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morning cram [osama edition]

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The mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been killed by US forces in a surgical strike at a compound in northern Pakistan.

NPR reports Osama bin Laden’s death ends one of the longest and costliest manhunts in history.

KENTUCKY~ The latest Ohio River levels have gone up (again). Perkins Creek flooding in Paducah has closed more roads and Stuart Nelson Park. A Paducah woman drove into floodwaters yesterday and was rescued from drowning. Hickman’s Ohio River floodgates are leakingPoliticians weigh in on bin Laden’s death. The spring wildfire season has (officially) ended. The University of Kentucky announces a presidential candidate finalist.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville cancels its 2010 Flood Commemoration (ironically) due to high waters. Henry County’s storm damage estimates > $1mil.

ILLINOIS~ The US Supreme Court will not stand in the way of blasting a Missouri levee to relieve Mississippi River flooding.

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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.

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.