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12:12 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Burma's Suu Kyi Asks Louisville Crowd for Support

Nobel Peace Price winner and democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi  says support from the United States must continue to encourage  democratic reforms in Burma, also known as Myanmar.

Suu Kyi addressed a crowd at the University of Louisville Monday morning as part of the school’s McConnell Center lecture series.

She’s on a two-week U.S. visit that’s both a celebration of her recent election to the Burmese parliament, and a political trip to ask for continued support of her country’s democratic reforms.

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Arts and Humanities
11:02 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Stephen Tobolowsky Coming to Louisville

Host of "The Tobolowsky Files" (Thursdays at 9 p.m. on 89.3 WFPL), Stephen Tobolowsky will be speaking at the Kentucky Center on Friday, October 5. Tickets are now on sale.

Tobowlowsky is currently touring in support of his brand new book, "The Dangerous Animals Club."

"He weaves a spell not unlike Jean Shepherd or Garrison Keillor." – Leonard Maltin

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Local News
10:17 am
Mon September 24, 2012

IdeaFestival: Fail Early, Fail Often

Dr. John Barker is a former member of the University of Louisville plastic surgery department and current professor of experimental trauma and orthopedic surgery at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität in Frankfort. He is also the head of a new regenerative medicine institute.

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Environment
9:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

NASA Scientist Discusses Climate Change, Effect on Kentucky

In increasing numbers, scientists are in agreement that the earth’s climate is changing, and human carbon dioxide emissions are contributing to those changes. A NASA climate scientist was in Louisville this weekend to talk about the growing evidence.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Rauch's Portable Planetarium Prepared For Travel

Photos courtesy of University of Louisville

The University of Louisville’s Rauch Planetarium is getting ready to send its portable version on the road.

Assistant Director Paula McGuffey says the igloo-shaped planetarium, which can accommodate about 35 small children, is ready for a tour of local schools.

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Local News
8:30 am
Mon September 24, 2012

New Area Code Proposed For Southern Indiana

Map from telecomindiana.com

Officials have begun accepting public comment on a request to create a new telephone area code for southern and south-central Indiana.

Anthony Swinger with the state Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says it’s projected that the 812 area code will run out of numbers in 2015.

"Back in the 1940s and 1950s, Indiana was divided up into three area codes, and 812 is the last of the three original area codes that needs long term relief," Swinger said.

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Environment
8:24 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Artificial Cave May Help Researchers Study Deadly Bat Disease

Marvin Moriarty USFWS

Researchers in Tennessee hope the creation of an artificial cave will help stop the progress of a deadly bat disease.

White Nose Syndrome was discovered in 2006 in upstate New York, and now it has spread to four Canadian provinces and 19 states, including Kentucky. The disease is caused by a white fungus, and so far scientists aren’t really sure how to control it.

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Education
8:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Kentucky Schools Restraint Policy Hears Comments

The Kentucky Board of Education will hear public opinion this week on a recently approved policy that is meant to improve the state’s restraint and seclusion rules for misbehaving students. 

Some Kentucky school superintendents say the new regulations are still too vague.

Earlier this year the board of education approved changes based off recommendations made by a task force including non-profit organizations, like Kentucky Center for School Safety, and some parents. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi Speaks to Louisville

Nobel Peace Prize winner and pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi will speak at the University of Louisville’s McConnell Center Monday morning.

Suu Kyi is in the middle of a two-week U.S. visit, where she’s been trying to reassure supporters and skeptics that the reforms in Burma--also known as Myanmar--are genuine. 

She has already received the Congressional Gold Medal and has met with President Barack Obama.

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Local News
11:33 am
Sun September 23, 2012

IdeaFestival: Shakespeare Behind Bars

While Baratunde Thurston’s presentation on Friday may have garnered the most enthusiastic and energetic audience response, no presentation earned a more emotional response at IdeaFestival than Saturday's Shakespeare Behind Bars panel moderated by founder Curt Tofteland.  

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