David Schaper http://news.stlpublicradio.org en The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/long-wait-safety-rules-soda-can-rail-cars Freight trains roll through the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill., every day, many pulling older tank cars known as DOT-111s. They're known as the "soda can" of rail cars, says village President Karen Darch, because their shells are so thin.<p>Many of the DOT-111s are full of heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil. Some carry ethanol. And more and more of them are loaded with light Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.<p>"The worry is that if there's a derailment and the car is punctured, if any of the flammable materials in it ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 David Schaper 35320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chicago-celebrates-century-baseball-wrigley-field When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.<p>The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month.<p>The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:39:00 +0000 David Schaper 35023 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field NLRB Sides With College Football Players Hoping To Unionize http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nlrb-sides-college-football-players-hoping-unionize Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board today could really shake up big-money college sports. The board took the first step in favor of allowing Northwestern University's football players to unionize. A regional director for the board ruled that these college athletes meet the definition of university employees under federal law.<p>NPR's David Schaper joins us now from Chicago. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:51:00 +0000 David Schaper 34763 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/terrible-winter-wreaks-havoc-roads-pipes-and-city-budgets Bitter cold has returned to parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast, following another heavy snowstorm that left 1 to 2 feet of snow from Ohio to New England.<p>And when all this snow finally melts, it'll expose the physical toll of this brutal winter: potholes, broken water mains, collapsed catch basins and other infrastructure problems.<p>"This winter's crazy, crazy busy," says John Polishak, a foreman for the Chicago Department of Water Management. "Everybody's been working 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:43:00 +0000 David Schaper 34406 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Terrible Winter Wreaks Havoc On Roads, Pipes And City Budgets String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/string-oil-train-crashes-prompts-push-safety-rules The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for the swift enactment of tough new standards on trains carrying crude oil. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 23:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 33248 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org String Of Oil Train Crashes Prompts Push For Safety Rules The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/upside-bitter-cold-it-kills-bugs-kill-trees While many of us may prefer to never again see temperatures drop below zero like they did earlier this week across the country, the deep freeze is putting warm smiles on the faces of many entomologists.<p>That's because it may have been cold enough in some areas to freeze and kill some damaging invasive species of insects, including the tree-killing emerald ash borer.<p>After their eggs are laid in the bark of ash trees during late summer, the larvae of these beetles start to bore. They feed on the conductive tissue, where water and nutrients go up and down the tree. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 00:19:00 +0000 David Schaper 32940 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Upside Of The Bitter Cold: It Kills Bugs That Kill Trees Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/oil-company-looks-great-lakes-shipping-demand-booms North Dakota and western Canada are producing crude oil faster than it can be shipped to refineries.<p>Rail car manufacturers can't make new tank cars fast enough, and new pipeline proposals face long delays over environmental concerns. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 21:10:00 +0000 David Schaper 32610 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Oil Company Looks To Great Lakes As Shipping Demand Booms N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ny-train-crash-spotlights-push-automatic-safety-system <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIsQuoFXwe4</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 22:25:00 +0000 David Schaper 32054 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org N.Y. Train Crash Spotlights Push For Automatic Safety System Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/epic-commutes-face-those-caught-public-transit-puzzle It's a sign of the times: More people are commuting for more than an hour to get to work, and many of the longest commutes are at least partially on public transportation.<p>Take Sarah Hairston's commute from her apartment on Chicago's South Side to her part-time job at a shelter for homeless teens on the north side of town.<p>Hairston, a 25-year-old graduate student, begins her trek at 4 a.m. by walking to a nearby bus stop, in the hopes of catching a bus to the L train. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 07:46:00 +0000 David Schaper 31828 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle Early Warnings Saved Lives In Weekend Storms http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/early-warnings-saved-lives-weekend-storms The death toll from Sunday's tornado outbreak across the Midwest stands at eight. Many of those who witnessed the devastation say they're shocked that number isn't higher. Early warnings delivered by text message may have helped limit the casualties. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 09:44:00 +0000 David Schaper 31588 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org