After months of rumors, most observers in Kabul now believe that American officials have met with a Taliban envoy face to face. The most likely interlocutor is Tayyeb Agha, the head of the Taliban political committee and one of a handful of people in the world said to have direct contact with Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban.
Members of the Warren County Domestic Violence Council heard presentations Thursday about a grant to fund legal services to local victims of domestic violence and two visas designed to provide immigration status to noncitizens who are victims of serious crimes. Created out of federal legislation passed in 2000, both visas provide temporary citizenship status to victims of serious crimes. The T visas are available for victims of sex trafficking, while U visas can be issued to foreign nationals who are victims of a broad range of serious crimes, including assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, rape and other sexual offenses.
At the top of this post, you'll find a full, unedited version of Tell Me Morehost Michel Martin's interview with President Obama. Yesterday, Mark wrote about the interview in this post, and Tell Me More's Alicia Montgomery has a post about the lighter side of the conversation.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul told the Daily News he walked away pleased following a meeting Thursday with FBI Director Robert Mueller. Paul met with Mueller to address how Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi were admitted into the United States as refugees from Iraq before eventually being arrested on terrorism charges in Bowling Green in May. Paul, a Bowling Green Republican, said his main concern was whether the 60,000 Iraqi refugees admitted into the country in the past three years were screened properly, and what was being done to screen them properly in the future.
Opponents of a proposed hunting season for sandhill cranes still have several more chances to have the policy blocked or overturned. The nine-member Fish and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved last month a pilot plan to allow up to 400 hunters to kill up to 400 cranes this winter. About 20 attended a public meeting Thursday morning at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources building at the Frankfort Game Farm to voice their opposition to the hunt.
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Veterinarians at Washington State University came up with a cheap and apparently effective way to get an injured tortoise up and at 'em again.
In April, Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, was turned over to the animal hospital at WSU's vet school with a badly burned front left leg. The vets determined the injury was life-threatening and that an amputation was called for.