The Morning Cram [island of misfit stories edition]

Nov 18, 2013

From NPR: Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, a literary journal known for publishing experimental fiction and emerging writers alongside household names, celebrates its 15th birthday with an anthology of selected works. Editor Dave Eggers remembers the magazine's early days, when it was a "land of misfit writings" that had been rejected from more mainstream publications.

Kentucky: Public Protection Secretary Robert Vance has been honored for the "highest level" of ethical standards by a watchdog panel that oversees the behavior of executive branch staffers. Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education is making a run at more funding for state colleges and universities.

Illinois: At least three people are dead and many injured following a line of severe weather that spawned numerous tornadoes from Massac County, Ill. through western kentucky

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam is scheduled to continue his annual budget hearings today.