3:38pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Around the Nation

For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:53 am

In 2010 US Army veteran Jeff Barillaro returned from Iraq with severe PTSD. Since then Barillaro, whose stage name is "Solider Hard," has been rapping about his struggles and performing for troops, veterans, and military families across the US.
Erik M. Lunsford NPR

When Jeff Barillaro came home from fighting the war in Iraq, he felt lost, like thousands of veterans do. He didn't have a mission anymore.

But now, through music, he's found one: Under the stage name Soldier Hard, Barillaro raps — about how war has changed troops and their families. Other vets and their family members are now turning to his music, because they say he's speaking to them.

On a recent morning, the National Guard Armory in Evansville, Ind., looks and sounds like any military base in the country.

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2:35pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Pulitzer Prizes Coming Up

(The awards were announced just after 3 p.m. ET.)

For its "distinguished ... reporting on significant issues of local concern," reporter Sara Ganim and The Patriot News of Harrisburg, Pa., have won a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the so-called Penn State scandal.

Other prize winners, which were just announced, include:

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1:41pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Salt

Fast Food In The U.S. Has Way More Salt Than In Other Countries

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:46 pm

In the United States, you get the extra salt for free.
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Want extra salt with that fast-food meal? Then buy it in the United States, where chicken dishes, pizzas, and even salads are loaded with far more salt than in Europe and Australia, according to new research.

The McDonald's Chicken McNuggets in the United States have more than twice as much salt as their sister nuggets in the United Kingdom. That's 1.6 grams of salt for every 100 grams of American nugget, compared with 0.6 grams in the U.K.

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1:35pm

Mon April 16, 2012
All Politics are Local

Issues Confronting the Legislature on Kentucky Tonight

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman and guests will issues confronting the General Assembly.  The program, which airs "live" on KET at 8:00 pm Monday, repeats at 11:00 am Tuesday on the WEKU stations.

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1:27pm

Mon April 16, 2012
State Capitol

Special Session Convenes; No End in Sight

Kentucky lawmakers have returned to the capitol for a special session, and it's not clear how long they'll remain in Frankfort to finish their work. The House gaveled in at noon today and quickly filed two bills. One measure cracks down on prescription pill abuse and another funds the state road plan. Neither measure cleared the General Assembly during the regular session this year. And House Speaker Greg Stumbo says his chamber will work quickly to pass the bills.

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1:15pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

World Bank Chooses U.S.-Backed Kim To Be Its Next President

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 4:11 pm

The World Bank's executive directors have chosen Dr. Jim Yong Kim to be the development agency's next president.

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1:05pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Picture Show

You're Not Alone: Taxpayers Have Been Miserable For Decades

Alfred Eisenstaedt Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Misery loves company. Multitudes are no doubt making the last-minute scramble to finish taxes today. If that's the case for you, perhaps you can take solace in the fact that this tax misery is a long-lived American tradition.

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1:00pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Key Players In Federal Agency's Vegas Scandal Due At Hearing

At a sometimes heated hearing today where members of the House got to express outrage, the man at the center of the General Services Administration scandal refused to testify.

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12:54pm

Mon April 16, 2012
Education

EKU Tuition Climbs, Especially for Non-Kentuckians

Prospective Eastern Kentucky University students who live just outside the Commonwealth could pay significantly higher tuition rates. E-K-U administrators want to increase tuition by five percent for students who come from Kentucky.  But the increase could be bigger for new students who come from just beyond the border.  Many pay less than the standard out of state students.  E-K-U staff resource analyst Starr says Smith that could end.  They want all out-of-state students to pay the same rate.

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12:21pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Salt

Is 'Tuna Scrape' The 'Pink Slime' Of Sushi?

Spicy tuna roll, or spicy tuna goo?
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The fact that there has been a salmonella outbreak among people who eat sushi isn't super surprising; raw seafood does pose more health risks than cooked fish.

But the fact that the fish implicated in the outbreak is something called "tuna scrape" sure got our attention here at The Salt.

According to the Food and Drug Administration's recall notice, tuna scrape is "tuna backmeat, which is specifically scraped off from the bones, and looks like a ground product." In other words, tuna hamburger.

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