Wade Goodwyn http://news.stlpublicradio.org en A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/roller-coaster-year-texas-town-rocked-blast When firetrucks blew through the small town of West, Texas, on the evening of April 17, 2013, sirens screaming, naturally everybody was curious. People got in their cars and went to see the fire at the West fertilizer plant. For 10 minutes, they watched from cars and backyards as the fire grew ever bigger. A few moved as close as they could because they were filming on their smartphones. At no time did it occur to anybody that they might be in danger.<p>And then — a massive explosion. The men fighting the fire at the plant never had a chance. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35291 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/latest-hd-tv-comfort-your-courtside-seat Millions of people will be glued to TV screens Monday watching the NCAA men's college basketball championship — and some of those viewers will actually be in the stands.<p>Monday's Connecticut vs. Kentucky game will be played at AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, where an enormous Mitsubishi screen hangs from the roof. It's the length of four coach buses by 72 feet high. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 35110 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Latest In HD TV, From The Comfort Of Your Courtside Seat After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-moores-f5-tornado-storm-shelter-interest-increases Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Some of the most painful stories of 2013 came from a small community in Oklahoma, the town of Moore. It was hit by a monster F5 tornado in May. Two dozen people died. More than a thousand homes were wiped away. The damage was estimated at $2 billion. But when NPR's Wade Goodwyn returned to Moore recently, he found the worst damage might not be visible.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: Stand in the middle of Lakeview Drive in Moore, and you're surrounded by a lot of wide-open Oklahoma. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32567 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Okla. Tornado's Devastation, A Search For Safety And Shelter Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/camels-trek-texas-desert-just-old-times At 10 on a crisp West Texas morning, five camel-trekkers stand under the open sky of the Davis Mountains. A few feet away, guide Doug Baum and Jason Mayfield load up five camels.<p>Baum, a former zookeeper, runs the Texas Camel Corps. The group guides camel treks around the world. In the Big Bend region, camels were for a brief time widespread, and the guides have brought them back.<p><strong>'As Good As They Come'</strong><p>You have to like a man who brings his own camel to a camel trek. On Mayfield's arm is a tall, beautiful blond named Butter.<p>"She's 8 years old. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32476 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Camels Trek In The Texas Desert, Just Like Old Times Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/even-85-mph-highway-cant-fix-austins-traffic-tangle Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.<p>For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.<p>The best way to experience Austin traffic may be from inside the police department's new helicopter. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:03:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 32315 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle 97-Year-Old Birder Has No Intention Of Slowing Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/profile-97-year-old-birder Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>If 60 is the new 50 and 50 the new 40, well, what then is 97? Veteran bird guide Karl Haller is busy redefining what it means to be just shy of a century. He's been counting birds and teaching the art of bird watching at the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in North Texas for over 50 years.<p>His student this time: NPR's Wade Goodwyn.<p>WADE GOODWYN, BYLINE: A cool breeze is blowing off Lake Texoma and into the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.<p>(LAUGHTER)<p>KARL HALLER: Well, it could be. Yeah. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 29388 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Feds Sue To Block Proposed Airline Merger http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/feds-sue-block-proposed-airline-merger Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And let's hear now about a proposed airline merger. In a surprise move, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it will try to stop American Airlines and U.S. Airways from becoming one. This is largely because of two other mergers that made both Delta and United Airlines much bigger. Those deals were approved back in 2008 and 2010. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:21:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 29076 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-officials-decry-texas-snubbing-medicaid-billions The state of Texas is turning down billions of federal dollars that would have paid for health care coverage for 1.5 million poor Texans.<p>By refusing to participate in Medicaid expansion, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, the state will leave on the table an estimated $100 billion over the next decade.<p>Texas' share of the cost would have been just 7 percent of the total, but for Gov. Thu, 23 May 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 26677 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health Officials Decry Texas' Snubbing Of Medicaid Billions Mourners Pack Arena To Honor Victims Of Texas Explosion http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mourners-pack-arena-honor-victims-texas-explosion Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>Nearly 10,000 mourners gathered yesterday to honor the men who died fighting a fire in a fertilizer plant in Texas. They packed the basketball arena on the campus of Baylor University in Waco. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 25802 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Thousands Attend Memorial For Plant Explosion Victims http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/thousands-attend-memorial-plant-explosion-victims President Obama visited Waco, Texas, on Thursday day to take part in a memorial for those killed in the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last week. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:16:00 +0000 Wade Goodwyn 25791 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org