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the morning cram [border terrorists edition]

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Immigration debate grows as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is waging a war against ‘terror’ along the Rio Grande.

NPR reports Perry has stepped up a campaign to fight drug traffickers along the border, as he claims the situation is ‘worse than ever’, while opponents claim this is just a political farce meant to attack the Obama administration.

Kentucky~ An MSU student has died in a car wreck. The Paducah-McCracken County vote might be next year.

Tennessee~ 3 Clarksville pharmacies have been robbed. Dyer County estimates they got $5 million in flood damage.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn has signed election reforms into law.

morning cram [chinese muscle edition]

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“Beijing has long argued its army is primarily defensive, aimed at safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty. But the speed of China’s military development is unnerving its neighbors and the United States.”

NPR reports on China’s growing military muscle.

KENTUCKY ~ Democratic candidates Jerry Abramson and Jack Conway speak to western Kentucky Dems at annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. MSU Capital Projects include library, and science complex.  Site surveyors get geo-technical on the Lake Bridges Project.

ILLINOIS ~ Fort Massac doing OK after flooding, on track for events this year.

West Kentucky Allied Services Accepts Flood Donations

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West Kentucky Allied Services has released the locations of drop-off sites for flood-relief donations.  They are accepting donations of nonperishable food for flood victims in the local area. Food donations can be dropped off at our office locations in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken counties. WKAS is working with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and area churches to distribute the food to those in need. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. For more information or if you know someone in need of assistance contact Tony Dowdy at 1-800-294-2731.

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morning cram [fixin’ leaks edition]

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“Prosecutors are trying to build a case against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose website has embarrassed the U.S. government by disclosing sensitive diplomatic and military information.”

NPR reports its part of a bigger campaign to shut down leakers.

KENTUCKY ~ Number of registered voters high, turnout for primary expected to be low. Red Cross gives flood recovery update to Paducah commission. FEMA says OK to start cleanup, but document everything if you want reimbursement. State budget has a surplus, but disaster cleanup will gobble it up. The Commonwealth’s population is ch-ch-ch-changin’ in line with national numbers.

TENNESSEE ~ Bill to restrict teachers’ bargaining rights evolves, advances in the House.

morning cram [memphis flood blues edition]

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“The soaking in Memphis was isolated to low-lying neighborhoods, and forced hundreds of people from their homes, but no new serious flooding was expected. Officials trusted the levees would hold and protect the city’s world-famous musical landmarks, from Graceland to Beale Street.”

NPR reports historic flooding in a historic city.

KENTUCKY ~  Ohio River drops, Paducah gets a visit from Major Gen. Grisoli. Residents return to their homes as flood water recede. State Board of Elections chickens out on deciding an ethics question. Father enters Alford plea in “baby in oven” case.

morning cram [tainted ink edition]

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“The Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate tattoo ink. But until recently, it hadn’t, citing more pressing public health problems and a lack of consumer complaints. FDA chemist Dr. Bhakti Petigara Harp says that recently, the agency has started to see an increase in consumer complaints.”

NPR reports on the dangers of bad ink.

KENTUCKY ~ Levee holding, but in critical condition in Smithland. Two electrocuted, killed, in Mayfield while moving a radio antenna. Governor promises sixth furlough day for state employees.  New UK President talks to students and faculty, holds back on plan for university. Murray State installs energy-saving electrical system.

TENNESSEE ~ More poor people  need legal services, state can’t pay for all.

ILLINOIS ~ State budget deficit could top $9 billion

Representative Whitfield Issues Statement on Expediting FEMA

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Whitfield Calls Upon FEMA to Expedite Emergency Declaration to President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) today spoke with Richard Serino, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and urged Serino and FEMA to do whatever possible to advance Governor Steve Beshear’s request to the President for a declaration of a major disaster for all of Kentucky.

On April 28, Whitfield, after having viewed flood and storm damage across portions of the First Congressional District, led the Kentucky delegation in sending a letter to the President supporting the Governor’s request for a disaster declaration. Rep. Whitfield has continued to follow reports of rising river levels and, on the heels of the Army Corps of Engineers blasting a levy on the Mississippi River to relieve swelling river levels, Whitfield felt it necessary to call on FEMA and urge them to advance the disaster request.

“Deputy Administrator Serino was helpful in updating me on the process of the disaster declaration request,” said Whitfield following the call. “He informed me that FEMA has received the final pieces of information from the State and will now begin advancing the disaster declaration request through the necessary channels. It is my hope that this request would reach the President as quickly as possible so that local officials can have the assurance of federal support to make our damaged communities whole once more. I will continue to monitor and follow this situation closely and do whatever possible to assist Kentucky residents.”

Written by Angela Hatton

May 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

morning cram [wedded royals edition]

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“Prince William and Kate Middleton are now man and wife. The ceremony was watched by millions around the world as the two were wed at Westminster Abbey.”

NPR has wedding pictures.

KENTUCKY ~ CPE allows more tuition hikes at colleges and universities; expert says education becoming unattainable. Governor requests presidential disaster declaration for western Kentucky. Attorney General Conway says blowing Missouri levee would protect Hickman, KY. Graves Co. High School students serve their community. 

TENNESSEE ~ The city of Clarksville may ban synthetic drugs (aka “bath salts”). TBI says crime is down for third straight year in the state.

Live View from Paducah’s Bank

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These photos come from live webcams along Paducah’s riverfront. Refresh your browser for a current view (every 1 min).

Note: The images are not web-optimized and may take additional time to load for slower connections.

Written by Chris Taylor

April 28, 2011 at 7:28 am

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Video of Metropolis, IL Flooding

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Cellphone video footage from Youtube user 1kingofhalloween depicts Ohio River flooding from an inundated trailer park in Metropolis, Illinois. The videographer, Steve Chaney, says “It’s quite a disturbing thing to look out your front door and see nothing but water and seeing the water levels increasing slowly.”

In his series of uploads, residents allege emergency officials are apathetic to their plight. Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel dismisses the accusation (below).

Landlord Virgil Thomas alleges Emergency officials “don’t care”.

A Metropolis, Illinois resident says she’s left without help.

Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says two emergency shelters are open in the city. He dismisses allegations of official apathy, saying Chaney is a disgruntled candidate for city Alderman trying to stir up trouble.

You can hear McDaniel’s explanation here.

Written by Chris Taylor

April 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

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