From NPR: Social Security accounts for about 20 percent of federal spending. As Congress edges toward having to come up with a new spending plan, one argument in favor of cuts is that Social Security amounts to a huge transfer of wealth from the young to the old.
Kentucky: The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved a rate increase for customers of Big Rivers Electric Corporation. Kentucky State Police will provide training to schools on how to respond in case of shootings. Children look forward to the fun and excitement of Halloween, but the Kentucky Fire Commission says everyone should remember to celebrate safely. Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are warning consumers to beware of scam artists who might try to dupe them on websites mimicking those where people can sign up for insurance policies. Japanese Consul-General Motohiko Kato will be leading a lecture and discussion at Murray State University today.
Tennessee: The Tennessee Historical Commission will start taking grant applications for historic preservation projects for next year starting tomorrow. A recent study shows violence against women in Tennessee costs the state more than $880 million annually. Gov. Bill Haslam is launching a new leadership program he hopes will create a pipeline of highly trained principals for schools.