Kirk Siegler http://wunc.org en Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks http://wunc.org/post/picketing-truckers-raise-tensions-la-port-amid-dockworker-talks Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.<p>Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.<p>Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38777 at http://wunc.org Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks Truckers Strike At 2 Calif. Ports, Larger Labor Dispute Looms http://wunc.org/post/truckers-strike-2-calif-ports-larger-labor-dispute-looms Independent truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on strike against three large trucking firms that operate at the ports.<p>Handling almost half of all the nation's cargo, the ports of Los Angles and Long Beach are the main gateway for imports from Asia.<p>A lot of the shipping containers end up on these idling trucks. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:16:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38581 at http://wunc.org Increasing Use Of Oil Trains Inspires Backlash From States http://wunc.org/post/increasing-use-oil-trains-inspires-backlash-states Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEvers. A year ago today, a train carrying crude oil exploded near a small town in Quebec. The fire from the explosion engulfed the downtown area and killed nearly 50 people. The accident drew more attention to the fact that railroads are fast becoming the preferred way to ship crude oil from booming North Dakota to major markets on the coast. We'll hear next about how some states and neighborhoods where these oil tanker trains pass through are saying they don't want them in their backyards. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38507 at http://wunc.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight http://wunc.org/post/calif-town-thrusts-heated-immigration-debate-national-spotlight As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.<p>Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38428 at http://wunc.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight Immigration Debate Splits California City In Two http://wunc.org/post/immigration-debate-splits-california-city-two Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The city of Murrieta, California has put itself front-and-center in the national debate over illegal immigration and border security. Protesters there blocked three buses of immigrant detainees from entering a local border patrol station earlier this week. Immigration authorities were trying to relocate them for processing due to overcrowding in Texas facilities. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38395 at http://wunc.org Tensions Eddy In Murrieta After Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Migrants http://wunc.org/post/tensions-eddy-murrieta-after-protesters-turn-back-buses-migrants Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I am Robert Siegel. Now to the immigration crisis facing border states. In Southern California yesterday, activists blocked three buses carrying migrants to a border patrol station north of San Diego. The detainees, mostly women and children, had been flown to California from overcrowded facilities in Texas. In a moment, we'll hear from the Texas mayor about the situation there. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 38326 at http://wunc.org Calif. Lawmakers To Debate Controversial Gun-Control Bill http://wunc.org/post/calif-lawmakers-debate-controversial-gun-control-bill Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I am Renee Montagne. Here in California today, a controversial gun control bill gets its first hearing. It was introduced in the wake of last month's mass murder near the campus of UC Santa Barbara. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:52:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37815 at http://wunc.org Tensions Still High In 'Nevada Land' Over Cattle Dispute http://wunc.org/post/tensions-still-high-nevada-land-over-cattle-dispute Cliven Bundy's ranch is just a few miles off Interstate 15 in southern Nevada, near the tiny town of Bunkerville. The dirt road that gets you there snakes through a hot and forlorn patch of desert. You know you've found it when you see a spray-painted sign for Bundy Melons.<p>"What we say is, we raise cows and melons and kids. That's what we do here," says Bundy, smiling as he hoses down a dusty sidewalk that leads into the family's ranch house.<p>Bundy has 14 children. In his living room, there are prominent photos of all of them. A swamp cooler rattles in one corner. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:42:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37405 at http://wunc.org Tensions Still High In 'Nevada Land' Over Cattle Dispute Las Vegas Shooting Returns Police Attention To Bundy's Ranch http://wunc.org/post/las-vegas-shooting-returns-police-attention-bundys-ranch Las Vegas police are now confirming that law enforcement officials made three prior contacts with the suspects of a recent shooting spree that left five people dead, including two police officers. Authorities found no indication during those visits that Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda, planned to carry out violence. The couple's anti-government and anti-law enforcement sentiments continue to be the focus of the investigation. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 37098 at http://wunc.org In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike http://wunc.org/post/booming-san-jose-businesses-settle-minimum-wage-hike It's been a little more than a year since San Jose, Calif., increased the city's minimum wage by $2 per hour, with adjustments for inflation. Now at $10.15 an hour, it's one of the state's highest.<p>Back in 2012, as voters were debating the wage hike, some in the restaurant and hospitality industry warned that an increase would be bad for the sector. It would deter new businesses from opening, they said, and would cause existing businesses to slash hours for employees.<p>So how are San Jose's businesses faring today? Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 36985 at http://wunc.org In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike