WNKU http://wnku.org en Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://wnku.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 38295 at http://wnku.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port http://wnku.org/post/maine-city-council-votes-keep-tar-sands-out-its-port South Portland, Maine, is known as the place where Liberty ships were built by tens of thousands of workers during World War II. Now, the city's waterfront is home to an oil terminal and the beginning of a 236-mile-long pipeline.<p>For more than 70 years, the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Susan Sharon 38296 at http://wnku.org Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting http://wnku.org/post/immigration-americas-concerns-are-fiery-fleeting Americans today are most likely to name immigration the nation's biggest problem, but polling history suggests the alarm may have a limited shelf life.<p>In a Gallup <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/173306/one-six-say-immigration-important-problem.aspx">survey</a> released last week, 17 percent volunteered immigration as America's most pressing issue, narrowly topping concerns that weigh more consistently on the nation's mindset, like jobs and political leadership.<p>Though a small plurality, it was a sharp increase from the 5 percent who named the issue in Gallup's June poll, conducted jus Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:36:00 +0000 editor 38294 at http://wnku.org On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? http://wnku.org/post/pop-quiz-20-percent-chance-rain-do-you-need-umbrella This week, <em>All Things Considered</em> is exploring <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/333708682/risk-and-reason" target="_blank">how people interpret probability</a>. What does it mean to us, for example, when a doctor says an operation has a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/21/332074963/what-the-odds-fail-to-capture-when-a-health-crisis-hits" target="_blank">70 percent chance of success?</a><p>One of the most common encounters with percent probabilities has to do with weather. Take a moment to consider the question below. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:58:00 +0000 editor 38293 at http://wnku.org Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella? Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question http://wnku.org/post/glass-or-no-glass-grill-lid-question We love cooking on our grills, especially in the summertime. Keeping the house cool and avoiding the dish pile up are two major draws – not to mention the flavor of food cooked over fire.<p>When we saw a glass-topped grill, shining like Cinderella's slipper in a YouTube <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0il1bFM0vc">video</a> posted by commercial glass maker SCHOTT, we were intrigued. But, we wondered, how the heck do you clean it?<p>First, let's back up. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:11:00 +0000 April Fulton 38292 at http://wnku.org Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee http://wnku.org/post/va-nominee-steps-senate-committee Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, which will vote on whether to send his nomination to the Senate floor. <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=VA+Nominee+Steps+Before+Senate+Committee&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjIzNjkwMDEzMTcwNjcxNzNmYmMzMA004)"/></div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Ailsa Chang 38287 at http://wnku.org Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version http://wnku.org/post/near-crash-site-stories-jet-cleave-closely-russian-version Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:50:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 38288 at http://wnku.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town http://wnku.org/post/university-would-study-health-issues-polluted-town Residents of an upstate New York town who've long associated their illnesses with the air they breathe may finally get some answers about the health effects of living next to a toxic polluter.<p>The town of Tonawanda lies in the shadow of Tonawanda Coke Corp., whose ovens heat coal into material used for the iron and steel industries, and release toxic chemicals into the air.<p>The residents' long fight to definitively link the pollution with their illnesses, and to hold Tonawanda Coke accountable, were profiled in NPR's 2011 investigation <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/11/10/142189390/tonaw Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Robert Benincasa 38289 at http://wnku.org University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles http://wnku.org/post/tree-planted-honor-beatle-killed-beetles Flowers may grow so incredibly high, as the Beatles once sang, but trees — not so much.<p>Actually, a pine tree planted in Los Angeles a decade ago to honor former Beatle George Harrison reached a height of 12 feet before succumbing recently.<p>To an infestation. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:46:00 +0000 editor 38290 at http://wnku.org Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles? http://wnku.org/post/inflation-came-low-again-are-there-bubbles Want to borrow money for a car or a home this fall?<p>Oddly enough, the interest rates available months from now for big-ticket items may be determined by the prices you pay today for everyday consumer goods. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:39:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 38291 at http://wnku.org Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?