The Morning Cram [press here edition]

Sep 11, 2013

From NPR: Passwords are a pain to remember, and they're only partially effective in securing your devices. Now, with a fingerprint scanner built into the new iPhone 5s' home button, biometrics is taking a big step into a much bigger ecosystem. But such scanners raise security and privacy concerns of their own.

Kentucky: Two Kentucky elected officials made the case for industrial hemp Tuesday at a briefing in Washington, D.C., in an effort to lobby Congress to legalize the plant for commercial production. A legislative subcommittee is expected to weigh in on the state's new science education standards today. A top adviser to Gov. Steve Beshear is reporting that General Fund receipts rose modestly in August.

Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn has suspended funding for future renovations at the Capitol, a pricey project that's already caused embarrassment for financially-shaky Illinois and raised questions about how it was allowed.

Tennessee: Gov. Bill Haslam has renewed an executive order to cover any loss of salary by state employees called to active duty by the National Guard or the Armed Forces Reserves.