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morning cram [discovery edition]

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Space shuttle Discovery has racked up an impressive list of firsts, including its last one — it will soon become the first in NASA’s fleet to be retired.

NPR reports Discovery is about to embark on its final mission, marking the beginning of the end of NASA’s 30-year-old space shuttle era.

Heavy rains throughout today with thunderstorms and severe weather likely to grace the area will make for hazardous driving conditions.

KENTUCKY~ A bill calling for testing carbon dioxide storage systems in the Commonwealth picks up steam in the General Assembly and so is another proposed law that would require scrappers to prove the metal is theirs. House members want to stop Beshear’s state worker furloughs. It sounds like the makings of a horror movie, but a group is digging up bodies under one of the state’s oldest psychiatric hospitals.

State of the City and County

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Paducah Mayor Bill Paxton and McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry delivered their annual state of the city and county addresses Thursday morning. The leaders spoke in front of a packed crowd at the monthly Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.  Mayor Paxton began . . . Listen to the full unedited addresses here.

Written by Angela Hatton

January 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

morning cram [tenacious edition]

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“WikiLeaks will continue.”

~ Julian Assange’s lawyer tells NPR detention of the website’s founder won’t deter the site’s online presence.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Mayor honors a longtime Sun journalist and the new city manager has his first day on the job. McCracken Co. Schools will decide who will build its school tomorrow. A tractor trailer tire fire shuts down I-24 East in Christian County. Murray’s business community rates city so-so. A Fort Campbell soldier is in custody after his wife was found dead at home. Fort Knox is still on track to become a big ole command center. The state’s Chamber of Commerce CEO outs prisons, Medicaid and public employee health as budget leeches. State officials warn scammers are targeting restaurants.

TENNESSEE~ Police say the man accused of murdering an elderly Buchanan couple has confessed to the crime. Gov. Bredesen is prepping Bill Haslam to handle the budget. OVC (Men’s) Basketball: APSU < Lipscomb; UTM < MO.

morning cram [graphene edition]

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The Nobel Prize in physics goes to Russian-born scientists Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov for “groundbreaking experiments” with an atom-thin material expected to play a large role in electronics.

~NPR talks graphene — a flake of carbon that is only one atom thick.

KENTUCKY~ State Police are searching for an escapee in Paducah and a man there is charged with arson. The Paducah Sun digs up some dirt on the top city manager candidates. TVA is holding a public hearing in Bowling Green today on its nuclear future. 5 people are charged in connection to an attempted Hopkinsville home bombing. The state receives $1.7mil in federal grants to teach sex ed. Rand Paul wants term limits for regulatory heads.

TENNESSEE~ A man convicted in Clarksville’s Taco Bell slayings is released from prison awaiting a new trial. When judges are reprimanded, should it be public?

ILLINOIS~ State officials begin figuring out how to implement federal health care reform. You can pay overdue state taxes without penalty through early November.

morning cram [judicial edition]

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U.S. Supreme Court justices have left “literally hundreds of pages of new law issued in the last week of the term alone.”

~ NPR showcases the latest struggles between the executive and judicial branches.

KENTUCKY~ Police shut down the East I-24 Ohio River Bridge to reconstruct a fatal accident. A man pleads (almost guilty) to dog fighting charges. The US 68/80 path through LBL shifts to newly constructed lanes.  Study: the Ohio River is filled with trace amounts of cocaine and antidepressantsAnother Fort Campbell hero killed. Edu guru Terry Holliday wants to avoid disaster days using the interweb. Chamber of Commerce: strategy working! Tax collection is down (two years in a row). Senate Prez David Williams (could be) mulling a run for governor. Rand’s recent comments anger some poor areas of the Commonwealth.

TENNESSEE~ A Henry County jury indicts (alleged) murderer. 1-year-old texting ban yields (only) 88 tickets.

morning cram (denial edition)

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KY~ MSU’s Billy Kennedy is expected to sign a contract extension today. Paducah officials deny being confused. Fort Campbell will tighten its (financial) belt while soldiers are away. A US-62 bridge near Lake City is down to one lane till noon. Murray’s Chamber of Commerce will release how its members feel about a payroll tax later this week. Two bills now sit on Beshear’s desk: one forces 2 organizations out into the public eye and another wants to reduce teen suicide. Most lawmakers get a day off as budget talks resume. No ‘Race to the Top’ $$$. More universities may establish nursing doctoral degree programs.

TN~ The state expects a $75m revenue shortfall. The Senate has passed a constitutional ban on an income tax.

morning cram (total class edition)

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We stayed classy this morning, declining to run word of terrible Clarksville sex crimes.

KY~ Jenna Bush Hager (W’s daughter) will enlighten Paducah capitalists tonight. You can breathe easy indoors there, too. It’s okay to shoot and kill intruders here (even if it’s not your own home and they’re unarmed). Paducahan rips out $700k worth of locomotive parts. Obama nominates our new US Attorney. Aspiring politicos have till Tuesday to sign up. Senate says ‘YES’ to nukes; panel pushes a public vote on gambling to the floor.

TN~ Clarksville Policeman wrecks during a late-night, drunk drive (allegedly) through Henry County. Commissioners want grant$ to repair their airport.