Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro had asked that involuntary manslaughter charges be reinstated against fraternity members in the hazing death of Penn State student Tim Piazza.
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Arguments Conclude In Another Penn State Hazing Hearing, Ruling To Come

Both sides gave closing statements on Wednesday in the fourth preliminary hearing of the Penn State hazing case. All seven defendants face charges that had been dismissed by two districts judges earlier this year. The charges were refiled by the attorney general’s office. Prosecutors allege these former fraternity brothers conspired and committed hazing, resulting in the death of pledge Tim Piazza. In their closing arguments, defense attorneys said their clients had limited interaction with...

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Yesterday, WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reported on Centre County's Out of the Cold and Hearts for the Homeless programs. Today, we'll hear about the year-round reality of homelessness in State College, a town where many might assume homelessness isn't a concern.

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For many of our listeners, the worst thing a colder-than-usual winter can bring is a higher heating bill.  But for the homeless, the frigid temperatures could be a matter of life and death.  How do Centre County residents who don’t have a home get out of the cold?

For many of our listeners, the worst a colder-than-usual winter can bring is an expensive heating bill. But for the homeless, the frigid temperatures could be a matter of life or death. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner talks with Centre County residents about how those without homes get out of the cold.  

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This week WPSU is taking a look at water issues in central Pennsylvania. Today, WPSU’s Emily Reddy explores the massive task of supplying and cleaning the water used by students, faculty, staff and visitors at Penn State University. 

Hearts for the Homeless, a drop-in day center located in downtown State College, opened its doors for the first time yesterday. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner reports.  

I was born weighing 2 pounds and 4 ounces. I was small, even for a newborn in a big world. While in the womb, the doctor gave my brother and me a low chance of survival because the umbilical cord was struggling to support us both. Despite this, we were born with no severe handicaps. By the time I was nine, however, I realized I was different from other kids my age.

At school, while other kids talked and played, I stayed at my desk. I struggled to understand what was being taught, and I was too afraid to ask for help. My mom wondered if something was wrong with me.

Joel Rubin is the Director of Policy and Government Affairs at Ploughshares Fund, a foundation dedicated preventing the use and spread of nuclear weapons. We'll talk with him about the recent Iran nuclear weapons deal and why Americans should be concerned about the state of nuclear weapons today.

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WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner shadows Penn State School of International Affairs students as they participate in a simulation of a UN peace conference centered on a complicated international issue.  

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While it's been over a month since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, Penn State students are working to ensure the victims continue to receive support for recovery. WPSU's Kate Lao Shaffner has personal connections to the Philippines. She reports recovery is ongoing, but there's reason to be optimistic.  

In a time when potential employers are increasingly interested in more than just a grade point average, students are turning to internships, even in disciplines that don't require it.  


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Congressional Republicans stuck by President Trump Wednesday, one day after one of his former top associates was convicted on federal charges and another pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts, implicating Trump in payoffs to two women in the lead up to the 2016 election.

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Sometimes your success depends on how your competitors behave. People judge you not just by your product, but by the product that your rival down the street makes.

This is a problem for Lou Caracciolo. He's trying to make high-quality wine, from grapes he grows in New Jersey. But Jersey wine already has a reputation — and fancy isn't it. On today's show: Can New Jersey become the next Napa?

A lot of the economists profiled by Linda Yueh in her book "What Would The Great Economists Do?" are household names: John Maynard Keynes, Adam Smith and Karl Marx.

So we asked Linda to talk to us about two economists whose work has been underrated by history. Joan Robinson, which Linda calls probably the most influential female economist of the 20th century, and Irving Fisher, who came up with the highly influential debt-deflation theory but also made some pretty poor calls on the economy.

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Names Of Accused Bishops To Be Removed From Buildings At 2 Catholic Pa. Colleges

Officials at the University of Scranton and King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. have announced that buildings once honoring now-disgraced bishops will be renamed and that the bishops' honorary degrees will be revoked. The move is part of the continuing fallout in the state and across the country from last week's massive report on clergy sex abuse . As the full effect of the sweeping grand jury report comes into view, many Catholic schools and universities feel as if they are in the eye of the...

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DNC Reports Attempted Cyberattack To Feds, Says No Compromise Of Voter Database

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET The Democratic National Committee has reported what it called a cyberattack-in-progress to the FBI, but says none of its voter or other data was accessed or stolen. Two tech companies detected the creation of a fake login page that appeared to be a trap to collect users' login information for the party voter database, a DNC official said in a statement. The DNC asked the companies involved to suspend the attacker's account and shut down the fake page. The party says it...

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5 Lawsuits Over Census Citizenship Question Overcome Trump Efforts To Block

A federal judge in Maryland is allowing a lawsuit over the hotly contested citizenship question on the 2020 census to proceed, bringing the total number of lawsuits judges have greenlighted despite the Trump administration's efforts to get them tossed out of court to five. In an opinion released Wednesday , U.S. District Judge George Hazel rejected the Trump administration's efforts to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a group of residents from Maryland and Arizona. Hazel is allowing the...

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Hawaii Braces For Hurricane Lane, Now A Category 4

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET Hurricane Lane has been downgraded to a Category 4 storm as it moves closer to Hawaii, the National Weather Service said Wednesday . The NWS says a hurricane warning is in effect for Maui and Hawaii, which is also known as the Big Island, while the islands of Kauai and Oahu, where Honolulu is located, are under a hurricane watch. "The center of Lane will track dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday," the weather service said. ...

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Hungary Intentionally Denying Food To Asylum-Seekers, Watchdog Groups Say

Hungary's government has stopped providing food to adult asylum-seekers who have been denied but have appealed their cases, prompting outcry from human rights groups and intervention from the European Court of Human Rights. Authorities have not only refused to provide food to those asylum-seekers, but also denied them permission to buy their own food and blocked attempts by outside groups to donate food, according to the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights watchdog group based in...

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Cohen Plea Deal Makes Trump 'Unindicted Co-Conspirator,' Watergate Prosecutor Says

The plea deal Tuesday involving President Trumps former personal attorney Michael Cohen makes Trump an unindicted co-conspirator, says Nick Akerman , a former Watergate prosecutor now in private practice. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts in federal court , saying he made illegal campaign payments at the direction of a candidate for federal office a candidate Cohens lawyer says is Trump . The term unindicted co-conspirator was used by the Watergate grand jury to describe President Nixons...

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Democrat Beto O'Rourke Wants To Woo Texas Away From Ted Cruz

Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto ORourke is putting up a noteworthy fight against Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming midterm elections, trailing Cruz by single digits in the polls. But ORourke winning the seat would be a long shot in Texas, which hasnt elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1988. Here & Now s Jeremy Hobson speaks with ORourke ( @BetoORourke ) from the campaign trail. Follow along with our 2018 midterm elections coverage Interview Highlights On his reaction to Michael Cohens...

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Foster Parents Often Struggle To Find Doctors To Treat The Kids In Their Care

Sherri and Thomas Croom have been foster parents to 27 children — from newborns to teenagers — during the past decade. That has meant visits to dozens of doctors and dentists for issues ranging from a tonsillectomy to depression. While foster parenting has innumerable challenges, health care coverage for the children isn't one of them. Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor, picks up the tab for nearly all children in foster care and often continues to cover them if...

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Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Indicted On Charges Of Misusing Campaign Money

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife have been indicted on charges of diverting campaign money to pay for personal and family expenses. Early in 2016 the San Diego Union-Tribune asked Hunter about some of his campaign spending. The expenses included his children's school tuition, video games and an oral surgeon. The Federal Election Commission began investigating, and so did the nonpartisan Office of Congressional Ethics, the House Ethics Committee and, finally, federal...

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How Social Media Came To The Rescue After Kerala's Floods

Devastating rainfall followed by treacherous landslides have killed 210 people since August 8 and displaced over a million in the southern Indian state of Kerala. India's National Disaster Relief Force launched its biggest ever rescue operation in the state, evacuating over 10,000 people. The Indian army and the navy were deployed as well. But they had some unexpected assistance. Thousands of Indian citizens used mobile phone technology and social media platforms to mobilize relief efforts....

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Long Before Facebook, The KGB Spread Fake News About AIDS

A few years ago, historian Douglas Selvage discovered the blueprint for a fake news campaign. It was a 1985 cable from the Stasi, the former East German police, outlining how the Soviet Union and its allies were working to promote the idea that AIDS was an American biological weapon. "We are carrying a complex of active measures, in connection with the appearance in recent years, of a new, dangerous disease in the United States: Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS." It was a smoking...

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Opera Singer David Daniels Accused Of Rape

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET David Daniels — a much-celebrated artist in classical music — has been accused of drugging and raping Samuel Schultz, a young singer, in 2010. Schultz is also accusing Daniel's then-boyfriend and now-husband, conductor Scott Walters . The accusation was first published on Wednesday in the New York Daily News . Daniels, now 52, is a top singer in the world of opera; as a highly specialized countertenor , he has been in very high demand around the globe. In 2002, the New...

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The Eddie Severn Quartet will play Thursday September 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Penn State’s Palmer Museum of Art. Tickets are free, but limited. So reserve yours now at the link below!

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