Kathy Lohr http://kunm.org en Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense http://kunm.org/post/abortion-rights-groups-say-its-time-stop-playing-defense Abortion rights activists are working on a counterattack to the 200 bills that have passed in states across the U.S. since 2010.<p>In the past three years, Republican-led legislatures have backed bills to regulate abortions and the doctors and clinics that perform them.<p>Bills to ban abortions at 20 weeks are among the laws that cropped up three years ago and have now passed in about a dozen states. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 39471 at http://kunm.org Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense Even If FCC Relaxes Rules, Delta Won't Allow In-Flight Calls http://kunm.org/post/even-if-fcc-relaxes-rules-delta-wont-allow-flight-calls Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>If you ever fly, you've heard it countless times: You cannot use your cellphone while en route to your destination. Federal rules will not allow it. That could change now, as the FCC considers relaxing those rules. But in advance of that decision yesterday, Delta Airlines said it plans to remain committed to high altitude quiet time.<p>Here's NPR's Kathy Lohr.<p>KATHY LOHR, BYLINE: Delta CEO Richard Anderson says frequent flyers believe voice calls in the cabin would disrupt travel. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:05:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 39112 at http://kunm.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers http://kunm.org/post/family-ga-teen-found-dead-gym-mat-pushes-answers Activists from across the country are asking Georgia's governor to support an investigation into the death of Kendrick Johnson, a 17-year-old discovered dead in a high school gymnasium almost a year ago. His body was found in a rolled-up gym mat.<p>State investigators ruled out foul play, but Johnson's parents don't believe it.<p>For 11 months, his family has gathered on the street outside the county judicial complex in Valdosta, Ga. His family sits in folding chairs bundled with scarves and gloves against the brisk wind and chilly rain. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:35:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 38851 at http://kunm.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers After Decades, Braves To Move To Suburban Atlanta http://kunm.org/post/after-decades-braves-move-suburban-atlanta The Atlanta Braves will abandon downtown for a new stadium in suburban Cobb County. The Braves have played in the city for almost 50 years, and the news came as a big shock to residents. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:11:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 37590 at http://kunm.org To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time http://kunm.org/post/get-around-town-some-cities-take-step-back-time <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.<p>Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.<p>"We have to have a look at reducing traffic issues. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 07:55:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 37332 at http://kunm.org To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues http://kunm.org/post/clinics-close-texas-abortion-fight-continues The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.<p>The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 36751 at http://kunm.org Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System http://kunm.org/post/university-alabma-moves-integrate-greek-system Students at the University of Alabama and community leaders are reacting to allegations that white sororities denied access to black women because of their race.<p>The student newspaper in Tuscaloosa, the <em>Crimson White</em>, ran a story that quotes sorority members who say they wanted to recruit at least two black candidates but the students' names were removed before members could vote on them.<p>One of the black women who sorority members say was pulled from consideration seemed the perfect recruit. She had a 4.3 grade point average. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 35125 at http://kunm.org University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System Trail Life USA, The 'Other' Boy Scouts Of America http://kunm.org/post/trail-life-usa-other-boy-scouts-america <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7zGYASqoBY</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 34694 at http://kunm.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses http://kunm.org/post/new-carpet-plants-help-cushion-blows-recession-losses Known as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Dalton, Ga., has struggled and lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs over the past decade.<p>But now, Engineered Floors is investing $450 million in two new manufacturing facilities and a distribution center in the area. The Dalton expansion is part of a resurgence in manufacturing in Georgia and it reflects an optimistic outlook for manufacturing across the Southeast.<p><strong>Something Different, Something New</strong><p>Kaila French and her young boys play with plastic model cars and trucks, rolling them on the wooden floor in her home in Dalton. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 34463 at http://kunm.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers http://kunm.org/post/bank-america-close-some-drive-tellers Some Bank of America branches with drive-through tellers from Georgia to Texas have already closed the lanes, according to spokeswoman Tara Burke.<p>She wouldn't divulge exactly how many are closing. She did say the decision is not a cost-cutting move but a response to the way people are banking.<p>About 13 million customers bank by mobile phone and 29 million participate in online services. Among them is 19-year-old Brittney Sprague who says, "Not too many folks will really miss the drive-through teller because everybody uses apps. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:15:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 33921 at http://kunm.org Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers Civil Rights Leaders Call For States To Expand Voting Rights http://kunm.org/post/civil-rights-leaders-call-states-expand-voting-rights Civil rights leaders meeting in Atlanta say states, including Texas and North Carolina, are deliberately trying to make it more difficult for voters. They're calling for a national campaign to strengthen voting rights, increase voter participation and eliminate long lines at the polls. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:13:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 33615 at http://kunm.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know http://kunm.org/post/where-do-drugs-lethal-injections-come-nobody-knows Several states are dealing with a shortage of lethal injection drugs and have had problems getting enough to carry out executions. In Georgia, lawmakers passed a measure that makes information about where the state got its supply a secret.<p>The Lethal Injection Secrecy Act says that the identity of people or companies that manufacture, supply or prescribe drugs used in executions is a state secret. But attorneys for death row inmate Warren Lee Hill are challenging the state over whether that law is constitutional.<p><strong>Cruel And Unusual Punishment? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 32892 at http://kunm.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States http://kunm.org/post/laws-tightening-abortion-rules-gain-traction-states A judge has temporarily blocked a North Dakota law that would have banned abortions beginning around six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat is detectable. It's one of several state laws passed this year intended to limit abortion.<p>Those backing the new rules say they will make abortions safer. But abortion-rights advocates say the laws are about politics, not safety.<p>In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill this month that increases requirements for clinics and doctors who perform abortions in that state. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 21:50:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 32594 at http://kunm.org Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City http://kunm.org/post/g-man-fights-crime-and-medical-disorder-kansas-city Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.<p>Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 32169 at http://kunm.org G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City Churches Reconsider Sponsoring Boy Scout Troops http://kunm.org/post/churches-reconsider-sponsoring-boy-scout-troops Some churches have said they will end their affiliation with the Boy Scouts after its decision to allow openly gay members to join. Others, including Southern Baptists, are considering their next move. Another group plans to hold a meeting in Louisville later this month with parents who say they want a more Christian organization for their children. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 30543 at http://kunm.org Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Gay Members, But Not Leaders http://kunm.org/post/boy-scots-vote-allow-gay-members-not-leaders Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Boy Scouts ban on openly gay scouts is coming to an end. That's the result of a vote held today by the leadership of the Boys Scouts of America.<p>WAYNE PERRY: Our vision is to serve every kid. We want every kid to have a place where they belong, to learn and grow and feel protected.<p>BLOCK: Today's historic vote is being celebrated by gay rights advocates as a hard-fought victory and criticized by opponents as a moral capitulation. NPR's Kathy Lohr is in Grapevine, Texas, where the vote took place, and she joins us now. Fri, 24 May 2013 00:23:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 29673 at http://kunm.org Boy Scouts To Decide Whether To Admit Gay Youth http://kunm.org/post/boy-scouts-decide-whether-admit-gay-youth Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>And I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>This week, Boy Scouts of America officials will meet in Texas to consider changing the group's longstanding ban on gay members. The first round of voting starts tomorrow. Wed, 22 May 2013 13:29:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 29584 at http://kunm.org Mark Sanford Wins House Race http://kunm.org/post/mark-sanford-wins-house-race Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In South Carolina tonight, a political comeback. Republican Mark Sanford, who was once mired in scandal as the state's governor, has won a congressional seat in a special election. He has defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a race that attracted national attention. Sanford just delivered his victory speech.<p>MARK SANFORD: I have a question for you all. Wed, 08 May 2013 02:56:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 28852 at http://kunm.org Democrats Have High Hopes Of Defeating Sanford In S.C. http://kunm.org/post/democrats-have-high-hopes-defeating-sanford-sc <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERK_pExyer8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khs3U1y_XB0</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 18:36:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 28672 at http://kunm.org Democrats Have High Hopes Of Defeating Sanford In S.C. 50 Years Later, King's Birmingham 'Letter' Still Resonates http://kunm.org/post/50-years-later-kings-birmingham-letter-still-resonates It's been five decades since Martin Luther King Jr., began writing his famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail," a response to eight white Alabama clergymen who criticized King and worried the civil rights campaign would cause violence. They called King an "extremist" and told blacks they should be patient.<p>But the time for waiting was over. Birmingham was the perfect place to take a stand.<p>So King traveled to Alabama in 1963 to attack the culture of racism in the South and the Jim Crow laws that mandated separate facilities for blacks and whites. In January, Gov. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 27859 at http://kunm.org 50 Years Later, King's Birmingham 'Letter' Still Resonates Sanford's House Bid A Test Of S.C. Voters' Will To Forgive http://kunm.org/post/sanford-tries-comeback-sc-election Two Democrats and 16 Republicans are running for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District seat in a special election Tuesday. The seat is open because former Rep. Tim Scott was tapped to replace Sen. Jim DeMint, who retired midterm.<p>The biggest name in the race is former Gov. Mark Sanford, whose infamous affair led to his political downfall. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 26522 at http://kunm.org Sanford's House Bid A Test Of S.C. Voters' Will To Forgive Civil Rights Exhibit Highlights Successes, Work Left To Be Done http://kunm.org/post/new-exhibit-highlights-history-early-civil-rights-group A new exhibit on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta is bringing civil rights leaders together.<p>Curators have worked for more than three years to catalog roughly 1,000 boxes of historic documents that tell the story of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an early civil rights group first presided over by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.<p>One person who shows up in several of the photographs in the exhibit is Dorothy Cotton, who was head of the SCLC's Citizens Education Program beginning in the 1960s. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 25478 at http://kunm.org Civil Rights Exhibit Highlights Successes, Work Left To Be Done In Dallas, Boy Scouts Debate Opening Membership To Gays http://kunm.org/post/dallas-boy-scouts-debate-opening-membership-gays Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Leadership of the Boy Scouts of America may take an important vote today. The organization's executive board is wrapping up a meeting in Dallas, and they're talking about whether to drop their policy banning gay leaders and gay scouts. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 24671 at http://kunm.org States Become Battlegrounds For Nation's Deep Abortion Divide http://kunm.org/post/states-become-battlegrounds-nations-deep-abortion-divide Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of <em>Roe v. Wade,</em> the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Thousands of activists on both sides of the issue are holding rallies marking the day at state capitals across the country.<p>In the decades since the decision, abortion has been one of the most debated and legislated issues in the nation. And state legislatures, which are increasingly passing laws restricting abortion, have become the debate's key battlegrounds.<p>South Dakota is one such state. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:52:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 24032 at http://kunm.org States Become Battlegrounds For Nation's Deep Abortion Divide New Regulations Could Treat Virginia Abortion Clinics Like Hospitals http://kunm.org/post/new-regulations-could-treat-virginia-abortion-clinics-hospitals This month marks the 40th anniversary of <em>Roe v. Wade,</em> the famed and widely cited case that legalized abortion. Yet across the country, states are continuing to approve restrictions.<p>With little fanfare, Virginia and Michigan Republican governors recently signed new abortion bills into law. Virginia's Bob McDonnell, in particular, quietly approved clinic regulations adopted by the state's Board of Health three months ago that hold abortion clinics to the same building standards as hospitals.<p>"Obviously I'm a pro-life governor," McDonnell says. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 23:09:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 23408 at http://kunm.org New Regulations Could Treat Virginia Abortion Clinics Like Hospitals From Shoes To M&M's, Custom-Made Products Take Off Online http://kunm.org/post/shoes-mms-custom-made-products-take-online It wasn't long ago that all consumers went to retail stores to buy things. These days, of course, you can get just about anything online. Some companies are now taking that shopping experience to the next level, allowing customers to design almost anything individually — from a trench coat to a batch of M&M's.<p>Lindsay Stewart, a senior at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, is a Converse fan — and an avid Converse custom designer. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 16:37:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 22770 at http://kunm.org From Shoes To M&M's, Custom-Made Products Take Off Online Georgia Town Makes Claim For Fruitcake Capital Of The World http://kunm.org/post/georgia-town-makes-claim-fruitcake-capital-world In the small town of Claxton, Ga., two bakeries make more than 4 million pounds of fruitcake each year. Both bakeries say Claxton is the fruitcake capital of the world, despite a similar claim made by <a href="http://www.collinstreet.com/">a company</a> in Corsicana, Texas.<p>"We actually begin with a blend of golden and natural raisins," says Dale Parker, vice president of <a href="http://www.claxtonfruitcake.com/index.php">Claxton Bakery</a>, the larger of the town's two fruitcake companies. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:51:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 22435 at http://kunm.org Georgia Town Makes Claim For Fruitcake Capital Of The World To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness http://kunm.org/post/trim-down-spelman-trades-sports-fitness For the past decade, Spelman College, a historically black women's school in Atlanta, has fielded NCAA teams in basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball and other sports. But when its small Division III conference started dwindling, college President Beverly Tatum says the school decided it was time to change focus.<p>"We have to ask ourselves: What is the cost of the program and who is benefiting? How many people are benefiting? Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:02:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 22192 at http://kunm.org To Trim Down, Spelman Trades Sports For Fitness Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents http://kunm.org/post/fingerprint-scans-create-unease-poor-parents Some Mississippi parents are learning a new routine when they drop their kids off at day care centers that are taking part in a new pilot program aimed at combating fraud and saving the state money.<p>Under the program, the state scans parents' fingerprints to capture biometric information, and that information is turned into a number. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:59:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 21564 at http://kunm.org Fingerprint Scans Create Unease For Poor Parents Crews Work To Restore Power, And Explain The Delay http://kunm.org/post/crews-work-restore-power-and-explain-delay More than 8 million people lost power after Superstorm Sandy. Five days later, 2.5 million are still waiting as power companies across the region continue to say that restoring power is more complicated than it seems.<p>The storm packed a one-two punch. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 21:12:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 20773 at http://kunm.org Crews Work To Restore Power, And Explain The Delay