Cheryl Corley http://wcbe.org en To Combat Looting In Ferguson, Mo. Governor Institutes Curfew http://wcbe.org/post/combat-looting-ferguson-mo-governor-institutes-curfew <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=To+Combat+Looting+In+Ferguson%2C+Mo.+Governor+Institutes+Curfew&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTYwMDQ1MDEzMzE1ODcyMjRmY2FlMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 61361 at http://wcbe.org Ferguson Officer's Motives In Police Shooting Remain Murky http://wcbe.org/post/ferguson-officers-motives-police-shooting-remain-murky New information was released Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The police chief finally released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown and an incident report listing Brown as a suspect in a recent convenience store robbery. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is promising a full investigation. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 61328 at http://wcbe.org Ferguson Braces For New Night Of Clashes, As Leaders Call For Peace http://wcbe.org/post/ferguson-braces-new-night-clashes-leaders-call-peace A fifth night of violence erupted in a St. Louis suburb, as Ferguson police again clashed with protesters. Community frustration has only escalated since the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager on Saturday. Ferguson's police chief called for calm, while reiterating that he will not release the name of the officer who shot Brown. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also spoke out for more peaceful relations between police and protesters. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:36:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 61269 at http://wcbe.org At 73, Man Finally Gets Diploma Denied For Defying Segregation http://wcbe.org/post/73-man-finally-gets-diploma-denied-defying-segregation There was no pomp and circumstance, no procession with classmates, but on Friday a school district in Illinois finally handed Alva Early his high school diploma — more than five decades after he attended Galesburg High School.<p>In 1959, Galesburg banned Earley from graduating and denied him a diploma after he and other African-Americans had a picnic in a park that was unofficially off-limits to blacks.<p>Earley, now a retired attorney, says he never thought the day would come, but as the Galesburg class of '59 gathered for a reunion this weekend, the school superintendent called Earley forwar Sun, 10 Aug 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 61013 at http://wcbe.org At 73, Man Finally Gets Diploma Denied For Defying Segregation Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants http://wcbe.org/post/iowa-mayor-calls-caring-cities-take-young-immigrants Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.<p>That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.<p>In Iowa — a state with a history of providing a safe place for refugees — the question of these undocumented minors has caused a stark divide. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 60060 at http://wcbe.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://wcbe.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 60029 at http://wcbe.org A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago http://wcbe.org/post/red-july-4th-weekend-leaves-dozens-casualties-chicago Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Chicago, there were many shootings over the July 4 weekend. Police say nine Chicago residents were killed; more than 50 were injured. At least eight people who were shot were shot by police. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 59018 at http://wcbe.org A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library http://wcbe.org/post/presidential-contest-obamas-library There are 13 <a href="http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/">presidential Libraries</a> in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.<p>A <a href="http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/about">nonprofit foundation</a> created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.<p>Think of this fight over a presidential library like a boxing match with contenders in three corners of the ring Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 58979 at http://wcbe.org A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men http://wcbe.org/post/chicago-students-enroll-boys-and-graduate-college-bound-men <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>In America, nearly 40 percent of black boys live in poverty, and barely half will graduate from high school.<p>But it's quite a different story for young black men at a public charter high school in Chicago. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 58918 at http://wcbe.org Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes http://wcbe.org/post/why-those-tiny-microbeads-soap-may-pose-problem-great-lakes From the shoreline at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, the blue water of Lake Michigan stretches as far as the eye can see. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56364 at http://wcbe.org Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed http://wcbe.org/post/across-us-bicycle-commuting-picks-speed As bicycling goes, America is far behind Copenhagen, the promised land where roads look like bicycle highways as people pedal to work. But commuting by bike in the U.S. is catching on — though geographic, income and gender disparities persist.<p>In Chicago, busy Sheridan Road is the start of the Lakefront bike trail on its north side. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56015 at http://wcbe.org Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed New York And Chicago Bring E-Cigs Under Umbrella Of Tobacco Laws http://wcbe.org/post/new-york-and-chicago-bring-e-cigs-under-umbrella-tobacco-laws Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>No smoking signs now have an expanded meaning in Chicago and New York. The image of a cigarette in a red circle with a line through it now applies to e-cigarettes, too. NPR's Cheryl Corley reports on the new laws that went into effect in both cities today.<p>CHERYL CORLEY, BYLINE: At a shop called Smoque on Chicago's North Side, there's no tobacco. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:03:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 55182 at http://wcbe.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://wcbe.org/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 54785 at http://wcbe.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://wcbe.org/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 54038 at http://wcbe.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://wcbe.org/post/latinos-wary-all-out-push-sign-aca All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.<p>The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.<p>Illinois has taken its show on the road with its Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour. In Chicago, Jose Munoz points to Road 2 Coverage's huge RV plastered with the Illinois marketplace slogan — "Get Covered Illinois" — parked outside the field house at Humboldt Park. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 53500 at http://wcbe.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers http://wcbe.org/post/commuters-ditch-cars-public-transit-record-numbers During the morning rush at Chicago's Union Station, commuter trains pull in, the doors open and a crush of people, newspapers and coffee cups in hand, pour off like a flood.<p>Financial analyst Nader Kouklan says he makes the trip from the suburbs to Chicago's downtown every day.<p>"It's easier and just a faster way to get to work, rather than having to deal with the traffic of the morning commute," Kouklan says.<p>Law student Amalia Romano rides Chicago's Metra line, too.<p>"I take it because I don't want to pay $16 to park every day," Romano explains.<p>Romano and Kouklan are among the incre Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 53104 at http://wcbe.org Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag http://wcbe.org/post/move-honor-prohibition-era-untouchable-hits-snag Eliot Ness, the famed Prohibition-era agent often credited with bringing down the empire of Chicago mobster Al Capone, is perhaps best known to many from fictional portrayals on the big and small screens.<p>Although Ness is a legendary figure, some politicians are debating whether the headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington should bear his name.<p>Ness began his career as a Prohibition agent in 1926. Four years later, he was the special agent in charge of going after Capone's bootlegging operation.<p>U.S. Sens. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52495 at http://wcbe.org Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year http://wcbe.org/post/test-gets-phased-out-chicago-some-boycott-its-final-year Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>It's testing time in Illinois today. Hundreds of thousands of students began taking state tests in math and science but some students, parents, even teachers are refusing. At dozens of schools in Chicago, they're staging a boycott, saying the tests don't matter. As NPR's Cheryl Corley reports, it's part of a growing national debate over measuring student performance.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: Boycott the ISAT. Let things be. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52109 at http://wcbe.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare http://wcbe.org/post/flagging-down-taxi-drivers-sign-obamacare Dan Ware has been driving a taxicab in Chicago for more than a decade, but he still doesn't have what many jobs offer: health insurance.<p>"I'm without health coverage," he says.<p>And that's not unusual, says Chicago Public Health Commissioner Bechara Choucair. "What we know in Chicago is that around 70 percent of taxi drivers are uninsured," Choucair says.<p>That means about 8,000 cabbies could be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52065 at http://wcbe.org Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam http://wcbe.org/post/lots-little-credit-charges-add-one-big-scam Would you notice an unexpected charge of $10 or less on your credit card statement? Lots of consumers don't — and scammers count on that, says Steve Barnas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in northern Illinois.<p>But Barnas says the Better Business Bureau is now hearing from consumers across the country about $9.84 credit charges for what look to be very innocuous purchases. But while they may seem legitimate, many are not.<p>"Most of them we're seeing say "customer support" [or] "website support," he says. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:48:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 50537 at http://wcbe.org Lots Of Little Credit Charges Add Up To One Big Scam