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Ear X-Tacy, Whiskey Row, Chief White’s Departure, Saturn Exploration, College Sports Realignment: Today on State of the News

Segment A: We’ll catch up on metro news with WFPL staff, including the latest on the Louisville Orchestra and Whiskey Row, as well as the departure of Police Chief Robert White. Join us at 502-814-8255 with your thoughts on the week’s news.

Segment B: We’ll listen to Phillip M. Bailey‘s conversation with Better Days owner Ben Johnson, and talk about the closing of Ear X-Tacy. WFPL’s Erica Peterson brings us a feature this week about rising power costs, and Devin Katayama spoke with Cassini Project Scientist Linda Spilker about the exploration of Saturn. We’ll listen to the interview and talk about it.

Segment C: The Courier-Journal’s Eric Crawford joins us to talk sports — namely, college conference realignment and the upcoming basketball season.

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NASA Scientist Discusses Saturn Mission at U of L

A NASA scientist is visiting the University of Louisville this week to teach students and staff about the scientific mission exploring Saturn.

The Cassini mission is a joint venture from NASA and the European Space Agency, which sent a spacecraft to Saturn in 1997 to record data. Most recently, researchers have been following a storm that formed on Saturn a year ago, said NASA scientist Linda Spilker.

“In studying Saturn and Saturn’s weather we learn more about our own weather here on the earth. So we make these analogies by studying storm systems around other worlds and that’s where we’re particularly fascinated with this giant storm that only occurs maybe a few times in a century,” she said.