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the morning cram [field of dreams edition]

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The town of Greenville, South Carolina has blossomed during the recession. Why?

NPR reports that while main street and downtown areas throughout the nation are struggling, Greenville, S.C. is growing around their new downtown park. If you build it, they will come.

Kentucky~ An auditor says there is nothing wrong with clerk Jerrell’s office. Police are looking for a Paducah prostitute. Teachers are leaving to teach English in Japan. The state has its own debt problems. The will receive some help for college students.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn is protecting children’s heads.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville mom says her kids were raped at church camp.

the morning cram [ringing ear edition]

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Tens of thousands of Americans are afflicted by a condition that causes an incessant ringing in the ears.

NPR reports that while diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus (aka ringing ears) is in the early stages, some progress is being made.

Kentucky~ An MSU student won the Fulbright Scholarship. A WKU student is crowned Miss Kentucky. A Hopkinsville man is killed by a car. More students are defaulting on loans. Some art groups got some money. The 101st Airborne command is changing hands. Some state politicians think there should be a special session to redraw district lines, while others do not.

Tennessee~ Teens in Clarksville get a close look at police work. The state legislature passes a bunch o’ bills.

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 [dead byrd edition]

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The United States’ longest-serving Senator is dead at 92.

“Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) was a man who fought the Civil Rights Act — to his later regret — but who took pride in his fight against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.”

NPR remembers.

KENTUCKY~ Fredonia’s all-girl prison farm is a hit! Paducah school officials want to buy 31 homes behind the middle school on Lone Oak Road. Owensboro Community and Technical College’s new president begins July 1. MSU takes 4th @ bass fishing tourney on Kentucky Lake.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County Medical Center’s debt worsens. Union City gets a WWII-era plane for its upcoming Discovery Center.  Republican candidates for governor would prefer cutting inheritance, investment and business taxes over taxes on groceries.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis has until mid-July to have a plan in place to stop pumping sewage into the Ohio River.

morning cram [guerra a las drogas edition]

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“More than 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon took office 3 1/2 years ago. During the first couple years of Calderon’s drug war, Monterrey appeared immune to the cartel violence… But not anymore.”

~ NPR has more.

KENTUCKY~ Razing Paducah’s Executive Inn will cost 88% less than expected. Recovery teams continue to search for missing swimmer. A Princeton sex offender allegedly tried to lure a minor online. A Fort Campbell soldier gets caught selling weapons. 5 fish species may soon be listed as endangered. Special revenue investigators level 50 indictments against tax evaders. KY Early Childhood Director: teach your baby to read. Enrollment at community colleges is up. Unemployment’s going down.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Mayor is pushing for city worker raises, despite budget shortfalls. Governor Bredesen wants Mike McWherter to replace him.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis’ Honeywell nuke plant is scaling down operations amid strikes.

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.