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the morning cram [Bizarro Stanford Prison edition]

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The ‘evil scientist’ who gave us the Stanford Prison experiment wants to change his legacy.

NPR reports Philip Zimbardo, the scientist known most for his prison experiment, is attempting to show that humans can be made into heroes as easily as they can be made into monsters.

Kentucky~ The Graves County Amish men are taking their traffic case to the Supreme Court. Gas prices are higher. Food banks are buying unused produce. A Fort Campbell woman is in jail for scamming people. A vote will be held in Bowling Green to determine how the accused terrorists will be tried.  The state judiciary is financially stable for the first time since 2008. Meetings will begin soon to help address the needs of the blind.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville woman is in jail for leaving her kids in a hot car.

Illinois~ The Fire Marshal says to stay away from illegal fireworks.

morning cram [8.9 edition]

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A 30-foot tsunami triggered by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded smashed into Japan’s eastern coast Thursday.

NPR reports the body count continues to climb.

KENTUCKY~ Police and a towboat crew spot then recover a US-60 bridge jumper. Calloway High’s girls basketball team advances in the state championships. State fire investigators still don’t know what caused the Talon Falls (Halloween attraction) blaze. Another Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan, while hundreds return to base.  Early rainfall makes a local farmer smile. Williams accuses Beshear of calling senators ‘fat’. US Representative Ed Whitfield files a bill to protect Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant workers’ pensions. The state loses another longtime statesman to the private sector.

morning cram [tripoli edition]

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Moammar Gadhafi’s armed forces are setting up checkpoints in Tripoli ahead of planned anti-government protests today, raising fears of new bloodshed in the Libyan capital.

Follow up on the latest with NPR.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s average credit card debt is the 4th lowest in the nation. Grand Rivers will miss the Badgers. The Commonwealth is well on its way to banning ‘bath salt’ drugs and expanding concealed carry laws. House members voted for a one-stop, web-shop for all things business and Republican senators are reviving their stalled plan to deal with troubled public pensions. The state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice warns further cuts would gimp the system. Governor Beshear signs major reforms to the penal code into law.

TENNESSEE~ City Council: Clarksville Speedway can roar on. Unemployment edges upwards. One Republican leader will talk openly about a proposed (possibly anti-Muslim) bill that he has yet to read.

OVC TOURNEY~ (Men’s) APSU > SEMO, UTM > TTU; (Women’s) APSU > EIU.

morning cram [pension envy edition]

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The budget showdown in Wisconsin and other states has brought to light the differences between public and private retirement plans.

A pension researcher tells NPR private sector workers have pension envy because it seems their public sector peers are getting a better retirement deal.

KENTUCKY~ The bodies of 3 Graves County children have been recovered after a horse-drawn buggy was swept into a creek. Here’s a rundown of the damage brought by last night’s storm. Optometrists can soon do laser eye surgery. Senators will vote Monday on revamping the state’s penal code and a House committee doesn’t like tacking ultrasound requirements to abortions performed in the state. The Army Corps of Engineers is operating area dams to manage lake levels and minimize flooding.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU beats Morehead for its 22nd Ohio Valley Conference title, APSU > EIU, UTM > EKU; (Women’s) MSU < MhSU, APSU < EIU, UTM > EKU.

morning cram [balancing edition]

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The federal government’s mounting debt is often blamed on a failure of leadership, but leaders may not be the only ones at fault.

NPR reports surveys show most voters want more government (than they’re willing to pay for).

KENTUCKY~ A MSU student sues Sigma Pi over alleged racism. Paducah makes a national list of historic destinations. McCracken County wants to rezone property so a steel company can create over a dozen jobs there. 342 Fort Campbell heroes returned home from Afghanistan last night (in time for ex-Prez Bush’s booksigning there today). A measure that would graduate high schoolers early passes the Senate. House members OK school bus advertising and pass a bill that would contrast economic incentive$ with results. One House committee approves a proposal that would give shorter sentences for non-violent crimes. US House Representative Ben Chandler stands up for public broadcasting.

ILLINOIS~ Governor Quinn’s budget proposal cuts aid, services and borrows more money to pay old debt.

OVC Men’s Basketball~ APSU > JSU, UTM > EIU.