Archives for April 2015

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant settlement announced

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the terms of a $73 million settlement involving the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The settlement comes after the state of New Mexico’s fined the Department of Energy and WIPP for the February 2014 incidents that shut down WIPP. The state also targeted Los Alamos National Laboratory for associated activities with the WIPP incidents.

Instead of paying fines, the DOE will provide financial support for a variety of projects that will protect local communities and improve transportation routes in New Mexico and around DOE sites, such as WIPP.

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant settlement announced

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the terms of a $73 million settlement involving the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

The settlement comes after the state of New Mexico’s fined the Department of Energy and WIPP for the February 2014 incidents that shut down WIPP. The state also targeted Los Alamos National Laboratory for associated activities with the WIPP incidents.

Instead of paying fines, the DOE will provide financial support for a variety of projects that will protect local communities and improve transportation routes in New Mexico and around DOE sites, such as WIPP.

Sanders Running for President

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got into the Presidential race today. Sanders says one of the reasons he’s running is that the U.S. economy’s not working for everyone…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Sanders-Economy’s Upside Down.mp3

Sanders also says we’ve seen enough to know that the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United ruling on money in politics needs to be dealt with….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Sanders-Citizens United.mp3

Baltimore PD Finish Gray Probe A Day Early

Baltimore PD turned over the results of their internal investigation of Freddie Gray’s death in police custody to local prosecutors today, a day ahead of schedule. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts says this does not mean the investigation’s over…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Batts-Investigation Not Over.mp3

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis say they did find something they didn’t know. The van carrying Gray made another stop they didn’t know about….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Davis-Gray Van Made Another Stop.mp3

Baltimore PD Report on Freddie Gray Handed to State’s Attorney

Get to know the name Marilyn Mosby. She’s the 35-year old African-American woman who’s been State’s Attorney in Baltimore since January. Her office today received the Baltimore Police Department’s report on what happened to Freddie Gray. Gray suffered severe spinal injuries while in police custody and later died. Reuters reports the police internal report will be included in the findings of the investigation into Gray’s death that Mosby’s office is already carrying out.

Bernie Sanders Running for President

Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders officially entered the Democratic field for President of the United States today. Sanders says there are a host of issues that need to seriously addressed, including the Americans who can’t seem to get ahead financially….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Sanders-Average American Falling Behind.mp3

Sanders, from Vermont, says we need to get serious about how bad unemployment in this country really is…

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-043015-Sanders-We Must Create Jobs.mp3

Hillary Speech Targets Criminal Justice Disparities

Hillary Clinton says the people who have decided that violence is the answer to the problems between the African-American community and Baltimore City Police need to stop…..

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-042915-Hillary-Baltimore Violence.mp3

The Democratic Presidential candidate, speaking at Columbia University today, says rioting won’t address clear problems with our criminal justice system….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-Hillary-Something Wrong.mp3

Pope Calls for Equal Pay for Women

During his general audience in St. Peter’s Square today, Pope Francis called for an end to the wage gap between men and women, calling it a “a scandal” that Christians should decisively reject. According to Reuters, Francis raised his voice during his comments saying Christians should “decisively support the right to equal pay for equal work.” In the U.S., Census Bureau data show women earn 77-cents for every dollar earned by a man. In the European Union, women earn 16.4% less than their male counterparts doing the same work.

Freddie Gray Investigation Report

Baltimore residents are waiting to see what the police report into Freddie Gray’s death says. Baltimore PD have said their investigation of into his death would end by Friday. Police spokesperson, Captain Eric Kowalczyk says the conclusions would not be made public. He says all of the information in the report will not be made public to protect their investigation’s integrity should charges by filed the State’s Attorney’s office. There is a separate civil rights investigation into the Gray death being carried out by the Justice Department.

Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform in Wake of Baltimore Unrest

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the violence in Baltimore must stop. In a speech today at Columbia University, the former Secretary of State says the nation’s criminal justice system is out of balance and things have to change….

http://blogaudio.virtualnewscenter.com/IHRN-042915-Clinton-Justice System Respect.mp3

The former U.S. Senator expressed support for the use of body cameras by law enforcement nationwide, as a means of protecting the public and those who enforce the law.