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the morning cram [border terrorists edition]

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Immigration debate grows as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is waging a war against ‘terror’ along the Rio Grande.

NPR reports Perry has stepped up a campaign to fight drug traffickers along the border, as he claims the situation is ‘worse than ever’, while opponents claim this is just a political farce meant to attack the Obama administration.

Kentucky~ An MSU student has died in a car wreck. The Paducah-McCracken County vote might be next year.

Tennessee~ 3 Clarksville pharmacies have been robbed. Dyer County estimates they got $5 million in flood damage.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn has signed election reforms into law.

morning cram [freezer cash edition]

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The top Libyan opposition official is stopping by the White House today.

NPR reports Transitional National Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril’s goal is to persuade US officials to recognize the TNC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people — and to give it some of Khadafi’s frozen cash.

KENTUCKY~ Harrah’s Casino-Metropolis parent company Caesar’s Entertainment donates $100k to local Red Cross efforts. Parts of US-60 are reopened. Police: a driver dragged a gas station owner after a pump ‘n run (see photo). Road work closes KY-83 in Graves Co. A mysterious house fire in Sharpe injures a resident. State tourism revenue$ had a 5% bump last year. Check out the difference between this year’s GOP Secretary of State candidates. The NAACP and a Confederate heritage group differ on a proposal to issue rebel flag license plates.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are now using stats to fight crime. GOP lawmakers want to wrap it up by next week. A bill progresses which would (again) allow Nashville businesses that discriminate against homosexuals to do work with the city.

SPORTS~ OVC Softball Tourney: MSU > UTM; MSU < JSU.

morning cram [predator edition]

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Armed US Predator drone aircraft are flying over Libya 24/7 attacking Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. 

Military officials insist to NPR the move is not a prelude to deeper US military involvement.

KENTUCKY~ It’s gonna rain! (a lot) and could flood rivers/roads while delaying corn farmers from planting. Paducah Police charge a man in a (possibly) drug-fueled, shooting murder. McCracken officials want to hear from opponents @ their (May 2) Ohio River coal project rezoning hearing. Attorney General Conway calls Pabst’s new binging-brew a “safety risk”. The MSU Women’s Golf team is currently in 2nd as they tee off again in the OVC tourney.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police charge a Hoptown teen with attempted murder (x3) after an all-girl brawl earlier this month. Union City officials may raise the speed limit on one of its thoroughfares after traffic cameras spur complaints.

morning cram [ike’s warning edition]

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50 years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation about what he described as a threat to democratic government. He called it the military-industrial complex, a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces.

NPR looks at what’s changed since.

KENTUCKY~ 2 property owner holdouts will go to court in the battle to build a new Paducah Middle School. McCracken County officials are investigating a non-suspicious teen death. Police arrest a Graves County high schooler over a gun threat. You can buy your very own LBL bison. A bill before legislators this session would drug-test food stamp and Medicaid recipients.

TENNESSEE~ A lucky pilot receives only a scratch after crash-landing a single-engine craft near Sango. Clarksville Police seize a record 250lbs of pot, an (alleged) drug dealer is murdered, and they also allege a guy lied about getting his wallet stolen (he lost it). Governor Haslam doesn’t want the public to know his income.

ILLINOIS~ SIU@Carbondale: enrollment keeps falling. Everyone’s waiting around to see what Governor Pat Quinn will decide to do about the state’s death penalty.

OVC SPORTS~ (Men’s) MSU > TTU, APSU < TSU, UTM > JSU; (Women’s) MSU < TTU, APSU > TSU, UTM > JSU.

morning cram [healing edition]

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President Obama yesterday paid tribute to victims of the Arizona mass shootings, urging Americans to change the nation’s caustic public dialogue by talking in a way that heals instead of wounds.

NPR has extensive coverage.

KENTUCKY~ A bid to build McCracken County’s jail expansion comes in over $1mil under estimates. Kentucky State Police are investigating fund misappropriations by two recently fired McCracken County School employees. USEC is haggling with TVA over a new power contract for Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant. House Speaker Stumbo wants to ban smoking in cars with kids. KCTCS is participating in a new nationwide accountability program. A federally-subsidized work program employed 400 last year. Gov. Beshear says politicos should calm down. Since Secretary of State Trey Grayson is leaving for Harvard, Bowling Green’s Mayor will finish out his term.

TENNESSEE~ Austin Peay issues a campus warning after receiving a threatening letter from an ex-student.

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 [charging edition]

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“The electric car is no longer just a project for smarty-pants MIT students.”

~NPR reports a convenient refueling infrastructure is still missing.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah school officials will invoke eminent domain to build a new middle school. A Paducah boy is hospitalized after playing a round of Russian Roulette. An attempted murder trial remains to be heard in Calloway County and a couple’s murder trial is pushed back a month. Western Kentucky telephone area codes will remain (270). Flags are flying half-staff today in honor of a former Air Force hero. Frozen pipes suck.

ILLINOIS~ A dispute between Metropolis’ Honeywell plant and a local union remains unsettled. State officials want to collect unpaid online sales taxes.