The Morning Cram [take my hand edition]
From NPR: Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson stood before Congress and declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." At the time, 1 in 5 Americans was poor. Today, things are better, but tens of millions of Americans are still living at or below the poverty level. That raises the question: Did the war on poverty fail?
Kentucky: A Fort Campbell-based battalion is set to case its colors before deploying to Afghanistan later this year. Kentucky is to receive additional funding to help small businesses that fall short of credit standards. Governor Steve Beshear is floating the idea of "no-phone zones" where motorists wouldn't be allowed to talk on phones while driving. The Paducah City Commission approved a municipal order to apply for the Our Town Program grant. Gov. Steve Beshear gives his seventh State of the Commonwealth address.
Tennessee: Tennessee is joining a national campaign to raise awareness about funding needs at public libraries.