WBAA http://wbaa.org en Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours http://wbaa.org/post/arizona-execution-inmate-takes-nearly-two-hours Another U.S. execution has gone awry, as Arizona officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour after the mix of lethal injection drugs was administered, Wood's attorney says.<p>Nearly two hours after the execution began at 1:52 p.m. local time Wednesday, Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.<p>"Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die," said Troy Hayden of KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, who served as a witness. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 66861 at http://wbaa.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://wbaa.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 66859 at http://wbaa.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://wbaa.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 66860 at http://wbaa.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://wbaa.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 66857 at http://wbaa.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? Fall Of The Tower Of David: Squatters Leave Venezuela's Vertical Slum http://wbaa.org/post/fall-tower-david-squatters-leave-venezuelas-vertical-slum Venezuela's government began to evacuate a famous "vertical slum" in Caracas Tuesday, bringing an end to a self-made community that became famous for its apocalyptic image, symbolic overtones and appearance in the Showtime series <em>Homeland. </em><p>The half-finished skyscraper, called the "Tower of David" for its financier, David Brillembourg, was abandoned during a banking crisis in the '90s, according to The Associated Press. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:07:00 +0000 Camila Domonoske 66858 at http://wbaa.org Fall Of The Tower Of David: Squatters Leave Venezuela's Vertical Slum Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://wbaa.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 66853 at http://wbaa.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State A Rational Conversation: The Sound Of TDE's Success http://wbaa.org/post/rational-conversation-sound-tdes-success <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GF8aaTu2kg0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWogKxTzdLA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14K47tDLkCA</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs26NQDpIeQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwamhuY6Yy8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4r-AhBebTg</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Eric Ducker 66855 at http://wbaa.org A Rational Conversation: The Sound Of TDE's Success Episode 555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store? http://wbaa.org/post/episode-555-why-milk-back-store Milk is often in the very back corner of the grocery store, as far as humanly possible from the entrance. It's a strange location for milk, because it's one the most popular items.<p>A common explanation for this location is that by forcing customers to walk through the whole store, they will pass more products and end up purchasing more. But is that really why the milk is in the back? Can you really have a business model intentionally built around inconveniencing your customers?<p>Today on the show, two big theories to answer this little question: Why is the milk in the back of the store? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:25:00 +0000 editor 66856 at http://wbaa.org Episode 555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store? Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://wbaa.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 66854 at http://wbaa.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wbaa.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 66850 at http://wbaa.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery