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the morning cram [tenacious Demonstrator edition]

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It’s getting real in the Port of Oakland parking lot.

NPR reports the Occupy Oakland protests are becoming more volatile between police and local protesters. Flashbangs and tear-gas anyone?

Kentucky~ McCracken County Clerk appeals financial oversight. Two Hopkinsville firefighters were arrested for pocketing money.   KSP says watch out for those frisky deer.

Illinois~ SIU professors are on strike. Debate continues on state funding of huge cross in Southern Illinois.


morning cram [flamingo edition]

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While we normally associate flamingos with tropical lagoons, they’re not always warm weather birds.

As NPR‘s Robert Krulwich discovers in a rare, but repeated instance, flamingos have turned up in Siberia.

KENTUCKY~ Whistleblowers write another letter renewing scrutiny of McCracken County Clerk Jeff Jerrell’s administration. Paducah organizers cancel this summer’s Festival. A longtime Caldwell County official resigns amid an improper conduct investigation. Lawmakers legalize ‘dangerous’ fireworks! Tornado drills tomorrow will sound throughout the Commonwealth. Lawmakers head back to the hill for three more days hoping to agree on a budget.

TENNESSEE~ A judge, a printing company and a photographer team up to support a bereaved western Kentucky Amish family. Lake County cops charge a man with a weekend double murder. Former House Speaker: bill to restrict teacher’s union will die.

OVC TOURNEY~ (Men’s) MSU < TTU, MhSU > APSU. Morehead wins the championship. (Women’s) APSU < TTU, UTM > MhSU & TTU. UT Martin wins the championship.

morning cram [terror$ edition]

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The Federal Treasury Department will soon publish new rules that would pave the way for tracking all money transfers coming in and out of the US to ferret out terrorism financing.

~NPR hears from experts it isn’t clear the plan is going to work.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah police search for an eyebrow-less burglar and city commissioners there welcome funding a dog park. McCracken County Clerk Jeff Jerrell will oversee the November ballot.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville teachers are getting a pay bump. Senators review changes to the state’s Board of Regents. Cyclists can comment on how the roads are. State representative candidate Roy Herron accuses his opponent of not disclosing his finances.

morning cram [operation streamline edition]

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Immigrants caught entering the US illegally are often pushed through the federal courts at unheard of speeds. They are often arraigned, counseled, plead and convicted in a matter of hours.

~NPR unveils a 3-month investigation into the process.

KENTUCKY~ Several McCracken County candidates scramble to fix campaign signs to comply with state law. A SWAT team sweeps a McCracken County meth house and police in Hopkins County rescue 4 children from a ‘large-scale’ lab. Paducah’s WKCTC will conduct a mock shooter exercise Wednesday morning. Police want your expired meds. (Yet) another Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan. Jack blasts Rand @ McCracken’s St. John’s Picnic; while Rand attends a secret meeting.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police search for a man wanted in connection to the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The state’s 911 system will go digital in just over a year.

NCAA SPORTS~ (Football) MSU < SEMO, APSU < MTSU, UTM < SELU. (Soccer) MSU < IPFW & SIU-E; APSU > Southern, < SELU; UTM > IPFW & Evansville.

morning cram [write-off edition]

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“Speaking near Cleveland on Wednesday, President Obama said all U.S. companies should be allowed to write off all of the investments they make through 2011.”

~NPR wades through the proposal’s mixed reactions.

KENTUCKY~ d Write-in McCracken County Clerk challengers want incumbent Jeff Jerrell to recuse himself from overseeing the election (he won’t). A Paducah woman is busted for selling crack. Watch out for oversized loads today/tomorrow near Calvert City’s Industrial Parkway. A Trigg County man died in a wreck yesterday. Fort Campbell ceremonially honors 11 fallen heroes (42 have died since June).  A Livingston County wildfire injures a forest ranger. UK’s President Lee Todd: I’m outta here! Beshear wants landlords who lease office space to state government to drop rent (by 5%). Jack makes $300k from web donations; Rand scrambles to make more.

TENNESSEE~ 9 cows die after a semi-truck overturns near Puryear. Retired attorneys will soon be able to do pro bono work.

ILLINOIS~ Enrollment down @ SIU-Carbondale.

morning cram [big difficult edition]

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“The New Orleans Police Department has long battled a bad reputation. But after Hurricane Katrina, the dept’s flaws unraveled.”

~NPR hears how it’s not so easy to be the NOPD.

KENTUCKY~ A state audit criticizes McCracken’s Clerk policies. McCracken County and Paducah agree on paying for ‘pauper burials’. Paducah School students are eating more cafeteria food this year. MSU beats out most state schools on Forbes’ Top 500 list. Fort Campbell’s hospital is expanding in Clarksville’s. A 10-year-old Oak Grove child gets a felony for arson. UK may be forced to turn over participant’s names of a study on the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (due out this fall). A bill that would stop executing the mentally ill faces many challenges. A newly signed federal act may impact (but remains totally unclear) food stamp programs. Beshear’s top aide resigns.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Mayor asks his Chief of Staff to resign (then fires him.)

ILLINOIS~ The next (epic) Honeywell and USW sitdown remains unscheduled.

morning cram [off edition]

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“A dangerous and potentially illegal act at the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia two months before a massive April explosion killed 29 mine workers.”

~NPR turns on the light.

(alleged) meth pirate

Randall Houser, 52

KENTUCKY~ Murray Police connect 4 more to this week’s home invasion. 5 Trigg County men publicly apologize for a 2008 Memorial Day sexual assault. Area police are searching for a man –> wanted on meth-related charges. A write-in candidate will challenge McCracken Clerk incumbent Jeff Jerrell. The public can comment tonight on a planned Henderson County coal gasification plant. Beshear: driveby texting is now illegal.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County’s budget still needs to shed a half-mil.