Jeff Brady en A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52928 at Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For 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 52850 at Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The 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 52795 at Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of 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 20:13:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52603 at Boston To Pay Tribute To Victims Of Last Year's Bombing Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene, good morning.<p>One year ago today, the Boston Marathon became more than just one of the world's major sporting events. It became a target. As runners crossed the finish line just before 3:00 in the afternoon, two bombs exploded. Three people were killed and dozens more were wounded. This year the marathon is scheduled for next week. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52567 at After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines After a <a href="">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 20:46:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 52543 at After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before 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 52290 at This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="">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 51769 at This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since 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 51371 at Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's a bit of what we learned when we woke up that morning, 25 years ago today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>JEAN COCHRAN: A Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, Alaska says an oil tanker has run aground in an ice field 20 miles off Valdez. That's the terminus of...<p>CORNISH: The Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef, spilling millions of gallons of oil and decimating marine life. NPR's marking the anniversary in a series of reports. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 51346 at Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For 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 50578 at Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Kiev Protesters Find Backup In 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 21:18:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 49631 at 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 48598 at Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In 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 48455 at Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For 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 47372 at As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 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 45995 at BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In 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 45414 at How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York Ethanol Is Center Stage In Fight Over American Fuel Tanks Two large industries — agriculture and oil — are fighting a pitched battle over access to your car's fuel tank. Americans are buying less gasoline, but a federal law requires the country to include an increasing amount of corn-based ethanol in the country's fuel supply. Facing billions of dollars in lost sales, the oil industry wants the government to reverse course on ethanol. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44568 at In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare There's plenty of criticism of the Affordable Care Act and how it's being implemented.<p>But let's introduce you to someone who is quite pleased with her Obamacare experience: Lela Petersen of Flagler, Colo. She's a small business owner with a very big health insurance bill.<p>But thanks to the health law, she expects that bill will be cut by more than half in January.<p>Petersen is 57, and her husband, Mike, is 60. They have some pre-existing conditions. He has diabetes. She has a back injury. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:51:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44181 at In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up 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 43716 at Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy Post Shutdown, Tourists Are Back In Line To See Liberty Bell Transcript <p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: I'm Jeff Brady, and in downtown Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park, tourists are lining up outside the Liberty Bell again.<p>CHARLES CUMMINGS: My name's Charles Cummings. This is my wife, Marilyn. We're from Little Rock, Arkansas.<p>BRADY: Seeing the building where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed has Cummings thinking: What if today's politicians were around when the country was being formed?<p>CUMMINGS: We could never pull this off. We don't get along well enough. We don't talk. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 43124 at Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of 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="">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 42521 at Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil 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 42507 at A Medicaid Expansion In 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="">138 percent of federal poverty guidelines</a> to sign up for Medicaid. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 07:44:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 41836 at A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful Many outsiders assume the Amish reject all<strong> </strong>new technology. But that's not true.<p>One Amish man in Lancaster County, Pa., checks his voicemail about four times a day. His shop is equipped with a propane-powered forklift, hydraulic-powered saws, cordless drills, and a refrigerated tank where milk from dairy cows is stored.<p>The difference between Amish people and most other Americans is the deliberation that takes place before deciding whether to embrace a new technology. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 40439 at Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb Americans are <a href="">buying less gasoline</a> than they did just a few years back. While many people believe this is a good thing, it does present a problem: Most road construction is paid for with fuel taxes. Less gas tax revenue means less money for roads.<p>One reason gas purchases are down is that more people are driving more efficient cars, such as hybrid and electric vehicles. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 39506 at States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings If you work for Penn State and don't agree to step on a scale or have your waist measured, it could soon cost you $100 a month. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 38755 at Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings Rail Industry Vows To Learn From Fiery Accident In Canada Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, a grim search continues this morning amid the ash and debris left after a train carrying oil crashed into the town. As investigators try to figure out what caused the fiery accident, the question has emerged across the border: Could the same thing happen here in the U.S.? NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: The U.S. and Canada have similar regulations governing railroads. In fact, the train involved in the Lac-Megantic accident travelled a route across the U.S.-Canada border. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:10:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 37700 at Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle Gay rights activists celebrated two big victories this week before the U.S. Supreme Court, as justices overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California.<p>Now gay marriage opponents and supporters are turning their attention to individual states, like New Jersey, where polls show most residents support same-sex marriage. So far, one person, Gov. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36866 at Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And before leaving on his trip to Africa, President Obama had some other words on another subject. He announced a wide-ranging plan to address climate change. Rather than taking that plan to Congress and fighting it out, Obama is using his executive powers to implement it without new laws. The president wants the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:42:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 36679 at