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the morning cram [you don’t know the power of the dark side edition]

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Apparently, Starbucks makes a lot of coffee…and a lot of money.

NPR reports the coffee chain known for it’s iconic dark roast has got it’s ‘mojo workin’ under the leadership of CEO Howard Schultz.

Kentucky~ Alleged embezzlers have a day in court. Soldiers return to a hero’s welcome. Hey, I think that buggy covered in highly reflective tape might have Amish people in it. “Caylee’s Law” requires you to tell somebody if you lose your kid. Romney and Gingrich want Kentucky.

Tennessee~ Hate crime victim’s dad is disturbed by ‘don’t say gay’.

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the morning cram [GOP debate edition]

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The royal rumble of debates went down in Iowa last night.

NPR reports that while Romney remained unscathed, other candidates embarked down a path of fire.

Kentucky~ More troops received a hero’s welcome at Fort Campbell. Maj Gen Campbell hands over control to Maj Gen McConville this morning. The Owenboro airport will undergo expansion.

Tennessee~ Enrollment over the summer was up for UT Martin.

the morning cram [political facebook edition]

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Politicians use Facebook too; Could this cause problems for users?

NPR reports powerful politicians can use Facebook to become “friends” with voters, but their friendship with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg could be dangerous.

Kentucky~  Two people were arrested in Paducah for having 11-pounds of marijuana. Good weather is expected for the giant 400-mile yard sale this week. Most area counties are declared eligible for flood recovery funds. The Legislative Ethics Commission says state lobbyists spend millions every year.

Tennessee~ Six more 101st Airborne heroes were killed  in Iraq. Northwest Tennessee residents have to apply for emergency food stamps  by June 1.

Written by Gary Pitts

May 30, 2011 at 8:50 am

morning cram [still partying edition]

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Tea Party activists continue to pressure congressional Republicans to make good on their promise to deliver deep federal spending cuts.

NPR reports (a few hundred) Tea Partiers yesterday came against the backdrop of negotiations on a fiscal year spending agreement.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah DUI lawyer must serve his own full DUI sentence. A recent audit finds state government spent $100k of federal funds on questionable expenses. Report: public schools don’t spend much on health services. Kentucky’s Homeland Security… there’s an app for that. Six Fort Campbell heroes died in Afghanistan this week and Gov Beshear orders flags halfway down to honor a Fort Knox casualty. There’s a bomb disposal competition this week @ Fort Campbell. The Commonwealth’s First Lady today plans to read to rural students via Skype.

TENNESSEE~ The teacher tenure bill edges closer to passing. Young history buffs will compete in Nashville tomorrow. APSU Softballers lose to, then beat TSU.

ILLINOIS~ Senators approve combining the state’s comptroller and treasurer offices.

morning cram [vostok edition]

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Russian scientists are on the verge of punching a hole into a vast Antarctic lake that’s buried under more than two miles of ice.

NPR reports the drilling is expected to tap into Lake Vostok, possibly disturbing a primitive and pristine ecosystem untouched for millions of years.

La Niña is expected to make our remaining winter months wetter and warmer.

KENTUCKY~ A police chase in McCracken County’s Farley area yields $15k worth of meth. 900 Fort Campbell heroes are due back (from Afghanistan) this weekend. A December Ballard County Jail inmate’s death is linked to a rare strain of pneumonia. Ex-Prez ‘W’ Bush reschedules his Fort Campbell book signing. The state has recycling grant$ up for grabs. A Senate committee approves to discontinue the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear power plants citing the irony of already having a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah. A House committee likes DUI vehicle-breathalyser legislation. A proposed immigration bill (similar to Arizona’s) gets its first hearing and a report finds it could cost the state about $89 million a year.

TENNESSEE~ A state mental health official likens upcoming budget cuts to ‘amputating fingers.’

morning cram [milk-sharing edition]

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Some new moms who can’t breastfeed have discovered they can still give their babies milk donated by other moms they find on Facebook.

NPR reports the milk-sharing continues despite warnings from the federal government.

KENTUCKY~ A couple of Paducah teens face multiple charges for (allegedly) throwing rocks at I-24 traffic. Paducah’s City Manager plans to proctor a pay study. A McCracken County official claims Paducah is cheating on its taxes. Students can apply for grant$ to save energy at their school. A woman gets into the  gubernatorial election mix ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. A top Fort Campbell official shares what would be an Afghanistan game-changer.

TENNESSEE~ Searchers find the body of a missing Puryear man. Governor Haslam claims an elected Attorney General would be a politicized distraction. A pair of lawmakers want to end ‘full and complete stops‘ at traffic lights.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > SEMO, APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU; (Women’s) MSU < SEMO, APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU.

Soldiers Celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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The following story is courtesy of the Bagram Media Center of Regional Command East in Afghanistan.


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan celebrated Thanksgiving 2010 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Even thousands of miles from home, the Soldiers had many reasons to be thankful.

“We’ve completed nine months of our deployment and we have had a lot of success,” said U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Isbell from Sylacauga, Ala., a squad leader in 2nd Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “The battalion has made a lot of progress at pushing the insurgents out of Ghazni while preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to take up the task on their own.”

The chains of command throughout Task Force Iron Rakkasan scheduled minimal operations and patrols for their Soldiers. Although some patrols were still needed to ensure everyone’s safety, all Soldiers were granted some down time to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and to call home to their families.

The Soldiers across the battalion enjoyed a well-cooked Thanksgiving meal which was prepared by each forward operating base’s team of cooks. The military provided the majority of the turkeys, hams and cranberry sauce, but private donations made the meal memorable. A private radio station, 92.3 FM out of Las Vegas, Nev., donated more than 750 pounds of spices, seasonings and side dishes.

The special meal required special service. Members of the Iron Rakkasan staff as well as leadership from each element located at FOB Andar helped with carving the turkey and serving the Soldiers. Even the Polish Brigade Commanding General Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowicz came to help Task Force Iron celebrate Thanksgiving and took a turn carving the turkey.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, Ohio, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson from Lansing, Mich., TF Iron Rakkasan commander and command sergeant major, respectively, circulated to the each company’s FOBs to visit the Soldiers and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

To honor traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, Iron Rakkasans held their annual “Turkey Bowl” football game, pitting the unit’s officers against its noncommissioned officers.

“The opportunity to come together as an organization and play football was a great bonding experience,” said U.S. Army Maj. Kenric Bourne from St. Louis, Mo., 3-187th executive officer. “My view of Thanksgiving is not complete without turkey and football, and I believe this experience gave all who played a small taste of home while here in Afghanistan.”

At the end of the game, the NCOs squeaked out a win over the officers in a very close and toughly contested game. The NCOs were excited to maintain the Turkey Bowl championship title for at least one more year. The officers, however, have already begun planning and training for next year’s rematch.

Written by Angela Hatton

November 26, 2010 at 7:54 am