Alabama Public Radio http://apr.org en Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://apr.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 56360 at http://apr.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Gov. Bentley Says He Plans To Call Special Session http://apr.org/post/gov-bentley-says-he-plans-call-special-session <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he plans to call a special session of the Legislature to use money from the state's education budget to pay for economic incentives to lure new businesses.</p><p>Al.com reports Bentley made the remarks Wednesday at a workforce development summit in Washington County. He said the special session would come after the election in November.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:13:10 +0000 The Associated Press 56359 at http://apr.org Gov. Bentley Says He Plans To Call Special Session Special Sessions And Farley Nuclear's New Resident Inspector http://apr.org/post/special-sessions-and-farley-nuclears-new-resident-inspector <p>5pm Newscast</p><p>Wednesday July 23, 2014</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:09:23 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 56358 at http://apr.org Special Sessions And Farley Nuclear's New Resident Inspector Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://apr.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 56357 at http://apr.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://apr.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 56355 at http://apr.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://apr.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 56354 at http://apr.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://apr.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 56353 at http://apr.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://apr.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 56356 at http://apr.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends Tuscaloosa OKs License Fee For Ticket Sellers http://apr.org/post/tuscaloosa-oks-license-fee-ticket-sellers <p></p><p>The city of Tuscaloosa is joining Auburn in clamping down on ticket scalpers.</p><p>The Tuscaloosa City Council has approved a law that requires anyone involved with a ticket reselling business to get a license from City Hall.</p><p>The Tuscaloosa News reports that the license will cost $100 for both resellers and runners who purchase tickets from other individuals.</p><p>The city has been regulating ticket scalpers since the 1970s.</p><p>The city of Auburn imposed a $155 license on ticket sellers earlier this month.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:48:53 +0000 The Associated Press 56351 at http://apr.org Tuscaloosa OKs License Fee For Ticket Sellers 'Tahrir Harassment' Trials End In Sexual Assault Convictions http://apr.org/post/tahrir-harassment-trials-end-sexual-assault-convictions Sexual assault convictions have been handed down to some Egyptian men, after several women were attacked during celebrations for incoming President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Audie Cornish speaks with freelance journalist Nadine Marroushi about the verdicts. <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=%27Tahrir+Harassment%27+Trials+End+In+Sexual+Assault+Convictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 56346 at http://apr.org Confusion With A Chance Of Clarity: Your Weather Questions, Answered http://apr.org/post/confusion-chance-clarity-your-weather-questions-answered Many listeners and readers felt a concise explanation of "a 20 percent chance of rain" was missing from <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/22/332650051/there-s-a-20-percent-chance-of-rain-so-what-does-that-mean" target="_blank">this story</a> about weather forecasts and probability, so we followed up with two meteorologists.<p>From meterologist Eli Jacks, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service:<p><blockquote><p>"There's a 20 percent chance that at least one-hundreth of an inch of rain — and we call that measurable amounts of rain — will fall at any s Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Robert Siegel 56350 at http://apr.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://apr.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Betto Arcos 56349 at http://apr.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force http://apr.org/post/ny-mans-death-prompts-police-introspection-use-force Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody last week in Staten Island. A video of the incident shows one officer using an apparent chokehold on Garner before he died. The incident is prompting the New York Police Department to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Joel Rose 56347 at http://apr.org Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks http://apr.org/post/kerry-claims-progress-gaza-cease-fire-talks <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=Kerry+Claims+Progress+In+Gaza+Cease-Fire+Talks&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 56348 at http://apr.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress http://apr.org/post/cope-immigration-influx-competing-plans-emerge-congress Divergent plans are now emerging from the House and Senate on how best to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children from Central America across the border.<p>Though both would offer the president less money than he asked for to deal with the crisis, a major battle has developed over whether to amend a 2008 law that makes it harder to speedily deport the children.<p>House Republicans are drawing a clear line in the sand on this one: President Obama is getting no money from them if they can't attach some policy changes to the funding. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 56345 at http://apr.org To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress