Allison Keyes http://nhpr.org en 150 Years On, Arlington National Cemetery Honors Its First Burial http://nhpr.org/post/150-years-arlington-national-cemetery-honors-its-first-burial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A wreath laying ceremony this morning marked the 150th anniversary of the first military burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Army Private William Christman was a member of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 48423 at http://nhpr.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens http://nhpr.org/post/nearly-3-years-after-quake-washington-monument-reopens-doors The Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday for the first time since a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/26/140819486/video-atop-washington-monument-visitors-scrambled-during-quake">2011 earthquake</a> caused significant damage to the obelisk. More than 20,000 stones had to be inspected. Scores turned out for a ceremony under sunny skies.<p>Children sang; the U.S. Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed; and red, white and blue stars decorated the stage set up in front of the gleaming monument. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 48355 at http://nhpr.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens Under Fire, Maryland Dealer Drops Plans To Sell Smart Gun http://nhpr.org/post/under-fire-maryland-dealer-drops-plans-sell-smart-gun Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>A gun store in Maryland had been set to become the first in the country to sell something called a smart gun. But after receiving death threats, the owner of that store has changed his mind. The Armatix iP1 is electrically programmed to make it hard for anyone but the gun's owner to fire the weapon. Some gun rights activists worry that if the pistol is popular, lawmakers will require all firearms to adopt this technology. That, they say, will encroach upon second amendment rights. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 47863 at http://nhpr.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates http://nhpr.org/post/fossil-fans-get-their-dino-fix-smithsonian-renovates Huge lines of people, kids in tow, are waiting to get into the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the world's second-most visited museum.<p>Right inside the lobby, a cast of the skull of the new <em>Tyrannosaurus rex</em> the museum just acquired is stopping visitors dead in their tracks.<p>"We wanted to get up here before the exhibit for the dinosaurs closed," says Crystal Epley, who took a three-hour trip from Broadway, Va., to bring her son, John.<p>Fossil fans like the Epleys are flocking to get a final glimpse of the popular dinosaur and fossil hall before it closes on Mond Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 47475 at http://nhpr.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://nhpr.org/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 45275 at http://nhpr.org Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://nhpr.org/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 44844 at http://nhpr.org As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://nhpr.org/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 44454 at http://nhpr.org Delaware, Nevada Sign First Multistate Internet Gaming Deal http://nhpr.org/post/delaware-nevada-sign-first-multi-state-inernet-gaming-deal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with dealing with long distance.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Dealing - we're talking about poker. Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will one day get to sit at the same virtual table. This week, their governors signed the first multi-state Internet gambling law.<p>NPR's Allison Keyes reports that while some casino I'm not so thrilled, the states see a winning hand.<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The pact sets a framework for the two states to work out regulatory standards for online poker games. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 44311 at http://nhpr.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://nhpr.org/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43921 at http://nhpr.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company Maryland Drug Officials Worry Over A Deadly Mixture http://nhpr.org/post/maryland-drug-officials-worry-over-deadly-mixture Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Tomorrow in Maryland, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration will sit down with other law enforcement groups to talk through some big questions. Tainted heroin has recently killed at least 50 people across several states, and they want to find out where it's coming from. The heroin is laced with the powerful painkiller fentanyl. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43149 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers To Address Delaware's Troubled Casino Industry http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-address-delawares-troubled-casino-industry Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Delaware's gambling industry is struggling. Revenues at the state's three casinos have steadily declined in recent years, as competition from neighboring states grows. A state task force is set to make recommendations to lawmakers this week to save the troubled casino industry from layoffs - or worse. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF BACKGROUND CASINO NOISES)<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: Earlier this week, Lisa Vespucci was bopping across the floor between rows of flashing, beeping slot machines and a table surrounded with black-jack players. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:48:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42684 at http://nhpr.org Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast http://nhpr.org/post/storm-and-stress-visit-east-coast Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A fast-moving winter storm is barreling across the mid-Atlantic and up the East Coast today. Some places are expecting up to a foot of snow. The blizzard conditions from Virginia to Massachusetts will be followed by bitterly cold temperatures. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42212 at http://nhpr.org D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind http://nhpr.org/post/dc-barbecue-joint-serves-food-soul-and-mind Chef Furard Tate is the kind of man who never sits still. He flits from the order desk at Inspire BBQ back to the busy kitchen, where young men are seasoning sauce, cooking macaroni and cheese, and finishing off some dry-rubbed ribs smoked on a grill.<p>"We grill on a real grill," Tate says. "None of this electric stuff."<p>But as important as the food is, Tate says it's also important that it's made by young hands who must learn a slow, consistent process.<p>Washington, D.C., has a thriving restaurant market with a plethora of restaurants serving its multicultural residents. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 42156 at http://nhpr.org D.C. Barbecue Joint Serves Food For Soul And Mind Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame http://nhpr.org/post/sweet-16-and-barreling-toward-cowgirl-racing-fame Megan Yurko is small, but she's a big name in barrel racing. And the 16-year-old is on track to be crowned the world's top cowgirl barrel racer at the upcoming International Professional Rodeo Association's finals in Oklahoma City.<p>Just under 4-foot-10, Megan depends on her 1,200-pound filly Beea in a sport where the fastest rider around three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern wins.<p>"The thrill of it all is awesome," Megan says.<p>Megan's father, Karl Yurko, is a veterinarian, and like his daughter, he loves this sport. "First barrel's the money barrel," he says. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:48:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 41995 at http://nhpr.org Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch http://nhpr.org/post/historic-house-yours-free-theres-catch This little house is looking for a home.<p>In the past five years, 600 single-family homes have been demolished in Arlington, Va., many to make way for larger houses, according to a preservation group. One architectural firm is so determined to save one 1920s Sears kit house from demolition, it's giving the house away for free. But there's a catch: the buyer would need to pay to move it to a new location.<p>The 960-square-foot house is a Wellington model, a style of home Sears sold by catalog in 1926 through its mail order Modern Homes program. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 41655 at http://nhpr.org Historic House Is Yours Free, But There's A Catch