Jeff Brady http://krcc.org en Leased Solar Panels Can Cast A Shadow Over A Home's Value http://krcc.org/post/leased-solar-panels-can-cast-shadow-over-homes-value Installing solar panels on a house to generate electricity often costs $20,000 or more, and many homeowners have turned to leasing programs to avoid those upfront costs. But most leases are for 20 years, and that can present problems if someone wants to sell the house before the lease is completed.<p>Peter Auditore of El Granada, Calif., was happy with the leased solar panels he installed a few years back. When he decided to sell, he found a buyer who also appreciated the environmental benefits of solar panels. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:31:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 21943 at http://krcc.org Leased Solar Panels Can Cast A Shadow Over A Home's Value Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass http://krcc.org/post/safety-changes-are-small-comfort-when-oil-trains-pass A fiery oil train derailment in Canada killed 47 people a year ago, prompting regulators and railroads in the U.S. to make changes. Some who live near where oil trains travel are still worried, though.<p><strong></strong>Amy Roe with the Delaware chapter of the Sierra Club lives not far from where tank cars transport and store crude oil. Roe wishes the country would move away from fossil fuels faster. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 21484 at http://krcc.org Safety Changes Are Small Comfort When Oil Trains Pass Report: Jerry Sandusky Case Was Unnecessarily Delayed http://krcc.org/post/report-jerry-sandusky-case-was-unnecessarily-delayed Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A new report is calling into question how the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse investigation was handled. Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys. Now, Pennsylvania's attorney general says Sandusky could have been brought to justice sooner. NPR's Jeff Brady has this story.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Reports that Jerry Sandusky was abusing children at circulated for years. So when he was arrested in 2011, Kathleen Kane had this question.<p>KATHLEEN KANE: What took so long? Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 20947 at http://krcc.org Philly Schools Teeter On Brink Of Layoffs, Struggling For Funding http://krcc.org/post/philly-schools-teeter-brink-layoffs-struggling-funding 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. Once again, one of the most troubled school districts in the country is sounding alarm bells over funding. The head of the Philadelphia school district says he needs almost $100 million, and even that, he says, would just maintain a status quo he calls inadequate. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 20642 at http://krcc.org EPA Lays Out Centerpiece To Obama's Climate Change Policy http://krcc.org/post/epa-lays-out-centerpiece-obamas-climate-change-policy The Obama administration is announcing new pollution standards Monday. The rules, key elements of President Obama's climate change policy, may decide the fate of coal-fired power plants in the U.S. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 19947 at http://krcc.org Pa. Democrats Aim For Spot To Challenge GOP Governor http://krcc.org/post/pa-democrats-aim-spot-challenge-gop-governor Pennsylvania is among six states holding primary elections Tuesday. Gov. Tom Corbett is unchallenged in the GOP primary, but the general election is a different story.<p>Corbett is considered one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents right now, and a crowded field of Democrats is lined up in hopes of replacing him.<p>In his first term, Corbett apparently failed to wow Pennsylvania voters; his poll numbers remain consistently low. Mon, 19 May 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 19253 at http://krcc.org Pa. Democrats Aim For Spot To Challenge GOP Governor Keystone Pipeline Dispute Muddles The Path Forward On Energy Bill http://krcc.org/post/keystone-pipeline-dispute-muddles-path-forward-energy-bill Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline has stalled progress on an unrelated bill in the U.S. Senate. Republicans want to attach a series of amendments, including approval for the pipeline to a bill about energy efficiency. But Democratic leader Harry Reid says the Keystone vote ought to be separate. And as NPR's Jeff Brady reports, the disagreement leaves the energy efficiency bill in limbo.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: It's been seven years since the last big energy bill passed through Congress and became law. Thu, 08 May 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 18801 at http://krcc.org A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American http://krcc.org/post/year-tragedy-boston-marathon-laurels-go-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 18016 at http://krcc.org Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon http://krcc.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 17958 at http://krcc.org Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims http://krcc.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 17747 at http://krcc.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://krcc.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 21:23:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 17698 at http://krcc.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://krcc.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 17470 at http://krcc.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://krcc.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 17057 at http://krcc.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://krcc.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 16745 at http://krcc.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://krcc.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 16097 at http://krcc.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming http://krcc.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 14:42:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 14574 at http://krcc.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames http://krcc.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 14472 at http://krcc.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://krcc.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 13630 at http://krcc.org As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://krcc.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 12435 at http://krcc.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York http://krcc.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 11968 at http://krcc.org How Fracking In Pennsylvania Helps Clear The Air In New York Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy http://krcc.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 10623 at http://krcc.org Fuel Supply System Fixes Pick Up Gas After Superstorm Sandy Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil http://krcc.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 9705 at http://krcc.org Phase 2 Of BP Trial Focuses On Amount Of Spilled Oil Deepwater Horizon Trial Enters Second Phase http://krcc.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 9688 at http://krcc.org A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time http://krcc.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 9161 at http://krcc.org A Medicaid Expansion In Pennsylvania May Take Time Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful http://krcc.org/post/amish-community-not-anti-technology-just-more-thoughful 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 8023 at http://krcc.org Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb http://krcc.org/post/states-targeting-hybrids-gas-tax-revenues-ebb Americans are <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=7510">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 21:11:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 7225 at http://krcc.org States Target Hybrids As Gas Tax Revenues Ebb Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings http://krcc.org/post/penn-state-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 6555 at http://krcc.org Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings Rail Industry Vows To Learn From Fiery Accident In Canada http://krcc.org/post/rail-industry-vows-learn-fiery-accident-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 5634 at http://krcc.org Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle http://krcc.org/post/gay-marriage-battle-shifts-states 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 4862 at http://krcc.org Gay Marriage Now A State-By-State Battle Coal Industry Concerned By Obama's Climate Change Plans http://krcc.org/post/coal-industry-concerned-obamas-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 4705 at http://krcc.org