morning cram [free pills edition]
From NPR: Beginning today, most new and renewing health insurance plans must begin offering a broad array of women's preventive health services, most notably coverage of birth control, at no upfront cost.
From Kentucky: A pair of former McCracken County Humane Society employees accused of animal cruelty will be tried separately. The McCracken County Library is offering free legal clinics for low-income individuals, thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Kentucky Bar Association. Land Between the Lakes’ target range is closing down Wednesday mornings to clean up. The push to add support for gay marriage to the national Democratic platform this year is unlikely to affect elected officials in Kentucky. Princeton, Kentucky’s pro-alcohol sales group has raised more money than their opponents in the lead up to the city’s August 7th wet/dry vote. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet hopes to complete this week what could be the last round of geotechnical work at the new Kentucky Lake bridge site.
From Tennessee: Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper said a state law making public officials ineligible for pretrial or judicial diversion for crimes related to their official position is constitutional. School nurses in Tennessee are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against meningitis before the school year starts. A federal lawsuit to allow voters to use photo ID's issued by Memphis’ public library has been denied. Six underground mine rescue teams qualified for national competition yesterday during the Kentucky Coal Academy’s first Regional Skills Championship in Madisonville.
From Illinois: Ameren Illinois said it made an additional $500,000 available to its neediest Central and Southern Illinois customers to help them pay their energy bills during the summer heat wave. A new pest threatens Kentucky’s hardwood trees. This one is called the Asian Longhorned Beetle and has destroyed tens of thousands of trees in the northeastern United States, Ohio and Illinois.