Robert Benincasa http://peoriapublicradio.org en University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/142189390/tonaw Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 26864 at http://peoriapublicradio.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/banks-fill-payday-loan-gap A payday loan is a costly form of credit operating on the fringes of the economy. That's why the target of a new crackdown by federal regulators may surprise you: Instead of a forlorn-looking storefront with a garish neon sign, it's your familiar neighborhood bank.<p>A small but growing number of banks, including some major players, have been offering the equivalent of payday loans, calling them "deposit advances."<p>That is, at least, until bank regulators stepped in Nov. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 15879 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap New Accessible Playground Rules May Not Go Far Enough http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-accessible-playground-rules-may-not-go-far-enough Last year, the federal government made accessibility standards at playgrounds mandatory under the Americans with Disabilities Act so that children with disabilities can more easily play alongside typical kids.<p>But whether children with disabilities are able to enjoy their new civil rights to play may depend on where they live, and the design decisions their cities and towns made when they built local playgrounds.<p>For 3-year-old Emmanuel Soto, who has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, the local playground's design doesn't work.<p>On a recent afternoon, his parents, Teresa and Juan Soto, w Wed, 28 Aug 2013 07:32:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 11059 at http://peoriapublicradio.org New Accessible Playground Rules May Not Go Far Enough For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/kids-special-needs-more-places-play Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who could swing the highest?<p>It wasn't just a mindless energy burn. Many have called play the work of childhood. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:17:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 11020 at http://peoriapublicradio.org For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play