KPCW http://kpcw.org en Stowaway Teen May Have Been Trying To Reunite With His Mom http://kpcw.org/post/stowaway-teen-may-have-been-trying-reunite-his-mom The latest word about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305824651/wheel-well-stowaway-was-runaway-kid-with-a-bad-idea" target="_blank">teenager who survived a ride Sunday from California to Hawaii</a> in the frigid wheel well of a jet is that he may have hoped to eventually get to Somalia to be with his mother.<p>Because he's a juvenile, authorities and news outlets have not named the teen. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 12534 at http://kpcw.org Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet http://kpcw.org/post/dirty-money-microbial-jungle-thrives-your-wallet You may have heard that dollar bills harbor trace amounts of drugs.<p>But those greenbacks in your wallet are hiding far more than cocaine and the flu. They're teeming with life.<p>Each dollar bill carries about 3,000 types of bacteria on its surface, scientists have found. Most are harmless. But cash also has DNA from drug-resistant microbes. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Michaeleen Doucleff 12531 at http://kpcw.org Dirty Money: A Microbial Jungle Thrives In Your Wallet In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope http://kpcw.org/post/illinois-town-thats-half-destroyed-filled-hope Washington is just starting to rebuild.<p>Much of the central Illinois town was wiped away by a half-mile wide tornado last November. In all, 1,108 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable — a huge share of the housing stock in a city of 15,000.<p>"Early on, people were asking me how long it was going to take to rebuild the city, and I said we'll do it in a year," says Mayor Gary Manier. "That was wishful thinking."<p>Tornadoes typically strike the Midwest during the spring. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 12532 at http://kpcw.org In Illinois, A Town That's Half-Destroyed But Filled With Hope 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet http://kpcw.org/post/object-interest-found-search-malaysian-jet After 6 1/2 weeks of false leads and conflicting information about what may have happened to the jet and the 239 people on board, Wednesday's headlines about the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> need to be viewed with considerable caution:<p>-- " 'Object of interest' found on Western Australian coast." (<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-plane/index.html?hpt=hp_t1" target="_blank">CNN.com</a>)<p>-- "MH370 search: Debris washed up on WA coast to be investigated." ( Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 12533 at http://kpcw.org 'Object Of Interest' Found In Search For Malaysian Jet In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents http://kpcw.org/post/tulsa-combining-preschool-help-parents At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents.<p>The program combines Head Start for children with intensive training for their parents, designed to help them find well-paying jobs. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:23:00 +0000 Eric Westervelt 12529 at http://kpcw.org In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents