11:53am

Fri October 21, 2011
The Commonwealth

Louisville Boys and Girls Club Closes

The Salvation Army’s four area Boys and Girls Clubs are closing Friday, but some members will soon have access to the Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Club’s Shawnee facility.  The Salvation Army says rising costs and diminished income forced the closure. Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will soon have a temporary solution for members of the Salvation Army’s Portland and Parkland clubs, said Jennifer Hegleson, president of the Kentuckiana clubs.

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11:50am

Fri October 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Chinese Toddler Dies, Days After Being Hit By Vans And Ignored By Witnesses

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 12:20 pm

An image from the Twitter-like Chinese site Weibo.com shows a composite image of the toddler's mother, Qu Feifei (left); her rescuer, Chen Xianmei (top right) and Wang Yue.

Weibo

In China, an "outpouring of grief" is meeting the sad news that a toddler has died after being struck by two vans on a crowded street in the city of Foshan, according to state-run media.

The story became a national — and then international — sensation after a security camera's video revealed that more than a dozen passers-by had ignored the injured Wang Yue, 2, as she lay in the street, crying.

Only Chen Xianmei, 57, who was in the area collecting garbage, pulled the girl to safety and called for help. Police reportedly have the drivers of both vans in custody.

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11:00am

Fri October 21, 2011
Business

A Sigh Of Relief For A Rebounding Shopping Center

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 5:00 am

Claudine Dimitriou owns The Beach, a day spa in Phoenix. She was virtually alone in the shopping complex after investing $80,000 to open her business in December. The bet has finally paid off.

Peter O'Dowd for NPR

Last fall at troubled strip mall in Phoenix, a few brave business owners opened in a virtually empty complex called Bethany East during a decidedly bad economy. In March of this year, the center fell into foreclosure and new buyers stepped in. It's been a turbulent year on this corner, but things are finally looking up for the tenants.

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10:49am

Fri October 21, 2011
Statehouse News

Judge OKs Resumption of Political TV Spots

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate lifted a restraining order Thursday against a group called Restoring America after the group revealed its donors, a requirement of Kentucky campaign finance law.  Restoring America said it got nearly $1.4 million from Terry Stephens of Russell Springs. He is the father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams. Restoring America had been airing TV commercials promoting Williams in the governor's race and criticizing Gov. Steve Beshear.

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10:46am

Fri October 21, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Bioneers Conference Wants to Fix Environment Problems

For the third year in a row, policy-makers, academics and activists will gather for the Bluegrass Bioneers conference at the University of Louisville.  The conference is a satellite extension of the national Bioneers conference in California. While the main event is more than 2,300 miles away, organizers in Louisville have designed the Bluegrass version of the Bioneers conference to address local environmental problems.

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10:46am

Fri October 21, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Biggest Study Yet Finds No Cancer Risk From Cellphones

The latest study to look at cellphone safety found no increased risk of brain cancer.

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Danish epidemiologists have some real advantages.

Citizens of the Scandinavian nation gets a unique ID number for life that can be used by researchers to pull together health records, including data from cancer registries, for just about anybody in the country.

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10:42am

Fri October 21, 2011
Science/Health

U of L Partners with International Diabetes Research Team

The University of Louisville’s Department of Pediatrics is joining an international research team to explore ways to treat and prevent Type 1 diabetes.  The department is a participant in TrialNet, which is made up of clinics throughout the world that study the disease. U of L will work with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, which acts as one of TrialNet’s 18 primary clinical centers.

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10:36am

Fri October 21, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Fewer Throroughbreds Bred in USA

Thoroughbred stallion Congrats

The Jockey Club has released the latest thoroughbred breeding statistics for 2011. The figures reflect a continued downward trend.  So far this year, 1,935 stallions have covered 36,504 mares in North America. Kentucky remains the top state for thoroughbred breeding, but the number of mares bred in the Bluegrass is down 9% from last year.

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10:32am

Fri October 21, 2011
Statehouse News

State's Unemployment Rate Rose in September

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent in September from 9.5 percent in August, according to the Office of Employment and Training.  The preliminary September jobless rate was half a percentage point below the 10.2 percent rate recorded for the state a year ago.

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10:30am

Fri October 21, 2011
2 Languages, Many Voices: Latinos In The U.S.

In Miami, School Aims For 'Bi-Literate' Education

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 12:00 pm

At Coral Way Elementary School in Miami-Dade County, students take classes in Spanish in the morning, then switch to English in the afternoon.

Claudio Sanchez NPR

In the fall of 1963, in the throes of the Cold War, Coral Way Elementary took in the children of political refugees fleeing Fidel Castro's Cuba. The goal was not just to teach them English, but to make sure they remained fluent in Spanish and held on to their culture. Cuban-Americans thrived in Miami, and so did Coral Way's bilingual immersion model.

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