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the morning cram [converse all stars…I know you want some edition]

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You know what kicks you should rock in China? The same ones you rock everywhere else…Chucks.

NPR reports since 2007, sales of the Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars in China have gone up about fifty percent.

Kentucky~ The Racers get GameDay’s attention (next step, Dickie V). Get lucky drawers out, it’s gamblin time. Good news, we can now leave children behind. The drop-out age could be on its way up.

Tennessee~ You can still say gay, at least for a little while. If you don’t want your kids to participate in extracurricular activities, you’re pushing for this one. Haslam wants more kids per teacher (because handling 30 kids is just too easy).

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.

morning cram [assassin edition]

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According to a Secret Service study: assassinations of political figures have almost never been for political reasons. 

NPR hears how most would-be and actual political assassins felt near invisible and sought notoriety.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah Police are puzzled after finding a few pipe bombs at a city waste site. Four family members accused of a McCracken County murder/kidnapping plead not guilty. State Police arrest a Marshall County official on theft charges. A local health department leaks almost 10,000 patients’ personal information to the web for months. The Commonwealth’s family courts are finally getting on the same page. A State Rep submits a bill that would eliminate concealed weapon permits and one lawmaker wonders why state officials changed a rule concerning child injury/death notifications by state social workers.

TENNESSEE~ APSU’s (alleged) threatening letter writer submits to a TBI-requested mental eval. Clarksville goes ahead with implementing city worker raises.

SPORTS~ MSU > JSU , UTM < TTU.

morning cram [finders keepers edition]

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The Justice Department is proposing to overturn 30 years of legal precedent by sharply limiting patents on genes.

~NPR reports the government surprised just about everyone when it suggested this change of policy in a court filing last week.

KENTUCKY~ The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is on winter hours. Smithland’s gone damp and the historic Gower House may end up a ‘frontier’ restaurant. Hopkinsville plans to be bigger come January. US-60 work starts today in Union County. What’s ahead for state lawmakers? Budget tweaks, school reforms and redistricting (oh my!). Poll: Almost half of Paul supporters don’t party with the Tea. Want to run for office in 2011? Filing deadlines are set.

TENNESSEE~ Study: Clarksville cops are underpaid.

ILLINOIS~ Brady won’t concede to Quinn in Governor race.

morning cram [retire edition]

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Yeah… We’re going to need you to come in for a few more years. NPR says “financial pressures are pushing up retirement ages all over.”

KENTUCKY~ Murray’s Vanderbilt Chemical plant is expanding (thanks to state incentives). Contractors bidding to demolish Paducah’s Executive Inn find it difficult to estimate what they should charge. A forgotten hero gets his forgotten medals from the ‘Forgotten War.’ A stretch of KY-800 (Christian County) is closed today. Going to a community college in Kentucky now costs more. Beshear keeps mum on an anticipated Senate President duel (not a real one). See Tony Bennett, the Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers and more @ the FEI World Games later this year. Jobless rates down .2% in May.

TENNESSEE~ Watch out for expected traffic on I-65/I-24 in Nashville over the weekend. Clarksville expects to find out next week when its marina will be ready. Montgomery and Robertson counties’ new special gangs & guns DA wants to decrease violent crime. TVA hits pause on solar power partnership program.

morning cram [kandahar edition]

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“The battle for Kandahar may not have officially begun, but it is quietly under way”… NPR has an in-depth look into the Afghanistan operation.

KENTUCKY~ Beshear’s in Murray this morning to tout a multi-million dollar deal. Paducah Police bust a 70-year-old social worker for promoting prostitution as a secret sex therapy program. Despite rumors, the Julian Carroll Convention and Paducah Expo Centers will not be razed. Police ID the victims of Tuesday’s fatal crash in Reidland. A crop-duster plane crash yesterday closed the Mayfield-Graves County Airport for 7 hours. Calloway County budgets employee raises. The state’s next chief appellate judge will be a judge from Owensboro. A policy analyst calls Rand Paul’s defense against Medicare criticism a no-win argument. A Louisville state senator wants to supplant Senate Prez Williams.

TENNESSEE~ Paris claims $30k in federal grant$ for parks.

morning cram (drug war edition)

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Not surprising.

KY~ If you’re a registered party (animal), GO VOTE! There’s a contentious race to be the next Hopkinsville mayor. 2 men have a September trial date for robbing a US Bank in Paducah. A creepy Benton man gets the max sentence for downloading tons of child porn. Primary battles today: 9 Senate and 25 house districts. Whitfield’s kicking back for today’s primary, but has a challenger in November.

TN~ Clarksville businesses can get $2mil low-interest loans to recover from flood damage. No new Montgomery County property taxes leave the school system strapped.