Ted Robbins http://apr.org en What's In A Name? Plenty Of Ways To Make A Mistake http://apr.org/post/whats-name-plenty-ways-make-mistake When Arizona State University graduates hear their names announced, they have Peter Lafford to thank. It's his job to ensure students' names are pronounced correctly — and it's not always an easy task. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What%27s+In+A+Name%3F+Plenty+Of+Ways+To+Make+A+Mistake&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjQ1NzYwMDEyMjU5MjA0MjE0Yzg1Mg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 52106 at http://apr.org Ranchers And The Federal Government: The Long History Of Conflict http://apr.org/post/ranchers-conflict-grazing-fees-began-decades-ago Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. In the past three weeks, a man named Cliven Bundy went from anonymity to national fame to notoriety. Bundy is the Nevada rancher who stopped the Bureau of Land Management from removing his cattle from federal land. He hadn't paid his grazing fees. Bundy lost many allies when he started marking remarks about slavery, but there's a deeper story here. Bundy's fight is the latest skirmish in a long conflict between ranchers and the federal government. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 51072 at http://apr.org Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://apr.org/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 50167 at http://apr.org For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department http://apr.org/post/albuquerque-pd-searing-rebuke-justice-department Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Justice Department issued a scathing report today on the Albuquerque Police Department's use of force. Albuquerque officers have shot and killed 23 people in the last four years. Many of the victims were mentally or emotionally unstable. The report says the department has systemic deficiencies that caused the deaths and many other incidents. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Department of Justice investigation lasted 16 months. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 49974 at http://apr.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks http://apr.org/post/waters-will-flood-part-colorado-river-just-few-weeks Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry.<p>Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats.<p>That push for restoration paid off. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 49646 at http://apr.org Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://apr.org/post/arizona-citizens-keep-close-eye-immigration-checkpoint Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 49279 at http://apr.org In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint Arizona Struggles To Gain Cross-Border Trade With Mexico http://apr.org/post/arizona-struggles-gain-cross-border-trade-mexico In 2010, Arizona passed laws aimed at undocumented immigrants. As a result, business relations with Mexico — Arizona's biggest trading partner — began to suffer. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 49061 at http://apr.org Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force http://apr.org/post/border-patrol-revises-its-rulebook-use-deadly-force Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol wants agents to limit their use of deadly force. The Border Patrol says agents have killed 10 people since 2010, while the ACLU says that number is 27. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on a directive issued today that outlines new guidance for the use of force against rock throwers and vehicles.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Border Patrol is coming under heavy criticism over its use of force, including accusations that agents have stepped in front of vehicles trying to flee so they could open fire. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 48019 at http://apr.org Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk http://apr.org/post/amid-controversy-right-refuse-bill-hits-governors-desk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being pressured to veto a bill that would allow business owners in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians. To deny service, the business owner has to have sincerely held religious beliefs. That's the legislation's wording. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 47428 at http://apr.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://apr.org/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:47:34 +0000 Ted Robbins 46570 at http://apr.org With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away In Las Vegas, Lawns Are The Biggest Water Waster http://apr.org/post/las-vegas-lawns-are-biggest-water-waster Las Vegas depends on Lake Mead for its water and the reservoir is dropping. The city's water officials long ago instituted water conservation measures. Critics say they are not nearly enough. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 45873 at http://apr.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy http://apr.org/post/high-schoolers-hit-slopes-and-books-team-academy Freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon <a href="http://freestyle.usskiteam.com/news/bohonnon-takes-career-first-podium">recently finished second</a> at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec, and that helped him qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. But when he's not doing triple-twisting double backflips, he's taking Advanced Placement classes at <a href="http://ussateamacademy.org/">Team Academy</a> in Park City, Utah.<p>It's tough to be a normal high school senior and manage constant training and competition. But Mac doesn't go to a normal high school. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 45868 at http://apr.org High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing http://apr.org/post/south-texas-new-hot-spot-illegal-crossing As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.<p>The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 45262 at http://apr.org South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet http://apr.org/post/fruits-free-trade-how-nafta-revamped-american-diet Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.<p>Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.<p>In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 44628 at http://apr.org Wave Of Illegal Immigrants Gains Speed After NAFTA http://apr.org/post/wave-illegal-immigrants-gains-speed-after-nafta The North American Free Trade Agreement, known as NAFTA, turns 20 next week. Hailed as a boon for regional trade, it had some undesirable effects. It hastened a trend away from small farmers, and speeded illegal immigration to the U.S. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 43914 at http://apr.org