U.S. Supreme Court And Federal Judges Both Reaffirm New Pennsylvania District Map

UPDATED Monday, 3/19, 3:41pm: After the federal judge ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court also decided to keep in place a revised map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, turning down a separate request from Republican leaders in the state Legislature. A panel of federal judges on Monday dismissed a legal challenge by Republican congressmen to a district map imposed last month by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The decision does not end litigation over the matter, but it makes it much more...

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues Show as broadcast on February 24, 2018, and hosted by Max Spiegel.  

In the first hour, hear tracks from Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Nina Simone, Sam Cooke, Alabama Shakes, Hot Tuna, Rev. Gary Davis, Ry Cooder, Dr. John, Michael Hurley, Cory Harris, Little Feat, and more.

In the second hour, hear Zuzu Bollin, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Skip James, The White Stripes, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Witherspoon, Wilson Pickett, Frank Zappa, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - February 23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018
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An archive edition of the WPSU Jazz show as broadcast on February 23, 2018 and hosted by Greg Halpin.

The first hour of the program featues all new jazz releases from Ken Fowser, Gary Smulyan, Ryan Meagher, Walter Smith III, Rodney Jordan, The Voices of Time, Wardrobe Quintet, the Shinya Fukumori Trio, The Bad Plus, and Roberto Tarenzi, James Cammack & Jorge Rossy. 

Cease and desist

A State College organization that offers daytime shelter for the homeless has received a notice to stop fundraising.

Hearts for Homeless is tucked in the lower level of a building near the corner of Fraser Street and College Avenue. Inside, homeless people have a place to go during the day and find help getting connected to services.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State University has announced it will start equipping on-campus officers with naloxone, an opioid overdose antidote.

Officers on its University Park Campus have been trained on how to administer the medication and how to recognize an overdose. The university says officers will start carrying the medication Friday.

Penn State police say they decided to join university paramedics in carrying the medication due to a higher demand in rural areas.

This interview originally aired on May 6, 2016.

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a new map for the state’s Congressional districts. That means new boundaries for U.S. House districts, including those in central and northern Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy reports that some candidates who were running in the primary are moving ahead, while others say they haven’t decided.

For starters, forget the old numbers for Congressional districts in Pennsylvania. The new map from the state Supreme Court completely shifts those districts around.  

Sunil Yapa’s debut novel “Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist” breaks the mold of our current polarized political climate and examines a controversial moment in American history from multiple angles. In doing so, the author, who is a State College native, reminds readers of the value that comes from trying to understand one another.

Lots of Blues on this episode of the Folk Show Road Show.   Oregon song poet David Jacob Strain on slide guitar and Bob Beach on harmonica start off the show. Their music as been said to "merge blues, folk, rock and indie pop into an engaging American brew with pockets of funk and reggae around the edges." We recorded them at a house concert in State College  on Aug 15, 2017.    

Director Takes On U.S. Paid Leave Issue In "Zero Weeks"

Feb 19, 2018
Ky Dickens filming "Zero Weeks."
Ky Dickens

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 will be screened Tuesday in State College.

The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
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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.


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A new study conducted by researchers at Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau, finds that in 99 percent of neighborhoods in the United States, black boys earn less in adulthood than white boys who come from similar socioeconomic backgrounds. This undermines the widely-held belief that class, not race, is the most fundamental predictor of economic outcomes for children in the U.S.

As Vladimir Putin won a fourth term on Sunday, reports have surfaced of election observers being harassed and intimidated that day and in the days leading up to the vote.

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Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

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Uber Suspends Self-Driving Tests After Pedestrian Is Killed In Arizona

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WPSU's 2018 Election Coverage

Find candidate profiles, information on the newly drawn PA Congressional districts, resources on voter registration, and more on WPSU's Vote '18 web portal.

The new map of Pennsylvania Congressional districts, released February 19 by the PA Supreme Court.
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