The Morning Cram [plain jane edition]

Jan 29, 2014

From NPR: A remarkable transformation is underway in western North Dakota, where an oil boom is changing the state's fortunes and leaving once-sleepy towns bursting at the seams. In a series of stories, NPR is exploring the economic, social and environmental demands of this modern-day gold rush.

Kentucky: Attorney General Jack Conway filed a complaint in Franklin Circuit Court yesterday against United Propane Gas in Paducah. A summit to focus on the protection of the Green River will be held at Mammoth Cave National Park next month. The Kentucky Baptist Convention is speaking out against expanded gambling. Kentucky Republicans and Democrats have filled out their slates of candidates.

Illinois: Governor Pat Quinn is set to address state lawmakers and statewide office holders when he gives his State of the State speech at noon today, but political experts say his most critical audience is voters.

Tennessee: The Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments is now taking applications to fill an upcoming vacancy on the state Supreme Court. A Tennessee proposal that seeks to do away with local government's power to decide whether to allow firearms in public parks is headed for a full Senate vote.