NPR: Ted Robbins http://weku.fm en What's In A Name? Plenty Of Ways To Make A Mistake http://weku.fm/post/whats-name-plenty-ways-make-mistake When Arizona State University graduates hear their names announced, they have Peter Lafford to thank. It's his job to ensure students' names are pronounced correctly — and it's not always an easy task. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What%27s+In+A+Name%3F+Plenty+Of+Ways+To+Make+A+Mistake&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyMjQ1NzYwMDEyMjU5MjA0MjE0Yzg1Mg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 20:57:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 59712 at http://weku.fm Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now http://weku.fm/post/nevada-ranch-dispute-ends-feds-back-down-now Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The situation came to a head on Saturday. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 58211 at http://weku.fm For Albuquerque PD, A Searing Rebuke From Justice Department http://weku.fm/post/albuquerque-pd-searing-rebuke-justice-department Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The Justice Department issued a scathing report today on the Albuquerque Police Department's use of force. Albuquerque officers have shot and killed 23 people in the last four years. Many of the victims were mentally or emotionally unstable. The report says the department has systemic deficiencies that caused the deaths and many other incidents. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Department of Justice investigation lasted 16 months. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 58059 at http://weku.fm Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks http://weku.fm/post/waters-will-flood-part-colorado-river-just-few-weeks Millions of gallons of water used to flow every day from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California. Now, the Colorado River ends at Morelos Dam on the U.S.-Mexico border. Below it, one of North America's largest wetlands is dry.<p>Karl Flessa, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, began researching the damage two decades ago. Then he started asking how much water it would take to bring back some of the habitats.<p>That push for restoration paid off. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:30:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 57787 at http://weku.fm Waters Will Flood Part Of Colorado River, For Just A Few Weeks In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint http://weku.fm/post/arizona-citizens-keep-close-eye-immigration-checkpoint Border Patrol checkpoints aren't always near the border. Some aren't even on roads that go to the border. Take Arivaca Road; it's an East-West route 25 miles north of the Mexican border in Southern Arizona.<p>A Border Patrol checkpoint has been operating there around the clock for seven years. Some residents of the town of Arivaca say agents at the checkpoint go well beyond their legal authority; searching vehicles and questioning citizens without cause. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 57507 at http://weku.fm In Arizona, Citizens Keep Close Eye On Immigration Checkpoint Border Patrol Revises Its Rulebook For Use Of Deadly Force http://weku.fm/post/border-patrol-revises-its-rulebook-use-deadly-force Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The chief of the U.S. Border Patrol wants agents to limit their use of deadly force. The Border Patrol says agents have killed 10 people since 2010, while the ACLU says that number is 27. NPR's Ted Robbins reports on a directive issued today that outlines new guidance for the use of force against rock throwers and vehicles.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: The Border Patrol is coming under heavy criticism over its use of force, including accusations that agents have stepped in front of vehicles trying to flee so they could open fire. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 56497 at http://weku.fm Amid Controversy, 'Right To Refuse' Bill Hits Governor's Desk http://weku.fm/post/amid-controversy-right-refuse-bill-hits-governors-desk Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer is being pressured to veto a bill that would allow business owners in the state to deny service to gays and lesbians. To deny service, the business owner has to have sincerely held religious beliefs. That's the legislation's wording. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 56086 at http://weku.fm With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away http://weku.fm/post/air-bag-help-during-avalanche-cord-yank-away Let's say you're skiing in the backcountry, looking for some powder — but instead, you trigger an avalanche.<p>If you have an avalanche air bag pack strapped to your back, you just yank the cord. That deploys the air bag, which keeps you close to the surface and easier to dig out, says Andy Wenberg with Backcountry Access, one of several companies making the devices. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:37:39 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 55459 at http://weku.fm With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy http://weku.fm/post/high-schoolers-hit-slopes-and-books-team-academy Freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon <a href="http://freestyle.usskiteam.com/news/bohonnon-takes-career-first-podium">recently finished second</a> at the Val St. Come World Cup in Quebec, and that helped him qualify for the Olympics in Sochi. But when he's not doing triple-twisting double backflips, he's taking Advanced Placement classes at <a href="http://ussateamacademy.org/">Team Academy</a> in Park City, Utah.<p>It's tough to be a normal high school senior and manage constant training and competition. But Mac doesn't go to a normal high school. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:29:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 54953 at http://weku.fm High Schoolers Hit The Slopes, And The Books, At Team Academy South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing http://weku.fm/post/south-texas-new-hot-spot-illegal-crossing As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.<p>The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 54522 at http://weku.fm South Texas: The New Hot Spot For Illegal Crossing Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? http://weku.fm/post/will-team-usas-high-tech-speedskating-suit-pay-gold A years-in-the-making, top-secret engineering and design project for a superaerodynamic suit to be worn by U.S. speedskaters at next month's Winter Olympics was finally unveiled Thursday.<p>Defense contractor Lockheed Martin and sporting goods company Under Armour released photos of the suit they're calling "Mach 39." It has been kept so tightly under wraps that the sport's governing body wouldn't even allow it to be worn at the Olympic trials in Salt Lake City.<p>What's so revolutionary about the uniform? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:35:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 54443 at http://weku.fm Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold? The Fruits Of Free Trade: How NAFTA Revamped The American Diet http://weku.fm/post/fruits-free-trade-how-nafta-revamped-american-diet Walk through the produce section of your supermarket and you'll see things you'd never have seen years ago — like fresh raspberries or green beans in the dead of winter.<p>Much of that produce comes from Mexico, and it's the result of the North American Free Trade Agreement — NAFTA — which took effect 20 years ago this month.<p>In the years since, NAFTA radically changed the way we get our fruits and vegetables. For starters, the volume of produce from Mexico to the U.S. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 08:37:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 54138 at http://weku.fm Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert http://weku.fm/post/once-mighty-bomber-b-52-meets-its-end-desert A relic of the Cold War met its end on Thursday. The Air Force destroyed the last B-52 bomber required under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia.<p>A crew used a circular saw to cut through the plane's aluminum skin, the tail section separating from the fuselage with a loud thunk and officially rendering the bomber useless.<p>Truth is, this particular bomber hadn't flown in more than 20 years. It's been sitting with thousands of aircraft in the desert at what's known as the boneyard, the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base facility for retired aircraft. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:42:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 53408 at http://weku.fm Once A Mighty Bomber, A B-52 Meets Its End In The Desert Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full http://weku.fm/post/little-known-immigration-mandate-keeps-detention-beds-full Imagine your city council telling the police department how many people it had to keep in jail each night.<p>That's effectively what Congress has told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with a policy known as the "detention bed mandate." The mandate calls for filling 34,000 beds in some 250 facilities across the country, per day, with immigrant detainees.<p>When NPR visited the Department of Homeland Security's detention center in Florence, Ariz., hundreds of men — nearly all from Latin America — were lining up for lunch. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:05:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 52072 at http://weku.fm Little-Known Immigration Mandate Keeps Detention Beds Full JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On http://weku.fm/post/jpmorgan-front-customers-if-federal-shutdown-drags JPMorgan Chase says it will cover Social Security and Welfare payments for its customers if the government goes into default or the shutdown continues.<p>If nothing else, it's good public relations for a company which hasn't had much lately.<p>The bank spent nearly 40 percent of the company's revenue over the last quarter — more than $9 billion — on legal expenses. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:36:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 51398 at http://weku.fm JPMorgan To Front Customers If Federal Shutdown Drags On That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico http://weku.fm/post/chiles-pungent-perfume-marks-season-new-mexico It's chile season in New Mexico, where they take their chiles pretty seriously.<p>Indeed, the chile is the official state vegetable, so it's probably best to not mention it is actually a fruit. No matter what it is, the fall harvest is on, and that means it's time to fire up the grills.<p>Green chiles roasting over a hot gas flame give off a smoky, sweet, pungent perfume.<p>That smell is part of what has drawn customers like Lorenzo and Peggy Lucero to the Diaz farm in Deming, in southwest New Mexico, for the past 30 years.<p>"Oh yeah," says Lorenzo Lucero. "It makes you get hungrier. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:18:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 51030 at http://weku.fm That Smoky Smell Means Chile Roasting Season In New Mexico After Shooting Tragedies, States React With Legislation http://weku.fm/post/after-shooting-tragedies-states-react-legislation Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Each recent mass shooting in this country has provoked an outpouring of sorrow - and cash: Sandy Hook Promise, the Aurora Victim Relief Fund, now the Navy Yard Relief Fund. What the shootings has not produced is a consensus about how to prevent future tragedies. Congress has been unable to pass gun safety laws for almost two decades.<p>But the states have become laboratories for gun measures. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:32:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 50306 at http://weku.fm Las Vegas Gambles On Unique Business Incubator http://weku.fm/post/las-vegas-gambles-unique-business-incubator The Downtown Container Park will set up budding entrepreneurs in repurposed shipping containers. The park will have 35 containers and a bunch of modular cubes like you'd normally see at a construction site — all to house local businesses. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:46:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 49538 at http://weku.fm Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More http://weku.fm/post/sequestration-costly-public-defenders-offices These days, the Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lots of space. Since the federal budget cuts known as sequestration began, the office has lost a quarter of its staff to layoffs or furloughs.<p>Under the Constitution, clients still need legal representation, so judges have to appoint private attorneys to replace the public defenders.<p>The sequester was supposed to save money. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:31:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 49082 at http://weku.fm Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More These Dioramas Are To Die For http://weku.fm/post/these-dioramas-are-die If you like mysteries, thrillers or zombie flicks, you'll probably like Abigail Goldman's art.<p>Goldman takes the fake grass, dirt and tiny plastic people used in model railroad layouts, and turns them into imaginary crime scenes. She's been making the macabre art for four years, and it's become so popular there's a waiting list for her work.<p>From across the room at the <a href="http://www.trifectagallery.com/" target="_blank">Trifecta Gallery</a> in downtown Las Vegas, the little scenes under clear plastic cubes beg to be looked at. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 09:07:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 48468 at http://weku.fm These Dioramas Are To Die For In Arizona, An Unlikely Ally For Medicaid Expansion http://weku.fm/post/arizona-unlikely-ally-medicaid-expansion The Arizona Legislature is debating whether to extend Medicaid to about 300,000 people in the state. The expansion is a requirement to get federal funding under the Affordable Care Act.<p>The big surprise is who has been leading the charge: Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:56:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 45658 at http://weku.fm In Arizona, An Unlikely Ally For Medicaid Expansion Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration http://weku.fm/post/border-drones-fly-fight-over-immigration The runways at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., are busy. This is where the Army tests its military drones, where it trains its drone pilots, and where four Customs and Border Protection drones take off and land.<p>From here, the CBP drones survey the Arizona-Mexico border — mainly looking for immigrants and drug smugglers.<p>In a hangar next to the runway, Customs and Border Protection officer David Gasho swivels a globe hanging from a drone's underbelly. The globe contains a $2 million surveillance package — a night camera, a day camera, a low-light camera and laser target illumination. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:51:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 45599 at http://weku.fm Border Drones Fly Into Fight Over Immigration Bill Would Put Immigration Verification System To The Test http://weku.fm/post/bill-would-put-immigration-verification-system-test Some employers around the nation have been using E-Verify to check the immigration status of employees for years. Operated by the Department of Homeland Security, <a href="http://1.usa.gov/8k8MZ">the online system</a> is designed to make it harder to hire unauthorized workers — and harder for those workers to find jobs.<p>While participation in the program has been voluntary since 1996, the immigration bill now in the Senate would make E-Verify mandatory.<p>In Arizona, the Tucson-based social services organization PPEP employs more than 500 workers. Thu, 02 May 2013 20:35:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 43615 at http://weku.fm Bill Would Put Immigration Verification System To The Test U.S. Aims To Track Foreigners Who Arrive, But Never Leave http://weku.fm/post/us-aims-track-foreigners-who-arrive-never-leave Nearly half the people now in the U.S. illegally didn't climb walls, wade across the Rio Grande or trek through the desert to get here. They arrived legally, with tourist or student visas. And when those visas expired, they just never left.<p>Like the rest of the 11 million undocumented people in the United States, they are part of the underground economy and the government doesn't know where they are. Wed, 01 May 2013 21:23:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 43557 at http://weku.fm U.S. Aims To Track Foreigners Who Arrive, But Never Leave With Budget Cuts For Ports, Produce May Perish http://weku.fm/post/budget-cuts-ports-produce-may-perish Budget-cutting from the government sequester that began March 1 could affect U.S. exports and imports, including what we eat.<p>Customs and Border Protection officers regulate trade at the nation's 329 ports of entry, in harbors, airports and on land.<p>One by one, drivers approach booths with Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. More winter produce enters here than at any other place in the U.S. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:02:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 40881 at http://weku.fm With Budget Cuts For Ports, Produce May Perish Sequester Cuts Free Some Immigration Detainees http://weku.fm/post/sequester-cuts-free-some-immigration-detainees Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has released hundreds of immigration detainees ahead of Friday's sequester deadline. The decision was made to help bring down the agency's budget, in light of the automatic spending cuts. ICE officials are getting both praise and a lot of heat for the unusual move. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: ICE has released people from some of the nation's 250 immigration detention centers. Immigrant rights advocates have qualified praise for what the release means to families. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:13:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 40466 at http://weku.fm The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long http://weku.fm/post/line-legal-immigration-already-about-4-million-people-long In the back and forth between Congress and the White House over immigration, both sides seem to agree that people now in the U.S. illegally should wait at "the back of the line" for legal residency — meaning no green card until all other immigrants get theirs.<p>But that presents a problem, because the wait for a green card can take decades.<p>Maria has been waiting in line with her husband for 16 years and counting for what the government calls a priority date for legal residency. Because she is in the U.S. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:51:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 40233 at http://weku.fm The 'Line' For Legal Immigration Is Already About 4 Million People Long Longtime Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies At 80 http://weku.fm/post/longtime-lakers-owner-jerry-buss-dies-80 Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The basketball world lost both a huge fan and one of its most innovative team owners today. Jerry Buss turned the Los Angeles Lakers into the NBA's glamour franchise and won 10 championships. Buss died early this morning at the age of 80. NPR's Ted Robbins has this remembrance.<p>TED ROBBINS, BYLINE: Jerry Buss once said: I don't just want winners, I want champions. And, boy, did he get them. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:39:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 40045 at http://weku.fm Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten http://weku.fm/post/fla-tomato-growers-think-trade-deal-mexico-rotten Half of all tomatoes eaten in the U.S. come from Mexico, and tomato growers in Florida aren't happy about that. In fact, they're willing to risk a trade war to reverse the trend.<p>At JC Distributing In Nogales, Ariz., one misstep and you're likely to get knocked over by a pallet full of produce. Forklifts crisscross each other carrying peppers, squash and especially tomatoes from trucks backed into the warehouse loading dock.<p>"This is a Mexican truck being unloaded," says JC President Jaime Chamberlain. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:04:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 38747 at http://weku.fm Fla. Tomato Growers Say Mexico Trade Deal Is Rotten How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness http://weku.fm/post/how-community-created-garden-sadness Brad Holland had big plans for the empty lot he owns in midtown Tucson, Ariz.<p>"This was going to be my dream house before the economy collapsed," Holland says. "I had a big empty lot and said, 'Wow, a lot of good can come out of this.' "<p>He and the neighborhood decided to turn it into a community garden. There are 21 plots and about 50 gardeners. They were about to till the soil for planting two years ago when a gunman opened fire in another part of town, killing six and wounding 13. Sun, 06 Jan 2013 11:15:00 +0000 NPR: Ted Robbins 38004 at http://weku.fm How A Community Created A Garden From Sadness