Melissa Block http://wuwm.com en LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight http://wuwm.com/post/lbj-carried-poor-texas-town-him-civil-rights-fight <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EizAeISiHDM</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Melissa Block 29003 at http://wuwm.com LBJ Carried Poor Texas Town With Him In Civil Rights Fight Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town http://wuwm.com/post/drilling-frenzy-fuels-sudden-growth-small-texas-town South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.<p>Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.<p>Before the boom, jobs were few and poverty was high. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Melissa Block 28890 at http://wuwm.com Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town Three Little Letters That, When Strung Together, Insult A Nation http://wuwm.com/post/three-little-letters-when-strung-together-insult-nation A geopolitical language lesson: It's correct to say Ukraine — not the Ukraine. Those three letters make a big difference, and we explain why. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Melissa Block 28798 at http://wuwm.com In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides http://wuwm.com/post/ncaa-finals-two-recent-champions-unlikely-rides Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>It's Huskies versus Wildcats as the Men's Division I college basketball season comes to an end tonight. Facing off are two recent champions: the University of Connecticut, who won in 2011, and the University of Kentucky who won in 2012. They've both had improbable rides to tonight's title game.<p>For more, I'm joined by NPR's Tom Goldman who will be covering the game in Arlington, Texas. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Melissa Block 28630 at http://wuwm.com Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence http://wuwm.com/post/another-tragedy-city-all-too-familiar-extreme-gun-violence Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298699681/fort-hood-shooting-the-latest">after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood</a>. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/10/17/us/gunman-kills-22-and-himself-in-texas-cafeteria.html">Luby's Cafeteria in 1991</a> that left 23 dead. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:27:00 +0000 Melissa Block 28404 at http://wuwm.com Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence