National / International News

Georgia ex-leader Shevardnadze dies

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:02
Former Georgian president and last foreign minister of the Soviet Union Eduard Shevardnadze dies at the age of 86 after a long illness.

PODCAST: Walmart and women

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

With Congress back from recess, one piece of legislation that needs to be hammered out soon involves funding for transportation. With a dwindling Highway Trust Fund, delays to construction projects could be seen as soon as August. Plus, Walmart will be using a new logo to denote products from women-owned companies. But will special labels combat or perpetuate stereotypes? Also, New York's Museum of Modern Art just released Bjork's Biophilia app for $13. It's part of a larger initiative by the museum, treating technology as art.

Congress could hit dead end with highway funding

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

Congress is back after the July 4th recess with at least one major piece of legislation that really needs to get worked out: funding for transportation.

The Highway Trust Fund is financed by an 18.4 cent-per-gallon gas tax, which hasn’t increased in 20 years. And that’s just part of the reason there may not enough money.

“Sometime in August, perhaps late July, you’ll see the trust fund running low on fumes to the point where the Federal Highway Administration will have to slow down payments to states,” says Joshua Schank, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit based in Washington DC. “The immediate effect would be a slowing down or termination of construction projects around the country.”

That means a possible dip in jobs -- According to the Obama administration, as many as 700,000 jobs in all.

But there’s also a long term reason to be concerned.

“The road network suffers dramatically, the transit systems can’t expand, and all of this really has an economic downside to it," says Jack Basso, a former Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs and CFO at the US Department of Transportation.

Basso says poor infrastructure slows the movement of people and goods. Plus, he says those bridges and roads become even more expensive to fix later on.


Walmart to highlight women-owned businesses

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

Shoppers at Walmart this Fall might notice something new on some of the products on store shelves: a little logo that says it was made by a women-owned company. It will first appear on Maggie’s Salsa, Anise Cosmetics, the Smart & Sexy brand of underwear, and the household cleaner called CLR. 

“Women in general, if there’s a product that they can tell is a women-owned product, they’ll actually buy that product over the next product,” says Pamela Prince-Eason, president and CEO of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, one of the organizations working with Walmart on the logo.

Those organizations will be watching closely to see if the logo affects sales in either direction. Women buy more cosmetics, but CLR skews male. It’s an open question whether the logo will help combat gender stereotypes, or perpetuate them. 

In general, though, consumers think highly of women-owned businesses. 

“There might be a sense of trust, and confidence in the fair dealings in the organization,” says Laura Kray, Professor of leadership at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. 

And, even if consumers have no opinion, just seeing the logo could get consumers to want to learn more about gender issues in business. 

“It brings that issue to the forefront and actually makes people look into it and say what is this and why is it important?” says Marlene Morris Towns, Teaching Professor of Marketing at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. 

Backers of the symbol are talking with Macy’s and Office Depot about expanding its use to those stores.


Stressed Out: Americans Tell Us About Stress In Their Lives

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 03:00

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a poll in March and early April to find out how stress is affecting people in the U.S. Here's what we found.

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Derby may be moved to a Saturday night

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:59
The Derby may be switched to a Saturday night start time at Epsom, but the Queen would be consulted before any change.

Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies At 86

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:55

The former Soviet minister and Georgian president is credited with helping end the Cold War. He died Monday following a long illness, his spokeswoman tells the media.

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Lord Brittan: Rape claim 'unfounded'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:50
Former Home Secretary Lord Brittan says an historical allegation of rape against him is "wholly without foundation".

AUDIO: KGB 'spied on their own spies'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:42
Prof Christopher Andrew and historian Svetlana Lokhova discuss the importance of newly released documents from the Mitrokhin Archive.

VIDEO: Feltz speaks out about Rolf 'assault'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:42
Radio and television presenter Vanessa Feltz speaks out about being assaulted by Rolf Harris whilst presenting on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast in 1996.

Dotcom extradition hearing delayed

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:41
An extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom, who stands accused of "massive" piracy, has again been delayed.

Teletext art hits Berlin

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:40
Teletext festival breathes life into old tech

'Made in Scotland, from curtains'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:40
Social media reacts to Team Scotland's tartan parade costume

Glasgow tower to reopen on 19 July

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:38
The Glasgow Science Centre tower is to reopen on 19 July, almost four years after visitors were last allowed up it.

Aardman film for London war museum

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:37
Aardman animation creates a film about World War One to mark the re-opening of London's Imperial War Museum.

The key questions for the NHS

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:34
What are the key questions for the NHS?

Mother admits killing three children

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:30
A mother admits killing her three young disabled children at their south-west London home, but denies murdering them.

VIDEO: 'Doctors missed my cancer 19 times'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:14
A terminal cancer patient says the NHS failed to diagnose the disease despite 19 doctor and hospital visits.

AUDIO: MPs 'did not take PIE seriously'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:02
Sir Peter Bottomley dismisses the idea that the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1980s would have been able to cover-up child sex abuse.

Call for half a million new homes

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-07 02:01
Local authorities across England and Wales are calling for plans to build half a million new homes before the end of the decade.

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