the morning cram [no relief in sight edition]

Jul 3, 2012

NPR reports around 2 million people in the US are without power, while heat waves still blanket much of the country. 

Kentucky ~ An oil well explosion shut down a portion of US-41 Alternate in Webster County for part of last night. A Mayfield man has pleaded guilty to several charges stemming from a Marshall County wreck that killed two of his passengers. The combination of high heat and inconsistent rainfall is hurting many crops in Kentucky including one of the more recent additions to the state’s agriculture industry. The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immigration has officials in many states mulling over its impact. Kentucky’s Division of Water is asking residents using private wells for drinking water to participate in a study to determine whether domestic wells are being affected by human-influenced pollution or events of nature. Governor Steve Beshear says a smooth traffic flow into and out of the Kentucky Motor Speedway over the weekend shows improvements designed to prevent a repeat of last year's heavy congestion were successful. Kentucky will recover more than $28 million dollars from a legal settlement resolving a dispute with prescription drug maker GlaxoSmithKline.