Science
6:36 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Tips For Surviving A Mega-Disaster

Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand, was destroyed by the tsunami on Dec. 25, 2004. More than 230,000 people died.
Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:39 am

The U.S. is ready for tornadoes, but not tsunamis.

That's the conclusion of a panel of scientists who spoke this week on "mega-disasters" at the American Geophysical Union's science policy meeting in Washington, D.C.

The nation has done a good job preparing for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, which occur frequently but usually produce limited damage and relatively few casualties, the panelists said. But government officials are just beginning to develop plans for events like a major tsunami or a large asteroid hurtling toward a populated area.

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Local News
11:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Indiana's Oladipo, Zeller in Top Five of NBA Draft; UK's Noel Goes Sixth

Indiana standouts Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel were among the first ten players selected in the first round of the National Basketball Association draft Thursday night.

Oladipo, drafted by the Orlando Magic, was the second overall pick. Zeller was fourth in the draft, chosen by the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Environment
8:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

At Public Meeting, Black Leaf Residents Question Regulators About Clean-Up Plans

Cleanup is scheduled to begin later this summer on 77 homes near the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville, where testing has revealed widespread environmental contamination. At a public meeting tonight, residents were angry.

By all accounts, the former Black Leaf Chemical site in Louisville’s Park Hill neighborhood is contaminated. Regulators found high levels of pesticides, lead and arsenic in the soil on the site. Then more recently, testing in the private yards that back up to the plant revealed some contamination on 77 private properties.

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Local News
5:10 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Ohio River Bridges Project Wants Thoughts on Minimizing Toll Costs for Low-Income, Minority Drivers

Credit Ohio River Bridges Project

The Ohio River Bridges Project is seeking public comment on a report looking at the economic impact of tolls on low-income people and racial minorities.

The report recommends making TARC buses exempt from tolls that will be on the East End and downtown bridges. In a news release, the bridges project says: 

Many of the mitigation measures focus on the availability and use of transponders – the electronic, vehicle-mounted devices used to record trips across a tolled bridge. Among the transponder measures recommended for consideration:

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The Salt
4:19 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Moonshine As Moneymaker? Eastern Tennessee Will Drink To That

Ole Smoky has helped revitalize the local economy in Gatlinburg, Tenn. The distillery sources its corn, jars and other packaging locally, and employs more than 150 people.
Van Gallik Courtesy of Ole Smoky

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 1:07 pm

Moonshine is trendy these days, with distillers large and small throughout the country offering up their own variety. But in eastern Tennessee, locals will tell you they've got the real "white lightning." Everyone seems to boast a family connection, and everyone has his or her own recipe.

"It's a local point of pride, a big part of eastern Tennessee family tradition," says Robert Cremins, a college student from Knoxville. Many in the region identify themselves with moonshine, Cremins tells The Salt. "I grew up hearing stories about moonshine."

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The Two-Way
4:18 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Boston Bombing Suspect Indicted; Could Face Death Penalty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:19 pm

A federal grand jury handed down a 30-count indictment against the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing today. Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Boston on July 10.

The charges against Tsarnaev, 19, include killing four people and using weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Attorney's office in Massachusetts announced on its Twitter feed. The attacks also injured more than 250 people.

Update at 3:10 p.m. ET.

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Local News
3:45 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Kentucky Kingdom Lease Finalized; Reopening Slated for May 2014

Ed Hart (left) and members of his investment group. (And a lion.)
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Kentucky Kingdom will reopen next spring, said Ed Hart, the Louisville businessman leading the effort to get the amusement park operating again.

The lease between an investment group Hart leads and the Kentucky State Fair Board has been fully executed now that the requisite financing has been secured, Hart announced Thursday.

Plans include a new rollercoaster and doubling size of the Hurricane Bay water park. Existing rides such as Thunder Run, the Great Wheel and Mile High Falls will also be ready, the new operators said.

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Local News
2:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pence Defends Deletion of Facebook Gay Marriage Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to delete pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook page that he says included personal attacks.

Pence said Thursday that his social media policy allows for differing opinions without personal attacks. He says it mirrors the online commenting policy of many news organizations.

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Politics
2:29 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Says Bestiality Comments Were Misunderstood

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,

Appearing on NPR's "Here and Now" Thursday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his controversial comments equating gay marriage to bestiality are being misinterpreted.

During an interview with radio show host Glenn Beck, the two discussed the high court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and uphold a lower-court's decision that struck down Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.

Beck argued that changing marriage laws allows for new definitions of the institution, such as polygamy.

Paul questioned if lawmakers should use their moral beliefs when drafting bills but went further saying: "And I think this is a conundrum...If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further—does it have to be humans? You know?"

The senator's office said he was being sarcastic.

Paul told NPR the same thing, but added the comments are being misunderstood and that people should listen to the recording again.

"In the interview we were talking about not having laws. We weren't talking about gay marriage. We weren't talking about DOMA," he says. "What we were talking about was whether state government should be involved at all and if there are no state government rules what could potentially happen."

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Local News
12:35 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Kentucky Death Sentence Case

Sarah Hansen
Credit Evansville Courier&Press

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of a death row inmate condemned for the kidnapping and killing of a high school honor student in western Kentucky.      

The high court on Thursday granted a Kentucky prosecutor's appeal seeking to reinstate the death sentence of 39-year-old Robert Keith Woodall. A jury sentenced Woodall to die for the 1997 murder of 16-year-old Sarah Hansen.

Hansen vanished on Jan. 25, 1997, after going to a store in Greenville. Her remains were later found in Luzerne Lake.

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