Trump Signs $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill, Averting A Government Shutdown Updated at 2:21 p.m. ET President Trump signed a massive spending bill Friday, hours after threatening a veto that would have triggered a government shutdown. The $1.3 trillion omnibus legislation passed both chambers of Congress after lengthy negotiations between leaders of both parties. The Senate passed it late Thursday, and most lawmakers had left Washington by Friday morning. Trump tweeted just before 9 a.m. ET that he was "considering a VETO"...

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About 300 State College High School students attended a memorial in rememberance of the victims of the Parkland Shooting in conjunction with the National School Walkout.
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Students across the nation hosted walkouts on Wednesday in response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. 

Students of State College High School held a memorial to pay tribute. Seventeen students read names and biographies of the 17 victims who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, followed by a moment of silence.  

About 300 students chose to attend the memorial in the school courtyard. School administration and student organizers worked together to plan to event. 

Developers for the Patton Crossing project first proposed a master plan last year. The mixed-use plan drew much opposition from the neighborhood.
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Susan Buda works at the Park Forest preschool and lives in the adjoining Park Forest neighborhood in the State College area.

On most days, she bikes to work.

“It’s actually harder to drive here because it really is just such a short distance," Buda said. "I like riding my bike and walking. It’s very stress relieving and calming. And it’s a great neighborhood to do that in, too.”

But Buda said she is wary a development plan would change the neighborhood.

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“Why should we sell to you when you commodify a human right?”

That was just one of dozens of questions representatives from Nestle Waters fielded during an information session Monday night on the water bottling facility the company is looking into building in Spring or Benner township in Centre County.

Others focused on the environment, jobs and the company’s track record.

Nestle points to the positive economic impact the $50 million facility would have on the area. That includes 50 well-paying jobs at the bottling plant, along with tax revenues.

In Performance at Penn State is a monthly hour-long program that showcases performances from Penn State's School of Music. This month, flutist Naomi Seidman and pianist Christopher Guzman will play a Sonata for Flute & Piano composed in 1927 by Erwin Shulhoff; the Penn State Glee Club, directed by Christopher Kiver, sings “Draw on Sweet Night” by contemporary composer Casey Rule;  and we’ll hear the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra, led by Gerardo Edelstein, in the Symphony No. 3 in C by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

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 An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on March 10, 2018, and hosted by Craig Johnson. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Tony Lynn Washington, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kenny Neal, Robert Cray,  Ray Charles, Ruth Brown, Brian Setzer, Etta James, Joe Cocker, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, and more.

In the second hour, hear Howlin Wolf, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Queen Bee and the Blue Hornet Band, Professor Longhair, Peter Green, The Nighthawks, Koko Taylor, Elmore James and more.


An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on March 9, 2018 and hosted by Greg Petersen. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Bill Evans Trio with Stan Getz, and more.  

In the second hour, hear Stan Kenton, Tony Bennett, Paul Desmond & MJQ, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Costa, Norah Jones, Louis Armstrong & The Mills Brothers, and more.


Ky Dickens filming "Zero Weeks."
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Ky Dickens’ 2017 documentary “Zero Weeks” explores the paid leave crisis in the U.S. Dickens debuted the film at the “White House Summit on the United States of Women” hosted by Oprah and Michelle Obama. She spoke with WPSU’s Lindsey Whissel Fenton about the film, which screened recently in State College.

BookMark: "Ice Mountain" By Dave Bonta

Mar 8, 2018

“Ice Mountain,” Dave Bonta’s most recent poetry collection, consists of short poems etched in an immediate present. Each poem is nine lines long, and carries a date as its title. The collection begins with a poem entitled “22 January, 2014”:

in the owl’s flight
as in the conifers it left
that late morning silence

and at the woods edge
the frozen carcass of a cow
pecked at by chickadees

bare trees like forks
the sky too is a dish
best served cold

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.
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(Harrisburg) -- In the wake of last month's shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state auditor general is expanding the scope of school districts audits in the hopes of improving safety.

Eugene DePasquale says his office will take a deep dive on the security procedures at all of the commonwealth's public schools.

Previously, districts that performed well financially and academically received less scrutiny. 

A blighted home sits on 12th Avenue in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
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Altoona’s Blight Task Force released a plan Wednesday to address the city’s rundown property problem. The plan looked at the extent of blight in Altoona and recommended next steps.

Over the past five months, the task force surveyed the city's housing conditions. They found more than half of about 9,000 parcels of land surveyed are in need of minor repairs, such as a new coat of paint. Meanwhile, nearly 400 parcels require major repairs and even demolition.


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The Baker Hughes Rig Count is a tally of all the rigs that are drilling for oil in the US.

It comes out every Friday, and it's often used as a gauge of the American oil business.

But technological advances in the industry could end up making the Baker Hughes index less relevant.

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Here's bad news for fans of NPR's 13.7 Cosmos & Culture. The 7-year-old opinion blog, "set at the intersection of science and culture," which featured the work of scientist-contributors — Adam Frank, Barbara J. King, Tania Lombrozo, Marcelo Gleiser and Alva Noë — is closing down April 14. The contributors will have a chance to write final posts before then.

A bipartisan bill Congress passed this week spells out how the federal government will spend $1.3 trillion.

It also allocates some smaller amounts: the money customers leave behind as tips in restaurants, nail salons, and other businesses.

The legislation makes it clear that tips belong to the workers who receive them, and can't be taken by their employers, managers, or supervisors.

We wrap up our weeklong series on bullying with a closer look at the advocacy of first lady Melania Trump, and why technology companies have been mostly reluctant to get involved.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd speaks with Emily Bazelon (@emilybazelon), staff writer at The New York Times Magazine and a fellow at Yale Law School. She wrote a 2014 book on bullying titled “Sticks and Stones.”

Earlier this week doctors in some hospitals began using gene therapy to treat a rare vision disorder that can lead to blindness. The procedure comes with a record-setting price tag — more than $400,000 per eye.

Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti learns more about the first person to have the surgery, a 13-year-old from New Jersey, from Eric Boodman (@ericboodman), a reporter with our partners at the health and medicine publication STAT.

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Bolton Brings Hawkish Perspective To North Korea, Iran Strategy

Updated at 8:08 p.m. ET President Trump has chosen John Bolton, a hawk on North Korea and Iran, to be his next national security adviser. The appointment comes just as those two foreign policy challenges come to a head. Bolton replaces H.R. McMaster, who Trump said Thursday via Twitter is leaving the administration. Bolton takes over from McMaster effective April 9, the president also said. In an interview on Fox News, where he had been a contributor, shortly after the news broke, Bolton...

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Russia Hacked U.S. Power Grid — So What Will The Trump Administration Do About It?

When President Trump phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election Wednesday, Trump made no mention of one of the latest irritants between Russia and the West — his administration's announcement that Russia successfully hacked the U.S. power grid. The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint alert last week: "Russian government cyber actors" have been targeting U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, including energy, nuclear and commercial...

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U.S. Markets Open Higher After Sell-offs In Asia, Europe Amid Tariff Concerns

Updated at 10:27 a.m. ET U.S. stock indexes rose in early trading Friday after markets in Asia and Europe fell in the wake of amid increased fears of a trade war as the White House prepared to impose stiff tariffs on Chinese imports. After plummeting 724 points on Thursday, the Dow Jones industrial average was up about 60 points, about 0.25 percent, in morning trading. The S&P 500 index was nearly unchanged. In earlier trading in Asia: -- Japan's Nikkei Stock Index 225 lost 4.5 percent. --...

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EU Joins U.K. In Saying Russia 'Very Likely' Responsible For Nerve Agent Attack

European Union leaders have backed U.K.'s assessment that the nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent was almost certainly carried out by Moscow, saying, "there is no plausible alternative explanation." Speaking in Brussels, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was "highly likely Russia is responsible," for the attack on 66-year-old Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, 33, at a shopping mall in southern England on March 4. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May won the backing...

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Pennsylvania Chief Justice Criticizes Impeachment Moves

Updated at 11:00 p.m. ET The chief justice of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court is condemning moves to impeach most of the court's Democratic justices. The impeachment resolutions, introduced by a Republican lawmaker, follow a tense battle over the commonwealth's redrawn congressional map, which the Democratic-majority court imposed after declaring the previous map unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans. Chief Justice Thomas Saylor, himself a Republican, said he was "very concerned"...

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'We Should Have Been The Last': Kentucky Shooting Survivors Inspired By Parkland

After the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, students across the country have raised their voices to protest gun violence: "Enough is enough." "Never again." "Not one more." For Lela Free, a freshman in Marshall County, Ky., another phrase comes to mind. "We should have been the last," she says. Just weeks before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a student armed with a handgun entered Marshall County High School in Kentucky. He killed two students,...

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Dow Drops 724 Points Amid Fears Of A U.S. Trade War With China

Worries about a possible trade war helped send stock prices down sharply Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average losing nearly 3 percent of its value. The Dow finished at 23,598, a decline of 724 points. The drop left both the Dow and the Standard and Poor's 500 index in negative territory for the year. The plunge in prices came on the same day that President Trump was announcing tens of billions of dollars in tariffs on Chinese imports . Beijing has threatened to retaliate with...

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Female Candidates Breastfeed Children In Campaign Ads In recent years, candidates have tried all kinds of strategies to make attention-getting campaign ads. Throwing a large rock into a pond . Assembling a gun blindfolded . Talking to donkeys . In two new political ads, however, candidates try something decidedly more commonplace: breastfeeding their children. One ad opens on Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Krish Vignarajah breastfeeding her baby...

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Former Playboy Model Spills Details Of Alleged Affair: Trump 'Tried To Pay Me'

The former Playboy model who is suing for the right to talk about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, before he was president, is not waiting for a court or a judge to free her from a contract she says was contrived for the sole purpose of killing the story of the 10-month relationship. In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday evening, Karen McDougal said Trump tried to pay her after the first time they had sexual relations. "After we had been intimate, he tried to pay me, and...

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Advice For Student Activists: It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint On Saturday, thousands of youth activists are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," — in Washington, D.C.; in Accra, Ghana, Israel, Chile and elsewhere around the world. Lane Murdock, a 15-year-old from Connecticut , will be in D.C. for the protest. Murdock wrote a petition after the Parkland shooting calling for gun control — it went viral and morphed into a school walkout planned for April with more than 1,000 schools. "I hope all...

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The Fast And The Furry Us: Wes Anderson's Masterful 'Isle Of Dogs'

You have an opinion, probably, on which of the two most common species of household pet you deem superior — and an opinion, possibly, on the fastidious filmography of Wes Anderson. But this much, at least, is fact: Nobody ever made a good movie about the nobility of cats. Not even Anderson, who certainly seems like he might be a cat person, with his velvet-and-tweed blazers and his indoor scarves and his arched-eyebrow worldview. But no one will question his right-thinking canine-supremacy...

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Feds And Puerto Rico Reach Deal Allowing Disaster Recovery Loans To Start Flowing

For months, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello has been struggling to get the U.S. Treasury to release $4.7 billion in disaster recovery loans that the U.S. Congress approved in October, weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island commonwealth. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had delayed releasing the loans because of disagreement over the terms of repayment. On Thursday, the two men said they had reached a deal to allow the funds to start flowing. "We've reached an agreement that...

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On A Day Of Gun Protest, Some Montanans Will March For Their Guns

Hundreds of thousands will call for stricter gun control measures at "March For Our Lives" rallies across the country on Saturday. But in Montana's state Capitol, counterprotesters are organizing a "March For Our Guns." "I love our Second Amendment rights," 18-year-old Joey Chester says. "I don't want to see those restricted for law-abiding citizens." "March For Our Lives" was organized by students after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. It...

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Musical Discoveries From SXSW 2018

We don't always delve into music on Pop Culture Happy Hour , but this year's South By Southwest music festival gave us a nice opportunity to spread around a few recommendations. I'm already renowned for never shutting up about the six-hour playlist NPR Music calls The Austin 100 — which, it turns out, you can still stream and download in its entirety until March 31 — but what we've got here is a slightly more digestible discussion of 2018's SXSW highlights. Host Linda Holmes didn't make it...

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'There Is No Handbook For This': A Mother And Son Talk About School Shootings

As families around the country search for answers in the wake of school shootings in Parkland, Fla. and elsewhere, parents and children are having conversations that would've been almost unfathomable a generation ago. Dezmond Floyd is a 10-year-old student in Houston. At StoryCorps, he and his mother, Tanai Benard, 34, talk about the active shooter drills in his fifth-grade classroom. "What emergency drills did you have as you were growing up in school?" he asks. Tanai says she only...

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Video Shows Sacramento Police Shooting Unarmed Black Man In Grandparents' Backyard Sacramento police officers shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark, a father of two who was unarmed, in the backyard of his grandparents' home on Sunday night. "The only thing that I heard was pow, pow, pow, pow, and I got to the ground," Sequita Thompson, Clark's grandmother, told The Sacramento Bee . "I opened that curtain and he was dead." A police...

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In 'All The Names They Used For God,' The Magical Meets The Harrowing

First, the bad news: Earth has been taken over by blob-shaped, toxic aliens, which kill humans on contact. The good news: Although they have conquered humanity, they've left things more or less intact. You can keep your office job — but there's a catch. Each human is required to go through the painless but off-putting procedure of replacing their hands with metal claws. The really good news is that this is all fiction, and it is part of a collection of stories that are all just as strange and...

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Hidden Brain: Manhood

Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm: Boys are told "Don't share your feelings." Rethinking what it means to be a man.

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The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
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Pa. Supreme Court Dramatically Overhauls State’s Congressional Map (Clickable Map Included)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has enacted a new congressional district map that onlookers say is much more favorable to Democrats, replacing one the court overturned and deemed an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last month. Justices described the new map in their 48-page decision as “superior” to other proposals filed for their consideration. It’s more compact, they wrote, and splits only 13 counties — fewer than half the number divided in the 2011 map drawn in a process controlled by...

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Announcing The 2018 Tiny Desk Contest It's time to crank up the amps, warm up the drum machines, dust off the sax (or whatever your instrument of choice is) and enter the Tiny Desk Contest . When we started the contest in 2014, we did it for one simple reason: We love discovering new music. And since then, this contest has been an amazing way to do just that. I've been thrilled to discover new artists from around the country and hear some unforgettable music through your videos. I've...

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