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Kentucky Primary Elections

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WKMS will bring election coverage just after 8 and 9 tonight. You can also check back later this evening for live updates on the blog. To see what’s going on right now around Kentucky, keep reading.

Kentuckians are out at the polls today to vote for candidates for state office, though turnout is low. Secretary of State Elaine Walker has predicted only 9 to 10 percent of registered voters will come out today. The Secretary of State’s office is providing updates throughout the day on their Facebook page, and election coverage is aggregated on Twitter.

At a busy local restaurant this morning, many Murray residents say they’re not sure they’ll make it to the ballot box. Arvie Crafton, a Democrat, says he’s disappointed with primaries for his party.  “There’s just nothing to choose from really,” he says. “There’s nothing on the ballot. I’ll probably go, but I don’t feel very motivated to go.”

Crafton says he’s interested to know who gets the Republican nomination for governor. Others say they’re too busy, or they’ll sit this election out, and head to the ballot box in November.

Restaurant owner Martha Lamb hasn’t made it to the polls yet, but she plans on voting today. She says, “I’m not really involved in politics that much. I maybe—I’m just strongly involved in the way America is being run. I just think it’s awful.” Lamb feels it’s important to effect change through voting.

State races on the Democratic side include Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Races on the GOP side include Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner, Governor, and Secretary of State.  See a sample ballot for DEM and REP. Polls are open until 6 pm.

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 [bonus edition]

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Somali piracy has grown into a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise. Rarely a week goes by that pirates don’t attack or seize a ship.

NPR reports on the business-end of piracy, where pirates share profits and even distribute incentive bonuses.

WEATHER~ Possibly severe conditions today.

KENTUCKY~ The EPA is making TVA fix-up or close two coal-fired units at McCracken’s fossil plant. A Mayfield mom is suing the city school system alleging negligence led to her daughter’s (alleged) rape. Gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett gets endorsed by a national libertarian group. So the New Madrid fault earthquake in the early 1800’s wasn’t as strong as people thought.

TENNESSEE~ Jobless rates stay the course, but Montgomery County is hoping for 500 more. GOP/Dems spar over hospital fees.

OVC SOFTBALL~ UTM < SIU. MSU v UM canceled.


	

morning cram [somaliland edition]

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Somali pirates last year seized a record number (+1k) of hostages. This year, they’ve already hijacked 15 vessels, including an American yacht whose four passengers were killed.

NPR declares Somali piracy has become an epidemic.

KENTUCKY~ MSU Basketball Head Coach Billy Kennedy is in the running to be the University of Miami’s next. Paducah may have a (better) community center in the works. Clinton’s embattled nursing home will close and its purported violations have been released. Dems call for gubernatorial candidates to disclose their finances but Republicans say no. David Williams’ GOP running mate Richie Farmer wants his wife’s divorce petition dismissed.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam signs the teacher tenure difficulty bill into law.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) APSU < WKU; (Softball) MSU < SIU-E, APSU > UTM.

morning cram [unpopular edition]

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An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 64% of those surveyed this month think the war in Afghanistan is ‘not worth fighting.’

NPR blogs the survey reflects a 4% shift in the last few months.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah wins an online popularity contest. A Heath High School shooting victim’s mom claims attorneys and doctors are making up excuses for Michael Carneal. Maybe Mayfield’s new Police Chief will catch city park vandals. A Madisonville company gets a dental award for an oral health program that saves money (and babies). A Fort Campbell teenage hero dies in Afghanistan. Jack Conway won’t investigate optometrists’ political donations. State lawmakers continue scratching their heads on how to pay for Medicaid. US Senator McConnell and Rep Whitfield are sponsoring EPA-blocking bills. MSU bows out of the NIT.

TENNESSEE~ TVA’s fuel cost next month is (up to) $2 cheaper.

morning cram [rahm edition]

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Ever since Rahm Emanuel won the legal right to be on the Chicago mayoral ballot, it was pretty much a given that he would win the plurality of votes when Election Day rolled around.

NPR reports Emanuel’s 55% share in yesterday’s vote means there will be no runoff election.

KENTUCKY~ A burning propane truck caused delays yesterday on McCracken County’s Cairo Road. Paducah aims for another land grab (in Lone Oak this time) and signs a new contract with their local firefighters union. A Murray murder trial gets postponed (again) and there’s a new Parks Director in town. UK’s presidential search is underway and who the candidates are will be kept a secret. The state gets its hands on lethal injection drugs. House members will soon vote on anti-bullying legislation and the Senate Budget Committee is looking at what to do about Medicaid. Gubernatorial hopeful Bobbie Holsclaw asks why the optometrist bill is clearing the legislature at such a rapid pace. Democrats intend to pay for a painting of Governor Beshear.

TENNESSEE~ Searchers pull the body of a missing Paris man from Kentucky Lake.

morning cram [church 4 sale edition]

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The Lord giveth and the bank taketh away — at least, that’s what several churches learned recently.

NPR reports lenders foreclosed on about 100 churches last year (an enormous increase over just a few years ago).

Looks like an advancing winter weather storm may spare us.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man is accused of a stabbing murder and cops there round up $40k worth of fake pot and smoking pipes from 3 area businesses. Completion of Owensboro’s extended airport runway is on the horizon. A tractor accident kills a Trenton mother but spares her young kids. GOP contenders for governor are all about ‘change’. Kentucky nabs almost $3mil in new federal heating assistance after already giving out some $17mil. The General Assembly revs its engines today ahead of Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address (tomorrow night). Ex-Prez George (Dubya) Bush will sign books @ Fort Campbell on Wednesday.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville may change its mind about fronting the money for a new airport terminal. Governor Haslam claims he was oblivious his ordered freeze on a new state regulation helps out his family’s gas station chain. TennCare may $ave by limiting hospital/doctor visits to 8 times a year.

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