Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Newscast
5:08 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama's Abortion Law And AEA Dues

5pm Newscast

Tuesday July 1, 2014

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AEA's Future
4:11 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Alabama Teachers' Group Loses Main Funding Source

The Alabama Education Association is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities.
Credit Alabama Education Association

The main funding source for one of the largest and best financed organizations in the state, the Alabama Education Association, has ended.

The organization is no longer able to use payroll deductions to collect dues to support its activities. AEA had a court-approved deadline of Monday to comply with a newly enforced state law on limiting payroll deductions.

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Public Safety Changes
4:04 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Changes At Alabama's Public Safety Department

John Richardson has been named as the Acting Director of the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Credit Office of the Governor of Alabama

Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.

McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Business & Education
7:52 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Judge Orders Mediation in Huntsville Desegregation Suit

A federal judge is ordering mediation to resolve a dispute over racial segregation in Huntsville's city schools.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala ordered the talks as the city attempts to draw new district lines for its school zones.

The rezoning has to be approved by a federal judge because of a desegregation lawsuit dating back to 1963, when the federal government sued to end racial segregation in the system.

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Newscast
5:06 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

EWTN, Contraceptives And Abortion Clinics Close

5pm Newscast

Monday June 30, 2014

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Abortion Regulations
4:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Only 3 Alabama Abortion Clinics Remain Open

A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.
Credit Alabama Women's Center

Three of Alabama's five abortion clinics remain open after complying with a new state law that sets stricter building requirements.

The law was passed by the Legislature last year and it goes into effect Tuesday.

The Alabama Department of Public Health says clinics in Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Mobile have worked to comply with the law's requirements for wider halls and doors and improved fire safety measures. A clinic in Huntsville closed Friday because it couldn't meet the requirements. But it is planning to move to a new location and get a new license.

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Catholic Broadcaster-Contraception
4:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Contraceptive Mandate Halted For Ala. Broadcaster

A federal appeals court has temporarily barred the federal government from forcing a Catholic broadcasting network EWTN to comply with a law requiring them to cover contraceptives for women.
Credit Eternal World Television Network / Twitter

A federal appeals court has temporarily barred the federal government from forcing a Catholic broadcasting network in Alabama to comply with a law requiring them to cover contraceptives for women.

Eternal Word Television Network, which has studios in a Birmingham suburb, is appealing a federal judge's order from last week dismissing its lawsuit, which maintained that requiring employers to include contraception in their health care coverage is unconstitutional.

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