The Morning Cram [let the wild rumpus begin edition]

Feb 4, 2013

From NPR: A friend of the late children’s author Maurice Sendak reflects on the author’s life and the meaning behind his final book, My Brother’s Book.

Kentucky: Support for industrialized hemp is growing in Kentucky, but law enforcement remains against the idea. A new report shows less than 60 percent of households in the commonwealth have a savings account. Benton is expecting a new free medical clinic to open by the end of February. The first African Americans to join the Union Army in Kentucky are being honored today with a highway marker in Danville. Expect lane restrictions throughout the week at Land Between the Lakes as workers lay fiber optic cable. Murray State’s men’s basketball team defeated Austin Peay this weekend.

Tennessee: More gold bars could be on their way to Tennessee if a state lawmaker gets his way on repealing state taxes on precious metals. State Sen. Stacey Campfield introduced a stricter version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill last week that would force schools to report to parents if their child spoke to any officials about their sexuality. The Department of Children’s Services commissioner is meeting with the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday to answer questions about not releasing information about children who died under the agency’s care.

Illinois: Illinois bar owners are already seeing large profits from video gambling games that went live at the end of last year. The state attorney general’s office says it collected more than a billion dollars in revenue in 2012 – the largest amount of from litigation and collection efforts in almost a decade.