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morning cram [chinese muscle edition]

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“Beijing has long argued its army is primarily defensive, aimed at safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty. But the speed of China’s military development is unnerving its neighbors and the United States.”

NPR reports on China’s growing military muscle.

KENTUCKY ~ Democratic candidates Jerry Abramson and Jack Conway speak to western Kentucky Dems at annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. MSU Capital Projects include library, and science complex.  Site surveyors get geo-technical on the Lake Bridges Project.

ILLINOIS ~ Fort Massac doing OK after flooding, on track for events this year.

morning cram [no love from pakistan edition]

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“The U.S. needs Pakistan to help in the fight against Islamist militants and to serve as a supply transit route for military operations in Afghanistan. Pakistan needs the U.S. for financial aid, and access to international lenders and the global economy. But neither side much likes nor trusts the other.”

NPR reports on the now toxic relationship.

KENTUCKY ~ Coal-to-liquid fuel plant developers consider another location in McCracken County. Paducah compost facility closed.  More vaccinations ordered for Kentucky kids. Got a power outage? There’s an app for that. Tri-state area chosen for federal meal program for schools. Replica of the Vietnam Memorial is in Murray.

TENNESSEE ~ New red-light cameras may be needed in Clarksville. Follow activity on TVA-owned lakes with your iPhone.

ILLINOIS ~ Governor Quinn sets Friday deadline to smooth out state construction budget.

morning cram [chinese-italian edition]

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“For more than a thousand years, the Italian town of Prato in the heart of Tuscany has been a textile center synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship. Now, it has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe.”

NPR reports on China’s expanding influence in the world.

KENTUCKY ~ Kentucky gets recycling grants, biggest grants are McCracken County and Pennyrile Regional. Paducah commissioner discuss revised (stricter) fireworks ordinance. UK prez signs a contract, will get 500K salary. Conscientious objector charged with child pornography, objector claims discrimination.  General Campbell may get third star.

ILLINOIS ~ Governor signs “landmark” education bill. Illinois state police review charges of racial bias.

TENNESSEE ~ Clarksville city budget set for vote, some concerned about appropriation of funds.  Obion among counties seeking agriculture disaster assistance.

morning cram [bee voting edition]

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“In the spring, bee hives get so rich with honey, so crowded with baby bees, they often burst in two. Some bees stay in the original nest with a new queen, but a second group, led by the old queen, heads off to establish a new home.”

NPR reports on how bees vote on where they’ll move.

KENTUCKY ~ McCracken Fiscal Court votes against bringing in potentially polluting processing projects.  Police still searching for suspect in Symsonia stickup.

TENNESSEE ~ Missing teen appears safe and sound and confused by the “big deal.”

ILLINOIS ~ NRC says Honeywell plant looks good with no specific areas to address.

Written by Angela Hatton

May 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

Posted in The Morning Cram

Transmitter Work Continues (thanks for your patience)

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We’ve signed off our main regional signal to allow for the safety of climbers working on the tower in LBL. We will continue broadcasting on wkms.org and on our studio auxiliary 91.3 providing coverage for Murray and Calloway County.

Our repeater 90.0 serving Madisonville remains on the air. Our repeater 89.5 Fulton gets the 91.3 signal off the air and thus, without sufficient power, is experiencing interrupted service.

We regret this necessary interruption in service for you and thank you for your patience. We’ll resume regional coverage at 91.3 this evening.

Written by Angela Hatton

May 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

West Kentucky Allied Services Accepts Flood Donations

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West Kentucky Allied Services has released the locations of drop-off sites for flood-relief donations.  They are accepting donations of nonperishable food for flood victims in the local area. Food donations can be dropped off at our office locations in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken counties. WKAS is working with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and area churches to distribute the food to those in need. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. For more information or if you know someone in need of assistance contact Tony Dowdy at 1-800-294-2731.

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Kentucky Primary Elections

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WKMS will bring election coverage just after 8 and 9 tonight. You can also check back later this evening for live updates on the blog. To see what’s going on right now around Kentucky, keep reading.

Kentuckians are out at the polls today to vote for candidates for state office, though turnout is low. Secretary of State Elaine Walker has predicted only 9 to 10 percent of registered voters will come out today. The Secretary of State’s office is providing updates throughout the day on their Facebook page, and election coverage is aggregated on Twitter.

At a busy local restaurant this morning, many Murray residents say they’re not sure they’ll make it to the ballot box. Arvie Crafton, a Democrat, says he’s disappointed with primaries for his party.  “There’s just nothing to choose from really,” he says. “There’s nothing on the ballot. I’ll probably go, but I don’t feel very motivated to go.”

Crafton says he’s interested to know who gets the Republican nomination for governor. Others say they’re too busy, or they’ll sit this election out, and head to the ballot box in November.

Restaurant owner Martha Lamb hasn’t made it to the polls yet, but she plans on voting today. She says, “I’m not really involved in politics that much. I maybe—I’m just strongly involved in the way America is being run. I just think it’s awful.” Lamb feels it’s important to effect change through voting.

State races on the Democratic side include Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Races on the GOP side include Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner, Governor, and Secretary of State.  See a sample ballot for DEM and REP. Polls are open until 6 pm.