Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator says he now has the support he needs to force a vote on ending U.S. aid to Pakistan. Bowling Green Republican Rand Paul made the claim on the Senate floor Tuesday. Paul has been trying to sever financial assistance to the Pakistani government since it jailed Shakil Afridi, the physician who helped the U.S. find and kill Osama bin Laden.
A Hancock County aluminum smelter is warning it might have to shut down its 700-employee operation if it can't negotiate better electric rates. Century Aluminum and power producer Big Rivers Electric Corporation appear to be at an impasse in their efforts to find a solution.
Governor Steve Beshear has followed through on his promise to set up a state-run health insurance exchange in Kentucky. The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up marketplaces in which residents can buy private insurance or sign up for Medicaid.
Some Tennessee Republicans claim Governor Bill Haslam is not conservative enough. At least two local GOP chapters have passed resolutions calling on state party leaders to sanction him. GOP leaders tell the Tennessean newspaper the resolutions were initiated by Tea Party activists and passed by members at recent party meetings in Stewart and Carroll counties in rural west Tennessee.