WXPR http://wxpr.org en New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime http://wxpr.org/post/new-law-allows-use-state-trails-anytime <p>One of the many bills signed recently by Governor Scott Walker allows people to be out later on state funded trails. State trails are posted under the same hours as state parks.</p><p>One of the bill's authors...State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander...says he was approached by Democrat Eric Genrich from Green Bay. Genrich was looking for support and Republican Swearingen said it was a good idea. Genrich says people in the Fox Valley use the trails to commute to and from work, and Swearingen says trail use flexibility would also work in the Northwoods...</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17155 at http://wxpr.org New Law Allows Use Of State Trails Anytime Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway http://wxpr.org/post/possible-highway-55-designation-scenic-byway <p>State Highway 55 could become the state's fifth Scenic Byway corridor. A meeting Wednesday, April 23, &nbsp;in Mole Lake will enable the public to see what is in the works.</p><p>The program is administered by the Department of Transportation. Highways with historic and scenic corridors are considered. If adopted, the stretch of Highway 55 north from Menominee county through Forest county to the Michigan line would be known as the the Wolf River-Nicolet Scenic Byway.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:10:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17154 at http://wxpr.org Possible Highway 55 Designation As Scenic Byway Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business http://wxpr.org/post/broadband-brings-fab-lab-second-home-business <p>The Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation says the advent of faster Internet service will make a potentially-game changing effort possible.</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17153 at http://wxpr.org Broadband Brings Fab Lab, Second Home Business In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results http://wxpr.org/post/south-korea-ferry-rescue-efforts-yield-only-grisly-results It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Arun Rath 17210 at http://wxpr.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie http://wxpr.org/post/hey-kids-remember-youre-our-side-fbi-makes-movie <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pYCz-oVDBg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8xlUNK4JHQ</p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:07:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17207 at http://wxpr.org Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey http://wxpr.org/post/honey-blood-and-harmony-jordi-savalls-balkan-journey <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15327828/jordi-savall" target="_blank">Jordi Savall</a> has made a career of reviving ancient music. Whatever the age of the songs, though, he doesn't play them as museum-piece recreations, preserved in isolation. Savall takes great pleasure in <a href="http://www.npr.org/event/music/126390261/jordi-savall-tracing-jerusalems-history-in-music" target="_blank">smashing together music</a> from different times and different cultures.<p>At his concerts, it's difficult to predict what might happen — or who might show up. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17212 at http://wxpr.org Honey, Blood And Harmony: Jordi Savall's Balkan Journey A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers http://wxpr.org/post/scientific-experiment-field-trips-just-teachers In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.<p>But these aren't school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.<p>That's a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for.<p>"That's why I'm here," says fifth-grade teacher Joel Spears. "I teach all the subjects. I went in not knowing how to teach science, really. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 editor 17209 at http://wxpr.org A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools http://wxpr.org/post/californias-drought-ripples-through-businesses-and-even-schools Cannon Michael runs an 11,000-acre farm in California's Central Valley. His family has been farming in the state for six generations.<p>Michael's multi-million-dollar operation usually provides a wealth of crops including tomatoes, onions and melons. But recently, he's pretty pessimistic about work.<p>"It is going to be a year that's probably, at best, maybe break even. Or maybe lose some money," Michael tells NPR's Arun Rath.<p>Michael says about one-fifth of the land will lie fallow this year. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 NPR Staff 17208 at http://wxpr.org California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' http://wxpr.org/post/ferry-transcript-shows-confusion-and-panic-please-come-quickly For more than 40 minutes as their ship foundered last Wednesday, crew members of the South Korean ferry Sewol spoke with local maritime traffic services about a possible rescue. The conversation centered on getting help to the ship and on getting its passengers off the ferry, according to a transcript released Sunday.<p>The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17211 at http://wxpr.org Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly' It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today http://wxpr.org/post/its-420-420-denver-hosts-cannabis-cup-today Tens of thousands of people are attending the Cannabis Cup in Denver this weekend, the first time the marijuana festival and trade show is held in Colorado since the state legalized recreational pot in January.<p>The festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 17205 at http://wxpr.org It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today