Jeff Brady http://peoriapublicradio.org en Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/organizers-predict-huge-crowd-boston-marathon Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. In Massachusetts, nearly 36,000 runners are preparing for tomorrow's Boston Marathon. This year's race is a tribute to the three people who died in the bombing that happened shortly before 3 p.m. last year near the finish line. At least 260 other people were injured in the attack. Tomorrow, Boston city streets will again be lined with hundreds of thousands of spectators there to cheer on the runners, intent on reclaiming this year's race as a symbol of the city's resilience. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 22054 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This year's Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, and it will have a lot more security than in the past. Last year, of course, two bombs near the finish line killed three people and injured dozens more. Afterwards, Massachusetts authorities spent months developing a new security plan. The goal was to create an environment that's safe and secure but still allows people to have fun. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 21999 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://peoriapublicradio.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 20:00:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 21821 at http://peoriapublicradio.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://peoriapublicradio.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 20:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 21763 at http://peoriapublicradio.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://peoriapublicradio.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 21533 at http://peoriapublicradio.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://peoriapublicradio.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 21096 at http://peoriapublicradio.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://peoriapublicradio.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 20749 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://peoriapublicradio.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 20048 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Kiev Protesters Find Backup In Philly http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/kiev-protesters-find-backup-philly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Russia's president is also being criticized by Ukrainian-Americans watching the violent confrontations going on in their home country. Ukrainians in the U.S. tend to side with those protesting in Kiev's independent square. They're angry that President Viktor Yanukovych chose a closer relationship with Russia over a deal with the EU.<p>The Philadelphia area is home to more than 55,000 people of Ukrainian ancestry. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 19249 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Pipeline Regulators Move To Ease Propane Distribution Issue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/pipeline-regulators-move-ease-propane-distribution-issue Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>and we've been hearing in recent weeks about a propane shortage, which is really more about distribution. Companies are having trouble transporting their gas from where it's stored to where it's needed. Now the agency that regulates pipelines is taking an unprecedented step to try to fix that problem.<p>NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Farmers used a lot of propane for a late harvest last fall, then a very cold winter set in. Companies have been trying to catch up ever since. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 18794 at http://peoriapublicradio.org