The Justice Department is warning Apple and five big publishers that it may sue them for colluding to increase the price of electronic books.
The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story, explains that Justice's concerns emerged as Apple released its first iPad. Essentially, the paper explains, they were afraid that Apple would do to them what it did to the recording industry, which is tie them to prices set by Apple.
Update 5:25 p.m.: Altria, the parent company of Phillip Morris, released a statement responding to the Surgeon General's report. "We agree with the Surgeon General and others that kids should not use tobacco products, and we share the common goal of keeping tobacco products out of the hands of kids," the statement reads, emphasizing that tobacco companies do not market directly to children. It says Phillip Morris has given states more than $55 billion in settlements over the last 15 years, but says states have not used the money to its full potential.
A new report today from the Alzheimer’s Association says more than 11,000 Kentuckians diagnosed with the disease still live alone, and up to half of them have no identifiable caregiver. In Indiana, the number exceeds 17,000. Teri Shirk, president of the association’s Kentucky and southern Indiana chapter,says the numbers are climbing as more people live to be senior citizens, with many having no family members to look after them.
Industrial hemp could make a comeback as one of Kentucky’s top cash crops if lawmakers legalize the harvest of marijuana’s botanical cousin, legislators have told a House committee. The Agricultural and Small Business Committee on Wednesday heard from key sponsors of two pieces of legislation –House bills 272 and 286 – that would make hemp a legal crop if the federal government lifts restrictions on it. The bills didn’t come to a vote, but Rep. Tom McKee, a Cynthiana Democrat and the committee’s chairman, said the discussion would continue so both sides of the argument could be heard.
A bill to help curb the production of methamphetamine has cleared one legislative hurdle and now goes to the other. If approved, Senate Bill 3, which is sponsored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, will decrease the over-the-counter purchase limit of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine from 9 to 7.2 grams each month, and impose a 24-gram yearly limit. The ephedrine and pseudoephedrine drugs, mixed with other drugs and chemicals, are used to make meth. Currently, buyers must show identification to purchase over-the-counter decongestants like Claritin D or Mucinex DM.
Eastern Kentucky school districts that were hammered by last week's tornadoes and thunderstorms are hoping to reopen next week, but some of the worst hit still are scrambling to find places for their students to go. Educators said the school year has been significantly disrupted for thousands of students. Some districts have been closed this week because of storm damage, while others are closed because school buildings are being used for storm relief efforts. Schools in Magoffin, Morgan and Wolfe counties sustained severe damage.
Kentucky State Police arrested four men Wednesday on charges of stealing metal storm debris in a restricted area of East Bernstadt in Laurel County. Troopers said that the four were seen taking tin and aluminum siding, which they apparently intended to sell for scrap. According to officers, the four men were allowed into the restricted area at East Bernstadt to assist with cleanup from last week's storms, and they had been directed to place debris by the edge of the roadway.