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the morning cram [show me the money edition]

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The unemployment rate in the US has fallen to its lowest level in three years.

NPR reports last month’s surge in hiring helped to drive unemployment to 8.5%. Here’s hoping those people will be allowed to keep their jobs and their extra cash.

Kentucky~  Paducah City Commissioner Watkins announces his run for the 3rd district seat. Former McCracken county humane society workers arraigned for inhumane euthanasia. The Dorena-Hickman ferry is nearly done with its retrofit. Life is about to get better for Goldfish in Owensboro. No state department is safe from upcoming budget cuts. Beshear has appointed a group to study tax reform. A Connecticut hedge fund linked to Kentucky Retirement accounts has failed.

 

the morning cram [it’s a Christmas miracle edition]

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A boy survived an attack from a flesh-eating bacterium, because he was protected by a 350-year-old Mohawk Indian…

…and as NPR reports, the Vatican says it was a miracle.

Kentucky~ MSU’s Brockman=All-American. The McCracken Fiscal court is tired of throwing money at the convention center. Nat’ Guard soldiers are coming home. Some want HFSS to step down. Beshear gets lumps of coal for Christmas.

the morning cram [Follow for Now edition]

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There may be another choice in the presidential race…

NPR reports the field may be ripe for a third party candidate. Something new anyone?

Kentucky~ Paducah will be home to a new steel factory. A McCracken County School mechanic is on trial for getting rich off bus parts. People living near the Dorena-Hickman ferry are in need of those amphibious cars. Beshear picks his committee for his super-sweet second inaugural party.

the morning cram [fresh start edition]

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Many vets are finding it hard to start again stateside, but there’s a group of people helping to bring vet’s business ideas to life…

NPR reports a Milwaukee-based company seeks to help vets start businesses which can in turn hire more veterans.

Kentucky~ David Williams’ bus tour rolls through Paducah and Mayfield. The Secretary of State predicts the voter turnout in the upcoming election.  Lieutenant Governor hopefulls threw down last night.

Tennessee~ The deaths at a biker rally last month were a result of carbon monoxide. Fort Campbell opens a new training facility today.

Illinois~ Get ready, here come the vetoes!

the morning cram [the anticipation edition]

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America waits in expectation for Obama’s job plan.

NPR reports Americans are skeptical amidst the economic climate and are waiting to see the President’s next move.

Kentucky~ Madisonville officials consider a bump in tax rates. McCracken County is getting a visit from gubernatorial hopefuls, but not Governor Beshear. The parent company of the Wickliffe paper mill files for bankruptcy.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s Farmers Market named the best in the state.

Illinois~ Governor Quinn considers cuts to the parole system to help balance the state’s budget.

morning cram [chinese muscle edition]

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“Beijing has long argued its army is primarily defensive, aimed at safeguarding China’s territorial sovereignty. But the speed of China’s military development is unnerving its neighbors and the United States.”

NPR reports on China’s growing military muscle.

KENTUCKY ~ Democratic candidates Jerry Abramson and Jack Conway speak to western Kentucky Dems at annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. MSU Capital Projects include library, and science complex.  Site surveyors get geo-technical on the Lake Bridges Project.

ILLINOIS ~ Fort Massac doing OK after flooding, on track for events this year.

morning cram [turn and coffee edition]

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For a long time scientists have wondered whether coffee might lower the risk of prostate cancer.

NPR reports a Harvard study finds that may be true.

KENTUCKY~ A section of US-62 in Carlisle County is shut down this morning as police reconstruct a fatal school bus wreck. Paducah’s City Manager recommends no new taxes and the city will fund a new Murray State extended campus there. A worker yesterday was electrocuted @ MSU. Police make McCracken County pump ‘n run arrest. GOP Gubernatorial candidate David Williams says ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy‘ and Gov Steve Beshear claims he’s ‘Tested, trusted and tough.’

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville is trying out a new way to dole out non-profit funding. TVA says next month’s electricity bills will see hikes up to 50 cents. Legislators want to change the state’s alcohol laws to woo Sierra Nevada to build a brewery there.

morning cram [bow out edition]

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Fallout from NPR‘s decision to fire former news analyst Juan Williams reached the network’s highest levels yesterday as its top news executive, Ellen Weiss, resigned.

More.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah purchases land to build it’s Scholar House project. Roads are being pre-treated anticipating weekend snowfall. Beshear signs up for re-election. Senators nod at pension reforms and a lawmaker files a bill to make the Commonwealth smoke-free.

TENNESSEE~ Overnight bridge work is expected to slow traffic in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ A shooting victim is in stable condition after an incident in the parking lot of Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel and Casino. 3 people are wanted in connection to a recent rash of methlab discoveries.

OVC Basketball~ Men’s: MSU > TSU. Women’s: MSU < TSU; APSU < UTM.

morning cram [blame edition]

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The National Commission on BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is pulling no punches assigning blame for the explosion last April.

~An official tells NPR that BP, Transocean and Halliburton all made baffling decisions which played a role in the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ Hundreds of dead birds were found last week near MSU. Mayfield’s leaders plan an all day summit Saturday. McCracken County’s court systems get a liaison. Oak Grove bans public smoking. Gov. Beshear is far outpacing the GOP contenders in fundrai$ing. A Senate committee clears a bill aiming to reward math and science teachers for students’ AP high scores, another approves a tax code improvement initiative, and a Lexington lawmaker proposes toughening the state’s ethics law.

TENNESSEE~ A bunch of TVA industrial customers gripe about ‘worse than ridiculous‘ rates.

 

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.