From NPR: Whether James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater will mount an insanity defense isn't yet known.
From Kentucky: The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety ended its annual Click It or Ticket enforcement effort this year with 19,500 citations to motorists for not buckling up. Madisonville Mayor David Jackson has reinstated a ban on fireworks and outdoor burning within city limits due to continuing dry conditions. A review of last week's traffic fatalities across the Commonwealth showed none of the victims were in cars.
From Illinois: Illinois legislation will raise fines for people that misuse disabled parking tags to $600 next year. Illinois Lottery officials said sales for the fiscal year that ended June 30th topped $2.67 billion, a nearly 18 percent increase over the previous year. Illinois had a record number of visitors in 2011, with more than 93 million tourists.
From Tennessee: Tennessee ranks 8th in the country for the volume of federal grants its university research centers receive, but those dollars are not paying off in terms of new products, companies and jobs. A traveling exhibit highlighting the 75th anniversary of Tennessee’s state parks is hitting the road for the next year, touring the parks and various communities.