David Schaper http://redriverradio.org en First Responders Unprepared For Another Train Disaster http://redriverradio.org/post/year-after-train-disaster-first-responders-unprepared-another Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>Ever since that Canadian train derailment, first responders all across North America wonder, what if it happens here? Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 46784 at http://redriverradio.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each http://redriverradio.org/post/sale-vacant-lots-chicago-blocks-just-1-each Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. The catch? To buy one, you must already own a home on the same block.<p>Like many U.S. cities, Chicago has struggled with what to do with a growing number of empty lots in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 David Schaper 46600 at http://redriverradio.org For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources http://redriverradio.org/post/rain-storms-pummel-upper-midwest-drowning-resources Heavy rains over the past couple of weeks have rivers rising all across the Upper Midwest, flooding homes, swamping fields and washing out roads.<p>Fans hum 24/7 as Laura Westra tries to dry out her sopping-wet basement in the small town of Rock Valley, Iowa.<p>The nearby Rock River, in the northwest corner of the state, swelled last week wider and deeper than anyone can remember.<p>"We've lived here 45 years, and this is the first time we had water in the basement," Westra says.<p>Rain and river water inundated her neighborhood, flooding her home and many of her neighbors' homes.<p>"Our son's Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:16:00 +0000 David Schaper 46321 at http://redriverradio.org Rainstorms Pummel Upper Midwest, Drowning Resources Chicago Gets Out From Under Its History Of Political Patronage http://redriverradio.org/post/chicago-gets-out-under-its-history-political-patronage A court-appointed federal monitor will no longer oversee hiring in the city of Chicago. A federal judge ruled that the city has put in place enough safeguards to minimize patronage in Chicago government jobs. It took 45 years of court orders and consent decrees, but political reformers say that patronage, which once built a powerful democratic machine, is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:07:00 +0000 David Schaper 45832 at http://redriverradio.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime' http://redriverradio.org/post/chicago-heroin-highway-bust-shows-new-face-organized-crime Authorities say they've broken up a major heroin and crack cocaine distribution ring in Chicago.<p>A joint federal and local task force that includes the DEA, FBI, Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen gang members who allegedly supplied a significant amount of heroin to customers coming from the city and suburbs.<p>The increasingly easy availability and lower street cost of heroin has led to a surge of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/05/28/316673753/todays-heroin-addict-is-young-white-and-suburban">heroin abuse</a> not only in Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:23:00 +0000 David Schaper 45720 at http://redriverradio.org Chicago 'Heroin Highway' Bust Shows A 'New Face Of Organized Crime'