Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Undocumented Immigrants To Fight Deportation

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday made it more difficult for undocumented immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for a long time to fight deportation. The court's 5-to-3 ruling came in the case of a man who had lived in the U.S. for 25 years but who had used a fake Social Security card to get a job as a janitor. Clemente Pereida was fined $100 under Nebraska state law after he pleaded no contest to the crime of "attempted criminal impersonation." The lower courts ruled the conviction was...

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Imagine willingly marrying someone you weren’t in love with or even remotely attracted to. Unraveling the why’s and how’s of that mess is the subject of Nancy McCabe’s new memoir, “Can This Marriage be Saved?” 

As McCabe explores this deeply personal issue, she offers insight into the changes in cultural norms since the 1970s, childhood trauma and alienation, and how class and religion guide people’s lives. She also describes how our own self-narratives, which define what we think we can do and what we think we deserve, can both shape and limit our outcomes.

The State College Police Department reported a total of four COVID-19 ordinance violations over State Patty's Day weekend. Violators of the ordinance can receive a fine up to $300.
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State College’s annual partying holiday, State Patty’s Day, took place this past weekend. Crime rates surrounding the event have dipped in recent years. That trend continued this year despite the creation of new COVID-19 citations.

This State Patty’s weekend saw the lowest crime statistics in the past 11 years.

State College and Penn State police focused enforcement on dorms and apartments close to campus. The borough encouraged rental owners to keep an eye out for large gatherings throughout the weekend as well.

Teachers putting water in bottles
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Plastic permeates Pennsylvania’s waterways, according to a study released Wednesday by PennEnvironment’s Research & Policy Center.

The environmental organization conducted a survey to study the presence of microplastics — pieces of plastic debris less than 5 millimeters long, often too tiny to be caught by water-filtration systems — in the state’s rivers, creeks, and streams.

Turns out, microplastics are everywhere.

People lining up outside of a school gym, waiting to get COVID-19 vaccines
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As the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out unevenly in Pennsylvania, Elk County is a leader in administration of shots. The rural county ranks second in the rate of fully vaccinated residents in the commonwealth, according to the Department of Health’s dashboard Tuesday. 

Montour County, where Geisinger Health is headquartered in Danville, has the highest rate of residents who are fully inoculated.

WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

World Tuberculosis Day is in March. It’s a time to raise public awareness about a deadly contagious disease that’s still prevalent in many countries, including the United States. 

Tuberculosis is a bacterial disease spread through droplets in the air. It can affect the brain, bones, and lungs. If left untreated, TB may be fatal. Symptoms include night sweats, coughing up blood, fever, and malaise.

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Sinan Aral has spent two decades studying how social media impacts our lives, from how we think about politics to how we find a romantic partner. He argues that we're now at the crossroads of a decade of techno-utopianism followed by a decade of techno-dystopianism. How to reconcile the promise and peril of social media is one of the biggest questions facing democracy today.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on February 27, 2021 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Luie Luie, Dan Auerbach, Haz Mat Modine, Josh White, Muddy Waters, Desmond Dekker, B.B. King, Leon Redbone, Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Big Joe Luskin, The White Stripes, Rev. Gary Davis, and more.

In the second hour, hear Idris Muhammad, Seasick Steve, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Muldaur, The Black Keys, Little Feat, Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Keb’ Mo’, Brian Stoltz, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show (from home edition) as broadcast on February 26, 2021, and hosted by Greg Petersen. This week, musical tributes to Chick Corea and Junior Mance who recently passed away.

In the first hour, hear Chick Corea & Gary Burton, Ann Hampton Callaway, Art Pepper, BBC Big Band,Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday, Junior Mance Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, and more.

In the second hour, hear The Earl Klugh Trio, Chick Corea, Cleo Laine, Junior Mance, Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan, Norah Jones, Al Gray, Johnny Costa, and more. 

A line outside Doggie's Pub on Pugh Street in State College July 11, 2020.
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State Patty’s Day always leads to increased partying and drinking in State College. The pandemic makes concerns higher over gatherings in State College. 

State College Mayor Ronald Filippelli said bars will see few changes since there are already COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Filippelli believes apartments and rental houses will pose the greatest threat this weekend with a chance for large gatherings.

Judith "Judy" Heumann is an activist, author, wife, and public speaker who has spent her lifetime fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. Her advocacy began at an early age, inspired in part by the ways that her mother fought to ensure that she had access to education and opportunities as a child.


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A high-profile universal basic income experiment in Stockton, Calif., which gave randomly selected residents $500 per month for two years with no strings attached, measurably improved participants' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being, according to a newly released study of the program's first year. Michael Tubbs, at the time the mayor of Stockton, Calif., speaks during a 2019 interview. A universal basic income program run by a nonprofit founded by Tubbs gave $500 a...

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Potholes, Grid Failures, Aging Tunnels And Bridges: Nation's Infrastructure Gets A C-

Just in time for pothole season, the latest report card on the nation's infrastructure shows that the needs are great but funding is lacking. Many of the country's roads, bridges, airports, dams, levees and water systems are aging and in poor to mediocre condition. And they're in need of a major federal investment to keep from getting worse and to withstand the harsh effects of a changing climate, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The group gives the nation's...

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Empty Desks At U.N. Represent Millions Of Children Who Have Missed School In Pandemic

As President Biden pushes to get U.S. schools fully open soon , an art exhibit aims to help people visualize what it means that they're closed. The outdoor installation, called "Pandemic Classroom," is at the United Nations in New York, and represents schools that have closed around the world because of the coronavirus. UNICEF says the exhibit is a "solemn reminder of the classrooms in every corner of the world that remain empty." The exhibit features bright blue, unused school bags sitting...

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Congressional Panels Examine Military's Role In Insurrection, New Security Funding

As a House panel is set to meet on new spending to ramp up Capitol security, military and federal officials will testify in a Senate hearing that is part of several congressional probes into what fueled the deadly Jan. 6 riot. Today, a House appropriations subcommittee will hear from acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman to consider new spending measures. At the same time, the Senate Homeland and Rules committees will question D.C. National Guard Maj. Gen. William Walker and...

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Friday at noon & Sunday at 7 a.m. A task force spent a year looking at mental health crisis services in Centre County. We'll talk with task force members Patricia Best and Leslie Laing.

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How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine In Your State

The COVID-19 vaccines are here, but if it's your turn to get vaccinated, how are you supposed to sign up? The answers vary by place, so NPR created a tool to help you understand how things work in your state and connect you with local resources. And we're sharing guiding principles and advice for navigating the process below. Search for your state below. (There are a few large cities with their own immunization plans that you'll find on our list as well.) Loading... Please note that the...

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