The Two-Way
3:06 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

'Tornado Emergency': A Rare, Dire Warning Born In Oklahoma

Piles of debris and cars lie around a home destroyed by a tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
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Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 12:28 pm

If you were watching news coverage on Monday, before a monster EF-4 tornado barreled through Moore, Okla., you probably heard the term "tornado emergency."

The warning is used rarely by forecasters to flag the deadliest of situations.

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Politics
2:05 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Senator Joe Donnelly Proposes Creation of Gulf War Memorial

U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, D-In., has introduced a bill to create a monument commemorating the armed service members in the first Gulf War conflict.

The legislation is being co-sponsored by Senator John Boozman, R-Az., and would authorize the government to establish the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial on federal lands within Washington, D.C.

It has been over 20 years since U.S. troops were sent into Iraq to defend the country of Kuwait, and many observers say is long overdue for a landmark.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pharmaceutical Company Helps Train Kentucky Law Enforcement to Address Pill Abuse

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A national pharmaceutical company is helping train Kentucky law enforcement on how to address prescription pill abuse in their communities.

Purdue Pharma helps produce some of the prescriptions often abused in Kentucky, including OxyCotin.

This week at an FBI-sponsored conference, Purdue Pharma staff are giving a free training seminar to helping Kentucky health care officials and law enforcement address potential pill abuse.

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Arts and Humanities
12:34 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Forecastle Schedule Released

Forecastle has released the daily schedules for its upcoming festival, so you can start obsessively arranging your three days on Waterfront Park hour-by-hour. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. with folk-rockers Roadkill Ghost Choir (sounds like: Radiohead channels Gram Parsons) on the Boom Stage and American bass pioneer Salva on the dance-oriented Ocean Stage, then wraps at 11 p.m. Sunday, July 14, with closing headliners The Avett Bros. 

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Local News
12:16 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Dalai Lama Speaks With Students on Final Day of Louisville Visit

The Dalai Lama, pictured Sunday in Louisville
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The Dalai Lama called aggression a sign of weakness and compassion a sign of strength as the Buddhist spiritual leader spoke to a group of students in Louisville.

The Nobel Laureate said today that compassion enhances a person's inner strength and self-confidence and reduces fear and distrust.

The Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and fielded questions from a group of Louisville-area students on the third and final day of his Louisville visit.

Local News
11:49 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Comer Hopeful That Federal Farm Bill Will Include Hemp Provision

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer
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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says a recent legislative setback shouldn't cause hemp supporters to give up hopes of getting the crop legalized. James Comer says he's not surprised that language legalizing industrial hemp wasn’t added to the first drafts of farm bills in the U.S. House and Senate.

Last week, a group of Kentucky U.S. Senators and House members tried--and failed--to get the provision included in the legislation.

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Politics
11:45 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Defends Apple Against Tax Evasion Charges

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky. is scolding colleagues for grilling Apple executives

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky blasted Democratic lawmakers for calling on Apple Inc.'s chief executive to testify over moving assets offshore to avoid taxes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook was called to testify before a Senate panel on Tuesday over claims the technology company is exploiting loopholes to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes.

A report compiled by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found Apple is holding around $102 billion of its $145 billion in profits overseas while using technicalities to avoid any levies.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornado: Finding Aid, Giving Aid

Aid groups are mobilizing relief efforts to help victims of the storm. Here, Candice Lopez, left, and Stephanie Davis help clean debris from Thelma Cox's mobile home near Shawnee, Okla., after it was destroyed Monday.
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Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 10:40 am

Residents of Moore, Okla., are searching for survivors and coming to terms with a massive tornado that left dozens of people dead and injured more than 200 others Monday afternoon. As aid and recovery groups search for victims and try to reunite loved ones, they're also seeking donations and coordinating housing:

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Local News
9:00 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Kentucky State Police Watching Movement to Change Drunk Driving Limit

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Kentucky State Police again promise to have patrols on highways for Memorial Day weekend. And, as always, they’ll be watchful for drunk drivers.

Meanwhile, there’s a move afoot to  tighten restrictions on drivers who also drink.

The National Transportation Safety Board is recommending another drop in blood alcohol limits. It’s asking states to further restrict the legal limit from .08 to .05. Officials with the Kentucky State Police haven’t yet taken a stand on the proposal, but spokesman Rick Saint-Blancard says the agency "enforces the laws as they are written."

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Education
8:35 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Listen | WFPL News Special on Changing School Culture and Giving Students Positive Support

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While Jefferson County Public Schools has improved its suspension record this year, the district of more than 100,000 students still struggles with the fact that a disproportionate number of minority students are suspended.

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