PRISON BAILOUT: New York bondholders may stand to benefit the most from an expensive and controversial proposal to buy prisons the state doesn't need and doesn't want.
DAWSON STATE JAIL SUED: In related prison news, for-profit prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is being sued by the Texas Civil Rights Project and Prison Legal News for "patterns of uncoscionable and unconstitutional conditions" at Dawson State Jail. Dawson State jail is one of the private prison facilities Texas lawmakers are considering bailing out by buying up.
BEVO THE DRAGON: Members of the Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development (WIALD) student organization of the University of Texas at Austin launched a weather balloon dubbed "Bevo the Dragon" earlier this week. Watch a fun video of their launch below the fold.