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the morning cram [You’re smart. I like you… edition]

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Across the world, millions of college and high school students just decided that term paper can wait for another day.

NPR reports Wikipedia has announced they will go offline tomorrow to protest against SOPA and PIPA.

Kentucky~  Graves County man arrested for DUI in buggy crash.  Soldiers return home to Fort Campbell.  Expanded gambling measures may not have enough votes.

Illinois~ Budget plan under scrutiny.

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the morning cram [no new taxes…ever edition]

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Stephen Colbert discovers Grover Norquist would sacrifice his grandmother to fire ants before approving a tax increase.

NPR reports the GOP has long resolved to refuse tax increases, while Democrats continue to crow over what are thought to be “chinks” in the no-new-tax armor.

Kentucky~ The McCracken County Jail is looking to improve security. Amtrak in Fulton might pick you up at home soon. There will be lanes closed on I-24 starting next week. Brent Burke has been released. There are more fireworks stands this year. Elderly are targeted for a “grandparent scam”.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn needs to create a new budget.

Datebook: June 13 – New York Times begins publishig Pentagon Papers 40 years ago

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On June 13, 1971, The New York Times began publishing excerpts of the Pentagon Papers. The first article in the series was titled “Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces Three Decades of Growing US Involvement.” It was a top-secret US DOD history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. A 1996 article in the New York Times said that the Pentagon Papers “demonstrated, among other things, that the Johnson Administration had systematically lied, not only to the public but also to Congress, about a subject of transcendent national interest and significance.”

It’s Monday, June 13

Tickets go on sale today for the July 9th concert featuring Terry Mike Jeffrey and the Stamps Quartet at the Kenneth Shadowen Performing Arts Center on the campus of Marshall County High School in Benton. All $20 tickets are reserved seats. Get tickets at the Marshall County Tourism Office in Draffenville.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art announces the exhibition Appalachian Traditions. See works by contemporary folk artists from around the southeast, including 2 solo shows, one of which features our region’s Willie Rascoe’s work, and more than 150 works from the permanent collection. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 to 8, Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 at 901 Frederica Street.

Tomorrow night at 7, the African Children’s Choir of Uganda, featuring singers age 7 to 11, performs at the Alhambra Theatre in downtown Hopkinsville, 507 South Main. Admission is free but donations are welcome for Music for Life.

Discussions about funding for public radio are stirring again in Washington. See 170millionamericans.org for more .

Datebook: May 11 – Chang and Eng turn 200

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Chang and Eng Bunker were born May 11, 1811 – 200 years ago. Arguably the most famous conjoined twin brothers, their condition and birthplace became the basis for the term “Siamese twins.” They were joined at the sternum by a small piece of cartilage. Their livers were fused but independently complete. Although 19th century medicine did not have the means to do so, modern surgical techniques would have easily allowed them to be separated. Read more about these fascinating twins.

Here’s Datebook for Wednesday, May 11

There’s a Buzzard Brothers Smoke on the Water Flood Relief Fundraiser Saturday from 11 to 3 at Max’s Brick Oven Courtyard, 112 South Second in Paducah. Enjoy BBQ lunch or pre-order pickup – with music by Lew Jetton, Nathan Blake Lynn and the Solid Rock’it Boosters. Pre-order chicken and pork three ways at Kirchoff’s before 5 p.m. Thursday.

Murray State’s 88th May Commencement begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the CFSB Center. Degree candidates line up at lower level Gate A at 9 a.m. There’s a drop off zone for those needing special assistance in the lot off Gilbert Graves Drive. See murraystate.edu/commencement for details.

The Humane Society of Marshall County’s spring yard sale is Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. at the facility at 6301 Highway 68 East in Benton. Get Pet and family photos from 10 to 2. Bake sale and grilled hot dogs available. Contest winners are being announced at 2.

See other events at wkms.org. Thanks for listening.

morning cram [medicare edition]

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Democrats claim the proposed changes to Medicare in the U.S. House of Representatives last month would save the government money by shifting costs to patients. 

Republicans tell NPR the plan would give patients choice and power by creating provider-level competition.

KENTUCKY~ Gov Beshear is optimistic after the US Army Corps blew up a Missouri levee. Western Kentucky flood displacement estimates total 4,000. What are all those National Guard troops doing? NWS confirms a tornado graced Calloway County last week. Farmers have to wait for drier fields to plant corn crops. Police accuse a Barlow father/son duo of a (fail) construction site burglary. The Attorney General’s office weighs in on an Open Records Act decision stemming from a Paducah case. Meet the University of Kentucky’s next president. Don’t have flood insurance? You can still buy/claim.

ILLINOIS~ US Sen Durbin: Congress will help farmers affected by the Birds Point Levee breach.

morning cram [tallies edition]

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Severe storms punished five Southern US states.

NPR tallies the lives lost at 178.

KENTUCKY~ US-51 in Hickman County will likely be closed sometime today after incoming floodwaters overtake it. TVA officials predict LBL lake levels to reach 371′. Paducah says its ready for the crest and you can see LIVE webcam views from its vantage on the Ohio River. NWS predictors change Ohio River estimates. Gov Beshear will poke around today. Livingston County/Smithland officials are optimistic about the temporary levee they’re building on top of the permanent one. Benton Police: man robbed Newwave @ knifepoint; ran away with TV. Paducah’s Senator Bob Leeper was joined by only two other lawmakers refunding their ‘undeserved’ recess pay.

TENNESSEE~ Many remain without power and the rain isn’t helping.

ILLINOIS~ Cairo’s Mayor: economic depression shouldn’t factor into allowing the city to flood.

morning cram [movie magic edition]

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Once upon a time, long before the digital age, scenery and special effects were crafted entirely by human hands.

<— NPR takes us behind classic scenes from movies like this one.

KENTUCKY~ Benton Police arrest the guy who crashed his SUV into a Subway restaurant. Some area schools have been out +20 snow daysMSU > SIU-E. Governor Beshear cares about high school dropouts. Senator McConnell wants to end public contributions to presidential campaigns. Rand Paul’s newly proposed bill would eradicate several arms of the federal government.

TENNESSEE~ Planned widening of the Paris-Puryear stretch of US-641 has been pushed back by at least a year and a half. Clarksville-Montgomery County students will attend longer classes to make up snow days. Governor Haslam outspent (5x over) his opponents. The state’s top judge is pushing for attorney’s to up their pro bono game. The Volunteer State keeps breaking its own meth-related records.