Justice Department Investigating Possible Bribery-For-Pardon Scheme

Updated at 10:53 p.m. ET The Justice Department is investigating a possible secret scheme involving a bribe in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday. The 18-page court opinion is heavily redacted, and the names of the individuals under investigation are blacked out as is the identity of the person to be pardoned under the alleged plan. Still, the filings provide a glimpse into what investigators are probing. The federal court order, signed by Chief...

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FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, former Penn State president Graham Spanier walks from the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court is reinstating former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a child.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that a lower-court judge had improperly vacated Spanier’s misdemeanor conviction for the 2001 incident.

Spanier’s defense attorney declined comment.

Rendering of new nursing home
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All but one county in Pennsylvania now has a “substantial” level of community spread of COVID-19, according to the state. As community transmission continues to grow, long term care facilities are seeing a surge of cases as well.


You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

The World Health Organization defines Palliative Care as “an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness.” It allows patients to continue to seek medical treatments while obtaining pain management, and physical, psychological and spiritual support.

In this Nov. 11, 2020, file photo, a medical worker operates a testing tent at a COVID-19 mobile testing site in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
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Pennsylvania is reporting 9,797 new COVID-19 cases and 107 deaths for Sunday and Monday. That brings the statewide case total to 361,464, and the death toll to 10,383 people.

More people are now hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania than during the peak of the surge last spring, according to data shared by the state’s Department of Health Monday.

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he 2020 election left many pundits and pollsters scratching their heads about the increased support for Donald Trump among Latino voters. While these conversations seem new every election cycle, our guest this week argues they are part of a much larger story that goes all the way back to the post-WWII era.

WPSU Blues Archive - November 28, 2020

Nov 28, 2020
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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on November 28, 2020 and hosted Adam McMillan, sitting in for Max Spiegel.

In the first hour, hear tracks from Chris Smither, Big Maybelle, Nick Waterhouse, Seasick Steve, Chuck E. Weiss, Dion, Devin In A Woodpile, Louis Jordan, Howlin’ Wolf, Delta Moon, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, and more.

WPSU Jazz Archive - November 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020
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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on November 27, 2020, hosted by Amy Lorek.

In the first hour, hear the  Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Tom Browne, Andy LaVerne, LM Pagano, Cedar Walton, Randy Weston, Mood Swing, and more 

In the second hour, hear the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Frank Morgan, SuperBass, Cal Tjader, George Winston, Vince Guaraldi, Wynton Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis, John Pisano, Mark Whitfield, and more.

Taylor Mickal

Daniella Zalcman is an award-winning documentary photographer whose work focuses on the legacies of western colonization. We talked with her about her work sharing stories of indigenous peoples in North America, about the legacy of coercive assimilation, and about why we need to spend more time thinking about who is responsible for telling our collective stories

Watch Daniella’s Penn State Fall Journalism talk here.


The Altoona Area School District is building a new, $88 million high school.
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During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Altoona Area School District Board of Directors voted 5 to 4 to approve a shift to fully remote instruction beginning next Tuesday.

The decision comes as the state government has tightened COVID-19 mitigation policies intended to curb growing cases across Pennsylvania.

The vote means all 12 schools in the Altoona Area School District will be online until Feb. 1 or until Blair County sees two consecutive weeks of a disease transmission level that’s less than the current “substantial” level.


You’re listening to WPSU’s Health Minute, a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Accidents involving common household products and outside activities cause over 100,000 eye injuries each year. Many of these injuries are caused by objects, particles, chemicals or radiation. They can result in temporary or permanent vision loss.

Safety glasses can prevent eye damage and are a must for any activity that poses a risk to the eyes. This protection includes sunglasses, which can shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.


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U.K. Approves Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccine For Emergency Use

Updated at 4:30 a.m. ET The U.K. has formally approved Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, becoming the first Western country to OK its use for the general public. The British regulatory agency, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, or MHRA, announced early Wednesday the approval of the vaccine from Pfizer and the German company BioNTech for emergency use. The vaccine promises up to 95% protection against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Prime Minister Boris...

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Enrollment By International Students In U.S. Colleges Plummets

Nikita Chinchwade moved from India to the U.S. last fall to get a master's degree. "It had been a dream of mine for a very long time because of the quality of education here," she says. The U.S. has historically been a top destination for international students. At last count there were more than a million. They're attracted by the high-tech facilities and opportunities for research; the easy, nonhierarchical interaction between faculty and students; and the open, social e­nvironment on...

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'Someone's Going To Get Killed': Ga. Official Blasts GOP Silence On Election Threats

Updated at 10:55 p.m. ET A top election official in Georgia had strong words for President Trump and other top Republican leaders who have attacked Georgia's election system in recent weeks after reports of harassment and death threats against officials overseeing the state's recount. "Someone's going to get hurt, someone's going to get shot, someone's going to get killed," Gabriel Sterling, with the secretary of state's office, said Tuesday afternoon in an emotional and forceful news...

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Psychologist Says Tailored Messaging Is Key For Effective Public Health Policy

For public health leaders, understanding different communication styles and preferences — and how people respond to them — is key to reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Humans often don't behave logically. Their decisions don't always follow the evidence. Those are among the ideas that Gaurav Suri considers in his work studying decision-making and motivation. He's an experimental psychologist and a computational neuroscientist at San Francisco State University. Not surprisingly, choosing...

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Barr: DOJ Has No Evidence Of Fraud Affecting 2020 Election Outcome

The Justice Department has found no evidence of widespread fraud in this year's election, Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Tuesday in remarks that directly contradict the President Trump's baseless claims that the vote was rigged. Trump has refused to concede his election loss to Joe Biden and instead has pushed unfounded allegations of systemic fraud to claim the vote was stolen. His lawyers have failed to provide evidence in court to back up the claims and...

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Biden Administration: Here's Who Has Been Named So Far

Updated on Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m. ET President-elect Joe Biden is assembling his inner circle of advisers and Cabinet officials as Inauguration Day on Jan. 20 draws closer. Biden named some of the key members of his economic team, including Janet Yellen to lead the Treasury Department. Yellen served as the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve during the Obama administration and would be the first woman to run the Treasury Department. He said he will nominate Princeton University labor economist...

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Do you have an NPR fan in your life? From masks to mugs to hoodies and socks, the NPR Shop has got you covered head to toe. With hundreds of items to choose from, NPR is your one-stop shop for holiday gift buying. Check out our gift guide HERE . Be sure to take advantage of our black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. Between November 27th and 30th, use promo code NPRGIFT20 and receive 20% off your entire purchase! Still not sure what to buy? See our suggestions for the special people in your life:...

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