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Afternoon Round-Up 7/27/12

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Today on NPR: In Connecticut, the birth of what's thought to be a rare white bison is drawing Native Americans to a sacred ceremony.

Environment:

  • While most farmers can expect reduced yields this year, beekeepers look forward to a bumper honey crop.
  • The National Drought Mitigation Center has upgraded much of western Kentucky to “exceptional drought” status.
  • United States Department of Agriculture officials are trying to get a better feel for the damage the drought has done to crops in the region.
  • Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed three new environmental laws yesterday aimed at protecting ecosystems from invasive species, improving recycling and promoting green technology in plumbing. 

Education:

  • U.S. News and World Report magazine ranks Murray State University at the top among universities granting merit scholarships.
  • Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test scores have improved among Montgomery County students.
  • The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence’s Team on Teacher Effectiveness will meet for the first time today in Frankfort.

Justice:

  • The Illinois Department of Corrections has transferred thirty more minimum-security inmates yesterday from the Tamms Prison to a work camp in Hardin County.
  • McCracken Circuit Judge Craig Clymer has postponed the trial of three family members charged with kidnapping and murdering 21-year-old Casondra Evrard in 2010.

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