1:52pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Music Interviews

Beirut: A Jet-Setter Settles Down

Beirut's latest album is The Rip Tide. Zach Condon, the band's leader, says the title was inspired by a real-life brush with a life-threatening ocean wave.
Kristianna Smith

Zach Condon says he was half-joking when he named his band Beirut: "I was kind of poking fun at myself," he says with a chuckle, "and some of my more exotic tastes in music at the time."

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1:49pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Chinese Moon Festival Lights Up Lexington

The Kentucky Chinese American Association will present its annual Moon Festival tomorrow in Lexington.  The celebration, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival, dates back over 3000 years and remains one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. Kentucky Chinese American Association president Wei Luo compares the holiday to Thanksgiving.

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1:45pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Statehouse News

State Sees Dip in General Fund Tax Receipts

For the first time in 15 months, Kentucky's General Funds tax receipts failed to increase over the prior year.  General Fund taxes in August hit $623 million - down 3 percent over year-ago figures, according to state Budget Director Mary Lassiter.

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1:43pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Grant Helps Harlan Co. Pay Debt to KU

The Benham Power Board has paid off its large debt to Kentucky Utilities. Mayor John Dodd announced the payment at the Benham City Council meeting on Thursday. The large debt, that at one point had the city considering turning over its electric distribution system to KU, was paid with the help of a $100,000 grant from the Richard and Leslie Gilliam Foundation.

1:39pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Faith and Values

First Responders Honored in Bowling Green

Various dignitaries gathered Thursday morning at White Castle in Bowling Green for a ceremony to honor first responders a few days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. With members of the Bowling Green Fire Department looking on, officials paid tribute to the firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who lost their lives during the attacks, while giving thanks to the first responders who continue to risk their lives to protect their communities.

1:37pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Business and the Economy

Recession Ends Dream of Tourist Destination

A baseball complex, amusement park, giant recreational vehicle facility and restaurants have all been among the ideas conceived or considered for parts of 965 acres along Interstate 65 near Franklin. Bowling Green entrepreneur David Garvin pieced together the property six years ago and hoped to develop Garvin World, based on a concept that featured all things recreational vehicles. Then the economy faltered and three of the major companies interested in the project filed for bankruptcy.

1:35pm

Fri September 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Kentucky Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Sunday in honor of a Kentucky soldier who died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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1:21pm

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Nuclear Regulatory Commission OKs Closure Of Yucca Mountain

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission handed down a long awaited decision today that allows the Obama administration to continue its plans to close Yucca Mountain, the nuclear waste dump in Nevada.

The AP reports:

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12:58pm

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Report: U.K. Police Protected Gadhafi's Son From Assassination Plot In 2004

This morning The Guardian has a report about a 2004 incident concerning one of Moammar Gadhafi's most prominent children. Based on documents the paper found in Gadhafi's compound in Libya, The Guardian reports that in 2004, the United Kingdom offered Saif Al-Islam Gadhafi protection after the government uncovered an assassination plot.

The Guardian reports:

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12:55pm

Fri September 9, 2011
The Two-Way

Why Are Feet Washing Ashore In Washington?

One of the creepier stories in recent weeks has been about feet found along the shores of Washington state and British Columbia. There have been 11 or so discovered since 2007 — usually in athletic shoes.

Jake Ellison at NPR member station KPLU set out to see if he could figure out what's going on, and starts his report with this attention-getting line:

"There are likely hundreds of dead human bodies in the waters of the Northwest at any given time."

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