From NPR: Voters in the state took the job of drawing district lines out of the hands of legislators and instead created an independent commission. But the resulting maps still sparked legal challenges and charges of a tainted process.
Kentucky: Gov. Steve Beshear and his wife have released their 2012 state and federal income tax returns showing their total income was just more than $252,000. Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville received the highest score ever recorded for the prison in its recent re-accreditation audit. House Republicans who would take a shellacking under a redistricting plan proposed by Democrats still insist they don't want federal judges to redraw legislative boundaries. The Paducah Mayor and Commissioners in addition to the city manager and directors conducted a budget workshop last night.
Tennessee: TennCare Office of Inspector General says there have been more than 1,700 arrests for fraud against the state health care system since 2005.
Illinois: The Democrat-controlled Legislature is expected to move forward with a new state budget, despite Republican concerns they're spending too much. Governor Pat Quinn says he favors a Senate plan to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in his state.