It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of a frequent Fresh Air guest. New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid suffered a fatal asthma attack yesterday in Syria, where he was reporting on the political uprising.
Backers of same-sex marriage are launching a petition drive to put onto the Ohio ballot a REPEAL of the 2004 constitutional amendment that bans same-sex marriage and that even bans policies that mirror gay marriage. Backers of the repeal may not make the ballot this year, but they’re intent on getting it onto the ballot at least next year.
A Senate bill that would give county governments more control over constables could have enough support to become law. Originally, both chambers pursued constitutional amendments to eliminate the office of constable altogether, spurred by several recent instances of constables abusing their power. But an agreement not to crowd the fall ballot with constitutional amendments led to the Senate proposal.
Kentucky State Police has sent an arson investigator to the Holly Bay Marina on Laurel River Lake where three houseboats burned to their hulls early Friday. A police spokesman said the U.S Forestry Service contacted the London police post and requested the investigator. There were no injuries reported.
The Environmental Protection’s Agency’s new air toxics rule is officially on the books. The new rule, which will require power plants to drastically reduce emissions of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, chromium and nickel, was published in the federal register today. This starts the clock for compliance. No existing power plant will have to meet the standards until April 16, 2015. For facilities that need extra time, the EPA has indicated it will grant extensions up to 2017.