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the morning cram [this is bat country edition]

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A recreational drug may be just what the doctor ordered.

NPR reports the club drug, Ketamine may be able to make depression dissapear almost immediately. Are we sure it’s not the trance beat and strobe lights?

Kentucky~ There’s a flood warning starting tomorrow in Paducah. Think twice about taking a leisurely stroll on the remaions of the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. Commercial driver’s licensing requirements are changing.

Tennessee~ The state is attempting to halt the growing numbers of prescription drug overdoses.

the morning cram [The next time I have to come in here I’m crackin’ skulls edition]

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Good News. If you’re ever captured by Somali Pirates, Obama’s got your back, even if you’re Danish!

NPR reports Obama sent in his A-squad to deal with a hostage situation. With their success rate, I think Obama should start using the special forces to deal with all of his problems. Let’s start with a raid on the investment banks.

Kentucky~ The PRA is now a city agency. Here’s to hoping shiny tape will save our Amish from jail.  Cadiz seeks to ban synthetic marijuana. Looks like Kentucky teachers may have to be held back. The Commonwealth considers a tax amnesty plan.

Tennessee~ Titan tire hopes to hire 300 people  by the year’s end.

 

 

the morning cram [We’ll always have Iowa edition]

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Mitt narrowly squeaks out a win in Iowa, now on to his neck of the woods.

NPR reports Romney and Santorum split the lion’s share of Iowa votes, so now Iowa residents can throw off their sense of political superiority and face the fact that they have to live in Iowa.

Kentucky~   Kentucky State parks will stay open through winter.Stumbo wants coal money to head to the University of Pikeville. The State of the Commonwealth is tonight.

Tennessee~  State GOP leaders look at redistricting. The Voter ID law faces its first legal challenge.

the morning cram [the best way to hurt rich people is to turn them into poor people edition]

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It’s official, Americans like to spend money.

NPR reports pound for pound, dollar for dollar, we like to spend far more than our counterparts throughout the world (and we hate to save too).

Kentucky~ A shootout in Hopkins County hospitalizes four. Apparently you can get cash for farming land that doesn’t belong to you. State Reps want Kentuckians to have a tax-free weekend next school year. The Commonwealth begins a new tourism campaign.

Tennessee~  The Arts Commission commissioned its new website (I couldn’t resist). The state is honored for financial reporting.

 

 

 

 

the morning cram [heavy d and the boyz edition]

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Around two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and some say we need to talk about it.

NPR reports that often when the issue of weight is brought up medically, both doctors and patients want to avoid talking about the elephant in the room.

Kentucky~ Racer 1 was injured during the football game this weekend. Fort Campbell opened injured soldier barracks. Is there a new tax horizon? Beshear is planning a cheaper inauguration. Schools should get NCLB waivers. The capitol chapel is getting a makeover.

Tennessee~ More arrests in drug task force audit.

the morning cram [debt doom discussions edition]

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Bipartisan talks on the debt ceiling continue today as the deadline approaches.

NPR reports members of both parties will meet with President Obama today to try and reach a deal on the debt ceiling, and prevent the first ever government default.

Kentucky~ The weather for today… is HOT, BLISTERINGLY HOT!! The Paducah Symphony Orchestra has found a new director. A semi-truck hit an Amish buggy and killed a toddler. A visiting Job Corps student drowned in Lake Barkley. Coal workers donate large sums to politicians. Police say they wrote 21,000 seat belt tickets during a two-week crack down. The US Army is bringing murder charges against Brent Burke.

Tennessee~ Goodyear in Union City is shutting down. Gov Haslam plans to be ‘more proactive’ with the General Assembly for the next fiscal year. TVA is trying to help reduce energy costs for customers. A West Tennessee group is answering questions about construction.

morning cram [cuckoo edition]

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Cocoa exports are being used as a weapon in Ivory Coast as the would-be president there orders a month-long ban.

NPR reports the world’s top cocoa bean exporter is locked in a deadly presidential power struggle.

Transportation officials: don’t drive (unnecessarily) today.

KENTUCKY~ I-24 is shut down near the Livingston/Lyon County line. A Fairdealing girl dies after accidentally shooting herself. An alleged Clarksville nightclub shooter is arrested in Marshall County. Governor Beshear will talk about transportation safety in Paducah this afternoon. A conservative opinion leader says prescription-izing cold meds is like “using a sledgehammer to kill an ant.” Senators pass a public school bill that would allow ‘Bible classes‘ and will soon consider new elderly abuse legislation.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Leaf Chronicle newspaper wonders where in the world is Montgomery County’s Sheriff? Ex-Mayor Piper’s new gig is all good in the (legal) hood. The state’s latest tax revenue predictions are up, but still not enough.

morning cram [creationism edition]

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A survey of high school biology teachers finds only 28% consistently follow National Research Council guidelines that encourage teaching students about evolution.

NPR News’ blog The Two-Way notes creationism is still taught in many American classrooms.

KENTUCKY~ A TV news reporter finds a missing autistic woman in Paducah. A Japanese auto parts maker plans to open up shop in Hopkinsville.  Guess how many meth labs it took to break a record last year. An initiative ending the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear plants passes the Senate. A hearing on the proposed immigration bill continues today after yesterday’s session.

TENNESSEE~ Heart disease is the state’s top killer. A bill is expected to pass this year making the state’s driver’s license tests English-only.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis Honeywell officials and union heads had a ‘constructive’ sitdown yesterday, and the union’s numbers are thinning as some move on to other jobs.

morning cram [bath salts edition]

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Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are some of the names on packets of white powder being sold in convenience stores and gas stations across the nation.

NPR reports though the packets are labeled and sold as “bath salts,” they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like (and sometimes violent) high.

KENTUCKY~ Roadways are looking (mostly) clear but more snow is likely. Paducah Police need your help to find a missing autistic woman. State Police investigators accuse a teenager of murdering a 9-year-old Todd County girl. Owensboro Catholic officials call in a PI to check out a suicide victim’s online sex abuse allegations. A wine group is waiting for legislators to hear them… complain. Figuring out the state’s Medicaid budget is hard and one lawmaker is (again) taking aim at payday lenders.

TENNESSEE~ Republicans are rallying to join other states to challenge the federal healthcare law.

OVC BASKETBALL~ MSU > EIU, APSU < TTU.

morning cram [bow out edition]

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Fallout from NPR‘s decision to fire former news analyst Juan Williams reached the network’s highest levels yesterday as its top news executive, Ellen Weiss, resigned.

More.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah purchases land to build it’s Scholar House project. Roads are being pre-treated anticipating weekend snowfall. Beshear signs up for re-election. Senators nod at pension reforms and a lawmaker files a bill to make the Commonwealth smoke-free.

TENNESSEE~ Overnight bridge work is expected to slow traffic in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ A shooting victim is in stable condition after an incident in the parking lot of Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel and Casino. 3 people are wanted in connection to a recent rash of methlab discoveries.

OVC Basketball~ Men’s: MSU > TSU. Women’s: MSU < TSU; APSU < UTM.