Martin Kaste http://upr.org en Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections http://upr.org/post/botched-ariz-execution-renews-unease-over-lethal-injections <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=Botched+Ariz.+Execution+Renews+Unease+Over+Lethal+Injections&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDEwNzk4NjQwMDEzNTkxNDE0MTg3ZGYxMA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 44485 at http://upr.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://upr.org/post/states-push-prison-sentence-reform-and-prosecutors-push-back Some red states like Louisiana and Texas have emerged as leaders in a new movement: to divert offenders from prisons and into drug treatment, work release and other incarceration alternatives.<p>By most counts, Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 43718 at http://upr.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks http://upr.org/post/standoff-montana-officials-justice-dept-blinks The Justice Department announced Tuesday it <a href="http://missoulian.com/news/local/missoula-county-state-doj-sign-agreement-to-improve-handling-of/article_bb8c665a-f0c1-11e3-8689-0019bb2963f4.html">has resolved a two-year-old standoff</a> with the county attorney in Missoula, Mont., in what was originally a dispute over accusations that local prosecutors weren't doing enough to prosecute rape cases.<p>Over time, however, the issue turned into something else: a test of the Feds' power to impose reform on local prosecutors. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:38:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 42323 at http://upr.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://upr.org/post/can-cop-worn-cameras-restore-faith-new-orleans-police Body-worn video cameras are quickly becoming standard-issue for American police, especially at departments in the process of reform. And in New Orleans, the troubled police department is now requiring almost all officers to wear the cameras.<p>The city's police department has a dark history of corruption, racism and brutality. Thu, 22 May 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 41471 at http://upr.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://upr.org/post/invoking-castle-doctrine-man-pleads-not-guilty-teens-death Montana resident Markus Kaarma pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of murdering a German exchange student last month. Kaarma shot the 17-year-old while the student was trespassing in his garage. The case has attracted international scrutiny to the contentious debate over how far Americans may go when defending their homes.<p>Kaarma's lawyer, Paul Ryan, says his client feels badly about the shooting, but that prosecutors in Missoula, Mont., have no business charging Kaarma with murder. Wed, 21 May 2014 22:46:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 41416 at http://upr.org Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents http://upr.org/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-mobilizes-death-penalty-opponents Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected. The incident, the second of its kind in recent months, is renewing questions of what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 40402 at http://upr.org Wash. Loses 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver Over Teacher Evaluations http://upr.org/post/wash-loses-no-child-left-behind-waiver-over-teacher-evaluations Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver to the No Child Left Behind Act. Most states have waivers to some of the more stringent requirements of the 2001 federal law but those waivers come with conditions. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports, Washington is being punished because it didn't fulfill a condition that is very dear to the Obama administration.<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: What the administration wants is simple. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 40190 at http://upr.org Feds Rescind Washington State's 'No Child Left Behind' Waiver http://upr.org/post/feds-rescind-washingtons-no-child-left-behind-waiver Washington has become the first state to have its "No Child Left Behind" waiver revoked by the Obama administration. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 23:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 40142 at http://upr.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand http://upr.org/post/land-razor-clams-dinner-hides-deep-within-sand As soon as you drive into town, it's pretty clear that Long Beach, Wash., is all about the razor clam. The first clue is the giant frying pan. It's 14 feet tall and a relic of the clam festivals of the 1940s. And then there's the clam statue that spits when you insert a quarter.<p>But if you really want to see how much people here love their clams, you'd have to be like Karen Harrell and get up before dawn and drive out onto the blustery beach to go clam digging.<p>Harrell is one of hundreds of people already out on the beach, just ahead of the low tide, tramping around in rubber boots. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 39846 at http://upr.org In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off http://upr.org/post/apple-upgrade-tracks-customers-even-when-marketing-apps-are The people who design marketing apps are celebrating a change in the way <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6048">iBeacon</a> works on iPhones. That's the Bluetooth-based system that lets a store track a customer's movements, and capitalize on them. For instance, if iBeacon detects you lingering in the shoe department, it might send you a digital coupon for socks.<p>IBeacon has been around for a while, and marketers liked the concept in principle. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 39662 at http://upr.org Apple Upgrade Tracks Customers Even When Marketing Apps Are Off