From NPR: There were questions of whether U.S. regulators would approve the takeover of the iconic American company by China's Shuanghui International. There were also concerns that Shuanghui could ratchet up production to feed the growing demand for meat in China.
Kentucky: A judge has ordered Kentucky Spirit to pay for preventative care that local health departments across the state provide to school children. A commonwealth attorney is urging families who have loved ones buried in Hopkinsville's Green Hill Memorial Garden to visit the graves to see if any markers are missing. The Kentucky State Police have called off the search for a young boy who went missing last night near Lake Barkley yesterday. The Wal-Mart Foundation is providing grants to two substance abuse treatment centers in Kentucky. A Henderson company is expanding its operations there with a $22.8 million investment and 160 new jobs.
Tennessee: The federal investigation into the truck stop chain owned by the family of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam led to its first convictions this week and threatens to widen against employees at Pilot Flying J.
Illinois: Illinois state senators are poised to take up proposals dealing with Illinois' unprecedented pension debt. Black Illinois lawmakers undecided on gay marriage are feeling increasing pressure as a vote nears, but are keeping mum on their plans.