Kirk Siegler http://kenw.org en Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks http://kenw.org/post/picketing-truckers-raise-tensions-la-port-amid-dockworker-talks Labor tensions are high at the largest port complex in the country — Los Angeles and Long Beach — which handles nearly half of all the cargo coming into the United States.<p>Short-haul truck drivers are striking. They're the independent, contract truckers who bring the containers off the ships to nearby warehouses for companies like Wal-Mart and Costco. At the twin ports, their numbers hover around 10,000.<p>Just over 100 of them have been protesting this week, including driver Santos Lopez. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44446 at http://kenw.org Picketing Truckers Raise Tensions At LA Port Amid Dockworker Talks Truckers Strike At 2 Calif. Ports, Larger Labor Dispute Looms http://kenw.org/post/truckers-strike-2-calif-ports-larger-labor-dispute-looms Independent truck drivers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are on strike against three large trucking firms that operate at the ports.<p>Handling almost half of all the nation's cargo, the ports of Los Angles and Long Beach are the main gateway for imports from Asia.<p>A lot of the shipping containers end up on these idling trucks. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:29:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44290 at http://kenw.org Increasing Use Of Oil Trains Inspires Backlash From States http://kenw.org/post/increasing-use-oil-trains-inspires-backlash-states Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEvers. A year ago today, a train carrying crude oil exploded near a small town in Quebec. The fire from the explosion engulfed the downtown area and killed nearly 50 people. The accident drew more attention to the fact that railroads are fast becoming the preferred way to ship crude oil from booming North Dakota to major markets on the coast. We'll hear next about how some states and neighborhoods where these oil tanker trains pass through are saying they don't want them in their backyards. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44241 at http://kenw.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight http://kenw.org/post/calif-town-thrusts-heated-immigration-debate-national-spotlight As the saying goes, all politics is local. And that couldn't have been clearer this week in and around Murrieta, Calif., a sleepy conservative enclave 60 miles north of San Diego.<p>Local leaders here made a loud stand against the planned movement of immigrant detainees to their city from overcrowded U.S. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44178 at http://kenw.org Calif. Town Thrusts Heated Immigration Debate Into National Spotlight Immigration Debate Splits California City In Two http://kenw.org/post/immigration-debate-splits-california-city-two Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The city of Murrieta, California has put itself front-and-center in the national debate over illegal immigration and border security. Protesters there blocked three buses of immigrant detainees from entering a local border patrol station earlier this week. Immigration authorities were trying to relocate them for processing due to overcrowding in Texas facilities. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Kirk Siegler 44149 at http://kenw.org