2:39pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Managers Prepare Search for New Musicians

Today is the deadline for Louisville Orchestra musicians to return to work. The orchestra board says it will begin replacing the players if they do not sign on by the end of the day. This comes after a year of talks for a new contract broke down. The two sides were close to a deal earlier this month, but again sparred over how large the orchestra should be. Orchestra CEO Robert Birman declined to be recorded, but says if the players agree to cut the ensemble to 55 players by June 2013, talks will resume. Otherwise, 50 replacement musicians will be hired.

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2:36pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Co-ops Transition to Smart Meter

Several Kentucky electricity co-ops will begin using a new technology called “smart meters” soon.The devices send energy data to power companies—so there’s no need for someone to travel to read the meter. Smart meters also tell consumers more information than traditional meters. With a glance, ratepayers can see how much electricity they’re using, how much it costs and during what times in the day electricity is cheaper.

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2:35pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Steve Jobs And His Last Words

A photographer uses his iPhone to take a picture of a tribute to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in front of an Apple store in London.

Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

There's been plenty written about Steve Jobs since his death. But, yesterday, The New York Times published a eulogy delivered at a memorial service by his sister, the novelist Mona Simpson.

It's lovely to say the least and there are lots of little nuggets about Jobs and his relationship to his family and Jobs as a devotee of love and beauty. But the thing the Web is buzzing about today is what Simpson said were his last words:

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2:33pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Firefighter Toy Drive Underway

Kids might be suiting up for trick-or-treating tonight, but Lexington firefighters are already thinking about Christmas. The Fire Department's annual toy drive is already underway. 2011 will mark the 80th anniversary of the Lexington Fire Department's toy drive and organizers are hoping they can meet the increased need. Last year, the department handed out toys to around 3000 children. Lexington firefighter John Durr says that number could be much higher this time around. 

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2:00pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Technology

Paranormal Technology: Gadgets For Ghost-Tracking

At an investigation of a supposedly haunted house in a wooded area an hour south of Richmond, Va., called the Edgewood Plantation, one ghost-hunting team recently used its high-tech tools to track down the spirits that always become of interest this time of year.

With uneven floorboards and creaky doors, the house is prime real estate for a haunting. Its owner hired a private firm, Richmond Investigators of the Paranormal — or RIP — to scan her property for ghosts.

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1:49pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Asia

Dream Sparks Events That Reunite Cambodian Family

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 3:27 pm

In 1975, the Khmer Rouge told the family of Peou Nam that he had been executed. After 36 years of separation, hardship and an unusual series of events, the family was reunited in June this year. Son Phyrun visits his father at his farmhouse in southern Cambodia's Kampot province.

Anthony Kuhn NPR

On a recent day, Peou Phyrun steers his motorcycle down the rutted dirt road to his father's home in southern Cambodia's Kampot province. His father, 85-year-old Peou Nam, lives in a traditional Khmer farmhouse on stilts, where sugar palms tower over verdant rice paddies like giant dandelions on a lawn.

Like so many other families in Cambodia, theirs was torn apart by the Khmer Rouge. But unlike so many others, they were able to find each other, 36 years later, through a most unusual sequence of events.

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1:43pm

Mon October 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: U.S. Knew Of Abuse In Afghan Prisons Before U.N. Report

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 2:41 pm

Over the weekend The Washington Post ran a long investigative story in which unnamed officials claim the United States knew that detainees in Afghan intelligence prisons were being abused. The U.S., the Post reports, knew about the abuse long before the United Nations issued a report earlier this month that said suspected Taliban fighters were tortured.

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1:34pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

No Change in Natural Gas Costs this Winter

With wholesale natural gas prices changing little over the last year, Kentucky customers will be paying about the same for comparable quantities of gas this winter, the Kentucky Public Service Commission announced Monday.  “Natural gas prices have remained fairly constant since late 2009, in contrast to the large fluctuations in prior years,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said in a press release. “Increasing gas supplies should provide a measure of price stability in the coming years as well.”

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1:30pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Krulwich Wonders...

Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?

Originally published on Tue December 6, 2011 3:35 pm

Chris Scott flickr

Update: The Library Phantom Returns! See Part 2 of the mystery.

It started suddenly. Without warning.

Last spring, Julie Johnstone, a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, was wandering through a reading room when she saw, sitting alone on a random table, a little tree.

It was made of twisted paper and was mounted on a book.

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1:28pm

Mon October 31, 2011
Business and the Economy

Pike Co. Coal-to-Liquid Plant Projects Questioned

The Buffalo Creek and Chisolm Energy coal-to-liquid plants are barely in existence, currently just plans on paper and a concrete pad at two Pike County sites. The projects, a pair of coal-to-liquid fuel plants proposed to be built in Pike County by the same company proposing a similar project in Mingo County, W.Va., have been on the drawing board since at least January. The plants, if built, will be the biggest economic development project undertaken in the county’s history. But, documents obtained by the News-Express show that the project is already plagued with problems and issues which raise questions about the level of involvement of the county government in the projects.

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