All Things Considered http://ualrpublicradio.org en Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/technology-tracks-crews-through-fog-wildfire For crews fighting wildfires, the ability to get accurate information quickly is crucial. A breakdown in communication was one factor in a fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona last year, and in the deaths of two Florida firefighters in Arizona in 2011.<p>Florida officials hope to address some of those communication problems with a new tracking system designed to keep tabs on crews in the field.<p>In the West, crews fight wildfires with shovels and chainsaws. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Greg Allen 18670 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show' http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/beatles-yearlong-journey-ed-sullivan-show <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqrauzHPpwE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvBCmY7wAAU</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Paul Ingles 18679 at http://ualrpublicradio.org The Beatles' Yearlong Journey To 'The Ed Sullivan Show' Obama Tries Going It Alone — And Moves Onto Murky Legal Ground http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/obama-tries-going-it-alone-and-moves-murky-legal-ground Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>President Obama's plan to bypass roadblocks in Congress and govern through executive order isn't going over well on Capitol Hill. Republican lawmakers are demanding to see the legal justification for some of the president's decisions on healthcare and the minimum wage. NPR's Carrie Johnson has that story.<p>CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Ultimately, this may all be about the White House but the proximate target of Republican ire is the U.S. Justice Department, as Attorney General Eric Holder and his deputy learned when they made recent appearances in Congress. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 18680 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/another-florida-case-puts-stand-your-ground-back-court They're events that took just several minutes, but in a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black teen.<p>It was in 2012, the day after Thanksgiving, that Davis, 17, and three friends stopped at a gas station and convenience store in Jacksonville. They were in an SUV and were playing their music — loud.<p>Dunn and his girlfriend pulled into the parking space next to them. Dunn, 47, asked them to turn down their music, and at first they did. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Greg Allen 18613 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/deficit-anxiety-fades-debt-rears-its-ugly-head Democrats and Republicans have exhausted themselves politically after failing to reach a grand bargain to reduce the debt. Now there's a new economic debate in Washington over economic growth, mobility and income inequality.<p>But without dealing with the debt, Republicans and Democrats might not be able to navigate even the issues they agree on.<p><strong>Moving Away From The Deficit</strong><p>In President Obama's State of the Union address last month, he all but declared victory on the federal deficit. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 18614 at http://ualrpublicradio.org As Deficit Anxiety Fades, Debt Rears Its Ugly Head Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/sochis-stray-dogs-melt-hearts-and-put-officials-defensive It's after dark in Sochi, and a pack of stray dogs is hogging the sidewalk like they own the place. There are a dachshund mix, several random mutts and one dog that looks like it may be part chow. They're cute and look like pets; seemingly well-fed and with decent pedigrees.<p>That is, until a fight breaks out. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:55:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 18615 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Sochi's Stray Dogs Melt Hearts, And Put Officials On Defensive More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/more-80000-tons-coal-ash-flow-nc-river Over the weekend at an old power plant in Eden, N.C., a stormwater pipe that goes under a coal ash pond broke, sending about 82,000 tons of ash into the Dan River.<p>The river stretches more than 200 miles from North Carolina, through Virginia and into the Atlantic Ocean. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:43:00 +0000 Jeff Tiberii 18563 at http://ualrpublicradio.org More Than 80,000 Tons Of Coal Ash Flow Into N.C. River Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm http://ualrpublicradio.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. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 18560 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm Before Taking The Ice, Olympian Gives Thanks For Family http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/taking-ice-olympian-gives-thanks-family Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And finally this hour, a U.S. Olympic athlete in her own words. Kacey Bellamy plays defense for the U.S. women's hockey team. This is her second trip to the Olympics. She was on the team that made it to the final round in Vancouver in 2010. They lost to Canada, 2-0. Bellamy grew up in Westfield, Massachusetts. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:29:00 +0000 editor 18555 at http://ualrpublicradio.org An Surprising Crusader Against Wrongful Convictions http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/surprising-crusader-against-wrongful-convictions Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>2013 saw a record number of exonerations in the U.S.; 87 prisoners were set free after they were shown to have been falsely convicted of crimes. That's according to a study of exoneration, released this week by law school researchers who study these cases.<p>Craig Watkins has been a trailblazer in re-examining questionable convictions. And what's surprising is that he's a prosecutor. He's the district attorney of Dallas County. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 22:29:00 +0000 editor 18556 at http://ualrpublicradio.org