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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.

the morning cram [London on fire edition]

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Riots and looting spread from London throughout England with no unifying cause.

NPR reports that in the third day since riots broke out in northern London, the violence has spread across England without any apparent cause other than general unrest.

Kentucky~ An alleged rapist is found in Murray. Gov Beshear will share his photos from the Middle East.

Illinois~ The state can claim your money if it sits for a year.

Missouri~ The Frito Bandito strikes again!!

Tennessee~ Build a storm shelter and get a tax break. Officials are fighting for the state credit rating.

the morning cram [America’s greatest athlete edition]

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Jim Thorpe is arguably the greatest American athlete to ever live, and battle is ensuing over his long-buried remains.

NPR reports the body of Jim Thorpe is buried at the Carlisle Indian School, but some do not feel his gravesite receives the respect it deserves.

Kentucky~ Paducah has plans to for a new downtown hotel. An environmental group wants the Gov’s help with rare birds. Gov Beshear is in a place even hotter than here, Iraq. The Board of Education is reviewing an overhaul. The state has a new way to calculate graduation rates.

Illinois~ The Honeywell agreement is in (well that didn’t take very long).

Datebook: July 4 – Independence Day

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4th 1831. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.

It’s Monday, the 4th of July

Mayfield’s Glory Days Festival Car Show continues downtown today. Activities starting at seven this evening at the Mayfield High School Track Area include a watermelon bust, dog show, The Diamonds in Concert and Fireworks.

LBL’s Homeplace offers Independence Day activities 1 to 4 today as does The Nature Station. See

Paducah’s July 4 Celebration features the Kentucky National Guard’s award-winning 202nd Army Band culminating its two-week concert series in our region. Hear its jazz combo opening a show at the Riverfront’s Wilson Stage at 6:30. The Paducah Community and Concert Band begins at 8. There are fireworks at 9:15. The Kentucky Avenue boat ramp will be unavailable from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks. Noble Park Pool is open noon to 6 today.

Madisonville’s 4th Fest continues at City Park today with children’s activities, the Chamber beer garden, a concert by the Jimmy Church Band and fireworks.

Take care and enjoy the holiday. See community events at for what’s happening around here.

the morning cram [fireworks, laws, and taxes edition]

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July is a time for fireworks…and new laws…and new taxes.

NPR reports holiday fireworks accompany new crops of state laws addressing everything from the death penalty, to immigration, to health care, to yoga.

Kentucky~While fireworks are fun, greater minds remind us not to blow ourselves up. The National Guard Band is playing throughout western Kentucky for the holiday. State Police intend to step up enforcement of DUI’s this weekend. Gov Beshear has been named the nation’s best education governor. Rand Paul says we need a balanced budget amendment.

Tennessee~ Clarksville finally finalizes the final new Power Board. SBA says there haven’t been many disaster aid apps from the state.