Allison Keyes http://kwit.org en 150 Years On, Arlington National Cemetery Honors Its First Burial http://kwit.org/post/150-years-arlington-national-cemetery-honors-its-first-burial Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A wreath laying ceremony this morning marked the 150th anniversary of the first military burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Army Private William Christman was a member of the 67th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 44541 at http://kwit.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens http://kwit.org/post/nearly-3-years-after-quake-washington-monument-reopens-doors The Washington Monument reopened to the public Monday for the first time since a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/26/140819486/video-atop-washington-monument-visitors-scrambled-during-quake">2011 earthquake</a> caused significant damage to the obelisk. More than 20,000 stones had to be inspected. Scores turned out for a ceremony under sunny skies.<p>Children sang; the U.S. Army's Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed; and red, white and blue stars decorated the stage set up in front of the gleaming monument. Mon, 12 May 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 44476 at http://kwit.org Nearly 3 Years After Quake, Washington Monument Reopens Under Fire, Maryland Dealer Drops Plans To Sell Smart Gun http://kwit.org/post/under-fire-maryland-dealer-drops-plans-sell-smart-gun Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>A gun store in Maryland had been set to become the first in the country to sell something called a smart gun. But after receiving death threats, the owner of that store has changed his mind. The Armatix iP1 is electrically programmed to make it hard for anyone but the gun's owner to fire the weapon. Some gun rights activists worry that if the pistol is popular, lawmakers will require all firearms to adopt this technology. That, they say, will encroach upon second amendment rights. Sun, 04 May 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43997 at http://kwit.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates http://kwit.org/post/fossil-fans-get-their-dino-fix-smithsonian-renovates Huge lines of people, kids in tow, are waiting to get into the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the world's second-most visited museum.<p>Right inside the lobby, a cast of the skull of the new <em>Tyrannosaurus rex</em> the museum just acquired is stopping visitors dead in their tracks.<p>"We wanted to get up here before the exhibit for the dinosaurs closed," says Crystal Epley, who took a three-hour trip from Broadway, Va., to bring her son, John.<p>Fossil fans like the Epleys are flocking to get a final glimpse of the popular dinosaur and fossil hall before it closes on Mond Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:43:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 43594 at http://kwit.org Fossil Fans Get Their Dino-Fix Before Smithsonian Renovates Potential Charges Against Incumbent Throw D.C. Mayor's Race Up In Air http://kwit.org/post/potential-charges-against-incumbent-throw-dc-mayors-race-air The possible indictment of incumbent D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has turned what many expected to be a routine election into a referendum on whether voters trust him. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 41214 at http://kwit.org Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations http://kwit.org/post/maryland-transportation-bill-held-over-war-reparations Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Now to a story of how a long ago association with the crimes of Nazi Germany could stop a French company from doing business today in Maryland. A Maryland House committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would bar companies that played a role in the Holocaust from bidding on state contracts unless the companies pay reparations to victims.<p>State officials told the hearing that if that bill passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a major light rail project. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:38:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40717 at http://kwit.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision http://kwit.org/post/destroyed-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-political-vision When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned in 1932 to do a mural in the middle of Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, some might have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.<p>In 1934, the legendary artist's work was chiseled off the wall.<p>Now, in Washington, D.C., the Mexican Cultural Institute has mounted a show that tells what happened to Rivera's mural.<p>"Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center," is a whodunit tale that also illustrates the tensions between art and politics. Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40623 at http://kwit.org Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision As Calendar Flips To March, People Grow Sick Of The Snow http://kwit.org/post/calendar-flips-march-people-grow-sick-snow Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The latest in a series of nasty winter storms socked the nation today. It rolled north through the mid-Atlantic this morning, right up the East Coast bringing freezing rain, heavy snow and plummeting temperatures. More than 2,900 flights were cancelled today and more than 7,100 were delayed. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40290 at http://kwit.org Delaware, Nevada Sign First Multistate Internet Gaming Deal http://kwit.org/post/delaware-nevada-sign-first-multi-state-inernet-gaming-deal Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with dealing with long distance.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>GREENE: Dealing - we're talking about poker. Poker players in Delaware and Nevada will one day get to sit at the same virtual table. This week, their governors signed the first multi-state Internet gambling law.<p>NPR's Allison Keyes reports that while some casino I'm not so thrilled, the states see a winning hand.<p>ALLISON KEYES, BYLINE: The pact sets a framework for the two states to work out regulatory standards for online poker games. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:21:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 40123 at http://kwit.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company http://kwit.org/post/maryland-bill-may-require-holocaust-reparations-rail-company Lawmakers in Maryland are considering a bill that would block one of the firms seeking to bid on a multibillion-dollar light rail project from winning its bid unless its majority stockholder agrees to pay reparations to Holocaust victims.<p>The legislation, co-sponsored by Maryland Delegate Kirill Reznik, would block a consortium including Paris-based rail company Keolis from winning a public-private partnership for the state's Purple Line project, a 35-year contract worth more than $6 billion.<p>Keolis is a subsidiary of the government-owned French railway SNCF, which has admitted that it tra Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Allison Keyes 39673 at http://kwit.org Maryland Bill May Require Holocaust Reparations From Rail Company