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Republicans Move To Remake Court After Gerrymandering Case

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's Democratic majority threw out the Republican-drawn map of congressional districts as an unconstitutional gerrymander, Republicans raised talk of impeaching Democratic justices. Calls for impeachment even came from senior Republican Party officials. That talk receded, but Republicans have brought forward another plan that could limit the lifespan of the court's Democratic majority: changing the state's constitution to elect...

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Penn State’s Values and Culture Survey was sent to all faculty, staff and students in fall 2017. It followed up on one done in 2013.

Among the findings are that more faculty, staff and grad students reported observing some type of misconduct in the past year.

This time, a third of faculty saw “abusive or intimidating behavior that creates a hostile environment,” such as bullying. That’s up from 27 percent.

Seventeen percent of grad student respondents said they saw that type of misconduct.

This May 31, 2018, photo shows the first section of the 93-foot tall Tower of Voices wind chimes is in place at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. The final phase of the memorial is on track to open on Sept. 11, 2018.
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The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial is underway and on track to open on the 17th anniversary of plane's crash into a Pennsylvania field during 9/11.

United Airlines Flight 93 was en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco on Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers seized control and redirected the plane toward Washington, D.C. But 40 passengers and crew members fought back, and the hijackers responded by crashing the plane into the field near Shanksville, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh.

An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on June 2, 2018 and hosted by Max Spiegel.

This week, Max welcomes special guest Jerry Zolten who talks about the new documentary “How They Got Over: Gospel Quartets and The Road to Rock & Roll.”  The film will have a free screening on Thursday, June 12, at 7pm at the State Theatre. Zolten, who is a Penn State professor and American roots music authority, is a co-producer of the film and on screen narrator.

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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on June 1, 2018 and hosted by Greg Petersen.

In the first hour, hear John Coltrane, Tony Bennett, Tim Warfield, Wes Montgomery, Willie Nelson, Stan Getz & Kenny Barron,  Glen Miller Orchestra feat. Tex Beneke, Duke Ellington Orchestra with Ive Anderson, and BBC Big Band.

In the second hour, hear Brad Mehldau, Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Cleo Laine & George Shearing, Geoffrey Keezer & Benny Green, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, John Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings, and Janis Siegel.

Pennsylvania’s population is on the rise again.
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Pennsylvania’s population is on the rise again, after declining in 2016 — but growth remains concentrated in certain spots, and most communities keep losing residents.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s population estimates show the state lost people during 2016, but added more than 18,000 last year, the most since 2012, according to a Keystone Crossroads analysis of the latest statistics.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro had asked that involuntary manslaughter charges be reinstated against fraternity members in the hazing death of Penn State student Tim Piazza.
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has refused to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in a pledge's hazing-related death last year.

Prosecutors sought to appeal a magistrate's decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of 19-year-old sophomore engineering student Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey. Piazza died of severe head and abdominal injuries after falling several times at the house the night of a bid acceptance ceremony and party.

Karen Washington is a community activist and the co-owner of Rise & Root Farm in Chester, New York. She’s been working to improve city living and promote urban farming since 1985.

WPSU's Lindsey Whissel Fenton talked with her about the importance of access to fresh, quality food, about some of the challenges facing 21st century farmers, and about getting community projects off the ground.

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Penn State has seen about 30 cases of mumps at the University Park campus since January. Of those, all of the people affected had been vaccinated.

Shelley Haffner, infectious disease manager at Penn State, said no vaccine is 100 percent effective for 100 percent of the population.

“There are a lot of unknowns still with this," Haffner said. "We’re working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health who is also working with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to look at this because we’re seeing more mumps outbreaks on college campuses in recent years.”

State College Area School District will no longer provide straws in cafeterias.
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The State College Area School District has decided to phase out plastic straws in an effort to reduce waste. Megan Schaper, the district’s director of food service, was making the menu for Earth Day when she came up with the idea to get rid of plastic straws in the new State High cafeteria.

“It’s just a little that I think we can do –  that everybody can do – to help with the plastic pollution problem,” Schaper said.  “Plastic straws are not recyclable. There’s nothing that happens to them other than they go into the landfill and plastic takes at least 500 years to break down.”

Tomi Adeyemi has been hailed the next J.K. Rowling. She’s the author of the best-selling young adult fantasy “Children of Blood and Bone.” I’m all for the comparison if it encourages people to read the 24-year-old’s gripping debut novel, but I actually think it deserves to stand on its own. I devoured this book.

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Whenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there's bound be some cross-cultural confusion. The World Cup is no exception.

And if you're Shin Tae-yong, coach of the South Korean national team, you figure out how to work that confusion to your advantage. In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he'd employed against scouts from the Swedish team: He'd had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warm-up games, in hopes that scouts wouldn't be able to tell the players apart.

A summer already full of high-profile hip-hop releases just got hotter. NPR Music's Ann Powers and Rodney Carmichael break down the surprise release of Jay-Z and Beyoncé's joint album, Everything Is Love, and explore how it sounds both on its own and compared to the competition.

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Trump's Decision To Separate Families Heats Up Immigration Debate

Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration. A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy...

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House GOP Immigration Bill Would Modify — But Not End — Child Detentions

House Republican leaders are reworking their "compromise" immigration bill to include a provision that modifies — but doesn't completely end — the "zero tolerance" policy being enforced now by the Trump administration. In the new legislation, children would now be held in the same place as their parents if they are detained. Under the White House's policy, roughly 2,000 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southwest border illegally in the past six weeks. Public...

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Bureaucracy And Politics Slow Election Security Funding To States

When Congress approved giving $380 million to states to bolster the security of their elections, state officials were caught off guard but extremely grateful. Elections are notoriously underfunded and haven't seen a windfall like this from the federal government in more than a decade. But getting that money out to all the states, and then into the hands of localities that run the elections, with enough time to have a meaningful effect on the 2018 midterm elections is a difficult proposition....

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Pithy And Pointed 'There There' Puts Native American Voices Front And Center

Here's the thing about There There , the debut novel by Native American author Tommy Orange: Even if the rest of its story were just so-so — and it's much more than that — the novel's prologue would make this book worth reading. In that 10-page prologue, Orange wittily and witheringly riffs on some 500 years of native people's history, a history of genocide and dislocation presented mostly through the image of heads. He begins with a description of the "Indian Head test pattern," a graphic...

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With 'America First,' Trump Challenges The World Constructed After World War II

When World War II ended in August 1945, President Harry Truman was a man in a hurry.

In the final few months of that year, he pushed hard to help establish the United Nations to handle international political disputes, and the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to deal with the shattered global economy. "He knew the United States was going to have to do a lot, but that the United States couldn't do it all," said Elizabeth Spalding , a biographer of Truman who teaches...

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After Crackdown, Egypt's LGBT Community Contemplates 'Dark Future'

Ahmed Alaa describes raising a rainbow flag at a crowded concert in Cairo last September as "the best moment" of his life. In photos from the event, he looks ecstatic as he waves the flag in the spotlights of the outdoor stage hosting the Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila. He posted the photos on Facebook, and others did too. The next morning, he woke up to death threats. A few days later, he was arrested in Egypt's biggest crackdown on the LGBT community in years. He says his sexuality...

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A Connection Between Climate Change And Mental Health — Experts Say It's Time To Take Notice

A recent report from the American Psychiatric Association urges people to participate in policy and advocacy to combat climate change. And thats just one of the medical groups writing about the connection between adverse mental health effects and global disasters related to changing climate. Psychologist Judith Kuriansky , recently moderated a panel on climate change and mental health for the American Public Health Association . Shes traveled nationally and internationally to disaster sites...

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A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids' Tech Use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tv09TNhiAYM Ben Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Chicago. Like a lot of 9-year-olds, he's fond of YouTube, Roblox, and Minecraft. And, like a lot of parents, his mom and dad wanted to make sure Ben wasn't spending too much time on those activities. They tried to use Google's "Family Link" parental control software to limit screen time for Ben and his older sister, Claudia . Ben went on YouTube to search for a workaround. When he couldn't find one, he figured one...

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DOJ Inspector General, FBI Director Testify Monday About IG Report

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz and FBI Director Christopher Wray headed to Capitol Hill Monday for a grilling from senators — that quickly turned partisan — about the inspector general's scathing report on the FBI's mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016. The nearly 600-page report , which was more than a year in the making before it was released last week, provided ample political ammunition to lawmakers on both sides of...

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What's Your Summer Jam This Year?

Ah, summer. Between the endless freedom and sizzling heat, there's something about the season that makes it ripe for memories. Lounging by the pool, dancing freely to the latest crackling pop hit. Drinking on rooftops with friends, the humid evening inducing a warm, pleasant languor. Road trips, music festivals, lazy days alone: With so much time, we become better versions of ourselves – more relaxed, confident and unguarded. Whatever it is, it's clear that summer deserves its own soundtrack....

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'Cutting Edge' Program For Children With Autism And ADHD Rests On Razor-Thin Evidence

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'We Do Not Have A Policy' Of Separating Families, DHS Head Says, Contradicting Policy

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, as top Trump administration officials call out critics of its "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally. Nielsen defended the policy in a series of tweets on Sunday night; earlier in the weekend, her agency said it had separated nearly 2,000 children from adults over the course of six weeks at the U...

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Trump Administration To Open Temporary Tent Shelter In Texas For Migrant Children

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The Great American Read

PBS asked Americans to name their best-loved novel, and they’ve compiled a list of the top 100. Make a case for your favorite novel on the list through a BookMark review!

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NPR And Spotify Team Up To Feed Your Podcast Addiction

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Folk Season Is Back on WPSU-FM

Join us for a mix of lovingly hand-curated, locally-hosted folk music Saturday afternoons from 1:00-5:00pm and Sunday nights from 10:00pm to midnight on The Folk Show WPSU-FM.

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