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the morning cram [there’s no place like home edition]

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Nine years of war in Iraq is symbolically coming to an end.

NPR reports the number of troops in Iraq has fallen from 20,000 to 4,000. Hopefully the real end is on its way as well.

Kentucky~  Five more Amish are in hot water over the infamous orange triangle. TVA says electric bills will be cheaper in January- thank you mother nature! Foes of expanded gambling are looking for a scrap.Governor Beshear sets a date for the State of the Commonwealth.

Tennessee~ The 506th Currahee gets a new commander. The Governor says the battle with the occupy protestors is worth having.

Governor Beshear Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President

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Governor Beshear Requests Major Disaster Declaration from President

Governor Visits Storm-Damaged Areas in Western Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 28, 2011) – In the wake of severe weather and damaging floods throughout the Commonwealth, particularly in Western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear today requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama.  Gov. Beshear is requesting Individual Assistance, Disaster Unemployment Assistance, Crisis Counseling, Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

“My administration has worked hard to provide assistance to struggling communities around the state during these storms,” said Gov. Beshear.  “If this request is granted, we will receive financial assistance to help them repair and rebuild their communities.” 

Under a major disaster declaration, local governments, state agencies, small businesses, certain private non-profits (such as electrical cooperatives and water districts), individuals and households would be able to request financial assistance from the federal government to clean up, repair and replace property destroyed or damaged by the storm. 

Over the past week, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash flooding have hit many areas of the Commonwealth, causing rising waters, infrastructure damage and dangerous roads.  In response to these storms, Gov. Beshear declared a state of emergency on April 25 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.  In addition, he implemented an executive order to protect consumers from price gouging.

At the Governor’s request, there are currently 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard in communities across the Commonwealth who can provide help in a variety of ways, including sandbagging, removing debris, evacuation and traffic direction.

Currently, 48 counties and 17 cities have declared states of disaster.  Ballard, Bath, Boone, Bracken, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisle, Carroll, Carter, Crittenden, Daviess, Elliott, Fleming, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkins, Kenton, Lawrence, Lewis, Livingston, Lyon, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McCracken, McLean, Menifee, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Spencer, Trigg, Union, Washington, and Webster Counties.  The cities are: Bardwell, Benton, Brandenburg, Cadiz, Calvert City, Carlisle, Carrollton, Hardin, Hawesville, Greensburg, Frenchburg, Lewisport, Maysville, West Liberty, Hartford, Wickliffe, and West Point.

Today Gov. Beshear is traveling across Western Kentucky to see the storm damage in person.  His trip includes stops in Paducah, Murray, Smithland and Henderson. 

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Follow Governor Beshear on Twitter @Govstevebeshear, read the Governor’s personal notes on his blog at http://blog.governor.ky.gov/, and view the Governor’s weekly YouTube commentary at http://www.youtube.com/governorbeshear.