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the morning cram [wiffle ball: America’s game edition]

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Wiffle balls were born in, and are surprisingly still made in America.

NPR reports that unlike most other American backyard games that involve cheap plastic toys, wiffle balls are still made stateside.

Kentucky~ Property values are up in Calloway County. A McCracken County man’s body was found in the TN River. Police say they can’t enforce the ‘texting law’. Wickliffe’s Mayor passed away. A former Ft Campbell soldier enters a disabled vets bike ride.

Missouri~ Tax breaks for renters are taken away.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville nursing home is fined for unsafe practices. The Paris City Manager has a solution for the 911 battle.

 

the morning cram [deals and thumbs up edition]

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Leaders in Washington have reached a deal they hope to pass today, but the political posturing is far from over.

NPR reports that while almost no one got exactly what they wanted, a likely deal is in the works, and everyone try and use it to their advantage.

Kentucky~ Hummingbirds are passing through. Teachers are using a new program for new standards. The mix of medicine and religion worries many. Many are getting FEMA funds.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn signed an act to give money for college to immigrants.

Tennessee~ HCMC is worried about more Medicare cuts. Some Mexican-American War volunteers have been found.

the morning cram [Latino appeal edition]

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As the Latino population of the US grows, appealing to Hispanic voters becomes increasingly important to politicians.

NPR reports both Democrats and Republicans hope to make gains with the nation’s fastest growing minority, however Hispanic voters are frustrated with leaders from both parties.

Kentucky~ The Union puts off the Honeywell vote (what’s a few more weeks?). A Paducah man wins the British Senior Open. Debates continue over a hospital/religion merger. A Fort Campbell soldier faces murder charges. The state needs more dentists (insert Kentucky teeth joke here).

Illinois~ Report says gambling money goes to political campaigns.

Tennessee~ A Henry County Medical Center project seeks more money.

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 [strauss-kahn edition]

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Embattled International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned.

NPR reports he wants to devote “all his energy” to battle the sexual assault charges he faces in New York.

KENTUCKY~ Livingston County may may have 150 damaged homes. The Army Corps of Engineers will set up a Birds Point/New Madrid Levee Info Center. Paducah is closing roads prepping for the Lowertown Music & Arts Fest. MSU officials will vote tomorrow to accept Paducah/McCracken County’s funding agreement for their own mini-campus. Murray’s Pella will add 75 jobs. US Sen McConnell defends the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The (unofficial) loser in the GOP Secretary of State race isn’t conceding and will ask for a recanvass. Voter counts prove not many cared about Tuesday’s Primary. The Governor’s race is heating up and Beshear is launching TV ads next week.

TENNESSEE~ Contractors don’t want a deadline to finish the Clarksville Marina. Henry County buddies up with Bethel University to add financial stability to a HCMC expansion project.

ILLINOIS~ Another round of Honeywell v USW is slated for next week.

morning cram [ethanol edition]

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Starting next season, NASCAR will use a 15% ethanol-gas blend.

~NPR reports trade group Growth Energy signed a six-year deal with the racing outfit.

KENTUCKY~ A McCracken County man is charged with a local toddler’s murder. 3 Murray men are accused of stealing thousand$ in videogames. A Murray couple slips the local United Way some funding. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has a new chairman. Women’s Basketball: MSU < UTM.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police arrest an (alleged) bank robber. Paris’ Hospital officials OK an $8mil power plant.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell’s Metropolis plant leaks and contains some corrosive acid. SIU cuts 9 teachers and ravages wages at its Carbondale campus.

morning cram [integrity edition]

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NPR faces sharp criticism after terminating news analyst Juan Williams’ contract, who was fired Wednesday for violating the news organization’s ethics policy over comments he made on Fox News about Muslims.

~ Williams’ comments and NPR‘s response is prompting a debate about where the boundaries are drawn for journalists nowadays.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County Schools suspends its facilities director after a DUI arrest. A small plane emergency landed on KY-80 yesterday. Statewide jobless rates are still in the double digits. Jack hopes Rand will still do next week’s scheduled KET debate. The state is auditing its pension agencies.

TENNESSEE~ A man is arrested in Henry County for (alleged) severe domestic violence. Ash storage at  TVA’s coal power plant in Cumberland City has raised some red flags. Unemployment figures dip below the national average. Governor Bredesen cites drought in requesting federal disaster relief.

morning cram [thumbs edition]

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“It took millions of years for our hands to go from grasping tree limbs to writing poetry. And scientists believe that making stone tools helped propel that evolution.”

~NPR hears how our thumbs came to oppose.

KENTUCKY~ Expect delays on US-68/KY-80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and the US-60 Tennessee River Bridge @ Ledbetter. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal will have a hearing to see if he can appeal. A Fort Campbell soldier dies abroad in a non-combat incident. Military officials ID the remains of Fort Campbell helicopter pilot nearly 4 decades later$omebody <3’s WKU… The school busted its record for cash donations. State Board of Education members get oriented today. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s (alleged) extorter is on trial today. The American Lung Association lobbies the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville for changes to Medicaid.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ hospital posts profits this year. Candidate for governor Bill Haslam leads the Republican pack in primary polls.

morning cram [dead byrd edition]

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The United States’ longest-serving Senator is dead at 92.

“Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) was a man who fought the Civil Rights Act — to his later regret — but who took pride in his fight against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.”

NPR remembers.

KENTUCKY~ Fredonia’s all-girl prison farm is a hit! Paducah school officials want to buy 31 homes behind the middle school on Lone Oak Road. Owensboro Community and Technical College’s new president begins July 1. MSU takes 4th @ bass fishing tourney on Kentucky Lake.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County Medical Center’s debt worsens. Union City gets a WWII-era plane for its upcoming Discovery Center.  Republican candidates for governor would prefer cutting inheritance, investment and business taxes over taxes on groceries.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis has until mid-July to have a plan in place to stop pumping sewage into the Ohio River.