From NPR: The Hobbit released this weekend and was the No. 1 movie at the box office. But being the top movie isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. The ranking doesn’t necessarily mean the movie will make much money. But for the Middle Earth adventure that probably won’t be the case.
Kentucky: Three men escaped from Calloway County Jail Sunday by jumping over the barbed wire fence. The Public Service Commission is announcing today its solution for a new western Kentucky area code. A circuit court judge has overturned the conviction of a Paducah women charged of improperly euthanizing animals. State officials say cutting back prescription drug abuse will become even more difficult if generic drugs hit the market without safeguards. The second annual sandhill crane hunting season opens. A Kentucky law mandates that all public schools in the state must have a safety plan in place for a variety of emergencies. The Henderson County animal shelter director has made significant cuts in the number of animals it euthanizes. The Murray State men’s basketball team won their fifth straight victory against the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.
Tennessee: A Fort Campbell aviation brigade will share with the public its progress during its first 100 days in Afghanistan. Former workers for a veterans charity say the organization only gave a small portion of funds raised to veterans in the form of gift cards.
Illinois: In the wake of the Connecticut shooting, Illinois makers are facing a hard decision to craft a new law for concealed carry weapons.