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morning cram [strauss-kahn edition]

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Embattled International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned.

NPR reports he wants to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.

KENTUCKY~ Livingston County may may have 150 damaged homes. The Army Corps of Engineers will set up a Birds Point/New Madrid Levee Info Center. Paducah is closing roads prepping for the Lowertown Music & Arts Fest. MSU officials will vote tomorrow to accept Paducah/McCracken County’s funding agreement for their own mini-campus. Murray’s Pella will add 75 jobs. US Sen McConnell defends the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The (unofficial) loser in the GOP Secretary of State race isn’t conceding and will ask for a recanvass. Voter counts prove not many cared about Tuesday’s Primary. The Governor’s race is heating up and Beshear is launching TV ads next week.

TENNESSEE~ Contractors don’t want a deadline to finish the Clarksville Marina. Henry County buddies up with Bethel University to add financial stability to a HCMC expansion project.

ILLINOIS~ Another round of Honeywell v USW is slated for next week.

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morning cram [music clouds edition]

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Amazon has launched a way for consumers to easily access all of their music on all of their devices through a so-called “cloud music service.”

~NPR reports the online retailer’s launch beat Google and Apple to the punch.

KENTUCKY~ Residents want McCracken County officials to oversee the local Humane Society. Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant has a new contractor to convert radioactive waste. Four area high schoolers will have Associate’s degrees when they graduate. A Mayfield man pleads guilty to manslaughter. Boy! Murray sure has grown. Earlington votes today on whether to allow restaurant alcohol sales. Hopkins County’s long-time Circuit Court Clerk is retiring. Gov Beshear signs a bill into law making it easier for top-earners to refinance homes. Some Maker’s Mark bottles will be sealed with gold wax.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville man goes on trial accused of murdering his Fort Campbell soldier spouse two years ago. Low-risk prisoners can now get credit toward their sentences for taking 3-month classes. A House sub-committee will discuss legalizing deer farming.

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morning cram [8.9 edition]

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A 30-foot tsunami triggered by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded smashed into Japan’s eastern coast Thursday.

NPR reports the body count continues to climb.

KENTUCKY~ Police and a towboat crew spot then recover a US-60 bridge jumper. Calloway High’s girls basketball team advances in the state championships. State fire investigators still don’t know what caused the Talon Falls (Halloween attraction) blaze. Another Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan, while hundreds return to base.  Early rainfall makes a local farmer smile. Williams accuses Beshear of calling senators ‘fat’. US Representative Ed Whitfield files a bill to protect Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers’ pensions. The state loses another longtime statesman to the private sector.

morning cram [hot money edition]

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With the US and other first-world economies deep in debt and growing sluggishly, most of the world’s economic expansion is now coming from developing nations.

NPR reports many of those nations are safeguarding against a ‘hot money’ bubble.

KENTUCKY~ Those sirens you heard this morning were only a test. The thousand-plus acres surrounding Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant could soon become publicly accessible. Official: Murray Hospital’s smoke-free policy is ‘unenforcible‘. A Marshall County man gets 10 years for DUI/manslaughter. Hopkinsville hires a new High School football coach. A proposed law that would make many cold meds require a prescription fails. The General Assembly could actually hammer out a Medicaid budget deal today. One lawmaker thinks in a couple years the Commonwealth can handle reforming its tax system.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County indicts the Buchanan double-murder suspect. UT’s faculty senate opposes legislation that would allow staff to carry handguns.

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.

The Front Page [01.21.10]

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A weekly on-air/online magazine from WKMS News.

The Q&A – the Jackson Purchase during the Civil War 

The Jackson Purchase Historical Society holds its first meeting of 2011 Saturday at Wrather Museum on Murray State’s campus. And in honor of the U.S. Civil War Sesquicentennial, the speaker will be MSU history professor, Civil War historian, and Fulbright scholar Dr. William Mulligan. He sits down with us first to talk about the war’s relevance and the role the Jackson Purchase played in the conflict.


Department of Energy Reaches Out on PGDP Site’s Future 

During a pair of US Department of Energy public information events this week in Paducah, Energy and environmental cleanup contractor officials talked to many area residents about the future of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site. DOE Site Leader Reinhard Knerr walks Reporter Chris Taylor through the mass of details.


Agriculture Business Changes as Area Farmers Grow Older 

Kentucky has 124-thousand farmers, the sixth largest number in the nation. But the number of farm operators has been declining steadily; the U. S. Census Bureau reports in the past decade 4,000 Kentucky farms went out of business. Fewer people are farming the Commonwealth’s land, and those still on the farm are growing gray, literally. The average age of the western Kentucky farmer is 57 . . . and getting older.

Beshear’s Plan to Balance the Medicaid Budget Garners Mixed Reviews 

Gov. Steve Beshear’s plan for balancing Kentucky’s Medicaid budget is getting mixed reviews in Frankfort. Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh looks at the proposal, its backers, and biggest critic.


Conversation with Jacklyn Marceau, author of Stripped 

Jacklyn Marceau teaches at Stephens College for women in central Missouri. She’s also a stripper, a mother, a feminist, and a product of Murray State University’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Louisville’s Typecast Publishing has picked up her memoir Stripped, about her life as an exotic dancer. Marceau sat down with Jacque Day in our studios to discuss her book and the many concurrent paths of her life.


Movie Review: “The King’s Speech” 

Some people, and you may be one of them, have difficulties speaking in public. But just imagine the anxiety you’d have if you had to speak to an entire nation…and had a stammer. An Englishman called Bertie found himself in just that predicament when he became King George VI in 1936. The new film The King’s Speech is the story of how he overcame that hurdle with the help of unorthodox Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue. Larry Thomas brings us this review.

morning cram [healing edition]

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President Obama yesterday paid tribute to victims of the Arizona mass shootings, urging Americans to change the nation’s caustic public dialogue by talking in a way that heals instead of wounds.

NPR has extensive coverage.

KENTUCKY~ A bid to build McCracken County’s jail expansion comes in over $1mil under estimates. Kentucky State Police are investigating fund misappropriations by two recently fired McCracken County School employees. USEC is haggling with TVA over a new power contract for Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. House Speaker Stumbo wants to ban smoking in cars with kids. KCTCS is participating in a new nationwide accountability program. A federally-subsidized work program employed 400 last year. Gov. Beshear says politicos should calm down. Since Secretary of State Trey Grayson is leaving for Harvard, Bowling Green’s Mayor will finish out his term.

TENNESSEE~ Austin Peay issues a campus warning after receiving a threatening letter from an ex-student.