The Morning Cram [who doesn’t like bluegrass? edition]
From NPR: Alan Jackson's newest release, The Bluegrass Album, is exactly what its title promises: a collection of bluegrass covers, as well as some originals written in the style. Here, the country superstar discusses the personal stories behind the record.
Kentucky: Interim MSU President Miller answers questions about performance based funding. Attorney General Jack Conway is advising state leaders that industrial hemp farming remains illegal in Kentucky. Two combat brigades based at Fort Campbell are returning to the war in Afghanistan. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has received an endorsement for re-election from former U.S. Education Secretary Bill Bennett. Senate President Robert Stivers has now hired two of former Governor Ernie Fletcher's aides to serve on his leadership staff. Government watchdog group Common Cause of Kentucky is urging Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to call a special session this fall.
Illinois: Illinois will receive nearly $500,000 in federal funds to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce.
Tennessee: Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey predicts that lawmakers will approve a bill to allow wine to be sold in supermarkets and convenience stores next session. He also says he sees little chance of state Representative Joe Carr upsetting U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander in next year's Republican primary.