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the morning cram [spare rib edition]

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A T-Rex is now united with a long lost rib.

NPR reports the first complete Tyranasaurus Rex skeleton discovered in 1902 has been without a rib since the second world war. That is until now.

Western Kentucky and Tennessee are eyeing river port development.

Kentucky~ A fatal accident closed I-24 in McCracken yesterday. A Judge says kidnapping case stays in McCracken. If you need eye surgery, an optometrist can do it.

Illinois~ Those who were adopted will be able to see their original birth certificate. There are more poor people in the state. Gov Quinn says casinos could hurt education. Lt Gov Simon says she opposes utility rate increases.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville women’s clinic is getting bigger. Harwell hit back on voter ID comments.

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.

morning cram [sleep debt edition]

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Most high school students are chronically tired from juggling school, sports, homework, chores, friends and family.

NPR hears how the typical high school senior gets less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, but they need a great deal more.

KENTUCKY~ The Ohio River Bridge (Wickliffe-Cairo) is back open. McCracken officials will listen tonight to public comments on a proposed coal-2-liquid plant and they voted to fund MSU’s new Paducah campus. MSU loses Head Basketball Coach Billy Kennedy to Texas A&M. An Amish teen drowned in a pond. National Democrats are closely watching Kentucky’s Governor race. Attorney General Conway accuses Marathon Oil of price gouging.

TENNESSEE~ Democrats are renewing efforts to extend the state’s unemployment. A new study finds the state’s schools aren’t producing enough tech grads. Several counties are eligible for disaster unemployment benefits.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU < MhSU, APSU > SEMO.

morning cram [sea turtles! edition]

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Loggerhead turtles are born with an ability to know where they are on Earth, and which way to swim to get to favorable feeding grounds.

NPR explains how the hardbacks use a natural GPS.

KENTUCKY~ Independent voters fail to break into primary elections; voting still limited to Dems and GOP. A Senate panel moves to protect hunters’ rights, while a Senate committee says no way to Gov. Beshear’s Medicaid fix. The House passes the carbon dioxide pipe bill to the Governor. Parkway extension linked to I-24 now open near Hopkinsville. MSU’s coach named best in the OVC. The Livingston County Sheriff disagrees with a state auditor’s report that shows missing money. Area kids in danger: A Fort Campbell two-year-old found wondering on I-24; mother high, and a Paducah three-year-old rides without a seatbelt; grandmother driving drunk.

ILLINOIS~ House legislators unanimously passes a bill that cracks down on high school athlete concussions, and circuit judges must undergo performance evaluations.

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.

Snow Vidz

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How bad was it? Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has some videos of visibility on I-24 in western Kentucky, and of a snow plow that ran off the Western Kentucky Parkway in Caldwell County.

Written by Angela Hatton

February 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

morning cram [competitiveness edition]

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In his second State of the Union address, President Obama outlined the United States’ challenge of improving global competitiveness.

NPR reports Obama’s call for America to (once again) reinvent itself includes new government ‘investments’ in education, renewable energy and infrastructure.

1-7 inches of wet snow blankets the region overnight while road crews are almost out of salt. Watch out for bad winter weather drivers and find area closings, delays and road conditions below.

KENTUCKY~ Mayfield Police are still searching for suspects after a local pharmacy was pilfered for pain meds. A Fulton babysitter discovers a toddler drowned in a bucket.

ILLINOIS~ One legislator/pilot wants new state charges for pointing lasers at airplanes. SIU-Carbondale’s new provost resigns (after +1 week on the job).

morning cram [milk-sharing edition]

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Some new moms who can’t breastfeed have discovered they can still give their babies milk donated by other moms they find on Facebook.

NPR reports the milk-sharing continues despite warnings from the federal government.

KENTUCKY~ A couple of Paducah teens face multiple charges for (allegedly) throwing rocks at I-24 traffic. Paducah’s City Manager plans to proctor a pay study. A McCracken County official claims Paducah is cheating on its taxes. Students can apply for grant$ to save energy at their school. A woman gets into the  gubernatorial election mix ahead of tomorrow’s deadline. A top Fort Campbell official shares what would be an Afghanistan game-changer.

TENNESSEE~ Searchers find the body of a missing Puryear man. Governor Haslam claims an elected Attorney General would be a politicized distraction. A pair of lawmakers want to end ‘full and complete stops‘ at traffic lights.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > SEMO, APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU; (Women’s) MSU < SEMO, APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU.

morning cram [yoda bat edition]

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Topping a list of the strangest creatures discovered this year is a bat that looks a like a George Lucas creation.

~See a photo of the creature on NPR‘s The Two Way.

KENTUCKY~ Some SIU-Carbondale students have ‘strong’ ideas on how to better Paducah’s riverfront. A newly contracted firm will be working to get rid of thousands of nuclear containers stored in Paducah. I-24’s Welcome Center is back open. After 3 years in office, Governor Steve Beshear says he’s “energized” (in time for re-election). Gubernatorial candidate Phil Moffett will fund-raise in Florida next week.

TENNESSEE~ UTM plans to erect a new radio tower. Someone drops a +$1.5k coin into a Salvation Army kettle (for a 3rd year in a row). Paris plans to build a safety shelter for severe weather. Henry County is declared an agricultural disaster zone. State sales tax revenue continues to defy predictors. In OVC Basketball.. (Men’s) UTM > Central Arkansas; (Women’s) APSU < Lipscomb.

morning cram [tenacious edition]

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“WikiLeaks will continue.”

~ Julian Assange’s lawyer tells NPR detention of the website’s founder won’t deter the site’s online presence.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Mayor honors a longtime Sun journalist and the new city manager has his first day on the job. McCracken Co. Schools will decide who will build its school tomorrow. A tractor trailer tire fire shuts down I-24 East in Christian County. Murray’s business community rates city so-so. A Fort Campbell soldier is in custody after his wife was found dead at home. Fort Knox is still on track to become a big ole command center. The state’s Chamber of Commerce CEO outs prisons, Medicaid and public employee health as budget leeches. State officials warn scammers are targeting restaurants.

TENNESSEE~ Police say the man accused of murdering an elderly Buchanan couple has confessed to the crime. Gov. Bredesen is prepping Bill Haslam to handle the budget. OVC (Men’s) Basketball: APSU < Lipscomb; UTM < MO.