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  1. Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

    10.06 / 16:24 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    The Trump administration is rolling back the Obama-era requirement that employer-provided health insurance policies cover birth control methods at no cost to women. According to senior officials with the Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the new rule is to allow any company or nonprofit group to exclude the coverage for contraception if it has a religious or moral objection. "This provides an exemption and it's a limited one," said Roger Severino , director of the HHS…
  2. Deadly Tropical Storm Nate Threatens U.S. Gulf Coast

    10.06 / 16:24 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Tropical Storm Nate was gathering force in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea on Friday as it made its way toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, which was bracing for a potential direct hit Sunday. The storm has already unleashed heavy rain and flooding over parts of Central America, where several people have died. In Nicaragua, the death toll reached at least 11 on Thursday, while thousands of people had to evacuate their homes and several others were reported missing, according to Vice President…
  3. Puerto Rico's 'Singing Newspapers' Tell A Story Of Resilience

    10.06 / 16:24 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Since Hurricane Maria, people in Puerto Rico have been without easy access to electricity, clean drinking water, or food. Many are still staying in shelters; some are living in the ruins of their homes. The once-lush green trees were stripped bare and uprooted. But all is not lost. There are two quintessential Puerto Rican sounds that survived: One is the plaintive song of the tiny coqui frog. The other is the improvised Afro-Puerto Rican call-and-response musical tradition known as Plena.…
  4. Firm Behind 'Fearless Girl' Statue Underpaid Female, Black Execs, U.S. Says

    10.06 / 16:24 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    The State Street Corporation, a financial services company that put the Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street to promote the importance of women working in corporate leadership roles, will pay $5 million after an investigation found that it underpaid female and black executives. The company denies any wrongdoing but will pay as part of a settlement with the Department of Labor. Law360 reported on the payout earlier this week , and Bloomberg posted the text of the conciliation agreement…
  5. U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

    10.06 / 16:24 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    The U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs in September, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while unemployment fell to 4.2 percent. The September payrolls drop broke a nearly seven-year streak of continuous job gains, but economists caution that the drop is likely representing the short-term consequences of bad weather, not a long-term shift in the job market. Before this report, the economy had added an average of about 175,000 jobs per month; the unemployment rate…
  6. Top Stories: Nobel Peace Prize; Las Vegas Shooter's Motive Still Unknown

    10.06 / 13:01 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Good morning, here are our early stories: -- International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Peace Prize. -- Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive. -- Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan. And here are more early headlines: Trump's Cryptic Reference To "Calm Before The Storm". ( NBC ) Nate Predicted To Hit U.S. Gulf Coast As A Hurricane. ( NHC ) U.K. Leader Says She Has Support After Speech With Mishaps. ( BBC )…
  7. Militia Defendant Wants Cliven Bundy Trial Postponed After Las Vegas Massacre

    10.06 / 13:01 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    A federal judge in Las Vegas on Friday will consider a motion to delay the start of next week's high profile trial of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia associates. In two motions filed by one of the defendants in the 2014 Bunkerville armed standoff this week, the court-appointed attorneys for militia sympathizer Ryan Payne argue that the trial should be delayed in light of Sunday's shooting rampage in Las Vegas at a country music concert that left 59 dead and almost 500 injured.…
  8. Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares To Other Countries

    10.06 / 13:01 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Last weekend's massacre in Las Vegas is only the latest reminder of the persistent gun violence in the United States. And a new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence not related to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared to those in much of the rest of the world. Take countries with the top indicators of socioeconomic success — income per person and average education level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in the world among them, b…
  9. President Johnson's Crime Commission Report, 50 Years Later

    10.06 / 13:01 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    If you've ever called 911 to report an emergency, thank the Johnson Crime Commission. Establishing a national emergency number was just one of more than 200 recommendations the Commission offered up in a landmark 1967 report "for a safer and more just society." Two years earlier, President Lyndon Johnson had appointed lawyers, educators, law enforcement officers, social workers and others – 19 members in all — to the group officially called the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and …
  10. For Traumatized Children, An Offer Of Help From The Muppets

    10.06 / 11:00 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVhkPAge_TY Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. "Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed." You won't be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It's part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials,…
  11. International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

    10.06 / 09:20 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpVaxEJc5kk The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, a group working to establish a global prohibition on nuclear weapons under international law. The prize was announced in Oslo, Norway, on Monday morning. The committee praised ICAN "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a…
  12. Speaking Freely, Retiring Sen. Corker Warns GOP He Could Oppose Tax Plan

    10.06 / 09:20 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhovVz7NR0 At the marathon Senate Budget Committee hearing this week, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., strolled in like a man who had just quit his job and was ready to tell the boss what he really thinks. "I have difficulty putting that much energy in to discussing this budget document because this is some of the most meaningless work that we do here," Corker said with a sigh. "It has nothing to do with the chairman or the committee. It's a waste of time." Corker…
  13. No Class Action: Supreme Court Weighs Whether Workers Must Face Arbitrations Alone

    10.06 / 08:57 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Suing one's employer can be scary enough, but it's even scarier doing it alone. Many employers are increasingly requiring workers to sign agreements requiring them to resolve workplace disputes about anything from harassment to discrimination to wage theft through individual arbitration. In other words, the language does not permit them to join forces with colleagues who might have similar complaints. Whether such prohibitions on collective arbitration are legal is at issue in a trio of…
  14. Las Vegas Shooter's Life Comes Into Focus, But Not His Motive

    10.06 / 05:48 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Investigators in Las Vegas are sifting through evidence they've gathered from the homes of the man who sprayed a concert crowd with gunfire. They've begun to interview his girlfriend. They've learned quite a bit about Stephen Paddock's past and preparation, but there is still no explanation why he damaged and destroyed so many lives. Ken Russell is a retired wildlife biologist who lives in the same neighborhood where the Las Vegas shooter lived, in the sunny retirement community of Sun…
  15. Empty Seats On Salt Lake Board Stall Progress For Local Non-Profit

    10.06 / 05:33 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Every city has boards and commissions that residents can volunteer to sit on. They don’t usually pay and most of them don’t require any expertise. They might seem dull or insignificant. But there are real consequences when those seats are emp…
  16. Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

    10.06 / 04:56 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is taking a leave of absence from his company following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed female assistants, executives and actresses for decades. The Times report also says Weinstein settled complaints with at least eight women. Weinstein is one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. He co-founded Miramax, which has produced such Academy Award-winning films as Pulp Fiction, Chicago, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love. He and his…
  17. After Tensions, University Of Utah And Huntsman Cancer Foundation Forge New Agreement

    10.06 / 04:56 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    After a period of tension between the University of Utah and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, the University’s Board of Trustees approved a new memorandum of understanding today detailing their business r…
  18. IRS Audit Counters Claims Of 'Witch Hunt' Targeting Conservatives

    10.06 / 04:56 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: During the Obama administration, many conservatives railed against the IRS. They accused the agency of going on a witch hunt against Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations seeking tax exempt status. In fact, the IRS was targeting many progressive groups, too. That's the finding in a new report by the Treasury Department's own watchdog, as NPR's Peter Overby reports. PETER OVERBY, BYLINE: The scandal goes back to…
  19. Authorities Say Stephen Paddock May Have Plotted Attacks At Other Music Festivals

    10.06 / 04:56 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: In Las Vegas, new details are trickling out about the man who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds at a music festival Sunday. At the same time, there are still lots of questions that remain unanswered. And for the latest, we're joined now by NPR's Leila Fadel in Las Vegas. And, Leila, first, what are authorities saying that's new about the gunman? LEILA FADEL, BYLINE: Well, what we know now is that the shooter may have made…
  20. A Bipartisan Bid To Ban Bump Stocks

    10.06 / 04:56 kuer.org Kuer.org - Utah (UT)
    Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are reacting to Sunday's shooting by trying to move new legislation. And in a departure from recent history, these proposals are coming from both sides of the aisle. Representative Carlos Curbelo is a Republican from the Miami area. He's the author of a new bill to ban the accessory that allowed the Las Vegas shooter to fire so many rounds. And congressman, welcome to the program. CARLOS CURBELO: Thank…