The Two-Way
11:07 am
Wed October 30, 2013

75 Years Ago, 'War Of The Worlds' Started A Panic. Or Did It?

Invader? No, it's a man dressed as one in 1988. He was in Grovers Mill, N.J., at a 50th anniversary celebration of The War of the Worlds broadcast.
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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 11:18 am

We interrupt this blog to bring you a special bulletin:

Martians have invaded New Jersey!

OK, as far as we know that hasn't happened.

But we wanted to issue that faux alert because 75 years ago tonight, as our friend Korva Coleman pointed out on the NPR Newscast, Orson Welles and his troupe of radio actors interrupted the Columbia Broadcasting System's programming to "report" that our planet had been invaded.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Job Growth Slowed Further In October, Survey Signals

Looking for work: The scene at a job fair earlier this month in Emeryville, Calif.
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Originally published on Wed October 30, 2013 11:21 am

Only a relatively low 130,000 jobs were added to private employers' payrolls in October and the labor market in September was even weaker than first thought, according to the latest data from the ADP National Employment Report.

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NPR Story
6:42 am
Wed October 30, 2013

The Perfect College Essay? Check Your Exaggeration, Drama And Self-Aggrandizing At The Door

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Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:18 pm

It’s that time of year again. Otherwise well-adjusted high school seniors melt down in stress-induced tantrums and parents hover over their desks demanding, “Is it done?”

The issue, of course, is the college application essay. According to the National Association for College Admission Counseling, about 750,000 students will be writing them this season, as they apply to anywhere between three and 15 school each.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Report Details Industry's 'Cutthroat' Fight Of Miners' Claims

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 5:06 pm

My investigative reporting colleague Chris Hamby at the Center for Public Integrity has a compelling and troubling follow-up to our jointly-reported series last year on the resurgence of the deadly coal miners' disease black lung.

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Environment
6:33 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Louisville Neighborhoods Are Affected by Traffic Exhaust? All of Them.

The Glaabs: Geoff, Charlotte, Cailin and Crystal.
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Louisville has always struggled with air pollution—from industrial parks and from the traffic-clogged highways. But while Metro Government's network of air monitors tests the air around the city, it’s harder to tell what residents are actually exposed to in their homes.

In the Portland neighborhood, I-64 rumbles past rows of shotgun houses, many with siding made grimy by the traffic exhaust. The highway is loud and dirty, but its pollution isn’t the primary concern for many residents.

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Local News
5:14 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Up Front TV: The Chris Thile Interview

This week I caught up the prodigy mandolin player, Chris Thile. You might know Thile from his early days playing with the bluegrass group Nickel Creek. Or, perhaps you've heard him with The Punch Brothers. For his latest album, he reached far into the past to play a handful of solo works by J.S. Bach. The record is called, "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol 1." We spoke on the stage of the Bomhard Theater in the KY Center.

Arts and Humanities
3:39 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Flame Run Gallery's Glass Sculptures Attract Young Readers

Tiffany Ackerman's glass sculpture "The Monster Book of Monsters," inspired by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books.
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A fine art glass studio might sound like an unlikely venue for a kid-friendly exhibit, but Flame Run Gallery's "Bookworms," a show of glass art inspired by children's literature, is definitely an all-ages show. 

"I get that a lot," gallery manager and exhibit curator Tiffany Ackerman says with a laugh. "But this isn't the first child-friendly show we've had here."

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Local News
3:15 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Kentucky Attorney General Warns of Online Health Insurance Scams

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The Kentucky Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection has some advice about how to avoid online scams related to the new federal health care law.

Spokeswoman Allison Martin says scammers typically try to take advantage whenever a major federal or state law is changed.

"Do not ever enter your personal information--if you're trying to sign up for a health care exchange--into any website that has the dot-com or dot-net address. The only legitimate health care exchanges will be located with a dot-gov address."

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Local News
3:04 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Kentucky State Police Offer Training Program For 'Live Shooter' Incidents in Schools

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Kentucky State Police have launched a new program to help train school officials on how to respond when gunshots are fired on campus.

The active shooter program was developed by a number of stakeholders over the past several months and police say it’s a direct response to shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says schools can select from four participation levels in the program, ranging from simple local district visits and discussions to live role-playing seminars that include the firing of simulated shoots.

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Local News
3:00 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Should the Kentucky State Auditor Look Annually at Cities' Finances?

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An influx of allegations pertaining to misappropriated funds in Kentucky city governments has sparked debate  of whether the state auditor should do annual inquiries into their budgets .

The issue was discussed last week in the General Assembly's Interim Joint Committee on Local Government.

Current statutes require annual audits of county governments by the office of state Auditor Adam Edelen. For their part, cities are allowed to hire private firms to conduct yearly audits.

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