Martin Kaste http://wvasfm.org en Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections http://wvasfm.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 51984 at http://wvasfm.org New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints http://wvasfm.org/post/how-chokehold-aka-neck-restraint-supposed-work Eric Garner's funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The New Yorker died last week shortly after being wrestled to the ground by police.<p>The arrest was caught <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5UY9I1EbU">on video</a>, and the case has stirred up considerable anger in New York City — and renewed a debate over the use of force by police officers. Police confronted Garner over the suspicion that he was selling untaxed cigarettes. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51883 at http://wvasfm.org New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back http://wvasfm.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 07:58:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 51088 at http://wvasfm.org States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back With Loyal Customers In Mind, Amazon Unveils Fire Phone http://wvasfm.org/post/loyal-customers-mind-amazon-unveils-fire-phone At a gala party on Wednesday, Amazon launched its first smartphone. It is distinguished from other phones by the ease with which you can use it to buy things from Amazon. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49986 at http://wvasfm.org In A Standoff With Montana Officials, The Justice Department Blinks http://wvasfm.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 49514 at http://wvasfm.org Seattle Ordinance Gradually Increases Minimum Wage To $15 http://wvasfm.org/post/seattle-ordinance-gradually-increases-minimum-wage-15 The city council has approved a measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The wage will be phased in over a number of years. The measure takes effect on April 1, 2015. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 49128 at http://wvasfm.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? http://wvasfm.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 22:00:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48529 at http://wvasfm.org Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police? Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death http://wvasfm.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 22:57:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 48470 at http://wvasfm.org Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour http://wvasfm.org/post/seattle-proposal-would-raise-citys-minimum-wage-15-hour Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>The minimum wage may go up anyway in Seattle. Politicians there want to raise the local minimum higher than current 7.25, and higher than President Obama's goal of 10.10. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Seattle's current minimum wage, like all of Washington state's, is $9.19 per hour.] Seattle is seriously considering setting the minimum wage at $15.<p>Here's NPR's Martin Kaste.<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Seattle - 15, 15, 15!<p>MARTIN KASTE, BYLINE: That's right, $15 an hour. The idea caught fire during the municipal election last year. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:13:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 47286 at http://wvasfm.org Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents http://wvasfm.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 47263 at http://wvasfm.org