John Burnett http://www.kplu.org en From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents http://www.kplu.org/post/stream-flood-migrant-kids-overwhelm-us-border-agents Like a marathoner at the end of a grueling race, 16-year-old Jorge Romero sits on the grass, exhausted. A county constable has detained him about a hundred yards from the Rio Grande.<p>For a month, Romero traveled from El Salvador through Mexico to Texas, avoiding predatory police and gangs, warding off mosquitoes and hunger.<p>Migrants like Romero are creating a humanitarian crisis for federal border authorities. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:50:52 +0000 John Burnett 17302 at http://www.kplu.org From A Stream To A Flood: Migrant Kids Overwhelm U.S. Border Agents Open Carry Activists Bear Arms In The Streets — And Chipotle http://www.kplu.org/post/open-carry-activists-bear-arms-streets-and-chipotle As part of the open carry movement, some gun rights activists in Texas have been carrying loaded rifles into restaurants to assert their second amendment rights. A growing list of national chains has pushed back, though, instituting no-guns policies in response. Even the National Rifle Association has publicly rebuked the Texas long-gun enthusiasts. NPR's John Burnett covers a street demonstration by a particularly aggressive chapter of the open carry movement in Fort Worth, Texas. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:58:18 +0000 John Burnett 17025 at http://www.kplu.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes http://www.kplu.org/post/can-television-network-be-church-irs-says-yes Flip on <a href="http://www.daystar.com">Daystar</a> television at any hour of the day and you'll likely see the elements of modern televangelism: a stylish set, an emotional spiritual message and a phone number on the screen soliciting donations.<p>Based in a studio complex between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, and broadcasting to a potential audience of 2 billion people around the globe, Daystar calls itself the fastest growing Christian television network in the world.<p>The Internal Revenue Service considers Daystar something else: a church.<p>Televangelists have a choice when they deal wi Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:22:02 +0000 John Burnett 15573 at http://www.kplu.org Can A Television Network Be A Church? The IRS Says Yes At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South http://www.kplu.org/post/border-drugs-go-north-and-cash-goes-south The international drug trade goes in two directions: Narcotics go north and money goes south. All the drug profits made on the streets of U.S. cities like Chicago and Atlanta and Dallas are funneled down to ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border where they're smuggled back into Mexico. In 2012, one federal agency alone, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized $411 million in cash hidden in vehicles, mostly heading south.<p>Once the bundles of U.S. banknotes are delivered to the cartel, the money flows in many directions. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:31:01 +0000 John Burnett 15080 at http://www.kplu.org At The Border, The Drugs Go North And The Cash Goes South For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal http://www.kplu.org/post/snake-handling-preacher-10th-bite-proves-fatal Pastor Jamie Coots, a 42-year-old Pentecostal preacher and third-generation snake handler from Middlesboro, Ky., spoke to NPR in October about his unusual way of leading church services.<p>"We sing, we preach, we testify, take up offerings, pray for the sick, you know, everything like everybody else does," he said. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:38:20 +0000 John Burnett 13748 at http://www.kplu.org For Snake-Handling Preacher, 10th Bite Proves Fatal To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer http://www.kplu.org/post/stave-decline-churches-attract-new-members-beer With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.<p>Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:20:47 +0000 John Burnett 10794 at http://www.kplu.org To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass' http://www.kplu.org/post/wynton-marsalis-goes-back-church-abyssinian-mass <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t19NYuoYJg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufjmxjian3c</p> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 21:00:59 +0000 John Burnett 10567 at http://www.kplu.org Wynton Marsalis Goes Back To Church For 'Abyssinian Mass' Texas Seeks New Water Supplies Amid Drought http://www.kplu.org/post/texas-seeks-new-water-supplies-amid-drought The punishing seven-year drought of the 1950s in Texas brought about the modern era of water planning. But the drought of 2011 was the hottest, driest 12 months on record there.<p>Though only a handful of towns saw their water sources dry up last summer, it got so bad that cities, industries and farmers began to think the unthinkable: Would they run out of water?<p>With the state's population expected to double by 2060, Texas must begin an expensive and politically charged search for new water sources. Sun, 08 Jul 2012 14:24:43 +0000 John Burnett 5540 at http://www.kplu.org Texas Seeks New Water Supplies Amid Drought