Jeff Brady http://wfae.org en Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part http://wfae.org/post/marathon-safety-embraced-boston-most-part Authorities in Massachusetts spent the past year planning a more secure environment for the 2014 Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 3,500 police and National Guard soldiers along the course. Runners and spectators are asked to leave bags and strollers at home. Participants generally seem OK with the new measures but say it may change their experience of the race. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 49273 at http://wfae.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines http://wfae.org/post/after-deaths-renewed-focus-leaky-gas-pipelines After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/12/289434505/firefighters-respond-to-building-collapse-in-new-yorks-harlem">gas explosion</a> last month in New York leveled two buildings and killed eight people, an old issue received new attention: aging natural gas pipelines that leak.<p>It can take decades and billions of dollars to replace old steel and cast-iron pipes with plastic ones, but some utilities are making that a priority.<p>In Philadelphia, after a long, cold winter, construction crews are back at work. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 48980 at http://wfae.org After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines Before Classes Even Begin, Mass Stabbing Leaves School Reeling http://wfae.org/post/classes-even-begin-mass-stabbing-leaves-school-reeling Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And Melissa Block.<p>A 16 year-old boy is in custody after a knife attack at a high school near Pittsburgh left at least 20 people injured. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 48678 at http://wfae.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://wfae.org/post/tax-season-fraudsters-may-target-your-refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255415230/breach-at-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts">the Target stores theft</a> dominating the news headlines. But imagine what a thief could do with your company's payroll records. Those contain valuable information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your address and how much you earn.<p>Gary Blatto-Vallee of Webster, N.Y., learned how damaging this type of data theft can be when he tried to submit his federal tax return. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:19:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 48086 at http://wfae.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://wfae.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 47622 at http://wfae.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez http://wfae.org/post/dubious-birthday-exxon-valdez Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Here's a bit of what we learned when we woke up that morning, 25 years ago today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED BROADCAST)<p>JEAN COCHRAN: A Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, Alaska says an oil tanker has run aground in an ice field 20 miles off Valdez. That's the terminus of...<p>CORNISH: The Exxon Valdez tanker hit a reef, spilling millions of gallons of oil and decimating marine life. NPR's marking the anniversary in a series of reports. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:07:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 47599 at http://wfae.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://wfae.org/post/customer-surveys-are-here-stay-suggestions-improvement Call the cable company, and an automated voice wants to ask you about the experience. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 46653 at http://wfae.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Pipeline Regulators Move To Ease Propane Distribution Issue http://wfae.org/post/pipeline-regulators-move-ease-propane-distribution-issue Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>and we've been hearing in recent weeks about a propane shortage, which is really more about distribution. Companies are having trouble transporting their gas from where it's stored to where it's needed. Now the agency that regulates pipelines is taking an unprecedented step to try to fix that problem.<p>NPR's Jeff Brady reports.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: Farmers used a lot of propane for a late harvest last fall, then a very cold winter set in. Companies have been trying to catch up ever since. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44789 at http://wfae.org State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming http://wfae.org/post/state-department-keystone-xl-would-not-worsen-warming Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Keystone XL oil pipeline may be closer to being built. The U.S. State Department's released an environmental impact statement that says the project would not make climate change any worse, and it's now up to President Obama to decide the fate of the pipeline. NPR's Jeff Brady reports that environmental groups and many Democrats want the president to reject the review's findings.<p>JEFF BRADY, BYLINE: The Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, almost 1200 miles south to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 44162 at http://wfae.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames http://wfae.org/post/much-north-dakotas-natural-gas-going-flames <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.</em><p><em></em>North Dakota's oil boom isn't just about oil; a lot of natural gas comes out of the ground at the same time. But there's a problem with that: The state doesn't have the pipelines needed to transport all of that gas to market. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:27:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 43995 at http://wfae.org Much Of North Dakota's Natural Gas Is Going Up In Flames