3:50pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Around the Nation

A Return To 'Safety First' For Michigan Nuclear Plant

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 10:23 pm

It's been quiet at the Palisades nuclear power plant after five unexpected shutdowns in 2011.
Mark Savage Entergy

The Palisades nuclear power plant in Michigan had five unplanned shutdowns last year. It's one of the area's biggest employers, and its safety record is one of the worst in the country. Now it's trying to prove to federal regulators that it can meet their standards.

On the shores of Lake Michigan, the Palisades Power Plant is tucked in between tall sand dunes in Covert Township, Mich., at the southern edge of Van Buren State Park.

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2:21pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Author Interviews

India: A Country In The Midst Of Change

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 10:23 pm

Riverhead Books

Akash Kapur is the son of an Indian father and an American mother. In 2003, after working professionally in New York City for more than a decade, he decided to return to India. As he writes in his book, India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India, he arrived in a place he hardly recognized.

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2:11pm

Sun April 22, 2012
Food

Fake Food: That's Not Kobe Beef You're Eating

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 9:45 am

Is that real Kobe beef? If you're eating it in the United States, then it's not.
Kelly Cline iStockphoto.com

An increasing number of restaurants in the U.S. display signature dishes made with Kobe beef. From Kobe steak raviolis to Kobe beef burgers, you name it, Kobe beef seems to be popping up everywhere — except it's not Kobe beef.

Food writer Larry Olmsted of Forbes.com couldn't help but notice the trend and decided to bust everyone's bubble in a three-part expose of the so-called domestic Kobe beef industry.

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11:57am

Sun April 22, 2012
Education

UK Officials Plan to Raise Tuition

University of Kentucky officials want to raise tuition by 6 percent for students and rule out raises for faculty and staff next year as they deal with a $43 million hole in the school's budget. For in-state freshmen and sophomores, that means tuition would jump from $9,128 this year to $9,676 in the 2012-13 academic year. For out-of-state students, tuition would increase from $18,740 a year to $19,864. UK's tuition will have grown 147 percent since 2002 if the UK Board of Trustees approves the tuition increase, as expected.

11:51am

Sun April 22, 2012
All Politics are Local

Centre College Prepares for Presidential Debate

Centre's Sutcliffe Center is well-suited to serve as the media hub for the vice presidential debate after a major renovation in 2005.
Clay Jackson/The Advocate-Messenger

Centre College will reprise its role as the smallest school to host a vice presidential debate in October, but additions to the campus over the last 12 years will be vital to both staging the event and accommodating an increasing enrollment. Preparations for the debate are in full swing at the school that likes to tout its reputation for punching above its weight, but some of the work that helped secure the event for the second time includes permanent additions to the campus.

11:48am

Sun April 22, 2012
State Capitol

Special Session Officially Ends

The seventh straight special session in Frankfort has ended with agreements on a transportation budget and House Bill 1, dubbed the “pill mill bill.” The former survived after eleventh hour negotiations between the House and Senate produced a watered down compromise. The revised bill keeps KASPER, the state’s drug tracking database, under the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and does not move it to the Attorney General’s office, as was originally planned.  But the bill guarantees funding for KASPER’s expansion.

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7:33am

Sun April 22, 2012
Europe

First Round Of Voting Begins In France

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 11:43 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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7:33am

Sun April 22, 2012
Sports

Sports: Noteworthy Pitch Performances

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 11:43 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BALL GAME")

SISTER WYNONA CARR: (Singing) Life is a ball game, being played each day...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE BALL GAME")

MARTIN: And if it's true that life's a ball game, NPR's Mike Pesca is WEEKEND EDITION's umpire, calling the pitches and the plays as he sees them. He joins us now to talk more about sports and life and - hey, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hey. How are you doing, Rachel?

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7:33am

Sun April 22, 2012
Sports

Can't Join The Club: London Marathon 'Ever-Presents'

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 11:43 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Today marks the 32nd annual London Marathon. Summer Olympic hopeful, Wilson Kipsang, won the men's race, while fellow Kenyan Mary Keitany won the women's for a second consecutive year. Others, well, Vicki Barker met the event's most seasoned veterans: the so-called Ever-Presents, who've run in all 31 previous marathons. Time is reducing their numbers, she says - but not their enthusiasm.

(SOUNDBITE OF RAIN FALLING)

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7:33am

Sun April 22, 2012
Remembrances

Chuck Colson's Greatest Legacy May Be His Story

Originally published on Sun April 22, 2012 11:43 am

Charles "Chuck" Colson, a key figure in the Richard Nixon White House, died Saturday. Colson was the president's special counsel and went to prison for his role in the Watergate scandal. While behind bars, he embraced Christianity. As NPR's Joel Rose reports, he went on to become a central evangelical leader after his release.

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