Would your kids eat potatoes if they looked like this?
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Recently, The Salt had a chance to chat with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. He's held the top post at USDA since January 2009. As a former Iowa governor, he knows a thing or two about farm country and he's been open about his struggles with weight.
A customer uses a Bank of America ATM in Los Angeles. The bank plans to start charging a $5 monthly fee for customers who use their debit card for purchases starting early in 2012. ATM transactions would still be free.
U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed Friday in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen. U.S. officials say he was linked to several major terrorist plots in recent years.
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Anwar al-Awlaki was born in New Mexico, educated in Colorado and spent years as a cleric in San Diego and suburban Washington, D.C. But in the past several years, he became a master al-Qaida propagandist whose sermons inspired jihadists worldwide before his death Friday by a U.S. missile on a desert road in northern Yemen.
Awlaki's journey from a childhood in Las Cruces, N.M., to the Arabian Peninsula placed him in the cross hairs of U.S. intelligence after he was linked to the failed "underwear bomber," the Fort Hood shooter and the foiled plot to bomb New York's Times Square.
Public officials are responding to the announcement that the repair of the Sherman Minton Bridge will cost $20 million and take an estimated six months. The 50-year-old span connecting Kentucky to Indiana has been shut down since September 9 due to a crack found in its load bearing structure. The announcement was made by the governors of both states on Friday, following weeks of inspection.
This morning, the Environmental Protection Agency responded to an email asking for comments on a letter Governor Steve Beshear sent to President Barack Obama earlier this week. In an interview, Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Len Peters expressed frustration with the EPA’s requirements for permits. He says Kentucky worked with the regional EPA on a template for future permits and came to an agreement, but the deal was rejected by the EPA headquarters.
Organizers of a cigarette litter task force say a summer campaign targeting downtown Lexington and two major hospitals significantly reduced the number of cigarette butts on the ground. The task force was the first major project of the Keep Lexington Beautiful Commission. Commission member Jane Eller says the project involved a public education effort and installing more cigarette receptacles outside building entrances.
This weekend hundreds of re-enactors, speakers, and vendors will make their way to Perryville for the 149th commemoration of the largest Civil War battle to ever take place in Kentucky. Program coordinator Joan House says the idea is to give people just a hint of the devastation that befell the town in the fall of 1862.
Govs. Mitch Daniels and Steve Beshear said Friday that Indiana and Kentucky have agreed on a solution to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge following three weeks of inspection, testing and analysis. The bridge between Louisville and New Albany, Ind. will remain closed during repairs, which are expected to take about six months. Preliminary cost estimates are $20 million. Contractor bids, which will be opened in mid-October, will include incentives for early completion, according to a press release from Beshear's office.