David Schaper is a NPR National Desk reporter based in Chicago.

In this role, he covers news in Chicago and around the Midwest. Additionally he reports on a broad range of important social, cultural, political, and business issues in the region.

The range of Schaper's reporting has included profiles of service members killed in Iraq, and members of a reserve unit returning home to Wisconsin. He produced reports on the important political issues in key Midwest battleground states, education issues related to "No Child Left Behind," the bankruptcy of United Airlines as well as other aviation and transportation issues, and the devastation left by tornadoes, storms, blizzards, and floods in the Midwest.

Local News
12:56 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

TSA to Allow Mini Baseball Bats onto Planes in Carry-On; Louisville Slugger Museum Rejoices

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Each year, the Louisville Slugger Museum gives away hundreds of thousands of miniature novelty baseball bats to patrons who take the tour—and untold thousands are confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration at Louisville International Airport.

You can't put mini bats in carry-on. You have to check them.

That changes on April 25.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Victims' Advocates Push For Some Cardinals To Be Barred From Papal Conclave

In Vatican City's St. Peter's Square on Wednesday, a man looked at the Italian magazine Chi's photo of former Pope Benedicxt XVI — the first such image since he stepped down last week.
Alberto Pizzoli AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 10:58 am

As Roman Catholic cardinals now gathered in Rome continue to make preparations for their conclave that will choose a new pope, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk that "advocates for victims of clerical sex abuse across the world are stepping up demands that three cardinals withdraw" from that process.

According to Sylvia:

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Wed March 6, 2013

198,000 Jobs Added In February, Report Shows; January Growth Revised Upward

The scene at a job fair in New York City on Feb. 28.
Lucas Jackson Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 9:00 am

There were 198,000 jobs added to private employers' payrolls in February, according to the latest ADP National Employment Report — a privately produced snapshot of the employment picture that's sometimes a signal of what the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say when it releases its data from the same month.

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Politics
9:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

House Committee Passes Kentucky Hemp Bill, but Floor Vote Uncertain

James Comer
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 Updated: FRANKFORT — In its second try, the Kentucky House agriculture committee approved a bill Wednesday creating a regulatory framework for growing hemp in Kentucky, if the federal government were to legalize it.

The hemp bill—championed by Agriculture Commissioner James Comer—got only one no vote in the House agriculture committee.

Last week, an ag committee meeting abruptly ended after a tense exchange among lawmakers on the hemp issue.

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Politics
9:12 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Team Mitch Does the Harlem Shake

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The viral video dance craze of the new Harlem Shake hit the 2014 Kentucky U.S. Senate campaign trail.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign released their version of the meme. It begins with a person wearing a McConnell mask dancing to the song outside Churchill Down, and well...just watch below.

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Education
7:20 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Stories of Dropping Out: 'I Started to Procrastinate'

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Twenty-year-old Kimani Straub says he left Seneca High School just shy of receiving his high school diploma. He's been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder, but he was always able to maintain good grades. 

But when he discovered after 14 years the man he thought was his father wasn't, things started to slip.

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Wed March 6, 2013

President Could, In Theory, Order Drone Strike Inside U.S., Holder Says

An unmanned drone patrols the U.S.-Canadian border. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the president could in an "extraordinary circumstance" order a drone strike inside the country.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection AP

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 7:39 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder has said in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul that the president could in an "entirely hypothetical" situation authorize the military to use lethal force within U.S. territory.

The letter to Paul came in response to three inquiries the Kentucky Republican sent to John Brennan, President Obama's nominee for CIA director. Paul's letters asked if it was legal for the U.S. government to use lethal force, including in the form of drone strikes, on Americans inside the country.

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Local News
6:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

A Bit of Snow Fell Overnight; JCPS Is Open

Snow showers that began Tuesday night are expected to "taper off" in the Louisville area through mid- and late morning, the National Weather Service said.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Kentucky Senate OKs Charter School Bill

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Voting along strict party lines, the Kentucky Senate has approved a bill that would allow persistently low-performing public schools to become charter schools.

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