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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 [London on fire edition]

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Riots and looting spread from London throughout England with no unifying cause.

NPR reports that in the third day since riots broke out in northern London, the violence has spread across England without any apparent cause other than general unrest.

Kentucky~ An alleged rapist is found in Murray. Gov Beshear will share his photos from the Middle East.

Illinois~ The state can claim your money if it sits for a year.

Missouri~ The Frito Bandito strikes again!!

Tennessee~ Build a storm shelter and get a tax break. Officials are fighting for the state credit rating.

the morning cram [the final frontier edition]

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The shuttle program that has for 30 years explored the final frontier embarks on its final mission.

NPR reports throngs of spectators gather at Cape Canaveral to view the launch of NASA’s Atlantis for its last mission.

Kentucky~ A helicopter held up traffic on the Purchase Parkway. Four wounded veterans receive a hero’s welcome at Fort Campbell. The FEMA assistance deadline is fast approaching. The state is developing a new economic strategy.

Tennessee~ Someone set off fireworks in a Henry County teacher’s Jeep.

the morning cram [rebuilding Japan edition]

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As Japan slowly recovers from the devastating March earthquake, Japanese citizens ponder the future of the country.

NPR reports in the midst of devastation and tragedy, opportunity for shaping the future of Japan arises.

Kentucky~ A man is ordered to put his gun away in a Paducah City Council meeting. 267 soldiers have returned to Fort Campbell. A man died when he was hit by a truck this weekend. Legalized Sandhill Crane hunting is fast approaching. Flood assistance is available for farmers (female and Mexican farmers too). One official thinks Kentucky will be the new China.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s Mayor may be limited to 2-year terms in the future. A man is charged with child rape.

the morning cram [‘Whitey’ Bulger edition]

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FBI agents have arrested a notorious Boston mobster after years of searching for him.

NPR reports ‘Whitey’ Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, CA after having spent 16 years on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Kentucky~ A man has escaped from jail in Paducah. A Paducah pair are caught hiding meth in their kids’ swing. LBL is putting on a food drive. Murray is getting a Dunkin’ Donuts (YEEAAHH!!). Senators McConnell and Paul react to Obama’s  Afghanistan plan by warning against ‘inflexiblity’ and wanting more respectively.

Tennessee~ CDE Lightband’s budget has been approved.

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 [psst! edition]

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Hearing gossip about people can literally change the way you see them.

NPR reports a study finds negative gossip actually alters the way our visual system responds to a particular face.

KENTUCKY~ Consultants want to revamp Paducah from 2nd to 6th tying Downtown, Lower Town and the Riverfront all together. McCracken County Schools may drop +38 jobs. Another Fort Campbell hero dies abroad. Beshear appoints a task force to face off with flood-water borne skeeters. Court: it’s all or nothing for Cadiz alcohol sales. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is rockin’ out again. Experts spar over whether Marathon Oil price gouged. Officials plan to talk about the Asian Carp invasion. The state is taking part in a National Level (disaster prep) Exercise. State Tourism officials sign off on incentivizing the Noah’s Ark theme park.

TENNESSEE~ Unemployment is up! and lawmakers are split over budgeting extended benefits.

morning cram [fuel cell edition]

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The Honda FCX Clarity can go about 240 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel (about 60 mpg compared to gas). The only emission is water so pure you could drink it.

Honda tells NPR: US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is wrong when he claimed it would take a miracle to make fuel cell cars viable in the marketplace.

WEATHER~ Possibly severe activity predicted tonight.

KENTUCKY~ State Police are matching a missing man’s dental records to found skeletal remains with hopes they match. You can see the Ohio River from where Paducah’s Executive Inn recently stood. 4 Fort Campbell soldiers die in an Afghan suicide blast. Transportation workers will setup an I-24 (west) workzone between Eddyville/Grand Rivers next week. Out of work? Have a mortgage? There’s help. Gov Beshear has almost $5mil banked for re-election. US Rep Ed Whitfield yesterday fielded telephone calls from constituents about gas prices, the economy and the federal budget. US Sen Rand Paul files for re-election (5 years early).

TENNESSEE~ Highway Patrol investigators say Henry’s Police Chief (allegedly) ran a red light that caused a wreck leaving him critically injured. A resolution to the state’s constitution that would  further restrict abortions gets one step closer to a statewide vote.

ILLINOIS~ SIU-Carbondale will likely hire its next Provost from within its ranks.

morning cram [corruptistan edition]

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As the US tightens its financial belt, some lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of the budgets the government is boosting abroad.

NPR reports the calls renew a focus on spending in Afghanistan where corruption allegations are rampant and little is being done.

KENTUCKY~ Police are suspicious after a fire damages a trailer believed to have been where a Paducah woman was murdered a few months back. The state Appeals Court restarts a local self-defense? case. High water has closed a length of KY-1507 in Trigg County. Tax collections are up 5% and you have 3 extra days to file this year. A journalism guild honors anti-slavery publisher Cassius Clay.

TENNESSEE~ Henry’s Police Chief is in stable (but still critical) condition after a SUV vs logging truck wreck yesterday. Tennessee Highway Patrol officials want a broader name.

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.