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No Morning Cram Today

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Hey Blogosphere,

We apologize for the interruption in your morning dose of news shorts. Chris Taylor is taking some well-earned time off, and his mad news cramming skills are off with him. Have a great day and check for all your news needs.

Written by Angela Hatton

April 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

Dotiki Mine Collapse

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Folks here is the latest information we can confirm about the Dotiki mine collapse in Hopkins County/Webster County Kentucky.

State officials report miners Michael Carter and Justin Travis were the only ones that failed to escape the falling rock and coal Wednesday night.  Search and rescue teams began efforts early Thursday morning but had to retreat for a time when the mine’s roof became unstable. Search Crews found the first miner this morning followed by the second this afternoon. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the state’s investigative teams will begin work immediately to determine the cause of the accident and to see if  there’s any  steps the state can take to prevent similar accidents from occurring. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Data shows the Dotiki mine ranks seventh in the nation for the number “significant and substantial” violations since January 2009. The mine’s owner Alliance Resource Partner’s, has collected 216 citations in this year alone.

morning cram (elephonkey edition)

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Let the wild rumpus (debate) start!

KY~ GPEDC hires a 28-year-old for $160k. Trigg County’s alcohol sales top $73k in March. Oak Grove’s mayor is denied a pay raise. West Kentucky is under the economic development microscope. Trey & Jack will both oversee the Commonwealth’s fraud-ridden elections. Beshear warns of impending financial doom (if no budget passes).

TN~ The Tea Party will interrogate 8th District candidates tonight. 2 bills stall in the House: super-speeder / traffic camera. Republicans spare pre-kindergarten programs from the potential cutting block.

OVC SPORTS~ (baseball) APSU < Belmont.

morning cram (burn the ocean edition)

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They’re s’posed to strike a match around noonish.

KY~ Paducah’s cool with Sunday alcohol sales at temporary events and may spend $1m on new vehicles. Police bust the (alleged) culprits who burgled Heath High and Middle Schools. MSU procrastinates on the domestic partner debate. Expect delays on I-24 near Paducah today. Christian County’s Emergency Manager is retiring and their health department hopes to construct a $2.5m annex. We’ll find out today who will oversee elections since Sec ‘o State Trey is in the running. Beshear will call the General Assembly back when he darn well feels like it.

TN~ Montgomery County Schools will request a property tax hike. Henry County nabs over $1m in Race to the Top funds. A proposed law that would close access to a list of who can carry loaded handguns has (probably) failed. The Senate is about to vote on a bill that admittedly does nothing>25 MPH speeders could face $500 tickets.

IL~ African-American students may be more likely to be suspended/expelled than whites.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < OleMiss, APSU > Vandy; (Softball) UTM > EU.

morning cram (sad chocolate edition)

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Sad Chocolate

Researchers question chocolate’s motives; just in time for Arizona’s new law.

KY~ McCracken County hooks up a Paducah wholesale food distributor. MSU plans a forum on tuition hikes. Fort Campbell preps for another Afghanistan deployment. Multiple countries attend a clean coal conference in the Commonwealth. Legislation from the General Assembly’s  special session next month will take effect July 15.  Beshear vetoes a bill that scrutinizes state contracts.

TN~ Clarksville has disappointingly-low Census return rates. Undercover officers bust up a Henry County High School drug ring.  Republicans consider cutting pre-kindergarten programs.

IL~ Metropolis throws Harrah’s a $30k bone.

morning cram (in gov we distrust edition)

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govment luvin

Who do you trust in?

KY~ The weekend storm downed some area trees and flooded several Hopkinsville streets. Paducah’s Quilt Show is deemed a success. The Reidland-Farley Fire board is patient. There will be some traffic congestion in Lone Oak over the next few days. MSU cops plan roadblocks over the next 10 days. Hopkins County Schools axes 23 jobs. The state begins to canvas the Commonwealth’s internet connections.

TN~ An (alleged) hammer-wielding Clarksville murderer is captured in a barn.

IL~ Metropolis votes tonight on helping fund upcoming Harrah’s concerts.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < EIU, UTM < EKU, APSU > SIUe; (Softball) MSU > EKU, UTM > TSU, APSU = EIU; (Golf) MSU Women’s team wins its 8th Championship.

morning cram (potentially tornadic edition)

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watch out

KY~ Watch out for adverse/extreme weather conditions tonight/tomorrow. The Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant is getting a new toxic maid service and another Executive Inn suitor flirts with the city. A Mayfield John Deere salesman allegedly embezzled $1 million (over 13 years). A Hopkinsville man will be re-tried for murder. The state needs you: Future Election Worker-Person!

TN~ The Senate passed another constitutional change to put the state’s Attorney General up for popular vote.

IL~ The man who threatened a Marion VA Hospital gets jail time.


Todd Hill’s good read: “Jazz Anecdotes”

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Jazz Anecdotes
by Bill Crow

Buy this book on Amazon.
(Your purchase supports WKMS!)

Product Description:
When jazz musicians get together, they often delight one another with stories about the great, or merely remarkable, players and singers they’ve worked with. One good story leads to another until someone says, “Somebody ought to wrie these down!” With Jazz Anecdotes, somebody finally has. Drawing on a rich verbal tradition, jazz writer Bill Crow has culled stories from a wide variety of sources, including interviews, biographies and a remarkable oral history collection from the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University, to paint fascinating and very human portraits of jazz musicians. With its unique blend of sparkling dialogue and historical and social insight, Jazz Anecdotes will delight anyone who loves a good story. It offers a fresh perspective on the joys and hardships of a musician’s life as well as a rare glimpse of the personalities who created America’s most distinctive music.

Todd Hill says:
“Laugh out loud hilarious stories told by jazz players and about legends and near-legends compiled by jazz bassist Bill Crow (possibly best known for his work with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker).”

Check out our Good Reads page for more recommended books.

Written by Matt Markgraf

April 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

morning cram (earth day edition)

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mother (earth) lover.

If you pollute, Captain Planet will find you.

KY~ We reached our public radio fundraising goal this morning. Storm’s a comin’ (this weekend). Paducah halfway house escapees: 3 down, 1 to go. Tragic teen’s mushroom friend  is out of jail.  Calloway County has 4 superintendent finalists and its former Sheriff’s building sells for $71k. A Fort Campbell soldier is awarded the Silver Star. An antivirus glitch screws up school computers across the state.

TN~ A bill that could let the Governor circumvent the Attorney General’s office is making progress. Republicans (obviously) oppose removing tax cap.

IL~ 15k strong march FOR state income tax.

SPORTS~ (OVC baseball) MSU < SIU, UTM < LU; (OVC softball) APSU < UK.

morning cram (call us edition)

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Call us! 1 (800) 599-4737

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or pledge online to support your 4-Rivers NPR station!

KY~ A lawsuit alleging water leaks from Paducah’s nuke factory devalued surrounding property gets settled.  Almost 3 out of 4 people who attend Paducah’s quilt show are seniors. Paducah commissioners will vote next week on allowing special events to sell alcohol on Sunday. A former Madisonville Nurse gets five years on a reckless homicide rap. Big Tobacco pays us to keep our kids from smoking. Filling out hospital paperwork will soon be history.

TN~ The guns ‘n bars legislation is now guns ‘n restaurants (not bars). Governor Bredesen calls out Senator Ramsey.

SPORTS~ (OVC baseball) APSU > BU; (OVC softball) MSU > SIUe.

Written by Chris Taylor

April 21, 2010 at 9:01 am

Posted in The Morning Cram