WVPublic http://wvpublic.org en The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet http://wvpublic.org/post/price-war-over-cloud-has-high-stakes-internet This week, our tech reporting team is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/04/21/305666363/searching-the-planet-to-find-power-for-the-cloud">exploring cloud computing</a> — the big business of providing computing power and data storage that companies need, but which happens out of sight, as if it's "in the cloud."<p>It's a timely topic, since <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/technology/google-takes-on-amazon-and-microsoft-for-cloud-computing-services.html">there's a price war</a> going on as tech titans aim to control the cloud market. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:33:00 +0000 Elise Hu 10749 at http://wvpublic.org The Price War Over The Cloud Has High Stakes For The Internet Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://wvpublic.org/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 10750 at http://wvpublic.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In http://wvpublic.org/post/race-unearth-civil-war-era-artifacts-developer-digs About a dozen or so archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C. are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that used to be a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold and the group is trying to recover as many artifacts as they can before a developer builds condos and shops in its place.<p>"We're out here to salvage what we can in advance of that development," says Chester DePratter, a University of South Carolina archaeologist.<p>The site used to be a Union officer prisoner-of-war camp and as they work, time is running out. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 10752 at http://wvpublic.org Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon http://wvpublic.org/post/citizen-volunteers-arm-themselves-against-crime-rural-oregon It's after 10 p.m. as Sam Nichols slowly cruises through the tiny town of O'Brien, Ore., shining superbright spotlights into the shadows.<p>"We're just checking this commercial building here, just to make sure there's no one hiding around it or anything," Nichols says.<p>Nichols' King Cab pickup has a yellow flasher on top and signs on the doors identifying it as a Citizens Against Crime patrol. Riding with Nichols is fellow volunteer Alan Cress.<p>"We're not trying to take the place of law enforcement," Cress says. "In fact, we have a great deal of respect for what law enforcement does. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10753 at http://wvpublic.org Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill http://wvpublic.org/post/public-health-officals-outline-efforts-following-elk-river-spill <p></p><p>With little known about the chemical compound MCHM, public health was—and remains—the focus of January’s spill of MCHM by Freedom Industries into the Elk River. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department and other public health officials gathered Tuesday for an online presentation hosted by the National Association of County and City Health Officials to detail past and on-going efforts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gupta began his portion of the webinar to outline the timeline of the spill before moving on to data collected on the event. He said a recent survey shows that, while some residents were using the water to do laundry or for other purposes, many of those affected weren’t drinking the water at the beginning of March.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:22:06 +0000 Dave Mistich 10748 at http://wvpublic.org Public Health Officals Outline Efforts Following Elk River Spill Supreme Court Gives Police New Power To Rely On Anonymous Tips http://wvpublic.org/post/supreme-court-gives-police-new-power-rely-anonymous-tips The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police can stop and search a driver based solely on an anonymous 911 tip.<p>The 5-4 decision split the court's two most conservative justices, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and Justice Antonin Scalia penning the dissent.<p>In August 2008, an anonymous 911 caller in California phoned in a report that a pickup truck had run her off the road. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg & Katie Barlow 10747 at http://wvpublic.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://wvpublic.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10746 at http://wvpublic.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' http://wvpublic.org/post/green-gop-group-caught-between-rock-and-hard-place On Earth Day 2014, it wasn't easy being green in the Republican Party. Just ask <a href="https://plus.google.com/u/0/116465826066559765877/about">Rob Sisson</a>, president of <a href="http://conservamerica.org/">ConservAmerica</a>.<p>ConservAmerica is a membership organization created in 1995 to keep the environmental spirit of GOP President Theodore Roosevelt alive in his party. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:18:00 +0000 Frank James 10745 at http://wvpublic.org Green GOP Group Caught Between 'Rock And A Hard Place' Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death http://wvpublic.org/post/soldier-speaks-decade-after-pat-tillmans-friendly-fire-death Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305960157/ex-ranger-recalls-the-friendly-fire-that-killed-pat-tillman">Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered</a> that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10744 at http://wvpublic.org Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign http://wvpublic.org/post/knuckleball-no-more-world-cup-soccer-ball-gets-redesign John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball. The Adidas Brazuca is expected to perform better than the version used in South Africa in 2010. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:50:00 +0000 NPR Staff 10741 at http://wvpublic.org Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy http://wvpublic.org/post/hospitals-can-speed-stroke-treatment-its-not-easy When a patient who has had a stroke enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock.<p>Those who receive the clotbusting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing stroke symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30 percent of patients eligible for treatment with the drug get it within this "golden hour."<p>But that less-than-stellar response can be sped up, according to studies published Tuesday in <em>JAMA,</em> the Journal of the American Medical Association. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:48:00 +0000 editor 10737 at http://wvpublic.org Hospitals Can Speed Stroke Treatment, But It's Not Easy New Deputies Named at W.Va. DHHR http://wvpublic.org/post/new-deputies-named-wva-dhhr <p>The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will have three new deputy secretaries starting next month.</p><p>DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen Bowling announced the appointment of three deputy secretaries starting May 1, 2014.</p><p>They are Molly Jordan who will oversee the Bureau for Public Health, Harold Clifton who will head the Bureau for Children and Families and the Bureau for Child Support Enforcement and Jeremiah Samples who will be Deputy Secretary of Public Insurance and Strategic Planning.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:46:43 +0000 Cecelia Mason 10736 at http://wvpublic.org New Deputies Named at W.Va. DHHR Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows http://wvpublic.org/post/online-sales-taxes-shift-consumer-behavior-study-shows Technically, consumers are supposed to pay taxes on things they buy online. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 10738 at http://wvpublic.org Online Sales Taxes Shift Consumer Behavior, Study Shows Album Review: 'Abracaco' http://wvpublic.org/post/album-review-abracaco Caetano Veloso has been making music for over 40 years, and he's among the best known singers in his native Brazil. Banning Eyre says that Veloso's new album, <em>Abracaco</em>, is one of the most engaging in his epic career. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:35:00 +0000 editor 10742 at http://wvpublic.org Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes http://wvpublic.org/post/fast-food-ceos-earn-supersized-salaries-workers-earn-small-potatoes At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.demos.org/publication/fast-food-failure-how-ceo-worker-pay-disparity-undermines-industry-and-overall-economy">new report</a>, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.<p>Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 editor 10740 at http://wvpublic.org Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes Ex-Ranger Recalls The Friendly Fire That Killed Pat Tillman http://wvpublic.org/post/ex-ranger-recalls-friendly-fire-killed-pat-tillman Ten years ago Tuesday, former NFL star Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott was one of the Army Rangers who fired on Tillman, and <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10816260/pat-tillman-enduring-guilt">he told his story recently on ESPN's <em>Outside the Lines</em>.</a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 NPR Staff 10743 at http://wvpublic.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa http://wvpublic.org/post/whos-getting-preschool-right-researchers-point-tulsa Many educators say quality early childhood education programs give young children a strong foundation for kindergarten and beyond.<p>But what does a high-quality preschool program look like? Early childhood education researchers point to Tulsa, Okla., as a school system that gets it right. NPR's education team went to Tulsa to find out what help sets the city's preschool program apart. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/304563233/what-exactly-is-high-quality-preschool">You can read more about what they found — and visit a Tulsa preschool classroom, here</a>. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 10739 at http://wvpublic.org Who's Getting Preschool Right? Researchers Point To Tulsa Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://wvpublic.org/post/army-vs-national-guard-who-gets-those-apache-helicopters For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it's a place to get college money rather than combat duty.<p>Guard leaders thought that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq they had finally earned some respect. So it was a body blow when the Army's top officer, Gen. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 10732 at http://wvpublic.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage http://wvpublic.org/post/out-clout-some-states-brace-dc-power-outage When the next Congress is sworn in, Iowa's congressional delegation will be unusually green. Precisely half of its lawmakers on Capitol Hill are retiring at the end of this session, meaning the state will be losing decades of clout and seniority in Washington, D.C.<p>And Iowa isn't even the biggest loser this year. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 10731 at http://wvpublic.org Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage The Wonders Of The Year 2014, As Told By Isaac Asimov http://wvpublic.org/post/wonders-year-2014-told-isaac-asimov Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>A moment now remember how the future looked 50 years ago today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF DOCUMENTARY, "FUTURAMA")<p>UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome to a journey into the future, a journey for everyone today, into the everywhere of tomorrow.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>On this date in 1964, the New York World's Fair opened. It offered visions of a better future, much of it based on technology. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 10735 at http://wvpublic.org