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the morning cram [follow the money edition]

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Emotions (and cash) are high as Romney comes off his Florida win.

NPR reports Romney is the front runner in fundraising over the year, with one exception…

Kentucky~ Green cleaning is now the order of the day. A grant records bill makes it way to the senate for a vote.

Tennessee~ The military is taking a second look at Court Marshal records after a soldier’s conviction is overturned. A national disabilities  group is not happy about the voter identification law.

Written by Drew Adams

February 1, 2012 at 7:21 am

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Racer Update

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Bracketologists say Murray State’s current undefeated run isn’t your typical Cinderella story.

From: NCAA.com’s Amy Farnum

This week, the Racers are the only remaining unbeaten team in the nation, are No. 11 in The Associated Press poll and have climbed up to No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Top 25, becoming the first OVC team to crack the top 10 since Western Kentucky in final poll of the 1970-71 season.

 

The news of MSU’s perfect record has been splattered all over the ESPN bottom line and sports pages all across the nation, especially after Syracuse suffered its first loss of the season to Notre Dame last weekend.

 

Written by Chad Lampe

January 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm

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Severe Weather Tonight 1-22

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NOAA Map of Predicted Storm Impact

The National Weather Service  has issued a tornado watch until 2:00 a.m for the entire WKMS listening area.  The rapidly moving storm front will bring significant wind gusts, torrential rain, hail and potential flash flooding. We won’t be able to post all of the warnings with this storm system. Stay tuned to your local weather radio service, WKMS will provide Emergency Alert System notifications of warnings on the air throughout the evening.

For consistent updates throughout the storm system tonight we suggest visiting McCracken County Emergency Management Meteorologist Beau Dodson’s facebook update page.

The storm system ahead of a cold front will move from southwest to northeast. The storm poses the greatest threat of tornadoes and hail in Northwest Tennessee and along the Kentucky/Tennessee border.  Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois residents should also  expect high damaging winds  up to or exceeding  70 miles per hour and torrential rain. NWS forecasters says windshear is the big story for this event.  Higher levels of windshear are common in January, and with more windshear, forecasters say, it takes less instability to spawn a tornado. Forecasters don’t expect this to be a record breaking event but  There will also be a good chance for flash flooding overnight and into the morning hours.  The storm system will move quickly, around 50 miles per hour.

Night time storms poses a greater safety risk than daytime storms simply because they impact our area while most are sleeping. Forecasters say to test your weather radios and be sure they have fresh batteries.

Weather radios need to be programmed or set to weather stations monitoring where you live. Details are here about programing your weather radio.

Written by Chad Lampe

January 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Weather Related School Closings & Delays

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Kentucky School Closings

CALDWELL COUNTY – Closed

CALLOWAY COUNTY – Closed

CARLISLE COUNTY  – Opening at 10:00 AM

CHRISTIAN COUNTY –  Closed

CRITTENDEN COUNTY –  Closed

DAWSON SPRINGS –   Closed

EASTWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY – Closed

EZELL COSMETOLOGY –  Closed

GRAVES COUNTY – Closed

HICKMAN COUNTY – Closed

HOPKINS COUNTY – Closed

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Closed

LYON COUNTY – Closed

MARSHALL COUNTY – Closed

MAYFIELD CITY  – Opening 2 hours late

MURRAY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DIST – Closed

NEW COVENANT ACADEMY – HARDIN – Closed

ST. JOSEPH-MAYFIELD  – Closed

TRIGG COUNTY – Closed

WEBSTER COUNTY – Closed

Tennessee School Closings

CLARKSVILLE MONTGOMERY COUNTY – Closed

HENRY COUNTY – Closed

OBION COUNTY – Closed

PARIS SPECIAL – Closed

WEAKLEY COUNTY – Closed

Written by Drew Adams

January 13, 2012 at 7:02 am

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Closures/Delays

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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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the morning cram [go ahead, ask and tell edition]

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The end of an era: Don’t ask, don’t tell is over…

NPR reports Obama’s repeal of the long-standing ban takes effect today and former military members consider their future in a new Armed Forces.

Kentucky~  Slow it down on Purchase Parkway, there’s road work ahead. Madisonville approves the city’s tax rates.  Secretary of State Candidates duke it out over homeless voter rights. The League of Cities was denied the opportunity to give a gift. There may be a statewide gang database in the works.

Written by Drew Adams

September 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

the morning cram [waterlogged edition]

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The Northeast is hammered by rain and their waterways are reaching their limit.

NPR reports rivers across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic have broken their banks and the already saturated soil can’t take much more.

Kentucky~ A Caldwell County man is in the running for the Farmer of the Year title. A Hopkinsville High School teacher wins an award for teaching kids financial literacy. Kentucky Downs gets to keep their new Instant Racing games.

Illinois~ Foster care group, Catholic Charities may be losing their funding due to their stance on civil unions.

Written by Drew Adams

September 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

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