The Two-Way
7:30 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Venezuela And Nicaragua Willing To Give Asylum To Snowden

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro stand in front of a picture of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, during a summit in Managua on June 29.
Inti Ocon AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 7:06 am

The presidents of Venezuela and Nicaragua have said they would be willing to give asylum to Edward Snowden, The Associated Press and other media report.

Snowden, who has leaked secret information about National Security Agency programs, is believed to be holed up in a Moscow airport.

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Middle East
7:30 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Egypt Remains On Edge After Deadly Clashes

Opponents of Egypt's Islamist ousted President Mohammed Morsi wave national flags as they celebrate in Tahrir Square on Friday.
Amr Nabil AP

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 6:15 am

Cairo's emblematic Tahrir Square and nearby approaches to the River Nile are largely empty and debris-strewn today and Egypt remains on edge after deadly clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

The two sides fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country.

Ismalists are enraged at Morsi's overthrow by millions of protesters backed by the country's powerful military.

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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

You Can't Pay Court Fines at 3 a.m. Anymore at the Courthouse

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A staffing change and a tight budget have led the Jefferson Circuit Clerk’s office to stop taking payments for fines 24/7.

For years, clerks were available at all hours at the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville to accept fine payments and other administrative matters. But a recent change to spread district court dockets throughout the day meant that more staff were needed on the court’s dayside.

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Local News
5:16 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Introduces Winery App and 1st Annual Statewide Competition

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Louisville is hosting the state’s first annual commercial wine competition this month to rate and celebrate wineries around the state.

“We’ve gotten to a point in the industry where I think it’s really important to bring people in that aren’t all necessarily from Kentucky to really assess Kentucky wines and let us know about the quality,” says Tyler Madison, director of the grape and wine marketing program for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

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All Tech Considered
4:03 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

At Tech-Free Camps, People Pay Hundreds To Unplug

Camp Grounded is located in Northern California.
Courtesy of Scott Sporleder

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 12:17 pm

The overwhelming and endless stream of electronic alerts and messages on our computers, phones and tablets is driving demand for a new kind of summer camp for adults. "Technology-free" camps that force their campers to surrender their gadgets, wallets and that nagging "fear of missing out" — FOMO — are booking up fast.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Alison Lundergan Grimes Launches U.S. Senate Campaign Website

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's campaign website

Five days after an unusual rollout, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has launched an official campaign website to solicit donations for the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.

On Monday, Grimes said she intended to seek the party's nomination to take on Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell.

But observers were uncertain why the first-term secretary of state did not take advantage of the much anticipated decision by launching a campaign that could take contributions.

After the July 1 announcement, Grimes lacked much of a social media presence and hadn't done any media appearances. Meanwhile, the McConnell campaign, which has raised nearly $13 million for his re-election bid thus far, launched two online videos this week mocking Grimes's rollout.

In a telephone interview, spokesman Jonathan Hurst told WFPL Grimes hadn't launched a site because she officially filed with Senate clerk, but that a full campaign would not be active until the end of the month.

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Politics
12:34 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Senate Candidates Decry Kentucky Democratic Party E-mail Promoting Alison Lundergan Grimes

The three other Democrats running for Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat are criticizing their party for promoting Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in a message to supporters.

When Grimes announced earlier this week she intends to seek the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Mitch McConnell next year the state party quickly sought donations.

The Grimes campaign has yet to set up a fundraising operation, but the party can receive political contributions towards the 2014 campaign.

In a July 1 e-mail sent out by KDP finance director Jared Smith, the party says defeating McConnell "won't be easy" and asks state Democrats to help them building a grassroots effort to "make sure Alison wins."

But Owensboro contractor Ed Marksberry, Louisville music promoter Bennie J. Smith and U of L professor Greg Leitchy argue the message violates Democratic Party by-laws to stay out of primary elections, adding the party has effectively endorsed Grimes over them.

"To be honest with you it’s just a very amateurish, sophomoric move on their part. And they need to be called out for it," says Marksberry, who has officially filed to run for Senate. "And we need to move forward and get past this, and figure out what we’re going to do to give everybody else equal access, equal time and equal resources like they’ve done for Mrs. Alison Lundergan Grimes."

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Schedules Hearing For 'Instant Racing' Case

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The group challenging Instant Racing in the state will have a chance to argue its case before the Kentucky Supreme Court next month and the court’s decision will open or close the door on the game, which brings in millions of dollars in gambling revenue each month.

The machines allow gamblers to bet on previously run horse races, which can’t be identified, but opponents such as the Family Foundation of Kentucky say the machines are the same as  slot-machines, which are not allowed in the commonwealth.  

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Planet Money
12:10 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Why Doesn't Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?

Same pills. Lower price.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 9:03 pm

Why does anyone buy Bayer aspirin — or Tylenol, or Advil — when, almost always, there's a bottle of cheaper generic pills, with the same active ingredient, sitting right next to the brand-name pills?

Matthew Gentzkow, an economist at the University of Chicago's Booth school, recently tried to answer this question. Along with a few colleagues, Gentzkow set out to test a hypothesis: Maybe people buy the brand-name pills because they just don't know that the generic version is basically the same thing.

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Local News
10:53 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Louisville Zoo Again Offering Train Rides

Four years after a derailment that left nearly two-dozen people injured, the Louisville Zoo is again offering train rides.

Director John Walczak says the zoo has spent $800,000 for two new trains and nearly $300,000 dollars on track maintenance.

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