A Federal Appeals Court has upheld a law that requires new, bigger graphic warning labels on cigarette packs. The Associated Press reports that the ruling relates to one of two suits by tobacco companies against the Federal rules that would require them to place large images on cigarette packs, depicting health ravages of smoking. The suit that prompted today's decision was filed in Kentucky.
Two US Senators from Kentucky and two from Tennessee are among twelve GOP lawmakers who are questioning whether the Obama Administration is using the Internal Revenue Service to target Tea Party related non-profit organizations. The twelve members of the US Senate have sent a letter to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.
After touring some storm damaged areas of Kentucky Saturday, Governor Steve Beshear stressed the extent of the damage he had witnessed. In a statement issued by the Governor's Office, he said the devastation is "unlike anything I have ever seen." State officials now say 21 deaths in Kentucky are blamed on Friday's violent storms.
A massive outbreak of severe weather Friday led to widespread thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes, resulting in dozens of deaths across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to facilitate local authorities' access to state resources.
The outbreak also caused problems in states to the south, including Alabama and Tennessee where dozens of houses were damaged. It comes two days after an earlier round of storms killed 13 people in the Midwest and South.