Afternoon Update
4:44 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Afternoon Round-Up 6/13/12

Today on NPR: In 13 years of colorful, often demagogic rule, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has run his country like a game show host with daily TV appearances. Then cancer struck, forcing Chavez to scale back. Now, he has reappeared, but his countrymen are wondering just how sick Chavez is as he prepares to run for re-election in October.

Up in the Air:

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul proposed legislation Tuesday that would forbid the federal government from using aerial drones to watch citizens without a warrant.

Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion, Illinois hopes to build a new terminal within three years.

Politics:

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway recovered $7 million on behalf of Kentucky’s Medicaid program following a settlement with 47 companies in the Johnson & Johnson family.

The national group in charge of getting Republicans elected to Congress is investing $400,000 in Kentucky'’s Sixth Congressional District.

Around the Commonwealth:

The Kentucky Tourism Cabinet has approved tax incentives for the re-opening of the Kentucky Kingdom theme park.

Kentucky State Police purchased 125 Chevy Caprices to replace the Ford Crown Victoria as the state’s cruiser.

The decline in the number of dairy farms continues in Kentucky.

Researchers at the University of Kentucky and a Georgetown company have developed a quick-setting concrete that could help engineers and first responders stabilize structures in emergency situations.

Marshall County law enforcement are responding to an uptick in vandalism related to the upcoming wet/dry vote.