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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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The Patton Township Board of Supervisors made changes to a proposed zoning code that would encourage affordable housing and allow more density. They heard public input on May 9th during a public hearing.
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The Patton Township Board of Supervisors made changes to a proposed zoning code that could apply to the Patton Crossing project on North Atherton Street in the State College area. The new version of the code encourages developers to build more affordable housing units while allowing more density.

 

Danielle Dormer at the WPSU studios.
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This episode of Take Note is part of "State of Emergency: Searching for solutions to Pennsylvania’s opioids epidemic." State of Emergency is a combined effort of newsrooms across the state to draw attention to programs, therapies and strategies that are actually showing promise in the fight against this public health crisis.

Trailhead founder Spud Marshall stands in his living room with his dog, Bodi, surrounded by post-it notes from various project planning meetings.
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A new group in State College called "Trailhead" is working to make Centre County a more vibrant, interesting place to live.

Spud Marshall, a local entrepreneur who wears many different hats, was hiking with his dog, Bodi, at Rothrock State Forest when he got the idea for Trailhead. He realized there was no place in Centre County that acted as a guide for community engagement and change, like a trailhead sign guides a hiker to a trail.

Through his work with the community, he said people often tell him they don’t feel connected.

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An archive recording for the WPSU Jazz show as aired on May 19, 2018 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Buddy Guy, The Boogie Kings, Rev. Gary Davis, Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker, Tony Hollins, Bettye LaVette, Lead Belly, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Land Slim, Roy Bookbinder, Mudcat, and more.

In the second hour hear Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Canned Heat, B.B. Kink, Tommy Johnson, Mike Bloomfield, Doc Watson, Earl Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt, Etta James and more. 

Take Note: Find Out How TV Can Be Good For You

May 25, 2018
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What we consume is directly linked to our health and it's been that way for a long time. Consider the phrase, "You are what you eat." Or think about the term: "Junk Food."

But what about your media diet? Can TV actually be good for you? Dr. Robin Nabi of UC Santa Barbara thinks so.

WPSU's Bill Hallman talked to her about that and her 20 year career studying emotion.

How Higher Education Can Make You Feel Low

May 25, 2018
Lego Grad Student has become popular among grad students because he addresses the mental hardships that many of them deal with.
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When Hillary was working on her PhD at Penn State, she realized it had become the only thing in her life.

“It feels like this pressure and anxiety to only strengthen the grad school side of yourself,” Hillary said. “I used to like writing I used to like doing all this other stuff. I had just completely erased it from my life. I felt like those parts of my personality, I wasn’t feeling like was worthy to bring into my graduate life and my graduate career.”

Hillary didn't want to use her last name because of the personal nature of her story.

Alisha Risser owns and runs a dairy farm in Lebanon county. Having been in the business for 17 years, Risser said consistently low milk prices in recent years have been really hard for farmers.
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Along stretches of farmland on South Lincoln Avenue in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, you will notice yard signs with bright orange letters that read, “SAVE OUR LOCAL DAIRY FARMS.”

Alisha Risser owns one of those dairy farms.

Seventeen years ago, Risser and her husband started a contract with Swiss Premium, a brand of the national distributor Dean Foods. In those days, Risser said business was good.

 

I believe in the need for moderate activism to create a safer America.

Malcolm Kenyatta, who won the Democratic nod for the 181st district in the Pa. Legislature, cheers during the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016.
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The Pennsylvania Legislature is poised to soon make history as it welcomes its first openly gay lawmaker of color.

Malcolm Kenyatta won the Democratic nomination for Philadelphia’s 181st District during last week’s primary, and, given the city’s voter registration numbers, is strongly favored to assume the seat.

For the 27-year-old, who grew up in the projects, the idea of being a role model is appealing.

Students at an art class in Overbrook High School in Philadelphia in 2016. State Senator Vincent Hughes has cited Overbrook as an example of a school in need of repair.
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Pennsylvania’s system for funding school construction projects is old.

How old, you ask?

Current statute requires school districts submit their proposals in microficheformat.

“[Anything] that mentions microfiche is probably worth revisiting and looking to update,” said Pedro Rivera, Pennsylvania’s secretary of education.

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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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