From NPR: Superman’s hometown celebrates as the Man of Steel turns 75. But it’s not on Krypton, Kansas’ Smallville or Metropolis, Ill. It’s Cleveland.
Kentucky: Severe weather is expected to blow into western Kentucky today. Former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer of University of Kentucky basketball fame could face a federal grand jury tomorrow for ethics violations. Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he is considering a 2016 presidential bid. Hawesville’s Century Aluminum smelter notified employees it would shut down Aug. 20 if it is unable to negotiate lower electric prices from Big Rivers Electric. Gov. Steve Beshear calls the Progress Kentucky Super PAC’s secret recording of Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign meeting “deplorable.”
Tennessee: An animal abuse reporting bill barely makes it out of the House with the minimum number of votes needed to move forward. A third version of a measure that would change the way charter schools are authorized is on its way to the Senate floor. Both General Assembly chambers adopted Gov. Bill Haslam’s $32.8 billion dollar budget proposal.
Illinois: A U.S. senator from Illinois is upset that the Senate shot down a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases. A pro-gun Republican got his feathers ruffled during a House debate on who can carry concealed weapons in the state. The state House approved the use of medical marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions.