Bill Chappell, WFAE

Bill Chappell


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Past articles by Bill:

WATCH: Alex Murdaugh returns to the witness stand for cross-examination

Friday could be a pivotal day in the murder trial of disgraced South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh as he faces continued questioning from prosecutors. → Read More

Did an F-22 shoot down an Illinois hobby group's small radio balloon?

A military spokesperson tells NPR that it's their understanding that the FBI has spoken to the hobbyist group in question. → Read More

Does drinking alcohol affect your dementia risk? We asked a researcher for insights

A large study found that cutting down on alcohol is a good idea. People who quit drinking also had increased risk of dementia, but researchers cautioned about drawing conclusions from that. → Read More

From tracking Santa to Chinese spy balloons, here's what we know about NORAD

The air defense center was created in the 1950s, as a counter to a rival superpower. Now NORAD is front and center again, prompting questions about what it does — and how it copes with modern threats. → Read More

UFOs? Airborne objects? What we know about 4 recent shootdowns

The shootdowns came in steady succession over the weekend, after alarms were raised in early February over an object spotted over Montana. → Read More

If you got inflation relief from your state, the IRS wants you to wait to file taxes

They're dubbed inflation relief payments, but they reflect a hodgepodge of rules and eligibility requirements. The IRS wants time to figure out which rules apply to them. → Read More

A pigeon named Flamingo is dead after someone dyed it pink

"We don't know why this bird was dyed pink, although many of our followers have speculated that it was for a gender reveal party," a Wild Bird Fund official told NPR. → Read More

No, you can't predict earthquakes, the USGS says

If someone who predicts an earthquake seems to get it right, it's basically like a broken clock that's right twice a day, a USGS seismologist tells NPR. → Read More

An unusually high number of whales are washing up on U.S. beaches

The unexpected deaths are hitting humpbacks and North Atlantic right whales on the East Coast and gray whales on the West Coast — populations that were already under watch. → Read More

Tom Brady retires from the NFL, 1 year after retiring from the NFL

"I'm retiring. For good," Brady said. The record-shattering quarterback released the message on Feb. 1, the same date he announced his retirement from the NFL in 2022. → Read More

Earth will have 'a very close encounter' with an asteroid tonight, NASA says

There's no reason for alarm — but, a NASA engineer calls it "one of the closest approaches by a known near-Earth object ever recorded." It will be only 2,200 miles above the Earth's surface. → Read More

Your tax refund will likely be smaller this year. Here are more things to know

The IRS starts accepting tax returns for 2022 on Jan. 23. A financial expert breaks down the changes from last year, and shares her tips for coping with tax season. → Read More

Ukraine's interior minister is among the dead as his helicopter crashes at a school

Authorities say 14 people died, including one child, along with 25 people who were injured, including 11 children. Officials initially said the death toll was even worse. → Read More

The Black family who won the return of Bruce's Beach will sell it back to LA County

The return of the property was hailed as a step toward righting the wrongs inflicted by systemic racism. Now, the parties say, the $20 million sale will help restore some of the wealth stripped away. → Read More

A third atmospheric river storm is set to add to misery in California's flooded areas

Parts of California were still under flash flood warnings Monday, with yet another deluge of rainfall set to arrive midweek. → Read More

Bankman-Fried is arrested as feds charge massive fraud at FTX crypto exchange

Bankman-Fried's promise of using sophisticated risk measures to protect FTX customers was part of a long-running fraud, authorities say, repeatedly calling his crypto operation a house of cards. → Read More


U.S. men's success in the World Cup brings a windfall to the women's team

The success of the men's squad in Qatar will bring players on the women's team more money than they were rewarded for winning the 2019 tournament. → Read More


What we know about the deadliest U.S. bird flu outbreak in history

The U.S. is enduring its worst poultry health disaster, with some 52.7 million birds dead. Unlike another recent outbreaks, this one has lasted through the summer — and it's still going strong. → Read More

WHO renames monkeypox as mpox, citing racist stigma

Monkeypox is getting a new name. But an expert questions why the World Health Organization will wait a year for the change to take full effect. → Read More


Here are things World Cup fans are restricted from doing in Qatar

A FIFA boss once said, "Alcoholic drinks are part of the FIFA World Cup." But that was then. A beer ban in stadiums is just one of the changes fans face in Qatar. → Read More