Richard Gonzales http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/never-tell-them-odds-cities-vie-host-star-wars-collection A short time ago, in a city not far away, <em>Star Wars</em> creator George Lucas decided to build a museum to house his movie memorabilia and his art collection.<p>There's just one looming question: Where should it go?<p>Lucas says he'll spend $300 million of his own money to build the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and will provide a $400 million endowment after his death. In addition to holding Skywalker artifacts galore, the museum would also host Lucas' private art collection, featuring works by Norman Rockwell and N.C. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 37361 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/teen-stowaway-somehow-survives-flight-hawaii-wheel-well The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 35479 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/activists-we-want-emancipator-not-deporter-chief Activists who support an overhaul of the immigration system are <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/03/14/290244211/hispanic-activists-vow-to-keep-pressing-white-house-over-deportations">angry and frustrated</a>. The immigration bill that passed in the Senate in June is stalled out. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 34847 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Activists: We Want An Emancipator, Not A 'Deporter In Chief' The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/story-calif-senators-arrest-reads-pulp-fiction It's a case that has stunned California's political community: A prominent Democratic lawmaker has been accused in a federal complaint of participating in an elaborate conspiracy involving guns, gangs, drugs and bribery.<p>State Sen. Leland Yee was known as a champion of open government and gun control, but not any more. A 137-page federal affidavit accuses the lawmaker of soliciting and taking bribes from an undercover FBI agent in exchange for political favors.<p>He's also accused of gun trafficking. Not just any guns, but automatic weapons and shoulder-fired missiles. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 17:28:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 34845 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Story Of Calif. Senator's Arrest Reads Like Pulp Fiction Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/flood-gay-marriage-cases-releasing-stream-federal-rulings A federal judge in Virginia struck down that state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage this week. It's just the latest in a string of similar rulings in conservative states, and it indicates that the strategy for winning marriage equality in federal courts is moving faster than many had expected.<p>In her ruling, U.S. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33747 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Flood Of Gay Marriage Cases Releasing Stream Of Federal Rulings Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/small-cuts-food-stamps-add-big-pains-many-recipients In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.<p>The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year. It's far less than what many Republicans had wanted. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33370 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Levels http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/california-alarm-grows-over-shrinking-water-levels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Last week, we were shivering in depths of the polar vortex. Now another sign that Mother Nature is in charge. This time it's California, where right now it should be rainy season. Instead, there's growing alarm over a persistent lack of rain. The state is suffering its third consecutive dry year.<p>And as NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, there are calls for the governor to officially declare a drought.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FOOTSTEPS)<p>RICHARD GONZALES, BYLINE: So, how dry is it in California? Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 33016 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Rent Soars, Longtime San Francisco Tenants Fight To Stay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rent-soars-longtime-san-francisco-tenants-fight-stay San Francisco has long been a desirable place to live — and that's even more true today as the city is basking in the glow of another tech boom. But the influx of new money and new residents is putting a strain on the city's housing market.<p>The city has the highest median rent in the nation, and evictions of longtime residents are skyrocketing.<p>Ground zero for San Francisco's eviction crisis is the Inner Mission District. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 31898 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/robberies-oakland-residents-turn-private-cops The city of Oakland, Calif., is in the middle of a robbery epidemic. In response, some residents in several Oakland neighborhoods are taking matters into their own hands, hiring private security companies to patrol their neighborhoods.<p>Overall, robberies in Oakland are up 24 percent over the past year, with armed robberies up 45 percent. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 31465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With Robberies Up, Oakland Residents Turn To Private Cops How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-free-bus-shuttle-helped-make-small-town-take <em>This story is part of an ongoing project on commuting in America.</em><p>What's known as the "last mile" of a commute<strong> </strong>can be the Holy Grail for many city transportation planners. How do you get people from their major mode of transportation – like a train station – to their final destination?<p>Perhaps your last mile is a drive home from a subway or train station — but these days, many cities and towns are trying to eliminate cars as much as possible. Some are planning for streetcars to take commuters on that last leg. Others rely on buses. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:23:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 31396 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org How A Free Bus Shuttle Helped Make A Small Town Take Off