From NPR: In 2001, Portland, Ore., was the first to develop a new kind of streetcar system. Success there led to a resurgence, with at least two dozen cities planning, building or expanding trolley lines — places like Atlanta, St. Louis and Tucson, Ariz. But some wonder whether it's the best way to spend limited transit dollars.
Kentucky: Board members remain divided on the future of a riverfront development project in Paducah. The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition is making its voice heard across the state on energy issues. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is instituting new approval and citation rules for his staffers and researchers as he faces accusations of plagiarism. Prominent Kentucky banker Jess Correll says he's urging former Louisville councilman Hal Heiner to enter the Republican primary in the 2015 Governor’s race.
Illinois: House Speaker Michael Madigan says he's prepared to pass a "meaningful" pension reform bill, and he hopes it will happen before the end of the year.
Tennessee: The U.S. Army has agreed to put off the planned closure of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs at three Tennessee universities.