The Morning Cram [the phony edition]
From NPR: From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.
Kentucky: The Paducah Riverfront Development Authority officially took the lead to finish planning the final stages of the riverfront redevelopment project. Projects to improve safety at railroad crossings in 17 Kentucky counties will be helped with nearly $2.2 million in grants. Kentucky is among seven states that will participate in a two-year pilot program to improve teacher training programs and help the state’s higher education system better align with reforms at the K-12 level. Governor Steve Beshear has gotten a personal thank you from President Barack Obama for a smooth rollout of the health care overhaul in Kentucky. Governor Steve Beshear and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will both serve as chairmen of committees with the National Governors Association. Eighth-graders in Kentucky are doing better than their peers around the globe when it comes to math and science. Although he’s made no decisions about a run for governor in 2015, Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner is sounding like a candidate as he travels the state.
Illinois: Lawmakers have re-opened talks on a bill to expand gambling, but many of the concerns from earlier proposals remain. The Illinois Department of Transportation is announcing two webinars for the public to weigh in on the agency's next five-year transit plan.
Tennessee: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unused prescription medications on Saturday.