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Datebook: January 12 – Earthquake Rocks Haiti 2 Years Ago

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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital. By January 24, 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated 3 million people were affected by the quake. The government reported an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured, and 1,000,000 made homeless. At least 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had been destroyed or severely damaged. Notable landmarks, such as the Presidential Palace, National Assembly Building, Port-Au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail had been damaged. Many countries responded with humanitarian aid, medical teams, and engineers. Over the past two years, recovery has been slow largely due to poor government management of aid received, land ownership issues, the spread of cholera, and the overwhelming amount of refugees and the rise of violence. But still, there is hope…

Could Haiti be saved by coffee?

It’s Thursday, January 12

Hear poet Blas Falconer reading from his works for Murray State’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Winter Reading Series tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Clara Eagle Gallery of Doyle Fine Arts. Mr. Falconer’s book A Question of Gravity and Light came out in 2007 and his book The Foundling Wheel is forthcoming in 2013.

Learn Latin with beginning Latin lessons for high schoolers and adults starting next Tuesday. Classes are Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at WKCTC Emerging Technology Building, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive in Paducah. Register with

Saturday Hopkins County honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Byrnes Auditorium in the Hatley Building on Madisonville Community College’s Health Sciences Campus. In addition to keynote speaker Mrs. Naomi Barber King, hear combined choruses and the 50 voice Evansville Chapter of the Gospel Workshop of America Mass Choir.

Check out NPR’s All Songs Considered tonight at 6:30. See the new program schedule at Thanks!

the morning cram [I’m your huckleberry edition]

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Head to your corners and come out swinging…

NPR reports Mitt and Newt have decided to duke it out over abortion, well actually they’re letting their Super PAC’s do the dirty work. That’s a bit like asking your wimpy little brother to fight the neighborhood bully.

Kentucky~   Wild winter weather is upon us. Pseudoephedrine is the talk of the day in the General Assembly. The Commonwealth’s education ranking rose substantially.

Tennessee~  Union City officials think effects of the Goodyear plant closing have yet to be felt.


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  • Christian County Schools have cancelled all evening extra-curricular activities for Thursday.

  • Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will not have after-school activities except for practices. All campuses must be clear by 5PM Thursday.

  • The West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, January 13, 2012 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park has been cancelled.  The meeting will be rescheduled to Thursday, February 2 at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz, Kentucky at 10:00 a.m.

Road Conditions

10:00 a.m.: Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Crews are Responding to “Spotty” Snowfall

Highway crews across Kentucky’s 12 westernmost counties were prepared to respond to snow in the forecast for early today. So far, the snow has been spotty.

Crews are out treating bridges, overpasses, and other potential trouble spots in Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, Lyon, and Fulton Counties. As an example of the spotty nature of the snow, Graves County has had only flurries to this point.

Our main concern is that as temperatures drop through the day and high winds help chill roadway surface temperatures there will be a potential for slick spots to develop fairly quickly. Crews are prepared to operate 24/7 as required over the next few days as temperatures are expected to drop into the 20’s.

Motorists are asked to do their part by reducing their driving speed to meet localized weather conditions. Drivers are advised to monitor area news media outlets for weather updates, particularly through the evening hours.

Written by Drew Adams

January 12, 2012 at 8:05 am

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