Illinois NPR objects to university’s harassment source rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A National Public Radio station licensed by the University of Illinois is objecting to a requirement that its reporters tell school officials about confidential complaints...
Illinois NPR objects to university’s harassment source rules
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A National Public Radio station licensed by the University of Illinois is objecting to a requirement that its reporters tell the university about any tips they receive...
Jim Schachter named CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A veteran news executive has been named president and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio.
NHPR reports that Jim Schachter starts Oct. 15. He comes to New Hampshire from...
Station founded to serve black listeners says it needs help
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A public radio station in Waterloo that was founded to serve black listeners is seeking help to stay on the air.
Officials at Afro-American Community Broadcasting Inc....
San Antonio jazz band leader Jim Cullum dies at 77
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jim Cullum, whose San Antonio-based band used public radio to bring his classic jazz to the world, has died. He was 77.
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit filed by Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning against former Kansas City Star columnist Steve Rose.
Iowa Public Radio facing state funding cut of 8%
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Public Radio is losing some state support and will have to find more donors, bigger donations or other sources of revenue in order to maintain current...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans on making his third trip to Israel since taking office.
The Democrat is leaving Wednesday for a trip aimed at strengthening economic ties and...
Nashville Public Radio reporter wins national award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville Public Radio reporter has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award.
Senior health care reporter Blake Farmer of WPLN-FM won the Excellence in Writing...
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law will reduce the number of required safety drills in public and private schools only a year after lawmakers mandated crisis drills to prepare students for...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Public Radio has hired veteran CBS Radio executive Steve Swenson as its new president and chief executive officer.
Committee approves bill decriminalizing drug
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation decriminalizing possession of the opioid use disorder treatment drug buprenorphine.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Public Radio is buying the online news site Denverite.
Colorado Public Radio announced Wednesday that Denverite's team will join its staff but continue to focus on...
Kansas judge freezes assets of sect accused of trafficking
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has frozen the assets of a sect that faced a $7.9 million judgment last year for human trafficking.
Cuomo says losing Amazon HQ ‘greatest tragedy’ of his tenure
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo again blasted fellow Democrats on Friday over Amazon's backing out of a deal to put one of its second headquarters in New York City, calling the internet...
States trying to stop invasive evergreen-eating bug’s spread
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states.
Missouri state senator proposes cap on local sales taxes
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri state senator will seek during the upcoming legislative session to cap the amount of sales taxes that local governments can collect.
Program gives blind hockey players chance to get on the ice
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A program for blind hockey players is giving experienced players and novices a chance to get on the ice in Minnesota.
Gun store courts women with department store approach
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — With a scent machine that wafts grapefruit and vanilla fragrances through the air, guns displayed in cases similar to those found in jewelry stores and a high-end women's fashion boutique, the suburban Kansas City, Missouri, business that Bren and Mike Brown opened three years ago aims to take the women's gun store concept well past pink guns.
Keillor back in spotlight after sexual misconduct allegation
FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor looked comfortable on the small stage as he sang Christmas lullabies, told off-color limericks and spun a tale about a lutefisk dinner at the fictitious Lake Wobegon.
Starting off with his familiar opener "Tishomingo Blues," Keillor offered up a warm, nostalgic take on his former public radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," minus his hard-boiled Guy Noir, Private Eye and Lives of the Cowboys skits.
Vermont has lost 25 of home-based child care capacity
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has lost about a quarter of its home-based child care capacity in the past three years, according to a new report from the state's legislative Joint Fiscal Office.
Dallas News sweeps Press Club of Dallas daily paper awards
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Morning News swept the daily newspaper awards as the Press Club of Dallas awarded its 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Awards for Texas Journalists.
The News took the awards for feature reporting, investigative reporting and sports feature reporting, along with the award for public service.
Public radio station KERA-FM in Dallas took three of the four radio awards — for investigative reporting, feature reporting and criticism.
1 of the last survivors of 1921 Tulsa race riot dies at 103
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riots and among the first black women in the U.S. Coast Guard, has died. She was 103.
Hooker was 6 years old when one of the worst race riots in U.S. history broke out and destroyed much of a Tulsa neighborhood known as "Black Wall Street." She hid under a table as a torch-carrying mob destroyed her family's home, she told National Public Radio in an interview this year.
Anonymous letter claims agency too close to utility
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont utility regulators made public an anonymous letter that claims a state department that works on behalf of consumers in utility rate cases is tied to the state's largest electric utility.
MPR to sell theater where Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home’ was based
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio is selling the century-old theater where Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" was based.
MPR President and CEO John McTaggart announced Wednesday that the radio network is selling the 1,000-seat Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul to Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue .
Hawley tries to paint McCaskill as too liberal for Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican candidate Josh Hawley used a Thursday debate to try to paint Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill as too liberal for the increasingly red state of Missouri, while McCaskill continued to hammer her challenger over his positions on health care.
The candidates' messaging during the St. Louis debate hosted by St. Louis Public Radio, Nine Network and KSDK Channel 5 reflects broader themes in their campaigns in the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election.
Public radio station expands, changes name
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island public radio station is changing its name now that it has expanded into southeastern Massachusetts.
Rhode Island Public Radio will be known as The Public's Radio starting Friday. Its new website, thepublicsradio.org, launches 12:01 a.m. Friday.
The station previously bought the rights to a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth frequency and moved a transmitter to Tiverton.
1st district hopefuls meet for public radio debate
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Pushing back against both debate moderators and his opponent, Republican congressional hopeful Eddie Edwards said Wednesday that questions about race, reproductive rights and President Donald Trump's behavior serve only to further divide Americans.
Debate between Montana candidates for US Senate rescheduled
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and Republican challenger Matt Rosendale has moved a week.
The Independent Record reports the debate hosted by Montana Television Network and Yellowstone Public Radio will held in Bozeman on Oct. 13.
Poet laureate Tracy K. Smith launching podcast-radio show
NEW YORK (AP) — The country's poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is launching a weekly podcast and radio program called "The Slowdown."
Smith said in a statement Tuesday that she wanted to inspire listeners to "make a daily space for poetry" in a world dominated by breaking news events.
Montana Senate, House candidates hold back-to-back debates
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's candidates for U.S. Senate and House are holding the first of two back-to-back debates on Saturday.
First, Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte, Democratic challenger Kathleen Williams and Libertarian Elinor Swanson meet in Helena at 6 p.m. That debate will be broadcast live on MTN television stations and Yellowstone Public Radio.
Candidates for California governor agree to radio debate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The candidates for California governor have agreed to a debate, but only on the radio.
Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom will square off Oct. 8 on San Francisco public radio station KQED, the station reported Monday.
It's the only forum both candidates have agreed to after months of back and forth and will be the first time they've shared a platform since a pre-primary debate in San Jose in May.
Broadband network could serve hundreds in Northeast Kingdom
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont plans to expand a high-speed broadband network that could serve hundreds of customers in the Northeast Kingdom.
The fiber network from Hardwick to Newport was completed in 2015 but the state has not had a company interested in hooking in to the network.
Racial justice advocates criticize police handling of case
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont attorney general's office is continuing to investigate allegations of threats against the only black woman in the Vermont legislature as racial justice advocates have criticized local law enforcement's handling of the case.
USOC marketing chief Baird going to New York Public Radio
DENVER (AP) — After cutting about $1 billion worth of deals and reimagining the U.S. Olympic team's brand, longtime U.S. Olympic Committee marketing chief Lisa Baird is leaving to take a similar position at New York Public Radio.
Congressman agrees to debate after scuttling public TV forum
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican congressman running in a tight re-election race in Virginia has agreed to a debate.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor will debate Democratic challenger Elaine Luria on Oct. 30.
The forum is sponsored by Central Business District Association in Virginia Beach. It will be the candidates' first debate.
Congressman scuttles debate, claims host station is biased
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Republican congressman in Virginia has canceled a debate appearance on a public radio station after it broke a story about his campaign gathering signatures to help put an independent candidate on November's ballot.
U.S. Rep. Scott Taylor said Tuesday that he looks forward to debating his Democratic opponent, just not at Norfolk-based WHRV-FM or its sister television station, WHRO-TV.
Taylor claimed that WHRV has been unfairly biased against him.
BOSTON (AP) — Two co-hosts are taking the helm of a successful National Public Radio program whose previous host was accused of workplace abuse.
Boston radio station WBUR said Wednesday it's appointing Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik as the new co-hosts of the popular weekday news and talk program "On Point" beginning the week of Aug. 20.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio has dismissed three longtime employees of the former "A Prairie Home Companion" show, including the son of creator and ex-host Garrison Keillor.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Jason Keillor was dismissed last week along with Prairie Home Productions managing director Kate Gustafson and publicist David O'Neill.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and public radio stations have reached a deal to air a constituent call-in show.
The Democratic governor announced the three-show Ask the Governor agreement with WBGO in Newark, WHYY in Philadelphia and WNYC in New York in a statement issued Thursday.
Murphy is set to appear at 7 p.m. Monday, at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A prominent host who was reassigned at Minnesota Public Radio after disclosing his relationship with a Democratic politician says he is leaving the station.
Tom Weber announced on Twitter Wednesday that he is leaving next week after 10 years at the St. Paul-based radio station.
Weber tweeted: "It's been a challenging year" and that he looks forward "to trying new things." He said he has no new gig lined up.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy abruptly canceled his monthly call-in radio show after a last-minute dispute over the show's planned format.
The hour-long "Ask the Governor" show was due to air Thursday night on public radio stations WBGO in Newark, WNYC in New York City and WHYY in Philadelphia. But it was canceled a little more than an hour before it was slated to start.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of homeless people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County while many shelter beds go empty because of problems ranging from bedbugs and rats to harassment and lax medical care, according to a report.
ATLANTA (AP) — The host of WABE-FM's flagship program "Morning Edition" will retire next month, capping a 40-year career broadcasting with multiple stations in the Atlanta market.
The public radio station announced Friday that Denis O'Hayer's last day on air is June 22. He'll remain an occasional political contributor.
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Boston's NPR news station is debuting its first podcast festival geared to young listeners.
WBUR says the two-day event — dubbed "The Mega Awesome Super Huge Wicked Fun Podcast Playdate" — started Saturday at Brookline's Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Minnesota Public Radio and former host Garrison Keillor said Friday they have reached an agreement that would once again allow public access to thousands of past shows of A Prairie Home Companion and The Writers Almanac.
Under the agreement, MPR will pay Keillor $275,000 for money owed through past contracts. In return, Keillor agreed not to take legal action against the station.
MPR, Keillor strike deal to restore access to old shows
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio says it has an agreement with Garrison Keillor to restore online access to old recordings of his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show.
MPR said Friday it will pay Keillor $275,000 for limited, non-exclusive rights to those shows for three years as well as Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac," a short daily offering that featured Keillor reading poetry and literary bits.
Marfa Public Radio, which broadcasts in Big Bend by KRTS 93.5 FM and Permian Basin through West Texas Public Radio at KXWT 91.3 FM, is collaborating with Marfa Myths, The Lot Radio and Dublab again this year.
Marfa Myths is an annual music, visual art and film festival founded in 2014 by Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer and contemporary arts nonprofit Ballroom Marfa.