The Morning Cram [what figure edition]
From NPR: It's difficult to understand why certain athletes are harshly singled out by the media, but one of the most baffling examples has to be the criticism displayed toward figure skater Nancy Kerrigan after she was clubbed in the leg at a practice session just weeks before the 1994 Olympics.
Kentucky: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is running a new TV ad touting his support for workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Making good on his pledge to reinvest in K-12 education, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's biennial budget would restore public education funding to 2008 levels, with a pledge of $189 million in a budget greater than $20 billion.
Illinois: A new Illinois law legalized medical marijuana on January 1st, but until regulations are final, patients still can’t use cannabis without risking arrest. Governor Pat Quinn says military members deployed overseas will get Chicago-style pizzas in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Madison County, Ill. authorities say a bomb found along rural railroad tracks in southwestern Illinois has been deactivated without injury.
Tennessee: Legislation that would let students at public colleges and universities in Tennessee use their campus identification card to vote is dead this session.