John Burnett http://news.stlpublicradio.org en For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kids-immigration-court-legal-counsel-catch-catch-can The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings.<p>The <a href="https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/children-shouldnt-be-left-alone-immigration-court">class-action lawsuit</a> was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the ACLU says have not been able to find a lawyer. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:40:00 +0000 John Burnett 37927 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For Kids In Immigration Court, Legal Counsel Is Catch As Catch Can Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/influx-children-creates-new-strain-beleaguered-immigration-courts President Obama said over the weekend that he is seeking to fast-track deportations of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who cross into the United States.<p>More than 52,000 have been caught in South Texas since October, and hundreds more arrive daily, overwhelming Border Patrol stations and overflowing temporary shelters.<p>But once they get here, what happens? Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 John Burnett 37699 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Influx Of Children Creates New Strain On Beleaguered Immigration Courts From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stream-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-us-border-agents Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.<p>For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.<p>Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:31:00 +0000 John Burnett 37393 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents Obama Honors Victims Of Fort Hood Shooting http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-honors-victims-fort-hood-shooting President Obama is traveling to Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday to attend the memorial service for those killed in last week's shooting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 John Burnett 35168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Televangelist Paul Crouch, Who Started Trinity Network, Dies http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/televangelist-paul-crouch-who-started-trinity-network-dies Televangelist Paul Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at the age of 79. The Pentecostal minister's broadcasting network came to be the world's largest Christian television system with Praise-a-Thon fundraising efforts that brought in as much as $90 million a year in mostly small donations. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 John Burnett 31916 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/texas-oil-man-commanded-bible-drills-israel They say an oilman has to be a gambler, but can he be a prophet?<p><a href="http://www.zionoil.com/%20" target="_blank">Zion Oil & Gas</a>, based in Dallas, is a publicly traded company that believes it is commanded by the Bible to search for oil in Israel, both to help the Holy Land and <em></em>make money for investors. The 22 employees of Zion Oil in Texas and Israel, and many of its 30,000 investors, believe the company is on a mission from God.<p>"God creates this. He provides the money and the place where to drill. Now why we haven't got the oil yet, I don't know. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:03:00 +0000 John Burnett 31769 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix? Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/serpent-experts-try-demystify-pentecostal-snake-handling Two weeks ago, NPR <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/10/04/226838383/snake-handling-preachers-open-up-about-takin-up-serpents" target="_blank">reported on a group</a> of Pentecostals in Appalachia who handle snakes in church to prove their faith in God. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 30777 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Serpent Experts Try To Demystify Pentecostal Snake Handling Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/church-songbooks-there-was-lined-out-singing <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrDLj_dmugE</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:15:00 +0000 John Burnett 30667 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Before Churches Had Songbooks, There Was 'Lined-Out' Gospel Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/snake-handling-preachers-open-about-takin-serpents Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.<p>Pastor Jamie Coots warns about the scent in the snake room behind his house in Middlesboro, Ky.<p>"It's strong, so I'll go ahead and tell you that," he says as he unlocks the squeaky door. We're greeted by the rattles of dark-complexioned pit vipers lying about in glass cages. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:35:00 +0000 John Burnett 30428 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About 'Takin' Up Serpents' Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/deep-fry-chefs-keep-it-hot-and-poppin-texas Every year, the State Fair of Texas awards the most original food that is battered and plunged into a vat of boiling oil.<p>And it gets weirder every year. The obvious choices came and went in previous competitions — concoctions such as fried ice cream, fried cookie dough and chicken-fried bacon. Mon, 02 Sep 2013 20:12:00 +0000 John Burnett 29577 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Deep-Fry Chefs Keep It Hot And Poppin' In Texas