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From NPR: For many families exercise doesn’t happen naturally. It has to be scheduled, and that often means carting a van full of kids to separate locations, limiting time for outdoor play. But a few families are starting to prioritize exercise by purposefully choosing to live in cities and neighborhoods that are suitable for more walking and biking.

Kentucky: The state House passed legislation that would provide extra revenue for the underfunded pension system with money from lottery sales and online games. Paducah moves forward with its plans to improve the floodwall. The state Senate passed legislation that would allow deployed troops to vote electronically while serving. Rep. Ed Whitfield introduced a bill that would keep the Army Corps of Engineers from blocking tailwaters on Cumberland River dams. Some Kentucky universities sent a letter to Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul urging them to overhaul the immigration system. House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the smoking ban bill probably won’t get out of the House this legislative session. A Kentucky agriculture committee chairman says he’ll scale back the industrial hemp bill so the University of Kentucky can study the crop.

Tennessee: Gov. Steve Beshear’s school voucher program passed its first test in a House subcommittee, and so did the all-comers ban for campus clubs at public colleges and universities. A Tennessee Hospital Association poll shows a majority of residents want Medicaid expansion.

Illinois: A House committee has approved legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state. The state House adds Rep. Brandon Phelps’s gun-carry bill as an amendment after seven hours of debate.


Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.
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