WPPB http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org en Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/senate-approves-8-billion-transportation-package The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would keep transportation dollars flowing until December. But it has not yet solved the problem of how to avoid any disruption in highway spending.<p>Senators rejected the financing approach favored by the House, which makes heavy use of an accounting practice known as <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/15/331751218/how-congress-is-turning-to-a-finesse-of-wording-in-highway-payments" target="_blank">pension smoothing</a>. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 47121 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/hidden-costs-fighting-polio-pakistan Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a <a href="http://www.polioeradication.org/Dataandmonitoring/Poliothisweek.aspx">hundred</a> cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.<p>Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:31:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 47119 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/israeli-bombing-ruins-gazas-only-power-plant Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.<p>Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," <em>The New York Times</em> <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/30/world/middleeast/gaza-israel-violence.html" target="_blank">reports</a>.<p>The bombings came on a day when hope briefly arose about a new cease-fire. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:30:00 +0000 editor 47120 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/mcdonalds-responsible-treatment-workers-agency-says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.<p>Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency <a href="https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-office-general-counsel-authorizes-complaints-against-mcdonalds">said</a> that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.<p>Restaurant chains have fought such a designation. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 47118 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org/post/france-presses-deal-sell-two-warships-russia France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/29/336324858/white-house-threatens-more-russian-sanctions-as-kerry-decries-ukrainian-rebels">the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia</a> amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.<p>People in St. Nazaire, the port town where the boats are being built, agree: The contract with Moscow should be fulfilled, they say. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 47117 at http://peconicpublicbroadcasting.org France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia