Local News
7:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Compassionate City: A Conversation with Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

This is the first in our series of conversations leading up to the Dalai Lama's visit to Louisville in May.

I spoke with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel about connecting between meditation and compassion. We also discuss the evolving process of translation of Buddhist texts, how Namgyel got interested in Buddhism, and what she'll discuss when she speaks in Louisville for the Festival of Faiths conference beginning May 14. She's also the author of, "The Power of an Open Question."

Listen to the interview below.

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The Two-Way
7:35 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Boston Bombing Suspect Moved To Prison Medical Center

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, in an undated photo released by the FBI.
FBI.gov

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 11:52 am

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and the crimes that followed, has been moved out of Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center "and is now confined at the Bureau of Prisons facility FMC Devens at Ft. Devens, Mass.," U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Drew Wade said in a statement emailed to reporters Friday morning.

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Space
6:42 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Can You Hear Me Now? Cellphone Satellites Phone Home

Three PhoneSats, like the one seen here during a high-altitude balloon test, were launched into space on Sunday. The slightly modified cellphone satellites cost a few thousand dollars in parts.
NASA Ames Research Center

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 6:59 pm

Smartphones can check e-mail, record videos and even stream NPR. Now NASA has discovered they make pretty decent satellites, too. Three smart phones launched into space this past Sunday are orbiting above us even now, transmitting data and images back to Earth. The PhoneSats, which cost just a few thousand dollars each, could usher in big changes for the satellite industry.

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Senate Votes To End Furloughs For Air Traffic Controllers

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 9:00 am

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed by unanimous consent a bill that would end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports.

The bill approved late Thursday would allow the transportation secretary to move up to $253 million during the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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Politics
7:54 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Louisville Metro Council Expands Sunday Liquor Sales for Restaurants

Credit File photo

In a bipartisan 16-7 vote, the Louisville Metro Council approved an ordinance expanding liquor sales on Sundays to 10 a.m. for local restaurants.

There are around 300 restaurants licensed to sell alcohol in the city on Sunday by the drink. Businesses are required to wait until 1 p.m. before serving customers, however. 

State law allows for local governments to amend those restrictions, and a sharp debate ensued on the council.

Councilman David Tandy, D-4, who represents parts of downtown where many sit-down restaurants are located, is the chief sponsor of the bill.

Some city lawmakers and many religious leaders expressed concerns about increased crime and incremental steps to allow Sunday liquor sales at other types businesses.

But Tandy says the legislation was aimed at helping restaurants that wanted to serve brunch ahead of the Kentucky Derby.

"With the passage of this legislation we have taken steps toward furthering economic growth in Louisville through our hospitality industry. This helps our economy keep dollars circulating in our community by allowing Louisville restaurants to compete with their Southern Indiana counterparts," he says.

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Politics
5:58 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Richie Farmer Pleads Not Guilty in Initial Court Appearance

Richie Farmer
Credit File photo

Former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has officially answered his indictment on five federal charges, pleading not guilty to all of them.

Farmer pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance Thursday, where he was also informed of his rights.

"We're glad to finally get the initial appearance out of the way, we're going to be ready when trial time comes and the rest of the story will come out then," says Farmer's attorney, Guthrie True.


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Environment
5:21 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Louisville to Get $200,000 to Create Master Plan of Germantown Rail Corridor

Credit Google Maps

Louisville Metro Government is getting $200,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency to create a master plan for an area of the city that abuts a rail corridor.

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Shots - Health News
5:09 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Researchers Find Hormone That Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

A microscopy image of a rat pancreas shows the insulin-making cells in green.
Masur Wikimedia.org

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 5:04 pm

The work is only in mice so far, but it sure is intriguing.

A newly found hormone revs up production of cells that make insulin — the very kind that people with advanced diabetes lack.

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Local News
5:06 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Supreme Court Backs Release of Child Abuse Records

The Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered Kentucky child welfare officials to publicly release records of child abuse cases resulting in death or serious injury.

The court released the 3-3 vote on Thursday on whether to halt a lower court decision ordering the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open the cases. The tie vote let the lower court decision stand.

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Arts and Humanities
4:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Kentucky Nonprofits Raise $300,000 in Online Giving Campaign

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network staged its first Kentucky Gives Day this week, raising $330,000 for 380 nonprofit organizations in one 24-hour online campaign on April 24.

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