Environment
10:35 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Coal Mining Costs are on the Rise

There are lots of factors playing into declining coal production in Central Appalachia: low natural gas prices, high stockpiles of coal after a warm winter and new environmental regulations.

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The Future Of Nonhuman Rights
10:34 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Championing Life And Liberty For Animals

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A capuchin monkey riding a dog. Tim Lepard, owner and creator of the Monkey Rodeo, says his animals are treated humanely.
Courtesy of Tim Lepard

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 9:49 am

Before Sam, a white-throated capuchin monkey, threw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Frederick, Md., on a midsummer Friday night, and before Sam and other monkeys — dressed as cowboys and riding shaggy dogs — rounded up longhorn sheep on the baseball diamond as part of Cowboy Monkey Rodeo promotion night, angry animal rights protesters gathered outside the front gate.

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Politics
9:10 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Rand Paul to Speak to Rotary Club in Louisville

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
U.S. Senate

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will address the Rotary Club today amid a heated campaign season, with a closely contested presidential race and a heated race for U.S. Senate just north in Indiana.

Arts and Humanities
8:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

The Big Break: A Break in Routine

  • Samantha works in the literary department, Claire kicks back in the dancers' lounge and Brad's family comes to town.

This week on our new audio diary series, "The Big Break," Actors Theatre apprentice Samantha Beach pulls a shift in the literary department and sees herself in the incoming ten-minute play scripts. Louisville Ballet trainee Claire Horrocks takes us inside the dancer's lounge, while Kentucky Opera studio artist Brad Raymond balances family time with the rigors of the stage. 

Learn more about our audio diarists, who report in every Thursday about life in Louisville's professional arts companies.

Politics
7:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Anti-Abortion Advocates Defend Mourdock, Pro-Life Views

Republican Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock has ignited a national firestorm for his abortion comments this week, but pro-life activists are coming to the GOP nominees defense and see the remarks as a chance to explain their views.

Democrats and Republicans have pounced on Mourdock after he said that pregnancies resulting from rape should not be an exception to an abortion ban because it is the will of God. At a press conference Wednesday, Mourdock stood by his position, but he explained that he abhors rape and apologized if anyone "came away with the wrong impression" from his statement.

Anti-abortion activist Rebecca Kiessling is a spokeswoman for Personhood USA. She says pro-life voters are are proud that Mourdock stood up for life against abortion even in cases of rape, and that critics are deliberately exaggerating his comments to score political points.

"Of course he was saying that the life of the child conceived in rape was created by God. And I believe that he’s in line with the overwhelming majority of Americans and Hoosiers who understand that God is the author of life," he says.

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Shots - Health News
6:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Geneticists Breach Ethical Taboo By Changing Genes Across Generations

An image of researchers at Oregon Health & Science University removing the nucleus from the mother's cell before it's inserted into the donor's egg cell.
Courtesty of Oregon Health & Science University

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 2:21 pm

Geneticist reported Wednesday that they had crossed a threshold long considered off-limits: They have made changes in human DNA that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

The researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland say they took the step to try to prevent women from giving birth to babies with genetic diseases. But the research is raising a host of ethical, social and moral questions.

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It's All Politics
5:24 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Political Memes: Fast, Cheap And Out Of Control?

DailyKos.com

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 10:49 am

Even if you didn't watch any of the three presidential debates, chances are you're familiar with Big Bird, binders and bayonets.

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Local News
4:14 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

EKU's Rugby Team Suspended During Hazing Investigation

Eastern Kentucky University officials have suspended the school’s club rugby team following hazing allegations.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mike Reagle says the suspension means more than not playing games. The student-run team cannot meet, practice, have parties or do anything together as a group. Reagle said the prohibition is for the safety of team members.

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Education
4:02 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

James Heckman: Family, Early Childhood Development Key for Kentucky's Future

A Nobel laureate from the University of Chicago says for Kentucky to make real progress in student achievement, it must prioritize family initiatives and early childhood development.

Dr. James Heckman spoke Wednesday to a large group of politicians, educators, and business leaders in Louisville. For years he has studied how communities measure success, and he says more attention should be paid to building what he calls “character” skills in children under five years old.

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Equal Pay For Equal Work: Not Even College Helps Women

Barnard College graduates listen to President Barack Obama at commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2012.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 11:10 am

A startling new report finds freshly graduated college women will likely face this hurdle when entering the work world: they're worth less than equally educated men.

The American Association of University Women is releasing a new study that shows when men and women attend the same kind of college, pick the same major and accept the same kind of job, on average, the woman will still earn 82 cents to every dollar that a man earns.

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