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the morning cram [You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity edition]

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On the first day of Christmas, congress gave to me…nothing.

NPR reports as the holidays are on their way, our lawmakers want to go home feeling as if they’ve done something. Cue the theatrics

Kentucky~ Conway offers state officials DUI classes. Elaine Walker finishes cancer treatment.

Illinois~ Metropolis is changing its health insurance carrier. Here’s a shocker: youth prison programs don’t work.

the morning cram [medical merger edition]

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Two health care giants have merged. How could that affect you?

NPR reports last month’s merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Services will give someone the power to greatly affect your pocketbook.

Kentucky~ A Trigg County Amish man was killed by farm equip. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Dept is gettin some money. Stumbo says we need to keep an eye on doctors. The First Lady is celebrating green schools. An appeals court rejects former soldier convicted of rape and murder. State ACT scores are low (insert dumb Kentuckians joke here).

Illinois~ Gov Quinn says new leg maps are fine. Bird’s Point residents are mad about new levee plans.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville man may have been murdered. Kids are in better shape in the state.

the morning cram [robot gladiator edition]

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Robot Battles Sparks Kids’ Interest in Manufacturing

NPR reports manufacturing businesses try to attract the next generation of workers with gladiator-like robot fights.

Kentucky~ The Ohio River is expected to swell to “normal” levels over the next couple of days. Paducah Police warn residents about a possible scam. Many small historic towns are in danger of fading away. Two top politicians haven’t given money back that they made while they weren’t working.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville woman is attacked with a sword and folding chair. One is killed and another is hospitalized in a head-on car wreck in Clarksville. The Henry County Medical Center thinks they can make around $1 million next year.

Illinois~ Harrah’s has reopened (hooray!).  Lawmakers cut $1.6 billion from Gov Quinn’s budget. The  Senate panel approved measures to end workers’ comp.

morning cram [joplin edition]

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Authorities report at least 89 people have died in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin after a massive tornado blasted through with cataclysmic force.

NPR details the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials will vote tonight to decide if proposed coal facilities on the Ohio River will become a reality. A high-speed chase through Marshall and McCracken ends in suicide. MSU ups its tuition rate$. The state gears up to redraw voting district lines. You can get your GED test for free (limited time offer). GOP candidate for governor David Williams holds a rally/attacks Gov Beshear. Cops’ campaign reminds drivers that seat belts save lives.

TENNESSEE~ FEMA assigns $5mil for disaster aid.

ILLINOIS~ The state Treasurer claims the state is facing financial apocalypse.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU > TTU, APSU > UTM.

morning cram [debriefya edition]

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President Obama will debrief the nation tonight on the US military operations in Libya.

NPR reports the televised address comes nine days after Obama spurred the military into action.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man (allegedly) stabbed another man many times with a screwdriver. Paducah had a mini-quake last week. Six area dams would be hazardous if breached. A philanthropic dancing competition over the weekend drew in $132k. Gov Beshear throws out state agency cuts in the just-passed Medicaid bill.  UK makes the Final Four. Oh, and don’t burn your trash.

TENNESSEE~ A bill on Gov Haslam’s desk would remove state law references to ‘idiots, lunatics, and retards’.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU = APSU, UTM > << JSU. (Softball) MSU = TTU, APSU > << EMU, UTM = EKU.

morning cram [google spy edition]

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Intelligence agencies have traditionally relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn’t help US officials predict revolutions popping up across the Middle East and North Africa.

NPR reports officials say in hindsight, maybe they should have just used Google.

KENTUCKY~ The Paducah-McCracken merger study group says volunteer fire networks would remain unchanged. School officials promise streaming video of construction at the new McCracken County High School site. The Medicaid Special Session ends, but lawmakers are still being paid. Senators keep the state’s high school dropout age @ 16.  The Commonwealth invests a few bucks in several high-tech firms. The state Supreme Court temporarily halts executions.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell and union reps pen in another date (next month) to debate.

morning cram [falter edition]

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Japanese officials have made little apparent progress bringing the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear crisis under control.

NPR reports neither helicopters nor water cannon trucks have delivered much water to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods at the stricken complex.

KENTUCKY~ Some 200 people swarmed a proposed coal2liquid plant zoning meeting and are worried about pollution. The Heath High shooter testifies hallucinated voices told him to attack. An education official will tour Paducah tomorrow. The state’s Homeland Security Director resigns. Democrats support (but question) Gov Beshear’s Medicaid solution as the bipartisan effort continues. House members pass the drop out bill (again).

TENNESSEE~ The state’s demographics are diversifying (78% white | 17% black | 5% latino).

ILLINOIS~ Ohio River flooding worries shut down Harrah’s Casino & Hotel.