The News & Observer – Drones could soon be ferrying blood and other medical supplies to hospitals and clinics in North Carolina if the N.C. Department of Transportation’s bid to be part of a federal test program is approved.
STAT – Senate leaders announced a bipartisan budget agreement that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion and raise spending meant to address the opioid and mental health crisis by $6 billion over the next two years.
The Courier Journal – The parent of Kentucky's two large utilities – LG&E and KU – has ordered a major reduction in emissions blamed for global warming by eliminating "the bulk" of its coal-burning in the coming years.
Washington Examiner – A stopgap government funding bill expected to be approved by the House contains language that orders the Energy Department to sell $350 million from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
NBC News – Sources say that there was no Positive Train Control, or PTC, on the tracks in South Carolina where an Amtrak train collided Sunday with a CSX freight train, killing two Amtrak workers. They said the system likely would have prevented the crash.
The Washington Post / The Associated Press – The bill's sponsor says it’s not meant to undermine football, but rather means to show the state doesn’t want to enable an activity that’s developmentally detrimental.