4 Dead Including Officer, Gunman After Shooting At Chicago Hospital

Updated at 12:05 a.m. ET Tuesday
The Chicago Police Department says a police officer has died after he was shot at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago's Near South Side, one of four killed in a domestic-related shooting. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi identified the officer as Samuel Jimenez. At a news conference, Chicago NPR station WBEZ reported , Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirmed the gunman also killed a doctor at the hospital with whom he'd had a relationship and a...

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At the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Thursday, the national anti-death penalty organization Witness to Innocence calls for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty.
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Witness to Innocence, a national anti-death penalty organization based in Philadelphia, staged an event in the city Thursday calling for Pennsylvania to abolish the death penalty.

Led by exonerated death row inmates, WTI uses the first-hand experiences of the wrongly convicted to push for an end to executions in the U.S. — calling the death penalty the biggest problem in a “fatally flawed” criminal justice system.

Midterm voter turnout increased up statewide in Pennsylvania from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent this year.
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Voter turnout was up in every county in Pennsylvania this year compared to the last midterm election in 2014.

Statewide, it jumped from 43 percent in 2014 to 58 percent, according to our analysis of Department of State data.

Preliminary ballot counts suggested as much, but the state only just released data this week making it official.

It's not the Powerball or the Mega Millions, but this democracy lottery does give people the chance to directly impact information that appears on the ballot in their state. Like a lot of things we talk about on this show, the Citizens Initiative Review (CIR) is not easy, but as you'll hear from this week's guests, is work worth doing.

An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on November 17, 2018 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Hazmat Modine, Larkin Poe, Skip James, Homesick James, The Allman Brothers Band, Jesse Fuller, Townes Van Zandt, Catfish Keith, Sunnyland Slim, and more.

In the second hour, hear Ry Cooder, Cedric Burnside, Blind Blake, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Jack White, Vance Kelly, Rev. Gary Davis, Doc Watson, Big Joe Turner, Roosevelt Sykes, Muddy Waters, The MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, and more.

Justin Torres.
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Justin Torres is the author of the international bestseller "We the Animals," which tells the story of three brothers growing up in a tumultuous household. The novel was adapted into a film that will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 20.

We talked with Torres about the film adaptation and how his life shaped his fiction.

Penn State's THON Cancels Out-Of-Town Fundraising Trips

Nov 16, 2018
Dancers at THON.

The dance marathon’s public relations director, Maddy Hughes, cites safety concerns for students and volunteers for the fundraising changes.

“After just some recent events and renewed concerns around the safety of all the students and volunteers that were traveling, we decided to make the decision to cancel all fundraising that requires out-of-town travel for the rest of THON 2019,” Hughes said. 

Penn State Food Science Professor Catherine Cutter headed the study into farmers markets.
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Eight years ago, Penn State Food Science Professor Catherine Cutter got a call that sparked a study into food safety at farmers markets.

"A colleague of mine was out and about and he calls me and he tells me 'There's a guy selling meat out of the back of his pickup truck in a cooler with product that is stamped "not for sale."' And it got us thinking, 'How many other people are doing this?'" Cutter said.

Now, the results of that five-year study find that vendors could do better.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 16, 2018, and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Joshua Redman, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Jarrett Trio, Lauren Hooker, Lionel Hampton, and The Manhattan Transfer.

In the second hour, hear The Brad Mehldau Trio, Slide Hampton & The World of Trombones, Joe Pass, The Chenille Sisters & James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band, Ron Affif Trio, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond, Rhiannon Giddens & The Silk Road Ensemble, and more. 

Mimi Barash Coppersmith has left an undeniable imprint on State College, Pennsylvania. Whether from her publications like “Town and Gown,” her philanthropies like the Pink Zone, or her civic activities like serving as Penn State’s Board of Trustees chair, Mimi has been a fixture since her arrival as an undergraduate in 1950. 

The former Harrisburg State Hospital closed in 2006 and now serves as government offices.
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Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Valley is a familiar face to staff at Dauphin County's Case Management Unit, where she meets regularly with her caseworker.


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Democrat Stacey Abrams isn't backing down from her fight against what she calls voter suppression tactics and election mismanagement after losing the Georgia governor's race. In fact, Abrams said she's experienced the problems in her state first hand — after being nearly denied a ballot herself during early voting.

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4 Dead Including Officer, Gunman After Shooting At Chicago Hospital

Updated at 12:05 a.m. ET Tuesday
The Chicago Police Department says a police officer has died after he was shot at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center on Chicago's Near South Side, one of four killed in a domestic-related shooting. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi identified the officer as Samuel Jimenez. At a news conference, Chicago NPR station WBEZ reported , Superintendent Eddie Johnson confirmed the gunman also killed a doctor at the hospital with whom he'd had a relationship and a...

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FACT CHECK: Is The Ex-SEAL Commander Attacked By Trump A 'Hillary Clinton Fan'?

Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET President Trump tried to sidestep criticism from a former top military commander by insisting that retired Adm. William McRaven is simply a political player from the camp of his former opponent Hillary Clinton. That's not so. Trump sought to undermine McRaven's words by denying them the imprimatur of a decorated former four-star special operations commander. Instead, as the president said in a Fox News Sunday interview, they were just more carping from a "Hillary...

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Thousands Flee As Guatemalan Volcano Erupts Again

Thousands of Guatemalans are evacuating their homes as the Volcán de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, erupts again near the city of Antigua. The volcano has erupted repeatedly this year. In June, more than 100 people were killed in a violent eruption that spewed lava, ash and rocks over nearby villages. After that deadly event, government agencies were blamed for not adequately responding to warnings, while one official said that local residents had failed to properly heed evacuation warnings. Now,...

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Florida Sues Walgreens, CVS For Alleged Role In Opioid Crisis

Florida is suing pharmacy chains Walgreens and CVS over their role in what the state calls "unconscionable efforts to increase the demand and supply of opioids into Florida." State Attorney General Pam Bondi's office announced Friday that it had added the two companies to a lawsuit filed in May against opioid distributors and manufacturers — including OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma, Percocet-maker Endo Pharmaceuticals and Teva Pharmaceutical, which is one of the world's largest generic-drug...

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Science, Technology, Math, Engineering And Now Congress

Chrissy Houlahan has done a lot with her industrial engineering degree over the last 30 years including serving in the Air Force, working in the aircraft manufacturing industry, being the COO of a sports apparel company and even teaching high school chemistry. Houlahan says her science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM – background has allowed her to be fluid in her career by helping her tackle everyday problems through a unique lens. "Somebody with a technical background...

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North Korea Denuclearization Plan Has Gone Nowhere Since Trump-Kim Summit

After meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this past June, President Trump was effusive. "Our conversation was open, honest, direct and very, very productive," he said. "We produced something that is beautiful." But after five months of canceled meetings and muted statements of dissatisfaction by both countries, experts say there is no sign of progress toward the Singapore goal of so-called "denuclearization" of the North. "I think right now, we are absolutely stuck,"...

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Virginia Could Be The State To Give Women Equal Rights Nationwide

Landmark court rulings, laws and constitutional amendments have given women the right to vote, to make decisions about their reproductive health and, to some degree, to receive equal pay for equal work. But women are not guaranteed equal rights under the U.S. Constitution. That's why, for decades, women's rights advocates across the country have supported an Equal Rights Amendment. Nearly 50 years ago, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment, barring sex discrimination. But 38 states had...

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Big Latino Turnout In Midterms Raises Stakes For 2020

Election after election, pundits predict that Latinos will be a powerful voting bloc. And Latino voters consistently underperform those expectations by failing to turn out at the polls in big numbers. But this year's midterm results in Nevada, Arizona and other states suggest that Latino turnout is up dramatically — a development that could reshape the electoral landscape for 2020 and beyond. In Texas, turnout rose dramatically in heavily Latino precincts across the state — from the Rio...

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Trump Administration Faces 2 Legal Challenges For Asylum Restrictions

President Trump's effort to limit the number of people seeking asylum in the United States faced legal challenges in two different federal courts on Monday. A federal judge in California heard a challenge to the president's recent proclamation that requires asylum-seekers to present themselves at official ports of entry. The language of the proclamation makes clear that the administration is primarily concerned with the migrants moving north through Mexico. But a lawsuit filed by the American...

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Supercomputers Assist Firefighters As Wildfires Spread In California

The deadly blazes burning in California have put a spotlight on the crucial role of evacuation. In the moments after a wildfire begins, firefighters must predict where a fire will spread to save lives. Now, California firefighters are getting some help from a powerful new tool: supercomputers. Computer servers, crunching real-time data from satellites and weather stations, are providing forecasts of how wildfires could behave in the next few hours. Those predictions could help fire agencies...

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Exclusive: 'Friday Black,' 'There There' And More Longlisted For Aspen Words Prize

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Education Dept. Proposes Enhanced Protection For Students Accused Of Sexual Assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced sweeping rules on how colleges handle cases of sexual assault and harassment that she says will fix a "failed" and "shameful" system that has been unfair to accused students. In what the administration is calling a "historic process," the proposed rules aim to significantly enhance legal protections for the accused and reflect a sentiment expressed by President Trump that men are unfairly being presumed guilty. More than a year in the making, the...

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