Jeff Brady http://www.kplu.org en This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund http://www.kplu.org/post/tax-season-fraudsters-may-target-your-refund You've already heard about thieves stealing credit card numbers, with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/19/255415230/breach-at-target-stores-may-affect-40-million-card-accounts">the Target stores theft</a> dominating the news headlines. But imagine what a thief could do with your company's payroll records. Those contain valuable information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, your address and how much you earn.<p>Gary Blatto-Vallee of Webster, N.Y., learned how damaging this type of data theft can be when he tried to submit his federal tax return. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:28:06 +0000 Jeff Brady 15547 at http://www.kplu.org This Tax Season, Fraudsters May Target Your Refund Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://www.kplu.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 15266 at http://www.kplu.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? http://www.kplu.org/post/customer-surveys-are-here-stay-suggestions-improvement Call the cable company, and an automated voice wants to ask you about the experience. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:38:22 +0000 Jeff Brady 14687 at http://www.kplu.org Customer Surveys Are Here To Stay. Suggestions For Improvement? Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up http://www.kplu.org/post/oil-rush-cash-cow-some-farmers-tensions-crop <em>A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush. </em><p>Donny Nelson is a third-generation farmer and rancher near Keene, N.D., a rural community located in the center of an oil rush.<p>Oil booms come with the territory here, Nelson says, but usually they're not this intense. "This is a completely different animal than we've seen before. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:10:31 +0000 Jeff Brady 13019 at http://www.kplu.org Oil Rush A Cash Cow For Some Farmers, But Tensions Crop Up BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill http://www.kplu.org/post/bp-argues-companies-are-unfairly-cashing-2010-spill Oil giant BP is challenging hundreds of millions of dollars in claims that were filed by businesses after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The total price tag for BP's oil spill is huge — $42.5 billion. At issue here is a fraction of that — but still a lot of money. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:41:47 +0000 Jeff Brady 11551 at http://www.kplu.org BP Argues Companies Are Unfairly Cashing In On 2010 Spill College Course Lumps Homosexuality, Rape, Murder http://www.kplu.org/post/college-course-lumps-homosexuality-rape-murder The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio faces questions about its accreditation because of a course description that links homosexuality with crimes like murder, rape and robbery.<p>The university's social work program offers the course, called <a href="http://www.franciscan.edu/PsychologySociologySocialWork/Classes/">SWK 314 Deviant Behavior</a>. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 05:11:36 +0000 Jeff Brady 6279 at http://www.kplu.org College Course Lumps Homosexuality, Rape, Murder Chilling tales of chaos as Colorado reels http://www.kplu.org/post/chilling-tales-chaos-colorado-reels In Colorado, authorities are investigating why a gunman opened fire in a movie theater on Friday. Suspect James Holmes is in custody, and police say they have talked with the 24-year-old, but won't say yet what they've learned.<p>Meanwhile, vigils are planned this weekend to remember the 12 people who died and to support the dozens injured. In all, there were 70 casualties — police say nearly all of them suffered gunshot wounds.<p><strong>'It Was Like A Dream'</strong><p>The late-night screening of <em>The Dark Knight Rises</em> was a family outing for Jamie Rohrs and his fiancee. Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:19:27 +0000 Jeff Brady 5672 at http://www.kplu.org Chilling tales of chaos as Colorado reels Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone http://www.kplu.org/post/finding-cheaper-gas-your-smartphone Gasoline prices seem to be going up every day, and motorists are looking to squeeze every penny of savings out of each fill-up. Well, as it turns out with so many things these days, smartphone apps can help.<p>Companies have applications for most smartphones out there to help people find the cheapest gas in town. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:44:57 +0000 Jeff Brady 4560 at http://www.kplu.org Finding Cheaper Gas With Your Smartphone