Cheryl Corley http://ketr.org en Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants http://ketr.org/post/iowa-mayor-calls-caring-cities-take-young-immigrants Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.<p>That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.<p>In Iowa — a state with a history of providing a safe place for refugees — the question of these undocumented minors has caused a stark divide. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:35:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56770 at http://ketr.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide http://ketr.org/post/faced-undocumented-minors-iowa-wrenched-stark-divide Although the governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state, more than 100 are already there. But the mayor of Des Moines, the state's largest city, and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. They say Iowa should be welcoming and help children in need. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 56744 at http://ketr.org A Red July 4th Weekend Leaves Dozens Of Casualties In Chicago http://ketr.org/post/red-july-4th-weekend-leaves-dozens-casualties-chicago Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>In Chicago, there were many shootings over the July 4 weekend. Police say nine Chicago residents were killed; more than 50 were injured. At least eight people who were shot were shot by police. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 55966 at http://ketr.org A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library http://ketr.org/post/presidential-contest-obamas-library There are 13 <a href="http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/">presidential Libraries</a> in the United States run by the National Archives, and when President Obama leaves office, the construction of the 14th library won't be far behind.<p>A <a href="http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/about">nonprofit foundation</a> created to fund and build the Obama presidential library is already beginning to mull proposals from contenders who'd like to be home to the facility.<p>Think of this fight over a presidential library like a boxing match with contenders in three corners of the ring Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:18:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 55928 at http://ketr.org A Presidential Contest ... For Obama's Library Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men http://ketr.org/post/chicago-students-enroll-boys-and-graduate-college-bound-men <em>This story is part of </em>All Things Considered<em>'s </em>"<a href="http://www.npr.org/series/323986426/men-in-america" target="_blank">Men in America</a>"<em> series.</em><p>In America, nearly 40 percent of black boys live in poverty, and barely half will graduate from high school.<p>But it's quite a different story for young black men at a public charter high school in Chicago. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 55872 at http://ketr.org Chicago Students Enroll As Boys, And Graduate As College-Bound Men Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes http://ketr.org/post/why-those-tiny-microbeads-soap-may-pose-problem-great-lakes From the shoreline at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, the blue water of Lake Michigan stretches as far as the eye can see. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:21:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 53817 at http://ketr.org Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed http://ketr.org/post/across-us-bicycle-commuting-picks-speed As bicycling goes, America is far behind Copenhagen, the promised land where roads look like bicycle highways as people pedal to work. But commuting by bike in the U.S. is catching on — though geographic, income and gender disparities persist.<p>In Chicago, busy Sheridan Road is the start of the Lakefront bike trail on its north side. Thu, 15 May 2014 07:05:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 53527 at http://ketr.org Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? http://ketr.org/post/subminimum-wages-disabled-godsend-or-exploitation The president recently signed an <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/12/executive-order-minimum-wage-contractors">executive order</a> raising the minimum hourly wage to $10.10 for workers employed by federal contractors — including those with disabilities.<p>That's a victory for disabled workers who can make just pennies per hour at so-called sheltered workplaces.<p>While some call sheltered workshops a godsend, others say they are examples of good intentions gone wrong.<p>Sertoma Centre, located in Chicago's south suburbs, is one such organization. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52514 at http://ketr.org Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation? States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://ketr.org/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51868 at http://ketr.org States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA http://ketr.org/post/latinos-wary-all-out-push-sign-aca All throughout the country, supporters of the Affordable Care Act have worked to reach the uninsured, holding health fairs and putting ads on TV and radio.<p>The push continues to get as many enrolled as possible, especially Latinos — the most uninsured group in the country.<p>Illinois has taken its show on the road with its Road 2 Coverage statewide mobile tour. In Chicago, Jose Munoz points to Road 2 Coverage's huge RV plastered with the Illinois marketplace slogan — "Get Covered Illinois" — parked outside the field house at Humboldt Park. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 51400 at http://ketr.org Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA