Brian Naylor http://whqr.org en As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights http://whqr.org/post/rockets-encroach-israels-main-airport-sees-canceled-us-flights Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This morning outside Tel Aviv, a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion International Airport. That prompted the FAA to tell U.S. carriers not to fly into Tel Aviv. And several airlines canceled flights to Israel on their own, as NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: The airlines were led by Delta, which diverted a Tel Aviv-bound flight this morning to Paris. The Boeing 747 originated at JFK airport in New York and carried 273 passengers and 17 crew. The airline says it has suspended service to Ben Gurion until further notice. Other U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 58458 at http://whqr.org Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs http://whqr.org/post/sen-alexander-outpaces-tea-party-remains-its-cross-hairs Tennessee's Lamar Alexander is one of a number of incumbent Republican senators caught in the cross hairs of Tea Party groups, taking on several challengers in next month's GOP primary.<p>But while Tea Party groups may be optimistic about the race, challengers like Joe Carr face an uphill battle to unseat the two-term senator.<p>Carr's campaign office is just across the street from Murfreesboro's antebellum courthouse. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:28:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 58396 at http://whqr.org Sen. Alexander Outpaces Tea Party, But Remains In Its Cross Hairs Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://whqr.org/post/governors-talk-infrastructure-annual-meeting The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 57964 at http://whqr.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description http://whqr.org/post/interior-secretary-getting-outdoors-job-description It's rare to find Sally Jewell in her Washington, D.C., office.<p>A little more than a year into her job as Interior Department secretary, she spends much of her time out in the field. It's unavoidable for someone who heads the federal agency that oversees some 400 national parks and nearly 300 million acres of federal lands.<p>"It's in the job description," she says. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 57484 at http://whqr.org For Interior Secretary, Getting Outdoors Is In The Job Description Conservative Critics Lobby For An Early End To Export-Import Bank http://whqr.org/post/conservative-critics-lobby-early-end-export-import-bank Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. The Export-Import Bank isn't something we hear about very often. But it's been around a long time, 80 years. It even has a nickname, the Ex-Im Bank. It was set up to help U.S. businesses sell their products overseas. Congress has to reauthorize the bank this fall. But some conservative Republicans say it's time to shut it down. And they were given a boost when the new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined their cause. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:41:21 +0000 Brian Naylor 57116 at http://whqr.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red http://whqr.org/post/oklahoma-senate-race-choice-between-two-deep-shades-red In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.<p>The winner of the GOP primary will all but certainly become Oklahoma's next U.S. senator — the state is among the reddest of red states, as red as the meat served at the Cattlemens' Steakhouse. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:24:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 56982 at http://whqr.org In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red On The Hill, Debate Reawakens Over Tired Truckers http://whqr.org/post/hill-debate-reawakens-over-tired-truckers Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last weekend, a tractor-trailer hit a limo carrying comedian Tracy Morgan. He's still hospitalized, and comedian James McNair was killed. The truck driver had allegedly not slept for more than 24 hours. And despite the attention, the trucking industry is working to roll back a regulation, passed last year, regulating rest periods. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.<p>BRIAN NAYLOR, BYLINE: In 2012, the last year for which there are records, almost 4,000 people died in accidents involving large trucks. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 56418 at http://whqr.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals http://whqr.org/post/va-students-abuzz-star-professors-become-political-rivals The upset of Rep. Eric Cantor by Dave Brat in Tuesday's primary rocked Washington. It also left its stamp on a tiny college in Ashland, Va. Brat is a professor at Randolph-Macon College — as is his next opponent, Democrat Jack Trammell.<p>Randolph-Macon is a small liberal arts college of about 1,300 students, founded by the United Methodist Church in 1830. The chances that two of its professors would be opponents in a congressional campaign were, before this week, microscopic. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 56374 at http://whqr.org Va. Students Abuzz As Star Professors Become Political Rivals How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia http://whqr.org/post/how-coal-industry-jobs-coexist-rising-sea-levels-virginia Skip Stiles stands on the edge of a small inlet known as the Hague, near downtown Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler Museum of Art is nearby, as are dozens of stately homes, all threatened by the water.<p>"We've got...[a] lot of old buildings around here: this apartment building, that church over there, been around since the turn of the last century," says Stiles, the executive director of Wetlands Watch, a Virginia-based environmental group. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 56251 at http://whqr.org How Coal Industry Jobs Coexist With Rising Sea Levels In Virginia From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks http://whqr.org/post/yellowstone-grand-canyon-wpa-posters-celebrate-national-parks If you've ever been to a national park and stopped off in the gift shop, you may have seen drawings of iconic park sights for sale as posters or post cards. The brightly colored print reproductions showcase the parks' impressive vistas, such as Yellowstone's Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon's overlooks.<p>The originals of some of those prints are currently on display in an exhibit called "<a href="http://www.doi.gov/interiormuseum/posterity.cfm">Posterity</a>" at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Mon, 26 May 2014 07:51:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 55503 at http://whqr.org From Yellowstone To Grand Canyon, WPA Posters Celebrate National Parks