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5:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Many Millennials Expect To Spend Decades Paying For College

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 9:01 am

When Morning Edition asked millennials what their concerns are, almost two-thirds responded college debt. David Greene talks to three women, who are wading through massive college debts.

5:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Court To Hear Utah's Appeal In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

Same-sex marriage in Utah goes before a federal appeals court on Thursday. A three-judge panel will hear Utah's appeal of a lower court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban.

5:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

Ex-Interns Want Credit For Taco Bell Idea

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

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And our last word in business today is: Getting Credit for a Crunch.

Crunch, as in the sound of biting into a Doritos Locos Tacos. A variety Taco Bell has been serving since 2012. But four former Taco Bell interns say they came up with the idea all the way back in 1995. Andrea Watt and three fellow interns were told that their idea wasn't really all that marketable. But Taco Bell has netted $1 billion from the Doritos Locos Tacos. The former interns say they don't want money, just a little bit of recognition.

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5:19am

Thu April 10, 2014
NPR Story

After Avoiding Bankruptcy, Greece Resumes Bond Sales

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:54 am

Over the past 4 years, Greece has endured a crippling debt crisis, and was bailed out twice. David Greene talks to Nick Malkoutzis, editor of Macropolis, an economic and political website in Athens.

7:48am

Wed April 9, 2014
Politics

Howie Hawkins begins second run for governor

Howie Hawkins, from Syracuse, is running for governor again as a Green Party candidate.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Howie Hawkins, a longtime member of the Green Party, has kicked off another campaign for governor of New York, this time with a goal to win four times as many votes as he did four years ago.

Hawkins lives on Syracuse’s south side and works for UPS. Over the years, he’s run for everything from Common Council to Congress.

In 2010, he notched just shy of 60,000 votes and raised $45,000 in his bid for governor. That was more votes than any other third party candidate. He’s hoping to quadruple both those numbers in November.

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7:34am

Wed April 9, 2014
Around the Nation

Police Dispatcher Listens To Burglary In Progress

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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7:30am

Wed April 9, 2014
Around the Nation

1969 Birthday Greeting Arrives Decades Late

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with a birthday message that might have grown sweeter with age.

A man residing on East 12th Street in Brooklyn recently received a letter postmarked in 1969. It was addressed to Susan Heifetz, who'd lived at the apartment with her family as a child. The letter wished her a happy 19th birthday. When the man contacted Heifetz, she asked if there was any sign of who it came from. On the back there was a lipstick mark. Her late mother did like to seal letters with a kiss.

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7:17am

Wed April 9, 2014
Politics and Government

Medical marijuana next big issue for state legislature after lengthy spring break

Now that the state budget is done, the focus at the Capitol is shifting to other priorities, including whether to allow medical marijuana. Advocates came to the Capitol to lobby lawmakers, but the bill is getting bogged down over political skirmishes.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver caused a bit of a stir when he seemed to say that a bill to legalize medical marijuana might be dead for the year, saying he does not think it has a future in the 2014 session.

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6:52am

Wed April 9, 2014
Business

State's beer, wine and distillery summit now includes cideries

Local beers are displayed during the second wine and beer summit held by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Karen Dewitt WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo hosted his second beer, wine, spirits, and now cider summit, to showcase one of the state’s few growth industries.

The owners of breweries, distilleries, wineries, and for the first time, cideries, gathered at the Capitol to share ideas about growing the industry. They also heard a pep talk by Cuomo, who says a few thousand new jobs have been created.

“We also can be a major facilitator,” Cuomo said. “A lot of your business is about promotion."

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6:44am

Wed April 9, 2014
Energy

Pennsylvania residents voice opinions over proposed pipeline that would go through Southern Tier

The proposed pipeline would run through Pennsylvania and into New York.
Constitution Pipeline

Recently, Pennsylvania residents had the opportunity to voice their concerns or support for the Constitution Pipeline project, which would enter New York through Broome County and connect to an existing upstate pipeline. It was the last public hearing before its final approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.

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6:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Sixth Grade Investors Outdo College Investment Clubs

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

Math classes at Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., made a number of investments. One of the classes beat out investment clubs at universities including Cornell, Columbia and NYU.

6:40am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Tax Preparers Often Get Returns Wrong

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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We'll begin NPR's business news with a tax audit.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Tax Day is less than a week away, everyone. And the Government Accountability Office just examined the work of 19 paid tax preparers - 17 got things wrong. Things like, failing to report tips as income or mistakenly applying certain tax credits.

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6:33am

Wed April 9, 2014
Energy

Symposium draws focus toward future renewable energy use

Speakers discussed the future of renewable energy during a panel discussion.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

New technology could play a vital role in the future of renewable energy, and could end up having an impact on consumers' energy bills. Hundreds of people attended last week's 10th Annual Symposium on Energy in the 21st Century, learning about how New York state's energy production and use will change in the next decade.

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5:10am

Wed April 9, 2014
Education

Common Core Literary Standards Require Close Reading

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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4:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

UConn Crushes Notre Dame In NCAA Women's Championship

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Ah, all the signs that baseball season is here . For me it means being tired, watching a game obsessively on my iPhone in bed instead of sleeping. Baseball fans, you know what I'm talking about here. But as the Major League Baseball season begins, it is bittersweet for some.

Commentator Frank Deford is thinking about endings because it is the beginning of the end for two baseball giants.

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4:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Why Men Outnumber Women Attending Business Schools

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All this week we have been focusing on women and wealth. Look across the business world in fields with the biggest paychecks and you find executive ranks and company boards dominated by men. These disparities often begin back in business school where men outnumber women significantly. NPR social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam came in to talk about research that might help explain this. It looked specifically at why some women opt out of a lucrative career path. Hey, Shankar.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Good morning, David.

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4:54am

Wed April 9, 2014
NPR Story

Senate Panel Considers Nominee To Head Safety Commission

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:02 am

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7:42am

Tue April 8, 2014
Health

A hard life: heroin use increases in region, strains services

Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012, and it’s no longer just an urban street drug; it’s now common in small town America.

For almost 40 of his 54 years, Jerry Jones has done drugs.

"At an early age, started with pot, drinking," Jones said. "It wasn't long after that where I started using other drugs, cocaine, speed, acid. I've done every drug under the sun."

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7:11am

Tue April 8, 2014
Education

New teachers union president wants to increase union's political potency

Thomas Favre-Bulle via Flickr

There’s a big change in the New York State United Teachers union, as members elected new leadership after months of unrest. The state’s largest teachers union has a new president, Karen Magee, the first woman to run the organization.

The shakeup comes over concerns with the state’s flawed implementation of the new Common Core learning standards. Teachers are complaining that they were not adequately prepared to teach to the new standards, and that the test results should not be used to evaluate their performance.

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7:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
Around the Nation

Except For Duck, Officers Find No Signs Of Foul Play

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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6:53am

Tue April 8, 2014
Europe

Some Americans Find It Hard To Pinpoint Ukraine

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep with a geography note.

Ukraine is in Europe next to Russia. We say this because academics asked 2,000 Americans to find Ukraine on a world map and most could not. Most did put it in Europe or Asia but some put Ukraine in Alaska, Brazil or Utah. Researchers told The Washington Post of a connection, too. The less people know about Ukraine's location, the more they favor military intervention there. Makes sense. We'd all intervene if Ukraine was in Tennessee.

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6:45am

Tue April 8, 2014
Politics and Government

Comptroller opts out of public campaign finance pilot, says program is flawed

The state’s comptroller says he won’t be participating in a new pilot public campaign finance program agreed to in the state budget, and government reform groups say they don’t blame him.

Saying he won’t be a “convenient sacrificial lamb,” state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says he won’t opt in to a test system for public campaign finance that applies only to his office, and would use money from the comptroller’s unclaimed funds to pay for it.  

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6:37am

Tue April 8, 2014
Regional Coverage

Syracuse considers adding more police, firefighters

Mayor Stephanie Miner flanked by the police and fire chiefs and some members of Common Council as she announces her proposal to include a new class of police and firefighters in the fiscal year 2014-15 budget Monday.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

If Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s proposed budget is approved as is by the Common Council, the city will soon beef up its police and fire departments.

Miner says even as the city budget continues to be tight, it’s time for the new officers, with more than 200 potential police and fire retirements looming this year.

"You always are trying to manage, and manage and looking at how many retirements you're going to have and how many you’ve already had, where your needs are and how you can balance those needs,” Miner said.

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5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Was ZunZuneo To Promote Free Speech Or Destabilize Cuba?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

David Greene to Julia Sweig, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, about revelations the USAID created and ran a now-defunct Cuban Twitter communications network from 2010 to 2012.

5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

In China, Hagel Outlines U.S. Approach To Cybersecurity

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. The United States is trying to learn more about China's military and cyber capabilities. But the United States is trying an unusual approach, following the philosophy that in order to get something, you have to give something. The U.S. is revealing more about what America's cyber forces can do, hoping that China might reveal something too.

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5:00am

Tue April 8, 2014
NPR Story

Napier's 22 Points Helps UConn Beat Kentucky In Men's Final

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This year's NCAA men's basketball tournament was billed as wide open. Anyone could win - and a seventh seed did. Makes you wonder what those seeds actually mean. The University of Connecticut was banned from the tournament last year. In a dramatic turnaround, the Yukon Huskies are this year's champs after beating Kentucky last night. Here's NPR's Tom Goldman.

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8:20am

Mon April 7, 2014
Regional Coverage

Syracuse Housing Authority marks 75 years

The Syracuse Housing Authority, the agency overseeing publicly-subsidized housing in the city, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

As it marks the milestone, the authority has a waiting list 3,000 names long to get into one of its units. There are twice as many people waiting to get a Section 8 voucher that helps low income people pay rent. And the federal dollars coming to SHA is significantly less than it used to be.

Still, SHA executive director Bill Simmons says the authority is doing more and they’re moving in a "unique direction" toward a focus on home ownership.

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7:59am

Mon April 7, 2014
The Upstate Economy

What upstate NY needs to do to stay relevant in global economy

Bob Moritz is chairman and senior partner of PWC.
Photo courtesy of PWC

The chairman of the worldwide accounting firm PWC, formerly called Pricewaterhouse Coopers, has roots right here in central New York. Bob Moritz is a graduate of SUNY Oswego and visited the campus last week to speak about the global economy. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Moritz about how those trends apply to the economic situation in upstate New York.

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6:44am

Mon April 7, 2014
World

Feathers Fly During International Pillow Fight Day

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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Good morning. I'm David Greene. People all over the world pummeled each other on Saturday. It was International Pillow Fight Day. In New York City, people dressed as superheroes battled villains - somewhat gently. There was a pillow fight on the National Mall here in Washington, D.C. Feathers were flying in London, Paris, Bucharest and Berlin. In Vienna, one woman described being hit kind of hard in the face.

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6:40am

Mon April 7, 2014
Around the Nation

Bench-Clearing Brawl Involves Police And Firefighters

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:17 am

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

It wouldn't be a hockey game without a brawl, even true with a charity match. A fight spread across the ice but there was no need to call the police to restore order, because New York City police officers were already on the ice playing against New York City firefighters. Video shows both teams clearing the bench, throwing punches - even heaving hockey sticks. The game did go on eventually and the cops beat the firefighters eight-to-five.

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