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President Trump meets at the White House Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The two men are partners in an effort to strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons. The meeting is a chance for Trump and Moon to strategize before a planned summit next month in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That meeting has been called into question, after North Korea suggested it's not willing to give up its nuclear weapons. For now, the U.S. and South Korea are proceeding on the...

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Iraqi citizen Basim Razzo and Penn State professor Sam Richards.
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In a TED Talk at Penn State in 2010, sociology professor Sam Richards put forward a challenge of empathy. He showed the audience a picture of two captured Iraqi insurgents and asked them to put themselves in these men’s shoes – to think about their lives, their families and why they were fighting.

Not long after, on the other side of the world in Iraq, Basim Razzo saw that video and got in touch with Dr. Richards. Razzo has since been a frequent speaker at Richards’ classes – via Skype – and now Richards’ students have raised the money to bring Razzo to Penn State.   

WPSU Jazz Archive - May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 11, 2018 and hosted by Rana Glick.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Coltraine, The Ralph Moore Quartet, Roy Eldridge with Oscar Peterson, and more.

In the second hour, hear Benny Carter, Royce Campbell, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Bobby Jaspar, Diana Panton, Nina Simone Ruthie Foster Aaron Goldberg and more.

I believe in dancing like nobody’s watching.

I began performing when I was three or four years old. My dance season began in late August and finished mid-June, and I went to ballet camps in the summer. This cycle continued for most of my childhood, and only intensified when I started high school.

The new Pennsylvania congressional map.
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's drug overdose rate is more than twice the national average.

The opioid crisis is a focal point in the primary elections for the 12th Congressional District, which includes Centre, Mifflin, Clinton and Potter counties.

Bradford County Commissioner Doug McLinko is challenging GOP incumbent Tom Marino in Tuesday's primary.

He said Marino just isn't working for the people of the district.

Pittsburgh lawyer and gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth talks with a potential supporter at a Bryn Mawr farmers' market.
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(Harrisburg) -- It's a Tuesday evening in early May, and an elaborately-decorated lobby in Malvern is swarming with Republicans.

A number are state officials, or officers for the Pennsylvania GOP. Many more are members of the Chester County Republican Party--the group behind this particular dinner.

But the keynote speaker, and the name on most of the signs, banners, and lapel buttons, is a guy who still describes himself as a political outsider, even after four years in the state Senate.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is promoting himself as strongly pro-life.
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(Harrisburg) -- With less than a week before the primary elections, GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is voicing his support for a restrictive abortion bill.

The stance is in line with a recurring theme in the race—the York County Senator’s apparent battle with rival Paul Mango over who is farther right politically.

Developers of the Patton Crossing project, (from left) Ara Kervandjian, Bob Poole and Heidi Nicholas, attended the public hearing on Wednesday. The board voted against the rezoning so they could reconsider some details of the zoning guidelines.
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Split opinions on whether to pass a new zoning code for a Patton township development project have left the future of the potential development uncertain. 

After nearly three hours of hearing public input and discussing among themselves, the Patton Township Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 against passing the new zoning code on Wednesday. 

Political candidates in a row
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Republican candidates trying to win their party’s nomination for the U.S. House, 13th district, fielded questions Monday night. The 13th district stretches across southcentral Pennsylvania, including Blair and Huntingdon counties.

The forum by Blair County Republicans drew a full house to the American Legion in Hollidaysburg.

States’ rights, smaller government and experience getting results were some of the themes covered during the forum.

Jovan Weaver, principal of Wister Elementary School.
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Season two of the Keystone Crossroads podcast “Schooled” looks at one elementary school in Philadelphia that sparked debate when the district turned it over to a charter organization. WPSU’s Emily Reddy talked with the host of “Schooled,” Kevin McCorry, who followed the school through its first year as a charter school under principal Jovan Weaver.

Candidate Laura Ellsworth, seeking the Republican Party's nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's re-election bid next year takes part in the Montgomery County Republican Committee gubernatorial forum in Blue Bell, Pa., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017.
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After being outspent and outshouted for months in the Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial primary, Laura Ellsworth is getting air time, endorsements, and — she hopes — a surge toward the finish line.

Ellsworth, a Pittsburgh attorney, never had the personal wealth to compete with state Sen. Scott Wagner and Pittsburgh businessman Paul Mango, each of whom invested millions in their own campaigns.

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The famous design emerged from deep influences in Indiana's life, from his early exposure to religion to his father's career.

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