Kirk Siegler http://news.stlpublicradio.org en In Wake Of Fort Hood Shooting, Attention Turns To Base Security http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wake-fort-hood-shooting-attention-turns-base-security While it appears the 2009 attack at Fort Hood was different in many ways from what occurred Wednesday, the latest attack is focusing attention again on security measures there. Meanwhile, we are learning more about the alleged shooter, Specialist Ivan Lopez. <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=In+Wake+Of+Fort+Hood+Shooting%2C+Attention+Turns+To+Base+Security&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ1MjMzMDEzMjA3NzExMTA5OTU5Yw004)"/></div><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 35052 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scientists-help-western-states-prepare-drought-new-norm At a 10,000-foot summit in Yosemite National Park, Frank Gehrke clicks into his cross-country skis and pushes off down a small embankment onto a meadow of crusty snow. He's California's chief of snow surveys, one of the most influential jobs in a state where snow and the water that comes from it are big currency. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 33506 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scientists Help Western States Prepare For Drought As New Norm Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whale-traffic-jam-delights-visitors-and-baffles-scientists This is one of the best times of the year to spot gray whales off the coast of Southern California as they migrate south for the winter. But recently, there have been an unusually high number of sightings of other whales.<p>"We've had so many whales," Dan "The Whale Man" Salas tells the guests on his boat. "This is all in the last two weeks. We've had orcas, we had a sperm whale, we've got humpback whales, blue whales, fin whales. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 32655 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Whale Traffic Jam Delights Visitors And Baffles Scientists A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tragic-year-wildland-firefighters-ends-reflection Thirty-four wildland firefighters died in the line of duty this year. Some of those fatalities were isolated incidents, but one event captured the nation's attention, sparking a larger conversation about the new dangers firefighters face.<p>That event unfolded in central Arizona the afternoon of June 30, a Sunday.<p>"I'm here with Granite Mountain Hot Shots. Our escape route has been cut off," says a crew boss on recently released radio traffic from the Yarnell Hill Fire. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:48:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 32621 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scandal-may-bring-new-oversight-la-county-sheriffs-department Longtime civil rights attorney Connie Rice has been following this week's indictments against officers in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. She says it points to a subculture of corruption within certain units, much like the city's scandal-ridden police department of the 1990s.<p>In the main downtown jails, sheriff's officers are accused of beating and choking inmates without provocation, harassing visitors and then covering it all up.<p>"It's like entering the Bastille," says Rice. "It's ancient — you descend down into these concrete bunkers. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 32184 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scandal May Bring New Oversight To LA County Sheriff's Department After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-fight-over-colo-gun-laws-two-sides-dug-ever John Morse was president of the Colorado Senate until September, when he became the first elected official recalled in the state's history.<p>Three months later, he's climbing the rotunda steps of the gold-domed Capitol building — his office for seven years. He hasn't been here since October. Gazing up at the dome, he says, "This is one of my favorite things to do. That's my version of smelling the roses."<p>Morse's political career ended over the gun bills he pushed through these chambers eight months ago. But he says he would do it all again.<p>"I have zero regrets," he says. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 32170 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Fight Over Colo. Gun Laws, Two Sides As Dug In As Ever L.A. Sheriff's Deputies Indicted On Corruption, Civil Rights Abuses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/la-sheriffs-deputies-indicted-corruption-civil-rights-abuses Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>In Los Angeles today, federal prosecutors announced charges of corruption and civil rights abuses inside the nation's largest jail system. The indictments came against 18 current and former deputies of the LA Sheriff's Department. NPR's Kirk Siegler has details from outside the federal building in downtown Los Angeles.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Today's indictments are the result of an ongoing FBI criminal probe into widespread allegations of inmate abuse at LA County's main downtown jails. U.S. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:12:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 32102 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/pipeline-wheels-trains-are-winning-big-us-oil The oil boom in the United States is creating another boom — for the railroad industry.<p>So far this year, in North Dakota alone, 140 million barrels of oil have left on trains. Shipments of crude oil by rail are up almost 50 percent over last year — and this upward trend is expected to continue.<p>A visit to the world-famous Tehachapi Loop, part of a winding mountain pass in Southern California, demonstrates the scale and reach of the oil boom in the middle of the country. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:37:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 31955 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil Should TSA Agents Have Broader Law Enforcement Powers? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/should-tsa-agents-have-broader-law-enforcement-powers Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Airports around the country will hold a moment of silence this morning to honor Gerardo Hernandez. He was the TSA officer killed a week ago today at Los Angeles International Airport. That shooting is renewing debate over airport security and the role of the TSA. NPR's Kirk Siegler reports.<p>KIRK SIEGLER, BYLINE: Security at major airports is a web of moving parts, and a tangle of bureaucracies and jurisdictions.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF CAR HORN HONKING)<p>SIEGLER: Take LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:10:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 31279 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Flooded Colorado, Immigrants' Livelihoods Washed Away http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flooded-colorado-immigrants-livelihoods-washed-away In flood-ravaged Colorado, much of the recovery has focused on rebuilding roads and bridges to mountain towns cut off by last month's floods. But take a drive east to the state's rolling plains, and a whole new set of staggering problems unfolds in farm country.<p><strong>Living </strong><strong>In</strong><strong> Limbo</strong><p>A woman named Claudia, who doesn't want to use her last name because of her immigration status, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a shabby hotel in Greeley, about an hour's drive northeast of Denver.<p>She's come because a friend has been staying here. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 30756 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org In Flooded Colorado, Immigrants' Livelihoods Washed Away