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the morning cram [they’re here edition]

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Idyllic Costa Rica is becoming the newest haven for South American drug cartels.

NPR reports the peaceful, quiet country has done an admirable job staying away from the drug infestation, until now.

Kentucky~  Murray-Calloway County Hospital needs blood.  Two NC fugitives were caught in Graves County.  Paducah’s homeless shelter ordinance passed last night. Skywest wants to stay in Paducah.

Illinois~ You may want to look again at those old lottery tickets.


morning cram [debriefya edition]

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President Obama will debrief the nation tonight on the US military operations in Libya.

NPR reports the televised address comes nine days after Obama spurred the military into action.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man (allegedly) stabbed another man many times with a screwdriver. Paducah had a mini-quake last week. Six area dams would be hazardous if breached. A philanthropic dancing competition over the weekend drew in $132k. Gov Beshear throws out state agency cuts in the just-passed Medicaid bill.  UK makes the Final Four. Oh, and don’t burn your trash.

TENNESSEE~ A bill on Gov Haslam’s desk would remove state law references to ‘idiots, lunatics, and retards’.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU = APSU, UTM > << JSU. (Softball) MSU = TTU, APSU > << EMU, UTM = EKU.

morning cram [union busting edition]

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker wants to close his state’s budget gap by having state workers pay more for pensions and benefits and also permanently limit public employees’ bargaining rights.

NPR reports after a week of protests and Senate Democrats literally walking away from the capitol, no one’s backing down.

KENTUCKY~ Major crimes in Paducah have dropped 16%. +35 MPH winds knocked over a Super 8 Motel sign in Calvert City. Expect delays tomorrow passing over Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The state’s Tourism Council renames itself and spring cleaning is being planned at a dozen Civil War sites. Two state Republican candidates have no Primary opposition and 14 hopefuls spoke @ a Murray GOP dinner Saturday. The General Assembly is racing to finish their ‘short session.’

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > Evansville, UTM > SEMO, APSU < Fairfield; (Women’s) MSU < EIU, UTM < Bradley, APSU > TTU.

morning cram [winter storm edition]

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A colossal blizzard roaring across a third of the country has paralyzed the nation’s heartland with ice and snow.

NPR has the latest on the monstrous storm already billed as the worst in decades.

KENTUCKY~ High winds through the area have knocked some trees down and blew a roof off a trailer. Flights out of Paducah to Chicago are canceled until tomorrow afternoon. MSU packed Lovett Auditorium to hear a speech by actor Ben Stein. Mayfield’s ex-Mayor accuses current Mayor Cantrell of nepotism. A Carlisle County Middle School teacher wins $72k on Wheel of Fortune. Governor Beshear doesn’t like the way federal regulators are treating the state’s coal industry.  Senate Prez Williams wants the state congress to take off early.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County Mayor Bowers says property taxes need to go up.

ILLINOIS~ US Marshals track down an alleged Massac County sexual predator in a Wyoming village.

morning cram [prop-19 edition]

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The debate over California’s Prop-19, the initiative to legalize marijuana there, has cops and mothers supporting it but many stoners and growers oppose it.

~NPR reports Californians will vote November 2 on whether to allow local and state government to tax and regulate marijuana.

KENTUCKY~ Longtime Paducah Sun reporter Bill Bartleman is retiring (after 39 years of writing for the paper). A B-17 Flying Fortress will land in Paducah next week. KY-189 reopens this morning. Marshall County could startup a pet spay/neuter campaign. A Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan. Incumbent Senator Bob Leeper (i -2nd District) doesn’t like attack ads by democratic opponent Red Smith. Jack & Rand to debate on the KET airwaves tonight (and the NRA approves of both candidates).

TENNESSEE~ A former Montgomery County Executive is in critical condition after a weekend car wreck. Nashville jurors convict a western Kentucky fraudster duo (who told victims they were bringing a Disney theme park to the state).

OVC SPORTS~ (football) MSU > EIU, UTM > LU, APSU < JSU. (soccer) MSU< SEMO, MSU = EIU; UTM < EIU, UTM = SEMO; APSU > TTU.

morning cram [tucson example edition]

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Expanding Operation Streamline in the Tucson Border Patrol Sector, where nearly half of all illegal immigrants crossing the border are caught, would require Arizona to have a federal criminal justice system twice the size of the rest of the country.

~NPR reports no one has contemplated what that would cost.

KENTUCKY~ cement truck vs. van wreck in Murray kills one. The state plans to auction off Paducah’s former National Guard Armory on Clark Street.  McCracken officials give an initial nod to rezoning a county property to become a construction debris landfill. A man accused with complicity in a Calloway County beating death appears in court. Police arrest the owner of Marshall County’s Ken-Bar Lodge for allegedly operating a bar in a dry territory. Prosecutors are still pushing to execute Gregory Wilson after Judge’s stay. Beshear makes September “Coal Miner Safety Month”.
TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County officials vote to fund building a new airport terminal @ Outlaw Field. Buy major appliances and furniture by the end of the month if you qualify for the flood emergency tax breaks.
ILLINOIS~ Report: not enough new mommies are breast feeding.

morning cram [scootin’ edition]

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“Dozens of fiddle players, guitar players and singers of all ages come to Goree, Texas (population 300) to learn how to play Western swing.”

~NPR do-si-dos, then swings you round and round.

KENTUCKY~ An I-24 wreck near Paducah injures 7. Paducah commissioners have ideas of where to plant extra trees. Engineers will be blowing up chunks of limestone near Lake City and Kentucky Lock. Disability advocates launch a series of meetings today, starting in Murray. A Hopkinsville man wants you to treasure his bid for.. State Treasurer. The mom of a woman claiming she was raped by a paramedic testifies her daughter is lying. Beshear hails instant racing. The Ohio River may soon have new pollution control standards.

TENNESSEE~ TVA bumps up electricity rates (again). State education leaders warn autumn TCAP scores may be lower because of higher classroom standards. Henry County officials warn of ongoing deed scam.

ILLINOIS~ An autopsy finds the man who died during a police shootout in Joppa did so by his own hand.

morning cram (pie is hard edition)

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Cake is easier.

KY~ Oncology Associates of West Kentucky stops treating cancerous Medicare patients. Paducah Senator Bob Leeper will vie for a 6th term. More people are flying to Chicago via Barkley Regional. A 2nd round of census questionnaires should spam your mailbox. Public Advocacy attorney supports the Supreme Court’s immigrant decision. The tracking bill FAILS (this round). The general assembly is dysfunctional. Dr. Dan and AG Jack duel (with words) in Louisville. Why the Commonwealth needs charter schools.

TN~ Clarksville/Montgomery County’s jobless rates are getting better.

morning cram (april fool’s edition)

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KY~ SURPRISE! Murray State promotes Higginson to Provost. Reidland-Farley Fire Department is trying to fire Chief Tapp. Beshear assures Paducah he cares and stops to drop off a check to Robert Penn Warren’s hometown. They’re burning LBL. A Hopkinsville man crashes his Toyota Yaris; blames sticky accelerator. An (Alleged) Mayfield embezzler’s case heads to grand jury. Fingers are pointed in Frankfort over the stalled budget. $480m in extra Pell Grants by 2020.

TN~ A Democratic candidate for governor drops out for a race more her speed. $657m in extra Pell Grants by 2020.

NOTE: Our impeccable journalistic integrity prohibits us from lying to you on this special day. Oh! by the way, the Easter Bunny is dead (Disturbing video embedded below).