Around the Nation
2:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Stephen Malone, spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association, gets his rig ready in New York City. Some say horse-drawn carriages are inhumane; if the mayor has his way, the practice will end.
Amy Pearl WNYC

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:33 am

During New York City's mayoral race last year, then-candidate Bill de Blasio promised to fix big-picture problems, like income inequality and universal pre-K.

So he raised some collective eyebrows when he announced what one of his first initiatives as mayor would be:

"We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City," he said. "They're not humane; they're not appropriate to the year 2014; it's over."

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Education
2:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

College Applicants Sweat The SATs. Perhaps They Shouldn't

Standardized tests are an important consideration for admissions at many colleges and universities. But one new study shows that high school performance, not standardized test scores, is a better predictor of how students do in college.
Amriphoto iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 4:26 pm

With spring fast approaching, many American high school seniors are now waiting anxiously to hear whether they got into the college or university of their choice. For many students, their scores on the SAT or the ACT will play a big role in where they get in.

That's because those standardized tests remain a central part in determining which students get accepted at many schools. But a first-of-its-kind study obtained by NPR raises questions about whether those tests are becoming obsolete.

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State News
5:44 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

SIU Carbondale has a new leader

Southern Illinois University’s eighth President will be Randy Dunn. The school’s Board of Trustees made the announcement during a special meeting in Edwardsville, voting unanimously to approve Dunn’s contract.

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Government
5:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Cullerton calling out Republican governor candidates

The top Democrat in the Illinois Senate went on the offensive over state spending Monday. Senate President John Cullerton is calling out the Republicans running for governor. 

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Government
5:35 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Push to double low-income state tax credit

Efforts to raise the minimum wage have been getting a lot of attention, but it's not the only proposal intended to improve the lives of the working poor. There's a push to double Illinois' tax credit for low income workers.

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Government
4:49 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

City of Peoria stretching its street salt

The City of Peoria has used more than 10,000 tons of salt so far this winter season. City Streets manager David Haste says there’s enough salt to last through the rest of the season. But he says his staff are trying to make the salt go further:

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Storms
4:43 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Peoria’s second snowiest winter on record

This winter is the second snowiest on record for the Peoria-area. The National Weather Service says the area has received more than 47 inches so far. That’s about 5.5 inches less than the highest recorded snowfall three years ago.  Kirk Huettl is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Lincoln. He says this winter is irregular for the region:

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Peoria Public Radio News
3:44 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Il American Water gives tips on how to defrost frozen pipes

Illinois American Water is reminding customers to guard their pipes from freezing. The company says it’s responding to an increase in calls from customers whose pipes have frozen.

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Parallels
3:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

A Heinrich Himmler Documentary, In His Own Words

Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler and his daughter Gudrun. Vanessa Lapa, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, has made a documentary called The Decent One, based on Himmler's letters to his wife and other personal documents.
Realworks

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 6:59 pm

The film's protagonist is Heinrich Himmler, the merciless Nazi leader and a key architect of the Final Solution. The film's director is Vanessa Lapa, the grandchild of Holocaust survivors. Her family recently came into possession of long-lost private letters, diaries and photographs belonging to Himmler.

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Technology
3:13 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Cold War Technology Sought By Spy Is In Your Pocket — Sort Of

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 6:59 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

And now to All Tech Considered.

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

CORNISH: Today is a tricky business of keeping some American technologies out of foreign hands. When a man from Hong Kong met with an aerospace company in Seattle last week, he was really dealing with an undercover Homeland Security agent. See Kee Chin allegedly tried to buy $85,000 worth of highly specialized accelerometers. He was arrested and charged with trying to smuggle the parts to China.

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