Twelve states have joined a lawsuit defending a new rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that will limit mercury and other toxic air emissions. But Kentucky is not among those joining the suit. The EPA’s rule was finalized in February. Almost immediately, the National Mining Association challenged the rule in the D.C. Court of Appeals. In the past week, twelve states, the District of Columbia and New York City have filed to intervene in the case. They join several environmental groups in defending the EPA’s ruling.
The state Senate is expected to vote this week on House Bill 189, which would ensure the law regarding unification of local governments is clarified to state cities whose voters opt out of unification would not be absorbed into a unified government. Should the bill pass, it would succeed where a similar bill, HB 190, faltered after other cities interested in merged government expressed some concerns about its language, said Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown.
Three days of historic Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act started Monday in a case that could decide the fate of the controversial health-care law. A new CBS News/New York Times poll found that 47 percent of respondents opposed the law while 36 percent approved it.
By Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader & Josh Kegley, Lexington Herald-Leader
The blackened remains of several sofas littered sidewalks in the area of University and State streets, and Lexington police cruisers sat near every intersection for several blocks as fans celebrated UK's Sunday win. But aside from a few furniture fatalities, downtown streets were mostly filled with blue-clad fans honking, whooping and hollering, apparently saving their full fanaticism for the after-party Saturday, when — they are convinced — Kentucky will beat Louisville.
A rally in Sanford, Fla., today "to demand justice in the Trayvon Martin shooting death," is expected to draw "tens of thousands of people," Orlando's WFTV says.
The rally — one month after the black teen's death — is due to begin at 4 p.m. ET and end with those thousands gathered outside the city's civic center as the Sanford City Commission meets to hear from the 17-year-old Martin's parents.
NPR's Ken Rudin is a fan of using history as a guide to what might happen next when it comes to politics, and this morning he focuses on the 2012 race for the Republican presidential nomination and what lessons we might learn from an earlier battle between GOP contenders.
According to the newspaper, 7-year-old Bryan Timothy Camp was taken off life support Sunday morning. The fire at the home he lived in with his mother, her boyfriend, an aunt and six other children began around 3:25 a.m. ET on Saturday. Only the aunt survived. The Gazette-Mail says the rental home had no working smoke detectors.
Kazakhstan's Maria Dmitrienko took gold at the Arab Shooting Championships last week in Kuwait. As she stood to hear her national anthem, out blared the parody anthem from the movie Borat. Organizers apologized. They got Serbia's anthem wrong, too.