Brian Naylor http://nhpr.org en Proposal To Allow State Tolls On Interstates Hits Roadblocks http://nhpr.org/post/proposal-allow-state-tolls-interstates-hits-roadblocks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Let's talk a little more now about the effort to refill the federal highway trust fund, which is expected to run out of cash later this summer. A short-term fix passed the house earlier this week, and the Senate is said to consider a similar measure - that's the short term. Then there's the question of the longer-term. One possible solution from the White House would let states collect tolls on interstate highways. They've been prohibited from doing that for decades. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 52089 at http://nhpr.org Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://nhpr.org/post/governors-talk-infrastructure-annual-meeting The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 51798 at http://nhpr.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://nhpr.org/post/oklahoma-senate-race-choice-between-two-deep-shades-red In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.<p>The winner of the GOP primary will all but certainly become Oklahoma's next U.S. senator — the state is among the reddest of red states, as red as the meat served at the Cattlemens' Steakhouse. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 50716 at http://nhpr.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals http://nhpr.org/post/va-students-abuzz-star-professors-become-political-rivals The upset of Rep. Eric Cantor by Dave Brat in Tuesday's primary rocked Washington. It also left its stamp on a tiny college in Ashland, Va. Brat is a professor at Randolph-Macon College — as is his next opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell.<p>Randolph-Macon is a small liberal arts college of about 1,300 students, founded by the United Methodist Church in 1830. The chances that two of its professors would be opponents in a congressional campaign were, before this week, microscopic. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 50085 at http://nhpr.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://nhpr.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49952 at http://nhpr.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks http://nhpr.org/post/yellowstone-grand-canyon-wpa-posters-celebrate-national-parks If you've ever been to a national park and stopped off in the gift shop, you may have seen drawings of iconic park sights for sale as posters or post cards. The brightly colored print reproductions showcase the parks' impressive vistas, such as Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon's overlooks.<p>The originals of some of those prints are currently on display in an exhibit called "<a href="http://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum/posterity.cfm">Posterity</a>" at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49155 at http://nhpr.org From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks As Man Faces Off With Nature More Often, U.S. Agency Scrutinized http://nhpr.org/post/man-faces-nature-more-often-us-agency-scrutinized <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ju2e0InMus</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 46285 at http://nhpr.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate http://nhpr.org/post/rising-gop-star-oklahoma-aims-us-senate The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.<p>Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.<p>On Saturday night, the Comanche County Republican Party held its annual barbecue. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45936 at http://nhpr.org A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate Toyota, Justice Department Reach Settlement On Recall http://nhpr.org/post/toyota-justice-department-reach-settlement-recall The Justice Department announced Wednesday that it has reached a billion-dollar agreement with Toyota, settling a federal probe into the company's handling of a recall for faulty gas pedals. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 45293 at http://nhpr.org Government Printing Office Is Churning Out Less Paper http://nhpr.org/post/government-printing-office-churning-out-less-paper Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The government is often dismissed as nothing but paper-shuffling bureaucrats, but in reality, there's a lot less paper being shuffled these days. Far fewer copies of the federal budget came off government presses this week, just one example of how Washington is trying to wean itself off paper and to online distribution of information.<p>Of course, this being Washington, this is not without controversy, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The Government Printing Office is an imposing New Deal-era edifice, a few blocks from the U.S. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:04:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44609 at http://nhpr.org Behind The Curtain At The Clinton White House http://nhpr.org/post/behind-curtain-clinton-white-house Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The Clinton Library and the National Archives released some 4,000 documents today from the Clinton administration. Among other things, the papers the deal with the Clinton's defeated healthcare reforms and then First Lady Hillary Clinton's image. They're part of a trove of documents and the first of several batches to be made public. NPR's Brian Naylor has been going through them and he joins me now. Brian, welcome.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: Hi, Melissa.<p>BLOCK: And why the release now? Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:01:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 44351 at http://nhpr.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience http://nhpr.org/post/west-virginia-polluted-water-squeezes-wallets-and-patience Nate May's Prius is loaded down with water. The back is filled with boxes, each holding three one-gallon jugs that he just bought at Walmart. He and other volunteers are driving around Charleston, W.V., dropping off the jugs to people who have contacted his ad hoc group, the West Virginia Clean Water Hub. It's paid for with donations.<p>"There are a lot of people this has put in a difficult bind. Some of them can't get out, some of them are elderly, some of them — it's just too much of a financial burden," May says. Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43531 at http://nhpr.org In West Virginia, Polluted Water Squeezes Wallets And Patience Congressional Panel Probes W.Va. Chemical Spill http://nhpr.org/post/congressional-panel-probes-wva-chemical-spill Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>SENATOR JAY ROCKEFELLER: I wouldn't drink that water if you paid me.<p>INSKEEP: That's West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller yesterday, telling NPR he does not trust his own state's water. More than a month has passed since a chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without usable tap water. Specifically, residents were told not to drink or cook with the water.<p>While the ban has been lifted, officials will not declare the water safe to drink. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:56:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43350 at http://nhpr.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services http://nhpr.org/post/post-office-could-rack-billions-offering-money-services As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money each year, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a check cashing card that would allow holders to make purchases and pay bills online or even take out small loans. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:25:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 43163 at http://nhpr.org Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services Undermanned And Limited, Chemical Safety Board Confronts A Crisis http://nhpr.org/post/undermanned-and-limited-chemical-safety-board-confronts-crisis Transcript <p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: I'm Brian Naylor in Washington.<p>The agency responsible for investigating just what happened in Charleston is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. It's a relative newcomer to Washington. It first got to work in 1998 and was modeled after the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates plane crashes and other transportation accidents. The Chemical Safety Board's mission is to investigate significant chemical accidents. Its current chairman is Rafael Moure-Eraso, an academic and native of Colombia. He says the issue of chemical safety in the U.S. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:15:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 42922 at http://nhpr.org