Jeff Brady http://kacu.org en Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://kacu.org/post/boston-mourns-tragic-anniversary-voices-victims One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36945 at http://kacu.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://kacu.org/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36902 at http://kacu.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://kacu.org/post/classes-even-begin-mass-stabbing-leaves-school-reeling Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And Melissa Block.<p>A 16 year-old boy is in custody after a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh left at least 20 people injured. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36698 at http://kacu.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://kacu.org/post/tax-season-fraudsters-may-target-your-refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255415230/breach-at-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts">the Target stores theft</a> dominating the news headlines. But imagine what a thief could do with your company's payroll records. Those contain valuable information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your address and how much you earn.<p>Gary Blatto-Vallee of Webster, N.Y., learned how damaging this type of data theft can be when he tried to submit his federal tax return. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36316 at http://kacu.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://kacu.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36037 at http://kacu.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://kacu.org/post/customer-surveys-are-here-stay-suggestions-improvement Call the cable company, and an automated voice wants to ask you about the experience. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 35442 at http://kacu.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming http://kacu.org/post/state-department-keystone-xl-would-not-worsen-warming Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Keystone XL oil pipeline may be closer to being built. The U.S. State Department's released an environmental impact statement that says the project would not make climate change any worse, and it's now up to President Obama to decide the fate of the pipeline. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that environmental groups and many Democrats want the president to reject the review's findings.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, almost 1200 miles south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 34053 at http://kacu.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames http://kacu.org/post/much-north-dakotas-natural-gas-going-flames <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</em><p><em></em>North Dakota's oil boom isn't just about oil; a lot of natural gas comes out of the ground at the same time. But there's a problem with that: The state doesn't have the pipelines needed to transport all of that gas to market. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33972 at http://kacu.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel http://kacu.org/post/temps-drop-gas-prices-rise-along-demand-fuel Cold weather this week has boosted demand for heating fuels across the country. Natural gas prices are up, especially in the Northeast. At one point prices for natural gas into New York City jumped nearly tenfold from an average winter price of $5.68 per million BTU to $55.49, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics company.<p>Part of the problem is getting the gas from where it's produced — these days, in places like Western Pennsylvania — to the population centers where it's burned. Sometimes there just aren't enough pipelines to meet the demand. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 33208 at http://kacu.org As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://kacu.org/post/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-2010-spill Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 32124 at http://kacu.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York http://kacu.org/post/how-fracking-pennsylvania-helps-clear-air-new-york The state of New York effectively has a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing as the government figures out how to regulate the controversial drilling technology. Still, the state is benefiting from a fracking-fueled drilling boom in next-door Pennsylvania.<p>For decades, oil has been the fuel of choice for thousands of residential buildings in New York City. But now there are fewer chimneys spewing black smoke. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 31695 at http://kacu.org How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy http://kacu.org/post/fuel-supply-system-fixes-pick-gas-after-superstorm-sandy One of the effects of Superstorm Sandy a year ago could be seen at service stations throughout New York City and surrounding areas: Motorists joined long lines outside the few stations that had both electricity and gasoline.<p>"People were fighting over here. People were fighting over there. People were coming through the wrong way. It was chaos," Jessica Laura said at the time. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 30460 at http://kacu.org Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil http://kacu.org/post/phase-two-bp-trial-focuses-amount-spilled-oil In a New Orleans courtroom this week, BP and the federal government are arguing over how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=127868273">Deepwater Horizon explosion</a> in 2010.<p>Oil flowed from the out-of-control well for nearly three months. Just how much oil spilled will be key in determining the amount BP will have to pay in federal fines and penalties.<p>Attorneys for both the U.S. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 07:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 29600 at http://kacu.org Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil Deepwater Horizon Trial Enters Second Phase http://kacu.org/post/deepwater-horizon-trial-enters-second-phase Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Oil giant BP was back in a New Orleans federal courtroom today, arguing over an issue that could cost the company billions of dollars in fines and penalties. This is part of the complex civil trial connected to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. This part of the trial focuses on how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico before crews succeeded in stopping the out-of-control well. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 29587 at http://kacu.org A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time http://kacu.org/post/medicaid-expansion-pennsylvania-may-take-time In Pennsylvania, more than a half-million people who don't have insurance are waiting to hear whether the state will take advantage of a Medicaid expansion that's part of the Affordable Care Act.<p>The federal law would allow people earning up to <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/13poverty.cfm">138 percent of federal poverty guidelines</a> to sign up for Medicaid. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:44:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 29116 at http://kacu.org A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time