Mon May 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Jennifer Hudson's Tragedy All Too Common?

Jurors in Chicago recently reached a verdict in the murder case against William Balfour, the man accused of killing Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew. Host Michel Martin speaks with WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore about the elements of race, class, and violence in Chicago's South Side that came into play in the trial.


Mon May 14, 2012

In Mexico, Cartels Target Journalists

The spiraling drug violence is increasingly affecting journalists, in a country considered one of the most dangerous for reporters. Host Michel Martin speaks with Jose de Cordoba of The Wall Street Journal, and Carlos Lauria of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Advisory: This segment may not be comfortable for some listeners.


Mon May 14, 2012
Your Health

Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:37 pm

In the United States, more than 78 million adults and 12 million children are obese.
Jessica Dimmock HBO

The numbers are staggering: One-third of Americans are obese; another third are overweight. Some 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An additional 79 million more are pre-diabetic. Thanks to these figures, the children of today have a good chance of becoming the first generation of Americans to die at younger ages than their parents.

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Mon May 14, 2012

Shooting Vietnam: Remembering Horst Faas

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:47 am

The sun breaks through dense jungle foliage as South Vietnamese troops, joined by U.S. advisers, rest after a cold, damp and tense night of waiting in an ambush position for a Viet Cong attack that didn't come, January 1965.
Horst Faas AP

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Horst Faas, who captured several iconic moments during the Vietnam War, died May 10. He was 79.

Haas was the chief of The Associated Press' Southeast Asia bureau from 1962 to 1974, where he covered the fighting and mentored dozens of young photographers who were sent out across Vietnam to capture images of the war's terror and inhumanity.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Afghanistan: More Troubles, But U.S. Ambassador Sees Path Forward

Officials and mourners prepare to place the coffin of Afghanistan High Peace Council and former Taliban leader Arsala Rahmani in a grave earlier today, in Kabul.
Massoud Hossaini AFP/Getty Images

While U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker says there is a path toward relative stability in Afghanistan and away from a return to the kind of civil war that devastated the country in the early 1990s, the difficulties still facing that nation have been underscored by more violence:

-- CNN.com reports that "a bomb exploded inside a shop in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab on Monday, killing nine people, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry."

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Mon May 14, 2012
Health and Welfare

Policy Changes Proposed in State Office of the Blind

A cash-strapped state Office for the Blind is coping by implementing a number of policy changes.  They’re all cost saving measures.  If adopted, some of the 400 people assisted by Kentucky’s Office for the Blind will receive less tuition assistance, fewer cataract surgeries, and find it harder to qualify for state-provided services.  Allison Jessee with the State Office for the Blind says the policy changes will be the subject of four public hearings scheduled for this month.  Then, Jessee says they could be implemented in June.

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Mon May 14, 2012

Kentucky Resubmitting Changes to Reading Tests

The Kentucky Board of Education is resubmitting changes to the way students with learning disabilities take reading comprehension tests. Last year, the board approved a regulatory change that would prevent certain students from having teachers read them portions of reading comprehension tests. Now, the state is allowing some students in special circumstances to bypass that regulation.

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Mon May 14, 2012
The Commonwealth

Bank's Grants to Help Tornado Victims

Tim Smedley, 46, a West Liberty police officer, stood on the lot where his house had been before it was demolished in the March 2 tornado that tore through town. Smedley is buying a house.
Greg Kocher/The Herald-Leader

Banks typically don't give money away, but one lender is doing just that to help Kentucky tornado victims. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati has a program in which homeowners and renters who were displaced or who suffered damage to their primary homes might be eligible for grants of as much as $20,000 toward the purchase, construction or repair of a home. Because these are grants, the money doesn't have to be repaid.


Mon May 14, 2012
All Politics are Local

Moore Leads in Campaign Fundraising

Gary Moore still leads all seven Republican candidates with the most money raised overall for the 4th Congressional District primary and said he believes Thomas Massie to be his biggest competition. But Alecia Webb-Edgington gained some ground by raising the most money in April, Federal Election Commission reports released Friday indicate.


Mon May 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Dozens More Murdered In Mexico; Count Of Headless Bodies May Near 70

Morgue employees take in some of the bodies that were found Sunday.
Moises Castillo AP

Few headlines are more horrific than this:

"49 Headless Bodies Dumped In Mexican Town."

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