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:31:10 +0000 Associated Press 61777 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Legislative Committee Releases Final Cindy Hill Report Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 61783 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 61784 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 61778 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 61779 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 61782 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/glenn-beck-takes-his-campaign-against-common-core-big-screen <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=Glenn+Beck+Takes+His+Campaign+Against+Common+Core+To+The+Big+Screen&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>We begin this hour with the Common Core, which is getting a little less common. The writing and math standards for kids - excuse me - the reading and math standards for kids from kindergarten through high school were adopted by most states in the country. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 61781 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <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=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA2NDA4NzY1MDEyODkzMjYyNTkxZjFiZQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the Gaza Strip, the death toll has risen to more than 690 Palestinians - that includes at least 230 women and children. At least 32 Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians in Israel have died from rockets or mortars fired from Gaza. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 61780 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/doctor-leading-fight-against-ebola-has-caught-virus In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.<p>Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.<p>Now the doctor has caught the deadly virus himself, Reuters <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/07/23/us-health-ebola-africa-idINKBN0FS10T20140723">reports</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:00 +0000 editor 61776 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus A New Perspective: Courage And Passion In Photography http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/new-perspective-courage-and-passion-photography <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="330" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/98839998?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="575"></iframe></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:27:28 +0000 Jennifer Tennican 61775 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cat-pda-vs-human-pda-and-other-animal-behavior-explained From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.<p>A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.<p>"I'm always trying to provide every single animal I come into contact with ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:00 +0000 editor 61771 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/aspiring-astronaut-might-be-worlds-most-amazing-teen At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.<p>The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.<p>But that didn't stop him. Now 15, <a href="http://gideongidori.tumblr.com/">Gidori</a> is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.<p>Gidori has always been fascinated with stars and spent his boyhood nights staring at the clear skies above his hometown. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Linda Poon 61768 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen