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On today’s edition:

The Farmer and the Fish: Conserving the endangered Relict Darter 
Water Valley, KY ~ Water Valley, Kentucky: population just over 300. But this tiny town just past Wingo has a world treasure in its waters. This week Rebecca Feldhaus goes to the Bayou du Chien to visit an endangered species of fish and the farmers charged with its well-being.

Planned Road Expansion Upsets Madisonville 
Madisonville, KY ~ It literally takes an act of congress or in this case the state legislature to pass a road plan. And in Kentucky’s road plan, while some communities still seek state funding for needed infrastructure changes, a planned $3 million project in Madisonville is upsetting some residents because they feel the work is unneeded.

Amanda’s Law now in effect, but is it effective? 
Frankfort, KY ~ Amanda’s Law, which allows satellite tracking of individuals in some Kentucky domestic violence cases, is officially now in effect. But in Frankfort, lawmakers continue gathering data on the effectiveness of electronic monitoring systems. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh reports.

Don’t Throw That Cellphone in the Garbage: E-Scrap Recycling 
Murray, KY ~ It’s likely you have an old T.V., cell phone, computer or other electronic device around your home, or in the trash. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Electronic waste or E-scrap constitutes between 1.5 and 2 percent of solid waste. Using that figure, the Kentucky Division of Waste Management estimates residents generate 100-thousand tons of e-scrap each year.

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Written by Chris Taylor

July 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm

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Armed Insurrection?

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For a couple of days an All Things Considered report has had me stewing, hesitating to write because unsure if even mentioning armed insurrection gets you on some sort of watchlist.

But here goes.  The ATC story was about the Tea Party and Constitutionalism.  NPR used audio from a commercial radio talk show with a caller espousing the right to carry guns, citing the need to be armed to respond to encroachment by the federal government.  Then the host of the talk show suggested that the time might be right for armed insurrection.

Maybe I heard it wrong.  But it shocked me.  I’m aware of anti-government militia activity in the country, but thinking of its becoming a mainstream conversation rather than on the fringes is very troublesome.

Here’s what I’d like to hear:  An analysis of what less government would look like;  an analysis of taxpayer consensus about what government should provide.

I very much agree with a Constitutional scholar included in the ATC story that the Constitution should be subject to robust public debate.  It worries me, though, that the propagandists are so rampant in the current debate, egging on false notions with inflammatory statements.  ON ALL SIDES.

What do you think we should do to get through “this” together?  I look forward to hearing from you.


Written by klochte

July 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

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Good Read: Hadji Murad

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Hadji Murad
by Leo Tolstoy

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Product Description:
In 1851 Leo Tolstoy enlisted in the Russian army and was sent to the Caucasus to help defeat the Chechens. During this war a great Avar chieftain, Hadji Murád, broke with the Chechen leader Shamil and fled to the Russians for safety. Months later, while attempting to rescue his family from Shamil’s prison, Hadji Murád was pursued by those he had betrayed and, after fighting the most heroic battle of his life, was killed. Tolstoy, witness to many of the events leading to Hadji Murád’s death, set down this story with painstaking accuracy to preserve for future generations the horror, nobility, and destruction inherent in war.

Kate Lochte says:

“Tolstoy died before his final work Hadji Murad was published in 1912.  Critics say that the loneliness of the book’s romantic Cacausian Avar hero (based on the actual person Hadji Murad) brings to mind that of Tolstoy himself who died apart from family and friends.

“Hadji Murad‘s antagonists are rival Avar tribesman Shamil, who led between 1834 and 1859 and Russian Czar Nicholas 1.  Murad surrenders himself to the Russians when Shamil kidnaps Murad’s family.  Murad’s mission is to ally himself with the Russians in an effort to save them.  The novel pits the noble, but conniving tribesman against the corrupt and scheming Russians. There’s pressing danger in the cold air for the colorful, but ascetic Murad and those who assist him.  The story is fresh and pertinent in light of our own era’s clash of Western and Eastern civilizations.  Humankind doesn’t learn.”

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Written by Matt Markgraf

July 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

morning cram [capped edition]

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“The oil has stopped. For now. After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes.”

~NPR tells of hope and disbelief along the Gulf.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken school officials will open bidding to construct its mega-high school in September. Truck vs. moped incident lands a Paducah man in jail. Expect delays crossing the US-60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland beginning tonight (wide vehicles will detour). Murray State’s portion of Chestnut Street is closed until early next week. A 6th Fort Campbell hero dies this month in bloody Afghanistan. Fort Knox is transforming from a tank school into a command center. Kentucky’s employing again (jobless rates dip to a 16-month low). State worker unions hate Beshear’s furloughs.

TENNESSEE~ Unemployment dropped .3% in June.