Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:24 am
Airbnb has a problem. The website for short-term room rentals is growing quickly. But in many cities, these rentals are illegal. Now, New York's attorney general has documented the extent of the illegal activity, by delving into the company's business records.
Almost three-quarters of New York City bookings appear to break the law, he says.
Thousands of these bookings happen every day in buildings all over New York, like the studio that Irene rents out on Manhattan's Upper East Side. (Irene asked that her full name not be used.)
Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:09 am
Decades ago, an "oops" pregnancy might have meant a rush to the altar. But when Michelle Sheridan got pregnant three years ago, the topic of marriage never came up with her boyfriend, Phillip Underwood, whom she lives with in Frederick, Md.
If anything, it was the opposite.
"It changes the dynamic of the household," she says. "I had a friend who put off her marriage. Got pregnant, and she's like, 'Let's just wait, 'cause we don't know if we're going to be able to make it through this.' "
Although perhaps a little less sexy than legalized drugs, taxes are still important. The city of Ouray, along with others on the Western Slope, is looking at some tax issues on this year’s ballot. To understand the somewhat complicated issue, KVNF'S Jake Ryan talked with Ouray Mayor Pam Larson.
Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 1:22 pm
For years,Washington Monthly has been rating and ranking the nation's colleges.
But for its 2014 edition, the magazine has done something new. It has put out a list of what it says are the nation's worst colleges. That is, schools with high tuition, low graduation rates and high student debt rates.
Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 11:50 am
This year's Columbus Day holiday will have a slightly different, more Native flavor in the city of Seattle. Thanks to a unanimous vote this summer by the city council, the federal holiday will now be known by a different name: Indigenous Peoples' Day.
A new ordinance in Ridgway limits the number of cultivation facilities in town to two and the number of plants each can have to 3,600. It also says grow operations need a special permit to discharge agricultural runoff into the town's wastewater treatment plant.
Recreational and medical marijuana facilities are allowed in Ridgway. The town has one hybrid storefront that sales medical and retail pot. A town ordinance passed last month puts new restrictions on marijuana grow operations in Ridgeway.
KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to the town's Mayor John Clark about the new rules.
Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 1:41 pm
Same-sex couples are marrying in at least six more states today, after the Supreme Court left in place lower courts' rulings against bans on gay marriage. But couples have been turned away in Kansas, one of several states that share federal jurisdiction with states where bans were lifted.