The Morning Cram [drones and cyclones edition]

Aug 16, 2013

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From NPR: To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.

Kentucky: The Murray-Calloway County United Way board of directors has named Amy Gannon as its new interim campaign and project director. Controversy over allegations that Marshall County’s Judge-Executive signed documentation stating a county employee had been laid off when he’d actually retired has made its way to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway. House Democrats are scheduled to release a legislative redistricting plan today, one day after Senate Republicans unveiled their proposal. By and large, most Kentucky corn producers are experiencing a much better year compared to last summer.

Tennessee: Governor Bill Haslam is awarding more than $1.6 million in grants to improve Tennessee parks and recreational areas.