Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's top financial adviser on Tuesday defended the administration's proposal to hire a private company to run a state worker and retiree health insurance program, rebutting complaints the privatization would boost health care costs to generate short-term cash for the budget. Full story
This story was updated at 5:03 p.m. EST. NASA has tapped four private companies to receive grants totaling $269.3 million to spur the development of new commercial spaceships and rockets capable of launching astronauts on trips to the International Space Station. Full story
State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Ohio, talks about the proposal, which includes selling five state run prisons to private companies and opening state parks to oil/gas drilling.