The Morning Cram [what’s….going…on? edition]
From NPR: Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options, and NPR health policy correspondent Julie Rovner explains how it's going to work.
Kentucky: The Nashville Predators have drafted a young standout with local connections. The rush among school boards to raise their school dropout age turned into a stampede. Gov Steve Beshear has been elected chairman of the 80-member Atlanta-based Southern Regional Education Board. The Kentucky Department of Charitable Gaming has donated $2,500 to a telephone assistance line for people who think they may have a gambling problem. GE's Kentucky-based appliance division is reaching out to young adults with a new line of appliances.
Tennessee: A measure allowing people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they’re parked is among a number of new state laws taking effect today. Gov. Bill Haslam has named Abbie Hudgens to head the state’s new Workers' Compensation Division.
Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn says Illinois' massive pension shortfall will grow at a slower pace of $5 million a day during the next fiscal year.