Alternative Energy
5:36 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Push Is On for Solar Power Bill to be Voted Upon in Albany This Session

Solar Power Bill in Albany could create jobs and limit power outages during storms like Sandy, advocates say.
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Solar energy advocates are pushing the New York State Assembly to vote on a bill before session ends that would make solar power more accessible in C-N-Y and across the state. 

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Ashley Gross is KPLU's business and labor reporter, covering everything from Amazon.com and Boeing to garbage strikes. She joined the station in May 2012 after working for five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

She studied history at Brown University and earned a master's in international affairs at Columbia University. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two sons.

Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs.

One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music, since April 2011.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC's Changing Economy Reporter. She came to North Carolina in 2001 and has spent most of that time tracking job loss and other major changes in the state's Tobacco, Furniture, and Textile industries. In 2006, Leoneda and a team of journalists won an Alfred I.

Affordable Housing
5:15 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Three new homes unveiled in Syracuse where there used to be broken-down apartments

Home Headquarters opens new houses for moderate income families
Credit Christian Bersani, WAER News

Three new city homes have been introduced in the Syracuse community today as part of an open house event on park avenue.  

The new, inexpensive houses for first-time home buyers have replaced the 26 derelict rental units taht used to occupy the space.  Mayor Stephanie Miner and local non-profit organization Home Headquarters led the welcoming ceremony. Miner says the change from rental units to domestic housing makes all the difference...

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Community
4:32 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Former Elephant Yard will now host shows and displays at County Zoo

Crowds will be able to gather at a new show and display area at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.
Credit John Smith

Visitors to the Rosamond Gifford zoo have a new display to discover. The Zoo unveiled an Animal Encounter amphitheater and show yard today in the old elephant exhibit

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3:45 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Authentic Early Jazz from a 23-year-old "Woman Child"

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Cecile McLorin Salvant recreates the sound of early jazz on her new album "WomanChild".
Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry prizes. But they took radically different paths to get there. Diehl, a Juilliard-trained piano player, was performing church hymns at Mass from age 8. He says he was "that weird, nerdy kid" who loved classical music growing up.

As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.

A respected leader in media and a beloved figure to listeners who have followed her three-decade-long NPR career, Wertheimer provides clear-eyed analysis and thoughtful reporting on all NPR News programs.

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