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the morning cram [campsite scalper edition]

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Scalpers sell tickets to ball games, concerts, and… campsites?

NPR reports demand for campsites in popular destinations such as Yosemite National Park have led scalpers to buy-up reservations and sell them online for a tidy profit.

New jobs are on the horizon in Kentucky and Tennessee in the auto industry.

Kentucky~ A new plant could create jobs in McCracken County.  6 people died on roadways during the holiday weekend. JP Morgan is the state’s new banker. Senator Paul says the debt situation could be worse. The state’s waterways could provide more jobs in the future. Gov Beshear wants to discuss Medicaid.

Tennessee~ Many arrests were made for drunken boating during the holiday. An airport in the northwest portion of the state could help economic development. Gov Haslam wants to discuss teacher accountability programs.

Datebook: July 4 – Independence Day

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4th 1831. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.

It’s Monday, the 4th of July

Mayfield’s Glory Days Festival Car Show continues downtown today. Activities starting at seven this evening at the Mayfield High School Track Area include a watermelon bust, dog show, The Diamonds in Concert and Fireworks.

LBL’s Homeplace offers Independence Day activities 1 to 4 today as does The Nature Station. See

Paducah’s July 4 Celebration features the Kentucky National Guard’s award-winning 202nd Army Band culminating its two-week concert series in our region. Hear its jazz combo opening a show at the Riverfront’s Wilson Stage at 6:30. The Paducah Community and Concert Band begins at 8. There are fireworks at 9:15. The Kentucky Avenue boat ramp will be unavailable from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks. Noble Park Pool is open noon to 6 today.

Madisonville’s 4th Fest continues at City Park today with children’s activities, the Chamber beer garden, a concert by the Jimmy Church Band and fireworks.

Take care and enjoy the holiday. See community events at for what’s happening around here.

the morning cram [no new taxes…ever edition]

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Stephen Colbert discovers Grover Norquist would sacrifice his grandmother to fire ants before approving a tax increase.

NPR reports the GOP has long resolved to refuse tax increases, while Democrats continue to crow over what are thought to be “chinks” in the no-new-tax armor.

Kentucky~ The McCracken County Jail is looking to improve security. Amtrak in Fulton might pick you up at home soon. There will be lanes closed on I-24 starting next week. Brent Burke has been released. There are more fireworks stands this year. Elderly are targeted for a “grandparent scam”.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn needs to create a new budget.