Shooting At Kentucky High School Leaves 2 Dead, At Least 17 Injured

Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET A 15-year-old high school student will be charged with two counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder after a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., according to police. Kentucky State Police identified the students who were killed as a girl, Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and a boy, Preston Ryan Cope, who died at the hospital. Both were 15 years old. Authorities say 12 other people were shot and five are in critical...

Read More

President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. is on its side in a dispute with China over the tiny Senkaku islands chain, which has led to bluster and naval jockeying between the two countries in recent years.

Growing up in West Virginia in the 1960s and '70s, Susan Brown would have a slice of salt rising bread, toasted, for Saturday morning breakfast. Her grandmother baked the bread with the mysterious and misleading name.

There's little or no salt in the recipe. No yeast, either. The bread rises because of bacteria in the potatoes or cornmeal and the flour that goes into the starter.

The taste is as distinctive as the recipe. Salt rising bread is dense and white, with a fine crumb and cheese-like flavor.

Thousands of nonviolent drug offenders serving time in federal prison could be eligible to apply for early release under new clemency guidelines announced Wednesday by the Justice Department.

Details of the initiative, which would give President Obama more options under which he could grant clemency to drug offenders serving long prison sentences, were announced by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.

Simon Ostrovsky, working for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now we'd like to go back to a story that we've turned to a number of times on this program. We're talking about the move in many countries in Africa to toughen legal penalties and increase the stigma against homosexuality.

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Finally today, let's hear from a model and actress who also has Nigerian roots, Yaya Alafia. Last year was a breakout year for her with meaty roles in critically acclaimed films including Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Andrew Dosunmu's "Mother of George." And she had a baby.

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we turn to education for the youngest Americans. We're talking preschool here. President Obama has challenged the country to provide what he calls high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds. He mentioned this in his last two State of the Union addresses. Here he is earlier this year.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

The Joys Of Spoiling

Apr 23, 2014

In the age of the Internet, the act of spoiling is easier than ever before. Through live-tweeting and message boards and comments sections, the information is out there and spreads quickly.

But why do some people enjoy revealing certain information about stories — surprises and finales and more — before others have had the opportunity to experience it?

We could tell you what we think now. But that would spoil the rest of this story.

Spoliation Nation

"A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents setting fires and showering homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone," The Associated Press writes.

I Believe in Gratitude

Apr 18, 2014
Wagner This I Believe
Johanna Wagner

In the summer of 2012, I had a lot for which to be grateful. My husband and I were expecting our first child in early September. As an anxious mother-to-be I spent those early summer months devouring books, movies, articles and just about anything I could find about babies and those first crucial weeks. I was thrilled and terrified imagining what it would be like in a few short months. Never once did I think that I might not be there to experience it myself. 

Pages

NPR Stories

The Senate approved President Trump's nominee, current Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell, as the new head of the nation's central bank on Tuesday.

The confirmation came in a vote of 84-13, an unsurprising action given Powell's support among Republicans and Democrats alike who expect that he will follow the policies of the outgoing Chair Janet Yellen.

President Trump will have some shoveling to do as he heads to snowy Switzerland this week.

He's trying to sell his "America First" brand of economic nationalism in the mecca of globalization — the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The president will also be meeting with the head of the African Union, two weeks after he reportedly dismissed African nations in crude and vulgar terms.

The Power Hour

4 hours ago

If you've ever visited the palm-lined neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, you've probably noticed that the rich and famous aren't the only ones drawn there.

Stargazers also flock to this exclusive enclave, seeking a chance to peer into — and fantasize about — the lives of movie stars and film directors.

Call it adulation, adoration, idolization: we humans are fascinated by glamour and power.

But this turns out to be only one side of our psychology.

The hospitality chain Motel 6 is facing another lawsuit alleging that it violated the civil rights of Latino immigrants by voluntarily giving guests' personal information to federal immigration authorities.

Minnesota Public Radio released new details on Tuesday about its decision to cut off business ties with former A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. A woman who worked on Keillor's staff told company officials about dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents, including unwanted touching.

Get More NPR News

Men Accused In Kansas Bomb Plot Saw Refugees As Threat, Wanted To 'Wake America Up'

A trial begins in March in Wichita, Kansas, for three men accused of plotting to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City, Kansas, where Somali refugees live and maintain a mosque. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson talks with Jessica Pressler   ( @jpressler ), contributing editor for New York Magazine, whos written about the plot , the FBI investigation and the upcoming trial. Interview Highlights On Garden City, Kansas Garden City is almost a very typical small town. It is literally in the middle...

Read More

'Shape Of Water,' 'Dunkirk' And 'Three Billboards' Lead Oscar Nominations

Updated at 11:09 a.m. ET The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning by a dapper, genial Andy Serkis and the always-intoxicating Tiffany Haddish . Serkis became famous for motion-capture performances in films like The Lord Of The Rings films and the new take on Planet Of The Apes . Haddish hit big in Girls Trip this year and has earned countless admirers for being joyfully herself at every opportunity. And while the nominees they announced weren't exactly...

Read More

Will Work For No Benefits: The Challenges Of Being In The New Contract Workforce

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. In a weeklong series , NPR explores many aspects of this change. Being on your own in the workforce often means you don't have the safety net of benefits and other forms of support that traditional workers do. And the toll isn't just financial, but physical and emotional too. Matt Nelson is one of millions of...

Read More

What Do Asthma, Heart Disease And Cancer Have In Common? Maybe Childhood Trauma

"Trauma" is a heavy and haunting word. For many Americans, it conjures images of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The emotional toll from those wars made headlines and forced a healthcare reckoning at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician, would like to see a similar reckoning in every doctor's office, health clinic and classroom in America — for children who have experienced trauma much closer to home. Burke Harris is the founder and CEO of...

Read More

Tsunami Alert Is Downgraded Along Alaska's Coast After Powerful Quake

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska late Monday night, initially prompting a tsunami warning for a large section of the state's coast and parts of Canada. As more data came in, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska's Chignik Bay. Several smaller aftershocks were also felt after the quake, whose epicenter was located about 6 miles below the surface and 175 miles southeast of Kodiak, according to the U.S. Geological Survey...

Read More

Hugh Masekela, South African Jazz Master And International Chart-Topper, Dies At 78

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKcGCObEb28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxtyJtl2Tuo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmkTUb7A8lw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4I_9OXtKUo Updated at 3 p.m. ET Hugh Masekela, the legendary South African jazz musician who scored an unlikely No. 1 hit on the Billboard chart with his song "Grazing in the Grass" and who collaborated with artists ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon, has died at 78 after a protracted battle with prostate cancer, his...

Read More

Part Of Oregon's Funding Plan For Medicaid Goes Before Voters

Oregon is in a battle royal over how to pay for expanded Medicaid. The fight revolves around Measure 101, a ballot initiative that you have to go back a few years to understand. During the 1990s, Oregon's then-governor, John Kitzhaber , had a background in health care — he had worked as an emergency room doctor. His legacy in the state includes the expansion of health insurance for the poor, an idea he managed to sell to both Democrats and Republicans. So when President Barack Obama proposed...

Read More

Tax Credit Aims To Boost Availability Of Paid Family Leave, But Will It Work?

Tucked into the new tax law is a provision that offers companies a tax credit if they provide paid family and medical leave for their lower-wage workers. Many people support a national strategy for paid parental and family leave, especially for workers who are not in management and are less likely to get that benefit on the job. But consultants, scholars and consumer advocates alike say the new tax credit probably won't encourage many companies to take the plunge. The tax credit, proposed by...

Read More

Oscar-Nominated 'Phantom Thread' Focuses On Fashion's 'Most Obsessive'

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and Paul Thomas Anderson's film Phantom Thread landed six nominations, including best director and best picture. Set in 1950s London, Phantom Thread stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a renowned fashion designer who makes gowns for wealthy women and royalty. Anderson — whose previous film credits include There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and Boogie Nights -- says his latest film was inspired, in part, by iconic designers like Christian Dior...

Read More

The Far Out History Of How Hippie Food Spread Across America

Frustrated with the Vietnam War, The Man, and the general state of the nation, hippies set out to do everything differently. They founded rural communes, dabbled in psychedelics and cultivated a laissez-faire approach to personal hygiene. But, like everyone else in the world, they had to eat. Mainstream fare — Wonder Bread and frozen vegetables — clashed with their politics. So they explored and invented new foods, then enthusiastically shared their creations. And despite the disbanding of...

Read More

E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit. That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine , which published a comprehensive public health review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes on Tuesday. "There is conclusive evidence that most products emit a variety of potentially toxic substances. However the number and...

Read More

California Bill Would Mandate On-Campus Access To Abortion Pills

In California, the state Senate is considering legislation that would ensure that students at four-year public universities in California have access on campus to medication for abortions. Sen. Connie Leyva introduced the bill, SB 320 , in February 2017. It would require all health centers within the University of California and California State University systems to stock the drugs prescribed for medication abortion and ready their campus health clinics to provide them by 2022. Medication...

Read More

WATCH: Starlings Perform Acrobatic Life-Or-Death Dance With A Hungry Falcon

For more than two months, starlings have been flocking to Ireland's County Cork in increasing numbers — and so have the birdwatchers hoping to catch a glimpse. Those observers caught a showstopper of a performance earlier this month. In a video recorded and posted to Facebook by Birdwatch Ireland's West Cork branch , a flock of starlings — also known by the considerably cooler term murmuration — swoop and dive in movements so choreographed, they take on the likeness of a single, slinky...

Read More

'The Friend' Is No Shaggy Dog Story

One of the great joys of reading is discovering a new writer whose work speaks to you — whether an unknown debut novelist or a seasoned author whose many books you've somehow missed. Case in point: Sigrid Nunez. I was drawn to her sixth novel as a fresh addition to the literature of grief, but within pages realized The Friend has as much to say about literature as about grief, and was wondering how she'd slipped below my radar. Nunez's book is about a woman mourning the suicide of a close...

Read More

Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy

Facebook is doing some soul-searching. In a new commentary , the social media giant acknowledges the possibility that social media can have negative ramifications for democracy. This comes after repeated criticism that it didn't do enough to prevent the spread of fake news that had the potential to impact the 2016 U.S. presidential election. "Facebook was originally designed to connect friends and family – and it has excelled at that," writes Samidh Chakrabarti , Facebook's Civic Engagement...

Read More

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On The #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDXxsRB4s7Y When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her legal crusade, women were treated differently than men by law. By the time she first put on judicial robes she had already worked a judicial revolution. Today the issues are both the same and different. At front and center is the question of sexual harassment. At the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Ginsburg had this to say about the #MeToo movement: "It's about time. For so long women were...

Read More

'The Perfect Nanny' Is The Working Mother's Murderous Nightmare

If you've seen the 1945 film noir Mildred Pierce or the 2011 HBO miniseries of the same name (both made from James M. Cain's novel), you know that story punishes Mildred for being a working mother: Her marriage breaks up, her younger daughter takes ill and dies and her elder daughter ,Vida, turns out to be a murderer — all because Mildred wasn't in the home 24/7 to oversee things. I feel about Mildred Pierce the same way I now feel about The Perfect Nanny, by Leila Slimani. I recognize that...

Read More

Conversations Live: Diet & Nutrition

Thursday night at 8:00 on WPSU-FM & TV. Experts discuss dieting and nutrition tips to help keep you healthy during the winter months. During the show, we'll take your phone calls at 1-800-543-8242.

Beyond Me Too

Tuesday through Friday at 1:00pm, WPSU presents a special series from WNYC on the Me Too movement: four one-hour conversations about how society can remedy widespread sexual harassment.

We have your morning news, ready to go!

Listen to Morning Edition, weekdays from 5:00am to 9:00am & Weekend Edition, Saturday & Sunday from 8:00am to 10:00am on WPSU-FM.

Get The New Free WPSU App!

Take public media anywhere you go with the WPSU mobile app available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and Amazon devices.

Keystone Crossroads: Rust or Revival? explores the urgent challenges pressing upon Pennsylvania's cities. WPSU is a contributing station.

WPSU's Community Calendar

Find out what's happening in Central & Northern PA on WPSU's Community Calendar! Submit your group's event at least 2 weeks in advance, and you might hear it announced on WPSU-FM.

The Folk Show on WPSU-FM

Hear locally-hosted acoustic music on The Folk Show, Sunday nights from 10pm to midnight on WPSU-FM, and Saturdays from 1-5pm on WPSU 3 (to stream it, click LISTEN LIVE above, then select WPSU3).

On-Air Schedule

Public Radio for Central & Northern Pennsylvania

Hear WPSU-FM on the radio at the frequencies listed above, or stream WPSU-FM and our two HD channels right here by clicking the LISTEN LIVE button.

WPSU Podcasts

Subscribe to our podcasts and stay on top of your world with WPSU.

NPR One: An Award-Winning Cross-Platform Experience

Since launching NPR One in 2014, we've been working to deliver a news and storytelling experience that meets users in all the places they are now and will be in the future. For the Digital Media team, this has meant designing and building focused, yet flexible apps for smartphones, smart TVs, car infotainment systems, wearable devices, voice platforms, and more. That's why we were honored to learn that Google has named NPR One the winner of the 2017 Material Design Award for Platform...

Read More

Add your voice!

Write an essay for WPSU's This I Believe or BookMark.

Reasons To Stay

In case you missed WPSU's Regional Murrow Award-winning series, "Reasons to Stay," which explores what keeps people in central Pa, check it out at the link below.

Turn Your Old Car into Public Radio!

Got an old car? The Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program will take it off your hands & turn it into great public radio on WPSU-FM. To donate your car, visit the link below or call 1-866-789-8627. Thanks!