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House Approves Bill Expanding Treatment For Opioid Abuse

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:51:00 +0000

The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily.

No Charges For 5 Teens Who Mocked Drowning Man, Didn't Help

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:44:00 +0000

Five Florida teenagers will not be prosecuted after they videotaped and mocked a disabled man as he drowned and didn't help.

Student Activists Hold Florida Bus Tour After Mass Shooting

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:37:00 +0000

Student activists from a high school that suffered a mass shooting have kicked off a March for Our Lives Florida bus tour, where they plan to visit all 27 of the state's Congressional districts.

Audit Finds Problems With State Purchasing Cards

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:15:00 +0000

A new audit is recommending that Florida’s health department move faster to cancel former employees’ access to state credit cards and to a statewide accounting system.

Injured Worker Loses Appeal On Positive Drug Test

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:03:00 +0000

A divided appeals court Friday upheld a decision to deny workers’ compensation insurance benefits to a hospital housekeeper who tested positive for marijuana after falling on the job and dislocating her shoulder.

This South Florida Priest Wants You To Understand Why Central Americans Are Seeking Asylum

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:56:40 +0000

In the past two months, the United States has taken more than 2,300 migrant children away from their parents as a result of the Trump Administration’s new " zero-tolerance" immigration policy.

South Florida Protesters Voice Outrage Over Child Separation Policies At Homestead Detention Center

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:48:33 +0000

Hundreds of protesters representing 23 advocacy groups rallied on Saturday against the Trump administration’s family separation policies at a Homestead detention center for children who crossed the Southern U.S. border. Chants of “Hey, Trump, leave the kids alone!” remained steady throughout the protest, even when it began to rain heavily. Many of those leading chants were children themselves. Organizers of the so-called “March to Keep Families Together” said federal officials provided unsatisfactory options for putting parents in contact with their children after being separated. Protesters voiced outrage that asylum-seeking families were punished and separated. They were also frustrated that children divided from their parents in Texas were then transported over a thousand miles away to the Homestead facility. The rally came hours after Sen. Bill Nelson joined U.S. Congress members Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fredericka Wilson and Ted Deutch on a tour of the facility. The barrack-style

Why The Contradictions Of XXXTentacion Are 'Difficult To Square'

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:40:12 +0000

On Monday, June 18, rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in Florida . The fallout from his death has been complicated given the rapper's dark past. In 2016, he was charged with aggravated assault and battery and false imprisonment of a pregnant victim. But in the span of time from then until the present, he had amassed a fan base of millions online with his music. With the release of two albums, XXXTentacion became known as one of the most prominent rappers of the Internet age, and his 2018 song " SAD! " broke the single-day streaming record on Spotify a day after his death. Music critics often mark the death of major artists by evaluating their public and private selves, but this artist has sparked some unusually conflicted reflections. Lindsay Zoladz, music critic for The Ringer , explains that it was this union of artistic vulnerability and infectious melody and production that resonated with so many young fans. "There's a real pop sensibility," Zoladz says. "He had a sense of

In 1973, An Arson Killed 32 People At A Gay Bar. For Years, It Was Forgotten

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:39:23 +0000

Decades before the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 that claimed 49 lives , another deadly attack on LGBTQ Americans took place. It was 45 years ago this Sunday that one of the worst attacks on the LGBTQ community left 32 people dead. On June 24, 1973, a fire ripped through the Up Stairs Lounge — a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The cause was arson. No one was ever charged or convicted of the crime. Much of the history was swept from memory due to homophobia. The fire started in the stairwell, trapping people on the building's second floor, where the bar was located. "It just happened so quickly. The flames just shot straight across the whole length of the bar," Ricky Everett, who survived the fire, told NPR's Michel Martin on All Things Considered. People sitting at the bar were "engulfed in those flames," he says. The heat made carpeting rise off of the floor. Everett got out by following Buddy Rasmussen, a bartender and manager, out of a back door, which turned out to

Online Voting Ends With Miami Nonprofits Winning $35,000 (And A Surprise Final Twist)

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 23:35:55 +0000

After a month of online voting for the United Way of Miami-Dade's first Inspire305 grant competition , two local nonprofits won a combined $35,000 Thursday night to jumpstart learning opportunities for communities of color and bring music to ailing or aging Miami residents. And, in a last-minute twist, at the ceremony for the announcement a donor decided to add $5,000 to each of the prizes. The $25,000 Gran Innovator Award went to Code Art , a local nonprofit using workshops and afterschool programs to increase gender and racial diversity in computer sciences. The Trailblazer prize of $10,000 was awarded to Mind and Melod y, a network that places music programs at healthcare facilities, nursing homes, day centers and assisted living facilities. Last March, United Way of Miami-Dade launched Inspire305 to give community organizers the chance to compete for prize money to help budding nonprofits grow. The contest was open to organizations five years old or less, registered as a 501(c)3

Department Of Homeland Security Releases Plan To Reunify Families

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:58:00 +0000

The Trump administration has released its plan for reuniting children who have been separated from their parents as a result of the president's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, but in a fact sheet issued on Saturday, it provided no timeline for when those reunifications will happen. According to the fact sheet , the Department of Health and Human Services has 2,053 separated minors in HHS-funded facilities "and is working with relevant agency partners to foster communications and work towards reuniting every minor and every parent or guardian via well-established reunification processes." "The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families," according to the Department of Homeland Security, which says 522 children that were in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection have already been reunited with their families. DHS says the process of reunification is "well-coordinated," noting that Customs

Babies Separated From Parents Are In Immigrant Shelters Near Miami, Lawmaker Says

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:27:48 +0000

At least 10 babies and toddlers taken away from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being housed in "tender-age shelters" in Miami-Dade, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz told the Miami Herald on Saturday. The Florida lawmaker said the children — who range in age from newborns to 5-year-olds — are being sheltered at His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens and Catholic Charities' Msgr. Bryan Walsh Children’s Village, formerly known as Boys Town, in Cutler Bay. These facilities are also housing about 88 children ages 6 to 12 who have been separated from their parents, she said. When the Democratic congresswoman, who represents parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, provided the Miami Herald with these figures, she cited a document given to her by federal officials. Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald .

Donald Hall, Former Poet Laureate, Dies At 89

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 22:03:00 +0000

Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States whose writing explored everything from nature to mortality to the toss of a baseball, has died at the age of 89. Hall died on Saturday at his family farm, known as Eagle Pond, in the small town of Wilmot, N.H. His death was announced by his literary agent, Wendy Strothman. Hall was a prolific author who began writing when he was just 12 years old. Over the course of a career that spanned more than seven decades, he wrote over 40 books, about half of which were works of poetry. "My body causes me trouble when I cross the room," he told Fresh Air 's Terry Gross in a 2012 interview , "but when I am sitting down writing, I am in my heaven — my old heaven." From 2006 to 2007, Hall served as the nation's poet laureate, and in 2010, he was among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest honor for artists and arts patrons. His writing, former president Barack Obama once said, "inspired Americans and enhanced the

Saudi Women Can Finally Drive, As Ban Is Lifted

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we head to Saudi Arabia where, for the first time in decades, women have the right to drive. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Cheering). UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Foreign language spoken). UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: (Laughter). MARTIN: That tape was recorded by The Guardian. And now we turn to Aryn Baker. She is a journalist and Middle East bureau chief for Time magazine. She's taken a spin with a few of the new women drivers, and she's with us on the line now from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Aryn, welcome. Thanks so much for joining us. ARYN BAKER: A pleasure. MARTIN: So tell us about some of the reactions you've been hearing from women today. BAKER: It's been great. They have been really well received out on the roads when they're driving. One bakery is giving away a dozen donuts to any woman who comes in with a Saudi driver's license. The Four Seasons Hotel is giving out boxes of chocolate to women with

How Police Killings Lead To Poor Mental Health In The Black Community

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we're going to talk about a subject that has become one of this country's flashpoints - police shootings of unarmed black men. It happened again last Tuesday in Pittsburgh, where Antwon Rose Jr. was shot three times as he ran away from police during a traffic stop. A neighbor caught it all on camera. The video was widely shared and inspired three straight days of protests in Pittsburgh. But the negative effects of that shooting won't end whenever the demonstrations stop or the reporting ends - this according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal. That study looked specifically at states that had a police killing of an unarmed black man in the three months leading up to the survey. And it found that these violent encounters have a direct effect on the mental health of black Americans living in communities that have experienced police violence. The telephone survey asked respondents how many days their mental

A History Of The Department Of Education

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: The White House is considering a massive reorganization of the federal government with a particular focus on agencies that deal with food, social services and education. The plan was announced on Thursday. And one part that stood out to us was the proposal to merge the Department of Education with the Labor Department to focus on workforce readiness. Now President Trump is not the first Republican to hope to abolish the Department of Education, just the latest. We wanted to know more about the history, so we called Alyson Klein of Education Week, and she started by pointing out that many of the Education Department's programs predate its creation by President Carter in 1980. ALYSON KLEIN: Many of them were started in 1965 with the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was part of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society program. And that really focused the federal role on the poorest kids, making sure poor kids

Immigration Legislature And Politics

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to start the program again today on the issue of immigration. There's still confusion about how children separated from their parents at the southern border can be reunited with their parents, and it's unclear what role, if any, Congress might play in the coming days. President Trump today offered an extreme proposal of his own, tweeting this morning that anyone who tries to come across the border should be expelled immediately - no judges, no court proceedings. NPR political reporter Sarah McCammon is here to tell us more. Sarah, thanks so much for joining us. SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: Yeah, good to be here. MARTIN: So let's start with the various efforts in Congress to address the immigration issue. What bills have been introduced, and where do they stand heading into the week? MCCAMMON: Republicans in the House have spent several days trying to put together a bill that could pass. It's something House Speaker Paul

Arkansas' Gov. Hutchinson On Why He Opposes Migrant Children In His State

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We'd like to talk a bit more about how this issue is playing out on the state level. On Thursday, the Department of Defense accepted a request to house 20,000 migrant children on military bases. The Department of Defense immediately set out to evaluate bases around the country. Arkansas has two sites under consideration. We wanted to hear more about this, so we've called Governor Asa Hutchinson from Arkansas. He's with us now. Governor, thanks so much for speaking to us. ASA HUTCHINSON: Good to be with you today. MARTIN: Now, you've come out against housing migrant children separated from their families. What informs your point of view about this? HUTCHINSON: It's just the sense of compassion of America. You look at this, and these are not serious felonies. They are misdemeanor offenses. You're pulling the children away from the parents. That's just not acceptable in America, and the public does not have the tolerance for that

Turkey Elections: Erdogan And Rival Ince Face Off

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:29:00 +0000

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: And now to Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in his re-election bid. If the results are confirmed, and he's taken more than half the vote, he will avoid a runoff. But Erdogan's party appears to be in danger of losing its outright majority in Parliament. NPR's Peter Kenyon has been following the vote from Istanbul. Peter, welcome. Thanks for joining us. PETER KENYON, BYLINE: Hi, Michel. MARTIN: Is this a surprise? KENYON: Well, certainly no surprise that Erdogan got the most votes. I mean, after 15 years in power, he's still Turkey's dominant politician. But the opposition had hoped to keep him below 50 percent because if they could have done that, they would have set up a two-person runoff next month against the second-place vote-getter, a man named Muharrem Ince of the main secular opposition party. But once these results - if they're certified by the Election Commission, Erdogan gets another

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban On Women Drivers

Sun, 24 Jun 2018 18:03:00 +0000

Updated at 6:23 p.m. ET Saudi Arabia lifted its widely-criticized ban on women drivers on Sunday, sparking jubilation among many women in the country who went out on the roads shortly after the ban was lifted. Talk show host and writer Samar Almogren told The Guardian , "I always knew this day would come. But it came fast. Sudden. I feel free like a bird." Another driver, Hessah al-Ajaji, told the Associated Press , "I'm speechless. I'm so excited it's actually happening." She said the male drivers on the road early Sunday morning "were really supportive and cheering and smiling." Women drivers and people throughout Saudi Arabia have been publishing scores of photos and videos to social media following the lifting of the ban. Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal posted a video to Twitter, which said, "Finally, First ride with my daughter @ Reem_Alwaleed while she's driving me and my grand daughters in Riyadh." He had earlier tweeted in November, "Stop the debate. Time for women to drive."