2:50pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Middle East

U.S. Concern Grows As Turmoil In Yemen Drags On

The United States is pulling some of its embassy staff out of Yemen amid a bloody political crisis there. Yemen's longtime leader, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is refusing to step aside, and clashes have erupted in the capital city of Sanaa.

The U.S. is worried not only about the safety of Americans there, but also about what instability in Yemen means for counterterrorism efforts against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.

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2:36pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Rowan Animal Shelter Gets Makeover

With help from national groups, the Rowan County K-9 Shelter is undergoing an extreme home makeover of sorts. The animal shelter is getting new beds, new roofing and other repairs that will benefit its inhabitants, now numbering about 30. The shelter takes in roughly five dogs a week and sees hundreds each year, said Vicki Fragasso, director of development for Petfinder.com Foundation.

2:34pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Police Step Up Holiday Enforcement

FRANKFORT - Kentucky State Police report that aggressive driving, failure to use seat belts and driving while impaired are the top three dangers faced by motorists on Kentucky highways during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Accordingly, the law enforcement agency plans to intensify its traffic safety and patrol efforts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Memorial Day.

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2:31pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Education

Arson Suspected in Dorm Fire

A former Kentucky State University student who allegedly set fire to the door of another KSU student’s dorm room has been indicted on an arson charge. Juanisha Feliciano, 19, sprayed an accelerant on the door of a female student, who hasn’t been identified, at Chandler Hall and ignited it around 5:20 a.m. April 24, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland and state police say.

2:29pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

Google Introduces Wallet, A Way To Make Payments Using A Phone

Today, Google announced a new service called "Wallet," an app that Google says turns your phone into a credit card or in some cases, a place to keep all those loyalty program cards you now keep on your key chain.

Here's how Google explains it on their blog:

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2:28pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Budget Watchers Take Break at Band Festival

After three years of tightening budgets and cutbacks, Danville's Great American Brass Band Festival is finally able to exhale a little bit this year.Not that the festival has returned to it’s pre-recession level of funding and spending, but executive director Niki Kincade senses the event is gaining weight again after the lean times of recent years.“This year, we’ve caught up a little bit,” Kincade said.

2:24pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

'A Mission, Not a Joy Ride'

Nicholas Carpenter – a staff sergeant killed by a landmine in August 1970 – is among the 1,100 names on the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial. James Logsden, of Attica, Ind., served with Carpenter in the 9th Infantry Division. Logsden stepped on a landmine fashioned from a 155mm artillery shell. It exploded, injuring him, killing Carpenter and wounding four others, Logsden said.

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2:24pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Health

Can A Test Really Tell Who's A Psychopath?

Robert Dixon Sr. holds a photograph of his son, Robert Dixon Jr. (far right), his son's mentor Bob Stuart, and himself (far left).
Lianne Milton for NPR

In November 2009, Robert Dixon took a test to determine whether he was a psychopath.

After 26 years in prison, he was due for a parole hearing. In California, before a "lifer" like Dixon appears before the parole board, a state psychologist must first evaluate whether he poses a risk of further violence if released. To do that, the psychologist administers a test — the PCL-R, or Psychopathy Checklist-Revised — designed to measure whether that inmate is a psychopath.

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2:14pm

Thu May 26, 2011
Business and the Economy

Disasters May Affect Insurance, Building

The tornadoes that have killed more than 500 people in the Midwest and elsewhere this year will have a trickle-down effect on Kentucky. “There is no doubt that all of the disasters here in the Midwest, Alabama and earlier in April in North Carolina ... will affect insurance rates here,” said David Wiseman, an agent for Van Meter Insurance Group. “The basis of insurance is, you have to spread the risk. So there is no way to take a group of policyholders in a particular area and try to spread losses out over just those policies. You have to spread those losses over a larger number of policyholders.”

2:12pm

Thu May 26, 2011
The Two-Way

A New Midwesterner Realizes He Should Take Tornadoes More Seriously

(Alan Greenblatt has been reporting for NPR.org on the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. A relatively new resident of the state, he shares these thoughts about learning to fear the weather.)

Not many people go out to dinner during a tornado warning. The Tex-Mex place near our house in suburban St. Louis is usually packed, but only a couple of other people were in the place when we showed up Wednesday night.

No wonder. The images from Sunday's twister in Joplin have been more than enough to make people in Missouri sit up and take notice.

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