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morning cram [balancing edition]

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The federal government’s mounting debt is often blamed on a failure of leadership, but leaders may not be the only ones at fault.

NPR reports surveys show most voters want more government (than they’re willing to pay for).

KENTUCKY~ A MSU student sues Sigma Pi over alleged racism. Paducah makes a national list of historic destinations. McCracken County wants to rezone property so a steel company can create over a dozen jobs there. 342 Fort Campbell heroes returned home from Afghanistan last night (in time for ex-Prez Bush’s booksigning there today). A measure that would graduate high schoolers early passes the Senate. House members OK school bus advertising and pass a bill that would contrast economic incentive$ with results. One House committee approves a proposal that would give shorter sentences for non-violent crimes. US House Representative Ben Chandler stands up for public broadcasting.

ILLINOIS~ Governor Quinn’s budget proposal cuts aid, services and borrows more money to pay old debt.

OVC Men’s Basketball~ APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU.

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morning cram [vostok edition]

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Russian scientists are on the verge of punching a hole into a vast Antarctic lake that’s buried under more than two miles of ice.

NPR reports the drilling is expected to tap into Lake Vostok, possibly disturbing a primitive and pristine ecosystem untouched for millions of years.

La Niña is expected to make our remaining winter months wetter and warmer.

KENTUCKY~ A police chase in McCracken County’s Farley area yields $15k worth of meth. 900 Fort Campbell heroes are due back (from Afghanistan) this weekend. A December Ballard County Jail inmate’s death is linked to a rare strain of pneumonia. Ex-Prez ‘W’ Bush reschedules his Fort Campbell book signing. The state has recycling grant$ up for grabs. A Senate committee approves to discontinue the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear power plants citing the irony of already having a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah. A House committee likes DUI vehicle-breathalyser legislation. A proposed immigration bill (similar to Arizona’s) gets its first hearing and a report finds it could cost the state about $89 million a year.

TENNESSEE~ A state mental health official likens upcoming budget cuts to ‘amputating fingers.’

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.