Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds

The Trump administration sought to rush the transfer of American nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the law, a new report from the House Oversight and Reform Committee alleges. Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings' staff issued an "interim staff" report Tuesday, citing "multiple whistleblowers" who raised ethical and legal concerns about the process. "They have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisers at the White House who...

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Elaine Meder Wilgus served as emcee for Nerd Nite (wearing a dress she made from a book).
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“Nerd Nite” has come to Central Pennsylvania! The first event in a monthly series took place last week State College.

Semih Eser, a professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering, started off the evening with Turkish music on guitar. He played to a capacity crowd, gathered for the inaugural Nerd Nite at Webster’s Bookstore Café.

“I’m at Nerd Nite because I want to be surrounded by my fellow nerds,” said Bill Arden of State College, a retired college astronomy teacher. He sat at a table in the back.

What does Arden think of when he hears the word “nerd?” 

This episode is the first in a series examining the state of democracy around the world. First up is Hungary, a country that's often referred to in a group of countries in central and Eastern Europe that are seeing authoritarian leaders rise to power. You might have heard of Viktor Orbán or know that the country is in some way associated with George Soros, but beyond that, it's not a place many of us spend a lot of time thinking about.

Mark Focht is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for New York City Parks.

He previously worked in Philadelphia for more than 15 years, including serving as First Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation.

He talks with us about his passion for improving the quality and accessibility of urban environments and how green spaces help our health and well-being.

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An archive recording of the WPSU Blues show as aired on February 16, 2019 and hosted by Max Spiegel. 

In the first hour, hear tracks from Nina Simone, Paul Brasch, Johnny Shines, Watermelon Slim, The Yardbirds, Frank Zappa, Leon Redbone, Shelia Wilcoxson, Eric Bibb, Ry Cooder, G-Love & The Special Sauce, and more.

In hour two, hear Leadbelly, Larkin Poe, Dr. John, Cephas & Wiggins, Roy Bookbinder, Greg Brown, Taj Mahall, Professor Longhair, Buddy Guy, Mary Flower, and more. 

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An archive recording of the WPSU Jazz Show as broadcast on February 15, 2019, and hosted by Greg Petersen.

The show has a Valentine’s Day theme and in the first hour, hear tracks from Gerry Mulligan, Brad Mehldau Trio, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dee Daniels, Joe Pass Quartet, John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Johnny Costa, and more.

In the second hour, hear Joshua Redman, Kenny Barron, Diana Krall, Nat King Cole, Ray Brown Trio with Ulf Wakenius, Monty Alexander Trio, Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra, Billie Holiday, and more.

 

This I Believe: I Believe In Forgiveness

Feb 14, 2019

My dream had always been to play basketball in college. But during my junior year of high school, I got a severe concussion. In the months that followed, I went through concussion therapy, different drugs and steroids, and seven different doctors. By August 21, 2015, I was progressing well in therapy—so well that I was going to be cleared that day. I was in the car with my sister on my way to my very last appointment. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to play basketball again for my senior season, and then in college.

Two Centre County commissioners talk with Gov. Tom Wolf
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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday the state is going to build the stretch of U.S. Route 322 in Centre County known as the missing link. The project will cost $670 million dollars and will, Wolf said, make “the long-awaited route connection a reality.”

“As they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step and that’s what we’re doing here,” Wolf said while making the announcement in a hotel outside of State College where the current two-lane highway runs.

Developers for the Patton Crossing project in the State College area submitted a sketch plan for public comment on Wednesday.
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Developers for the Patton Crossing project in the State College area submitted a sketch plan for public comment on Wednesday.

In the proposed plan, the Patton Crossing project will have a main entrance on North Atherton street. Three one-story commercial buildings will face the busy road.

The hotel, which was originally placed on the south side of the project, has been brought to the center of the 28-arce lot, farther from the Park Forest neighborhood.

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The eclectic string quintet Sybarite 5 plays at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium tonight at 7:30.  When the group played at Penn State in 2016, WPSU's Kristine Allen filed this report on the group.

In his book "Can Democracy Work? A Short History of A Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World," James Miller encapsulates 2500 years of democracy history into about 250 pages — making the case that “people power” will always need to be at the heart of any successful democracy.

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The top officers of the fashion giant Burberry are apologizing for clothing a model in a hoodie with a cord knotted in the shape of a noose at the company's London Fashion Week show on Sunday.

Initial reaction against the hoodie and nooselike drawstring came from one of the company's own models. Burberry has dropped the item from its collection.

The Negro Motorist Green Book was a lifeline for African Americans travelling during racial segregation. It listed hotels, restaurants, barbershops and gas stations which welcomed black customers. A new project is documenting all North Carolina sites listed in the Green Book.

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West Virginia's Education Bill Dies As Teachers Strike

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Uranium Ore Stored At Grand Canyon Park Museum Unlikely To Have Been Dangerous

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Chinese 'Ivory Queen' Sentenced To 15 Years In Jail In Tanzania

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16 States Sue Over Trump's National Emergency Declaration

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Ending Homelessness: How New Orleans Reduced Their Homeless Population By 90 Percent

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Roger Stone Ordered To Appear In Court Following Post That Criticized Judge

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With More Kids Vaping, Should Parents Test Them?

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Poll: 6-In-10 Disapprove Of Trump's Declaration Of A National Emergency

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Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET President Trump pushed forward Tuesday with his plan to launch a space force as a new branch of the military. But it would at first be under the umbrella of the Air Force, and it requires approval of Congress — which is far from certain. This represents at least a temporary shift. Trump had stated that he wanted a space force that is "separate but equal" from the Air Force. "America must be fully equipped to defend our vital interests. Our adversaries are training...

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Bernie Sanders Launches 2020 Presidential Campaign, No Longer An Underdog

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Queen And Lambert To Rock The Oscars

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In Arkansas, Thousands Of People Have Lost Medicaid Coverage Over New Work Rule

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Take Note: Penn State Laureate John Champagne

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WPSU's Art for the Airwaves Contest

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on February 28. The winning work will be reproduced as a limited edition poster, to be offered as a "thank-you" gift during WPSU-FM's April fundraising drive.

Gospel Roots of Rock & Soul

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