Prairie Public Broadcasting http://news.prairiepublic.org en President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/president-obama-says-militants-who-beheaded-american-are-cowardly The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to the videotaped execution carried out by militants with the Islamic State.<p>Obama also said the group attacks women and minorities, "for no other reason than they practice a different religion."<p>The president delivered a short address about the killing just hours after U.S. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 42308 at http://news.prairiepublic.org President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly' Helping College Grads -- Not Making A Profit Off Them http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/helping-college-grads-not-making-profit-them <p>The Democratic-endorsed candidate for state Tax Commissioner says the state should be helping college graduates and not making a profit off of them. Jason Astrup is proposing the state create an income tax credit for interest paid on student loans from the Bank of North Dakota. Astrup says by doing so, the state legislature could help reign in the cost of higher education and help those bearing the burden of the increased costs…</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:17:08 +0000 Todd McDonald 42307 at http://news.prairiepublic.org Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/photographing-ebola-riot-put-your-fear-aside-and-go-forward People were screaming and throwing rocks. The police were firing shots and hitting protesters with their batons. A riot had started in the slum neighborhood of West Point, in the Liberian capital of Monrovia.<p>"A riot is tough enough without knowing that you're in an Ebola-infected neighborhood," says NPR photographer David Gilkey, who was in West Point when it began.<p>West Point is where angry residents rushed into an Ebola holding center on Saturday night; the 17 patients were suspected of having the virus. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:57:00 +0000 Marc Silver 42306 at http://news.prairiepublic.org Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward Liberia Blocks Off Neighborhood In Ebola Quarantine, Sparking Riot http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/liberia-blocks-neighborhood-ebola-quarantine-sparking-riot <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Liberia+Blocks+Off+Neighborhood+In+Ebola+Quarantine%2C+Sparking+Riot&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDQ0NzQzMDEzMjA3NjYzMThiMzQ4ZQ004)"/></div><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:00 +0000 David Greene & Nurith Aizenman 42305 at http://news.prairiepublic.org Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/ferguson-killing-inspires-young-black-activists The nation has been gripped by the ongoing protests following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. But the demonstrations sparked by his death have spread far beyond the streets in his community. Young activists from around the country tell us how the events in Ferguson moved them, and what they hope might come from this moment.<p><hr /><p><em>Malcolm London is a poet, activist and educator. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:00 +0000 editor 42304 at http://news.prairiepublic.org Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists Hamas Military Chief Reportedly Targeted As Gaza Violence Resumes http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/gaza-violence-resumes-hamas-military-chief-targeted Israel says more than 70 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, and that it responded with at least 60 airstrikes after a short-lived cease-fire with Hamas broke down Tuesday. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 42303 at http://news.prairiepublic.org What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/what-kids-drawings-say-about-their-future-thinking-skills At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.<p>The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.<p>These early works may be good for more than decorating your refrigerator and cubicle, researchers say. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:23:00 +0000 editor 42301 at http://news.prairiepublic.org What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/different-dynamic-ferguson-47-arrests Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent from the streets of Ferguson, Mo., last night, as protesters and police avoided the clashes that have marred demonstrations over the death of an an unarmed black teenager at the hands of a white police officer last weekend in the St. Louis suburb.<p>Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 42302 at http://news.prairiepublic.org A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests BHE committee proposing $200 million in building projects http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/bhe-committee-proposing-200-million-building-projects <p></p><p>The Board of Higher Education’s Budget and Finance Committee has come up with a list of new construction projects for the state’s colleges and universities.</p><p>The price tag: $200 million.</p><p>The top priority for the system &nbsp;is a new campus heating plant for Valley City State University. That project has a price tag of $15.9 million.</p><p>"We are in a situation with our heating plant where we may have to close occasionally because of the cold weather, simply because it can't keep up with us any more," said acting VCSU President Margaret Dahlberg.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:03:06 +0000 Dave Thompson 42300 at http://news.prairiepublic.org Inside Energy: Solar, Part 2 http://news.prairiepublic.org/post/inside-energy-solar-part-2 <p></p><p>Putting up solar panels may be a good thing for the environment, but these days it’s also a smart financial move.</p><p>The cost of solar power is falling rapidly--down 60 percent in just the last three years.</p><p>Solar is changing the way we get our electricity - and that means traditional utilities are being forced to adapt.&nbsp;</p><p>We continue our Solar Challenge series. Inside Energy Reporter Dan Boyce begins with a Boulder, Colorado couple on a particularly hot and sunny day.</p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:55:13 +0000 Dan Boyce 42299 at http://news.prairiepublic.org