Illinois Governor Pat Quinn won't say if he'll sign a concealed carry bill that lawmakers approved last week. He told reporters yesterday he's reviewing the bill. Quinn declined to say what parts, if any, of the proposal he agrees with. Quinn had faced a Sunday deadline to make his decision, but a federal appeals court granted the state an extension yesterday.
Kentucky Educational Television host Ferrell Wellman will emcee the political speeches at this year's Fancy Farm picnic. Wellman typically presides over a panel of journalists appearing on the KET program "Comment on Kentucky."
The Kentucky attorney general's office says $11 million will be distributed to more than 7,000 eligible borrowers who submitted claims for mortgage servicing abuses. The participating servicers include Ally (formerly GMAC), Bank of America, Citi, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a specially-called meeting next week to discuss bear hunting and the incidental taking of wild hogs. Members of the public can attend the meeting June 10th at the Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville or attend a teleconference at TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Crossville or Morristown. The audience should be seated by noon central time. The commission's next regular meeting will be June 27th and 28th in Nashville.
U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield's father, Edward O. Whitfield, has died. He passed away yesterday at the age of 89. According to the Congressman’s office, Whitfield’s father was employed by the Louisville and Nashville Railroad and its successor companies, the Seaboard System Railroad and CSX Corporation, for 44 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Cunningham, and a sister. Funeral services are planned for Friday in Hopkinsville.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking a 30-day delay of a mandate for the state to enact a concealed gun carry law. In a statement yesterday, Madigan says she filed the motion in order to give Governor Pat Quinn time to review the legislation passed last week.
Tokyo native Jiro Hashimoto is retiring after 28 years as Kentucky's economic development representative in Japan. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear called Hashimoto a tireless advocate for Kentuckians, crediting him with securing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments from Japanese companies.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is calling for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rethink proposed greenhouse gas regulations that he said would effectively ban new coal-fired power plants. Beshear made the request in a letter to the EPA last week. The Kentucky Democrat asked the EPA to drop the proposal that would require coal-fired power plants to meet the same emission standards as those that use natural gas or oil.