Morning Edition on IPR News and Studio One http://iowapublicradio.org en Supreme Court Rules On Race-Based College Admissions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/supreme-court-rules-race-based-college-admissions Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>The Supreme Court this morning, upheld a ban on using racial preferences in admissions to the public universities of Michigan. The ban was enacted by referendum as an amendment to the state constitution in 2006 and struck down by a lower court. Today, the justices voted 6-to-2 to say the federal courts could not do that and the ban had to stand.<p>NPR's Nina Totenberg joins us now to talk more about this. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:00 +0000 Renee Montagne 39511 at http://iowapublicradio.org 49ers Fans Seeing Red Over Transit Color Proposal http://iowapublicradio.org/post/49ers-fans-seeing-red-over-transit-color-proposal Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Fans of the 49ers are seeing red over proposed colors in new trains for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system. The new seats will be bright green and blue - just like the Seattle Seahawks. One San Francisco fan has collected some 2,000 signatures on a petition protesting seats the colors of the 49ers arch rival. And surely it's just a coincidence, since the general manager of BART was previously the director of Seattle's Department of Transportation. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:13:00 +0000 editor 39500 at http://iowapublicradio.org Feds Say Powdered Alcohol Not Ready Yet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/feds-say-powdered-alcohol-not-ready-yet Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Stop the presses, as they used to say before news was spread by Twitter. You will not be making drinks with powdered alcohol yet. We reported yesterday on plans to sell Palcohol mixed drinks to which, like lemonade, you just add water. Now federal regulators say stop, they were wrong to say Palcohol was ready for market. A federal approval for the label was given in error. The company must have a drink and start again.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:13:00 +0000 editor 39501 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out http://iowapublicradio.org/post/early-childhood-education-tulsa-okla-stands-out The federal government spends almost $8 billion on preschool programs across the country, mostly on low income 4-year-olds. States spend billions more. But with at least 30 states planning to expand access to pre-K and President Obama promoting "preschool for all," what constitutes a quality preschool program?<p>NPR's education team set out to better understand what separates the nation's best programs from the rest, and that journey led to a surprising place: Tulsa, Okla. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 39490 at http://iowapublicradio.org For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out Egyptians Fear Power Outages Could Fuel More Unrest http://iowapublicradio.org/post/egyptians-fear-power-outages-could-fuel-more-unrest Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Sometimes in the evening in Cairo, Egypt, people take a sailboat ride on the Nile. I got to do this once, Renee. It's amazing. The river cuts through the center of the city and you can see the lights of Cairo spreading along each bank. Except, of course, when the lights are out.<p>MONTAGNE: And power outages are a feature of daily life, I gather. The electrical grid needs repair. Power plants need fuel. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 39491 at http://iowapublicradio.org Georgia Bill Loosens Restrictions On Guns In Public Places http://iowapublicradio.org/post/georgia-bill-loosens-restrictions-guns-public-places Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Since the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 70 measures have gone into effect around the U.S. actually loosening restrictions on guns. And tomorrow the governor of Georgia is expected to sign a bill that will allow gung to be carried in more places. Among those against the gun bill are cities in Georgia concerned about having to spend more on security. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39492 at http://iowapublicradio.org Kelis Puts 'Milkshake' Behind Her And Moves On To 'Food' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/kelis-puts-milkshake-behind-her-and-moves-food Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Millions of people know the singer Kelis for "Milkshake" - that's her hit from a decade ago. It's the sort of song that nobody really thought was about a milkshake.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MILKSHAKE")<p>KELIS ROGERS: (Singing) My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and their like, it's better than yours, damn right, it's better than yours. I could teach you, but I'd have to charge. My milkshake...<p>INSKEEP: Kelis Rogers is her full name and her latest recording is all about food, at least the song titles are. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39494 at http://iowapublicradio.org Fur Flies Over First Cat Cafe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-168 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And our last word in business today is: Meow.<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>INSKEEP: Actually, it's cat cafe. There's been a bit of a cat fight over which city would host the nation's first cat cafe, meaning a place where patrons can cozy up with a latte and also a feline in need of a good home and hopefully adopt that cat.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>A San Francisco shop called KitTea has been in the works for some time, raising about $60,000 over the Internet for a launch later this year. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:56:00 +0000 editor 39495 at http://iowapublicradio.org Florida Proposes New Rules Regarding Alligators http://iowapublicradio.org/post/florida-proposes-new-rules-regarding-alligators A state commission proposed a ban on selling stuffed baby alligators in "unnatural positions." It's designed to discourage baby gator hunting. If passed, no more little gators waving on a surfboard. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 39438 at http://iowapublicradio.org Miss America Asks School To Reconsider Student's Punishment http://iowapublicradio.org/post/miss-america-asks-school-reconsider-students-punishment When Miss America visited Patrick Farves high school, he asked her to the prom. She can't go, and the school punished him for asking. But she reportedly asked the school to rethink the suspension. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 editor 39439 at http://iowapublicradio.org Honda Introduces Asimo To North America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/honda-introduces-asimo-north-america Asimo is Honda's latest humanoid robot. This one, the third version, is more life-like than previous models. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39434 at http://iowapublicradio.org Powdered Alcohol Approved By The Feds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-167 Palchohol is powdered alcohol — just mix with water to create an instant cocktail. The creators of Palcohol pitched their idea as a solution to the soaring price of alcohol. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39435 at http://iowapublicradio.org GM To Boost Car Production In China http://iowapublicradio.org/post/business-news-101 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts on the road in China.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>INSKEEP: The Beijing Auto Show is underway and among the big announcements is this: General Motors says it will boost its production in China. GM said yesterday it will be able to produce five million cars per year by the end of 2015. It sold just over three million vehicles in China last year.<p>The company has been in fierce competition with Volkswagen as China's most popular carmakers. GM plans to open three factories in China by the end of 2014 and two more next year. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:08:00 +0000 editor 39436 at http://iowapublicradio.org Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies At 76 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/boxer-rubin-hurricane-carter-dies-76 Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Hurricane Carter has died. He was 76 years old, a former boxer, a figure of controversy and, for some, a cause. Rubin Carter was his given name. He fought his first professional boxing match the day after he was released from prison in 1961. Later and more famously, he was in trouble with the law again, including on the night in 1966, when a triple murder was committed in Patterson, New Jersey.<p>The man known as Hurricane was convicted of that crime and spent nearly 20 years in prison for it, until his conviction was overturned. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39428 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Transcendence': Latest Sci-Fi Movie About Artificial Intelligence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/movie-review-transcendence Transcendence is an ambitious and provocative film about the perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that is intriguingly balanced between being a warning and a celebration. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39429 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dominated By 1 Point Of View, Late-Night TV Needs New Voices http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dominated-1-point-view-late-night-tv-needs-new-voices On Tuesday, Stephen Colbert stops by the CBS Late Show to greet the man he'll replace next year, David Letterman. It also spotlights a reality in late-night TV --almost every host is a white man. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39430 at http://iowapublicradio.org Army's Updated Rules On Hair Styles Tangle With Race http://iowapublicradio.org/post/armys-new-rules-hair-styles-tangles-race Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And the Army has new rules on the dress and appearance of soldiers. The rules clamp down on tattoos, mohawks, long fingernails, dental ornamentation. So, diamond-studded teeth not allowed.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The Army is also banning some hairstyles popular among African-American women. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:03:00 +0000 editor 39431 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wal-mart-offer-money-transfer-service Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with wiring from Wal-Mart.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>MONTAGNE: The giant retailer is taking another step into banking. The company says it's launching a money transfer service next week. It'll go head-to-head with Western Union and MoneyGram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees. Western Union and MoneyGram's stock both dropped on the news. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 editor 39323 at http://iowapublicradio.org Indiana Man Lets Buyer Keep His Stolen Car http://iowapublicradio.org/post/indiana-man-lets-buyer-keep-his-stolen-car Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers with the story of not one, but two, good Samaritans in Boonville, Indiana. A Chrysler belonging to Derk West was stolen last week. The thief then sold the car to a 72-year-old man for 300 bucks. That buyer started feeling like the deal was too good to be true.<p>So he looked up the car's rightful owner, Mr. West, gave him a call. Derk West decided the older man needed the car more than he did so he let him keep it. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:59:00 +0000 editor 39319 at http://iowapublicradio.org Chelsea Clinton Announces She's Pregnant http://iowapublicradio.org/post/chelsea-clinton-announces-shes-pregnant Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Good morning, I'm David Greene.<p>Well, the tabloids have been reporting it for years but now it is official: Chelsea Clinton is actually pregnant this time. New York magazine proclaimed that America's version of a royal baby is on the way. Chelsea's parents, Bill and Hillary, sent out tweets confirming the news. The former president wrote that he is excited to add a new line to his Twitter bio: grandfather-to-be. And, of course, now speculation on the 2064 presidential race can begin.<p>It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.<p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:36:00 +0000 editor 39315 at http://iowapublicradio.org Many Sunken Ferry Victims Believed To Be Trapped Below Deck http://iowapublicradio.org/post/many-sunken-ferry-victims-believed-be-trapped-below-deck Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In South Korea today, officials have requested arrest warrants for the captain and also two crew members of the ferry that capsized off the country's southern coast. At least 28 people are dead and nearly 300 people remain unaccounted for. Many of them are believed to be trapped below deck, but divers have so far not been able to get inside that vessel. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39310 at http://iowapublicradio.org Budget Cuts Threaten Mock Villages At Military Training Center http://iowapublicradio.org/post/budget-cuts-threaten-mock-villages-military-training-center Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>America has learned a lot about fighting wars over the past decade. And you can see how they apply the lessons learned at the Fort Irwin National Training Center in Southern California. The military still holds old-style war games there, with tanks and planes. But the war scenarios also reflect the recent challenges faced in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.<p>Like counterinsurgency operations, where the enemy doesn't wear a uniform, and looks exactly like the civilians the military is supposed to protect. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39311 at http://iowapublicradio.org Colombia Mourns Death Of Favorite Son: Gabriel Garcia Marquez http://iowapublicradio.org/post/colombia-mourns-death-favorite-son-gabriel-garcia-marquez Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>If you think about the country of Columbia, you might think about turmoil - drug trafficking and violence - but a native son countered those notions with dream-like, whimsical storytelling. Nobel Prize-winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87. Juan Forero visited his hometown.<p>JUAN FORERO, BYLINE: A few years back, Gabriel Garcia Marquez returned to tiny, forlorn Aracataca on Colombia's Caribbean coast and was warmly welcomed by brass band and big, cheering crowds. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39312 at http://iowapublicradio.org Inmates To Be Moved Temporarily Out Of Infamous Iraqi Prison http://iowapublicradio.org/post/inmates-be-moved-temporarily-out-iraqs-abu-ghraib-prison Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>And I'm Kelly McEvers. It's a name that conjures up grim images. Abu Ghraib prison. Once the site of prisoner abuse and torture, first under Saddam Hussein then under U.S. occupation, the prison temporarily closed this week. The decision comes as a Sunni-led insurgency in Western Iraq, near Abu Ghraib, is targeting Iraq's Shiite-led government in Baghdad.<p>To talk about Abu Ghraib, we reached Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parkerby Skype. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39313 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plunge In Circulation Forces Changes At Japanese Magazine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/last-word-business-166 Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And our last word in business today is: Wonderful Wife.<p>It's the name of a women's magazine in Japan. It used to be a top seller back when more women stayed home and took care of their kids.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>But times have changed. As more women work even after having kids, Wonderful Wife has plunged in circulation. So the publisher says it's taking Wonderful Wife off the racks and replacing it with a new magazine aimed at working mothers.<p>GREENE: It will be called Chanto, meaning properly or correctly. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:09:00 +0000 editor 39316 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move http://iowapublicradio.org/post/increase-productivity-ups-monitors-drivers-every-move The American workforce might want to pay attention to all those brown trucks full of cardboard boxes. UPS is using technology in ways that may soon be common throughout the economy.<p>On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania.<p>But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:41:00 +0000 Jacob Goldstein 39255 at http://iowapublicradio.org To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move Salon Uses Image Of North Korea's Leader To Promote Discount http://iowapublicradio.org/post/salon-uses-image-north-koreas-leader-promote-discount Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Good morning. I'm Kelly McEvers. A salon in London recently used an image of North Korea's leader to promote a discount. Bad hair day? - said the sign with a picture of Kim Jong-un - 15 percent off all gent cuts through the month of April.<p>We're not sure how many customers opted for the sale after seeing the picture of Kim's shaved, short at the sides, puffy, parted in the middle situation - because two officials from the North Korean embassy came and ordered the sign to be taken down. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 editor 39252 at http://iowapublicradio.org Lost Sea Lion Pup Found In California Almond Orchard http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lost-sea-lion-pup-found-california-almond-orchard The pup was discovered 100 miles from the ocean. It mostly likely swam up the San Joaquin River, hopped out and couldn't find its way back. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 39253 at http://iowapublicradio.org Probe: Gains Of Integration Eroded, Especially In The South http://iowapublicradio.org/post/probe-gains-integration-eroded-especially-south Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Kelly McEvers.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning.<p>This spring will mark 60 years since Brown versus Board of Education. That's the Supreme Court ruling that was intended to end segregation in America's public schools. But a year-long study by the investigative journalism group ProPublica finds that we've never gotten to that goal. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:31:00 +0000 editor 39250 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Origins Of The Domesticated Chili Pepper http://iowapublicradio.org/post/origins-domesticated-chili-pepper Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Researchers believe they've discovered the origin of another pepper: The domesticated chili pepper, now the most widely grown spice crop in the world.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The birthplace of the world's favorite spice is a fertile valley in East Central Mexico, between Oaxaca and Veracruz, not in the northeastern part of the country as previously thought.<p>MCEVERS: The Sacramento Bee reports the project conducted at the University of California, Davis was pretty complex. They used archaeology, genetics...<p>GREENE: ...and language. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 editor 39247 at http://iowapublicradio.org