Local News
3:47 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Listen | Panel in Louisville to Explore Status of U.S.-Korean Relations

Troy Stangarone
Credit Korea Economic Institute

With enduring tensions between North and South Korea, the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korea Economic Institute will host a panel discussion Wednesday in Louisville on U.S.-Korea relations.

The panelists will be:

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Politics
2:57 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

As IRS Scandal Endures, Kentucky Tea Party Activist Split on Mitch McConnell

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As the scandal surrounding the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS continues, some Kentucky tea party activists are upset with Senator Mitch McConnell's role in the process—even as the state party is asking them to support him.

In Kentucky, only the statewide 9/12 project has come forward to acknowledge that they were targeted and that they were rejecting the IRS' apology on the matter.

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Local News
2:20 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

NTSB to States: Drop Drunk Driving Threshold to .05 Blood Alcohol Content

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WASHINGTON — Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.

The National Transportation Safety Board said states should shrink the standard from the current .08 blood alcohol content to .05 as part of a series of recommendations aimed at reducing alcohol-related highway deaths.

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Arts and Humanities
1:59 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Frazier Museum Exhibit Explores Natural History, Science, Folklore Behind Mythic Creatures

There's more to the unicorn exhibit than this dramatic sculpture.
Erin Keane WFPL News

There’s no scientific proof that the elusive Bigfoot exists. The fearsome Chupacabra (a cryptid known in Puerto Rico and Mexico as a small livestock vampire of sorts) doesn't belong to an identifiable genus or species. And yet, tales of unclassified creatures have endured across cultures and throughout history. 

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The Salt
1:33 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

A vendor sells edible insects at Talad Thai market on the outskirts of Bangkok. The most popular method of preparation is to deep-fry crickets in oil and then sprinkle them with lemongrass slivers and chilis.
NARONG SANGNAK EPA /Landov

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:49 pm

Yes, we talk a lot about eating bugs here at The Salt. We know, because some of you have complained about it.

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The Picture Show
11:19 am
Tue May 14, 2013

100 Words: Life And Death Of A Japanese Racehorse

Hajime Kimura documents Japan's racehorse industry.
Courtesy of Hajime Kimura

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 12:52 pm

Currently, more than 95 percent of Japan's racehorses are born and raised in the southeast of Hokkaido, an island in northern Japan. The region was known for its war horses until the early 1900s. The intensity of competition at the horse races increased to the point that the new motto is "Losers must disappear." Because of this competitive climate, about 90 percent of horses born with any kinds of defects are transformed into cat food, dog food and food for human consumption. Through this project, I hope to bring awareness to the life and use of horses in Japan.

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Environment
9:41 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Report: Declines in Central Appalachian Coal Production, Demand Will Continue

Harry Schaefer U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

A new report takes a comprehensive look at the numerous factors behind the decline in Central Appalachian coal production, and predicts that more production declines are in the future.

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It's All Politics
7:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Exactly What Did The IRS Want To Know?

Eric Wilson, head of the Kentucky 9/12 Project, portrays a representative of the tyrannical kingdom as he talks to children on the first night of Vacation Liberty School at a church in Georgetown, Ky., in 2010.
Ed Reinke AP

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 8:47 pm

What would you do if the IRS wanted to see your interactions on social media?

At least one Tea Party group in Ohio received just such a request. As part of a broad inquiry for information about the group's activities after it had applied for tax-exempt status, the IRS wanted details about how the Ohio Liberty Coalition promotes or publicizes itself on social media such as Facebook.

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Law
7:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records

The screen on the phone console at the reception desk at The Associated Press Washington bureau.
Jon Elswick AP

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its gathering of news. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year. The AP says it's caught in the middle of a Justice Department leak investigation.

The scope of the Justice Department subpoenas is what gives David Schultz, a lawyer for AP, pause.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Watch | 'Friend Factory' Streaming Through HowlRound TV

Louisville playwright Brian Walker is having a busy week. The revival of his 2006 comedy "Great American Sex Play" opens Thursday at the Kentucky Center's MeX Theatre, and tonight, his new play "The Friend Factory" will receive a staged reading at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville. 

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