Kathy Lohr http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Even If FCC Relaxes Rules, Delta Won't Allow In-Flight Calls http://news.stlpublicradio.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 09:27:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 32391 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers http://news.stlpublicradio.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 22:48:00 +0000 Kathy Lohr 32211 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Family Of Ga. Teen Found Dead In A Gym Mat Pushes For Answers Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues http://news.stlpublicradio.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 30919 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Clinics Close As Texas Abortion Fight Continues University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29986 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org University Of Alabama Moves To Integrate Greek System Trail Life USA, The 'Other' Boy Scouts Of America http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29607 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Carpet Factories Help Cushion Blows From Recession Losses Civil Rights Leaders Call For States To Expand Voting Rights http://news.stlpublicradio.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 29112 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know http://news.stlpublicradio.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 28675 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Where Do Drugs For Lethal Injections Come From? Few Know Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States http://news.stlpublicradio.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 28493 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Laws Tightening Abortion Rules Gain Traction In States G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City http://news.stlpublicradio.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 28230 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org G-Man Fights Crime, And A Medical Disorder, In Kansas City