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morning cram (weekend lovin’ edition)

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Sweet.

KY~ Paducah Police want to know who robbed the Waffle Hut. Paducah’s Waterway Innovations gets $150k to develop barge monitoring technology. A survey gauging opinions on a Murray payroll tax is circulating through the business community. That lady who (allegedly) shot at her husband in a Mayfield Lowe’s now has a jury of her peers. The general manager of WKDZ-FM (Cadiz) is one of the Commonwealth’s leading ladies. Unemployment rises (10.9%). The House puts off an official discussion on a Capitol gun ban. One Senate committee adds an eminent domain clause to the stalled nuclear bill and another is confused about instant racing.

morning cram (strolls edition)

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Do you ever feel like this? Oh! You’re so popular! Too bad this blog isn’t.

KY~ Paducah school officials show off the Middle School’s ill-repair. A public hearing in Oak Grove will explore a betting outfit in their planned mall. Them kids is reading more good. Beshear wants to help/meddle with budget negotiations. Rep. Henley hopes some Calloway County projects will be spared. The House may ban guns (in the House) and will vote on a meth bill. A Senate committee could stiffen the proposed punishment for sexting today.

TN~ Clarksville’s Dunbar Cave closes after a bat comes down with the white nose.

IL~ State cops get the boot.

morning cram (socially acceptable edition)

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KY~ Methlabs on the rise (up 60% over 2008). Officials say it’s too soon to know how healthcare reform will affect Commonwealthers. The budget passes the Senate (finally); but with mixed reactions and many differences. A bill that would end a ban nuclear reactors sees a meltdown in the House.

TN~ The state’s Supreme Court rules when facing a police interrogation, you must explicitly request a lawyer. Legislators consider options to defy federal healthcare reform.

IL~ Metropolis’ garbage contract renewal brings rate hikes. SIU proposes a freeze on tuition.

Meth Labs Increase in 2009, Stats

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The number of methamphetamine labs found in Kentucky has reached record high levels. The Kentucky State Police report officials busted 716 meth labs last year. That’s a sixty percent increase from 2008. Hopkins County had the highest total with 13.

KSP Trooper John Hawkins said many meth producers slip by because police don’t have the manpower to proactively investigate every possible meth complaint. Hawkins said the KSP supports a bill making its way through the General Assembly that would put greater restrictions on some of the ingredients used to make meth. The measure (SB 211) passed the Senate unanimously last week and awaits action in the House.

A complete list of labs by county and a list of arrests by county for 2009  is below. The information is courtesy of the KSP.

2009 Meth Lab Busts
(Note: Jefferson County had an additional ~60)

NAME Count
Boone 2
Campbell 1
Kenton 7
Pendleton 3
Gallatin 0
Bracken 0
Grant 3
Carroll 0
Mason 1
Greenup 0
Trimble 0
Owen 1
Lewis 0
Robertson 0
Henry 1
Harrison 0
Oldham 1
Fleming 0
Carter 1
Boyd 0
Scott 0
Nicholas 0
Rowan 0
Jefferson 91
Franklin 0
Bourbon 0
Shelby 0
Bath 1
Lawrence 0
Elliott 1
Fayette 2
Meade 3
Montgomery 0
Woodford 0
Spencer 2
Anderson 1
Morgan 1
Bullitt 43
Clark 0
Menifee 0
Breckinridge 5
Hardin 28
Johnson 1
Jessamine 0
Hancock 0
Nelson 9
Henderson 10
Mercer 7
Martin 4
Powell 0
Daviess 37
Madison 14
Washington 1
Union 5
Magoffin 1
Wolfe 0
Estill 2
Garrard 2
Floyd 2
Pike 0
Ohio 7
Larue 1
Marion 1
Lee 0
Boyle 3
Breathitt 2
McLean 0
Webster 1
Lincoln 3
Grayson 16
Jackson 6
Hopkins 13
Casey 1
Crittenden 0
Owsley 0
Rockcastle 5
Knott 0
Taylor 0
Green 0
Hart 6
Perry 3
Livingston 2
Muhlenberg 3
Butler 7
Caldwell 0
Pulaski 44
Clay 0
Edmonson 10
Laurel 67
Leslie 3
Adair 2
Letcher 0
Ballard 1
McCracken 3
Warren 31
Russell 2
Lyon 0
Metcalfe 4
Barren 28
Christian 2
Todd 7
Logan 7
Marshall 5
Knox 7
Harlan 1
Trigg 1
Wayne 23
Whitley 3
Carlisle 0
McCreary 3
Bell 2
Graves 0
Cumberland 2
Allen 15
Simpson 1
Clinton 5
Monroe 5
Hickman 0
Calloway 0
Fulton 0
   
METH ARRESTS BY COUNTY, 2009
   
County Arrests
ADAIR 2
ALLEN 9
ANDERSON 5
BARREN 40
BELL 2
BOONE 6
BOURBON 1
BOYD 2
BOYLE 14
BREATHITT 6
BRECKINRIDGE 1
BULLITT 27
BUTLER 24
CALDWELL 4
CALLOWAY 8
CAMPBELL 1
CARLISLE 1
CARROLL 2
CASEY 3
CHRISTIAN 24
CLAY 39
CRITTENDEN 1
CUMBERLAND 4
DAVIESS 73
EDMONSON 18
ELLIOTT 4
ESTILL 1
FAYETTE 2
FRANKLIN 1
FULTON 3
GALLATIN 3
GARRARD 3
GRANT 20
GRAVES 4
GRAYSON 25
GREENUP 3
HARDIN 29
HARLAN 3
HART 51
HENDERSON 22
HENRY 3
HOPKINS 49
JACKSON 28
JEFFERSON 70
JOHNSON 29
KENTON 9
KNOX 1
LARUE 8
LAUREL 106
LESLIE 5
LINCOLN 12
LIVINGSTON 7
LOGAN 21
MADISON 7
MARION 4
MARSHALL 19
MARTIN 9
MASON 7
MCCRACKEN 19
MCCREARY 13
MCLEAN 3
MEADE 15
MERCER 5
METCALFE 12
MONROE 6
MONTGOMERY 1
MORGAN 4
MUHLENBERG 50
NELSON 4
OHIO 54
OLDHAM 2
OWSLEY 3
PENDLETON 10
PIKE 1
PULASKI 48
ROCKCASTLE 17
ROWAN 2
RUSSELL 1
SHELBY 2
SIMPSON 8
SPENCER 12
TODD 17
TRIGG 3
TRIMBLE 1
UNION 15
WARREN 78
WASHINGTON 2
WAYNE 54
WEBSTER 2
WHITLEY 4
WOLFE 1

Written by Angela Hatton

March 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm

morning cram (break the spring edition)

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BOO! or YAY! Healthcare passed yesterday… without help from Tanner or Whitfield.

KY~ Police search for an escaped Paducah inmate. Police radios didn’t help a convicted felon avoid arrest for long. McCracken County commissioners may decide tonight where to build a new Emergency Operations Center. A Graves County fire kills 2. MSU bows out of March Madness tourney. The General Assembly has only 9 days to get ‘r done. State sees a 14% increase in foodstamp usage.

TN~ A Clarksville rapper is stabbed to death. A Martin teacher faces federal sex charges.

Not A Prideful National Moment

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– John Dillon

Regarding Sunday’s (3/21/10) actions on the part of the United States Congress:  Hey, health care is a good thing.  But this way to legislate it is a bad thing.

What I see is a cluster of ideologues pledging their votes, and many having their fascinations “bought” BY THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF (aka: Executive Orders and so forth) to bring about a forceful and massively expensive new entitlement program.

Wow. Thomas Jefferson, close your dead eyes. I really don’t know what the longer-term impact will be of the Health Care Reform action, but at the very best it is stealing from Peter to pay Paul. At the worst, we are ceding to the Feds that which they are worst at: Running yet another $$$ juggernaut. They bankrupted AMTRAK, the United States Post Office, and have rendered of limited solvency a universe of other programs, to include Medicare and Social Security.

I have been giving through paycheck for Social Security Insurance (SSI) for 35 years… literally tens of thousands of my bucks already sunk in there. Methinks it may be evaporating.  I’VE BEEN ROBBED!

Arrrrgggh!

To those who have not been receiving health care and who didn’t have these basic health protections, the actions of the President and Congress must appear just.  But look at the twisted shenanigans it has taken to achieve this change.

What will be will be. As soon as people are required to pony up money for their own health care – whether they want it or not – they’ll get a taste for my distaste then. “That government is best which governs least,” said Thomas Paine.  He also suggested that government at its worst is an “intolerable” intrusion into the lives of free people.

I have now seen the process… at its worst.

Written by JD

March 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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I could have been an athlete

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by Bec Feldhaus

Perhaps it was watching Murray State University’s presentation of “Working,” last night that got me thinking. Murray State music and theatre students sang and danced about what they could have been.  When compounded by the inspiring last second Racer win over the Vanderbilt Commodores yesterday, the day dreams begin.

I’m a sturdy woman. I hit my final height of 5’10 when I was about 12. Naturally,  I played both forward and center positions during my glorious basketball career from 3rd to 8th grade. From the cradle, I was raised to know and respect the talent and tradition of the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Crackling fires whispered behind early winter games, and right after my birthday in March I could count on spending evenings with my father in front of the TV. Among occasional outbursts, I learned the magic of the institution of basketball. Then I played, and the passion glows on.

To be honest, I wasn’t ever on the best team, and I wasn’t ever a great ball handler, but my defense was solid. My 8th grade Holy Trinity School team took the Catholic School division city title in the Spring of ’96. This is still one of my life’s finest moments.

Sadly, during high school I was too caught up in elite choir groups to have time for basketball. I followed my musical dreams to college and spent more time in the practice room than the RSEC. However, I’ll never lose my inner basketball player. Now I work at a public radio station, and don’t get me wrong, I love my job. I spend my days searching for news and feature stories.  Strategic? Yes. Athletic? No.

I would have looked great in the Blue and Gold of Murray State, and naturally have gone right on to the WNBA. I’d find a signal to tell my family I love them, while the camera closed in on me before my free throws.

I would wager a hefty bet I’m not the only one craving the days of yesteryear when the ideas of becoming an athlete were plausible. Maybe it’s football for some, or the international excitement of soccer for you. For me, it will always be basketball.

Maybe it’s not too late to rekindle the dream. The news crew would make a great team. Angie, two inches taller than myself would play center. Chris would take the left  forward and I would be right across the lane waiting to rebound. Chad would be the point guard, calling out the plays. And the early-rising Todd Hatton would buzz around the court with the first comment to the cameras after our victory.

It takes coordination to work a microphone while asking the tough questions. Perhaps a few laps would help me beat the competition for the latest breaking stories. The Murray State Racers used focus, determination, resourcefulness and stamina to defeat Vandy. These are the characteristics expected of a great reporter. Is it such a far stretch?

Who knows. Maybe I’ll call Tony Easley and see if he wants to switch places for a day.