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the morning cram [he’s doing his Walter Huston dance edition]

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Apparently, the fortune I left in Vegas last year isn’t paying the bills anymore, so they’re looking to gold.

NPR reports as the struggling economy has hurt the gambling industry in Nevada, state officials are looking to increase taxes on the state’s prospering gold mining industry.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ We can go see the bridge this weekend (photo op; place head here). There was a bomb threat at Calloway Middle. Big trucks and small bridges don’t mix. We have the interwebs back. Former Ag Commish Farmer applied for unemployment. A soldier uses HIV to avoid discharge. There are more jobs at an Owensboro pipeline.

Datebook: January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was the chief spokesman for non-violent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination, in 1968. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed on January 20, 1986. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. Happy Birthday Dr. King!

MLK Day Events:

Several events will be held today around the Purchase in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. In Murray, the Woodmen of the World are holding an MLK breakfast at their office on Lowry Drive. Also in Murray, students will participate in a day of service until 5pm. In Paducah, the local chapter of the NAACP begins their celebration at 10:15 am with a march from the Robert Cherry Civic Center to the MLK Monument. A prayer breakfast in Henry County, Tennessee begins at the Quinn Chapel AME Church in Paris followed by a march to the local courthouse.

It’s Monday, January 16

The Kentucky State Police and the UK Cooperative Extension Service host a Farmer Outreach forum tonight at 7 at the Calloway County Fair Grounds meeting hall. Topics of discussion will include safety regulations, licensing requirements and driver qualifications, and new legislation in effect for Kentucky farm operations.

The WKCTC Community Chorus begins a new year of practice and performances tomorrow night at 7 in Room 109 of the Clemens Fine Arts Building. The non-audition performing group is open to anyone with an interest in choral singing. To join the chorus or to find out more, contact Norman Wurgler at 534-3219.

The Yeiser Art Center in Paducah showcases outstanding high school artwork in an exhibit called Teen Spirit. Eleven high schools and area home school students are participating in the juried exhibit, which will be on display through February 11. The Yeiser Art Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from ten to four; admission is free.

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the morning cram [you can do it edition]

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After the turmoil of the past year, Arab states try to turn revolution into democracy.

NPR reports on the problems Egypt and Tunisia face in trading in their autocratic rulers for democratic elections.

Kentucky~   Graves County businessman Richard Heath to run for Nesler seat.  Former Kentucky New Era publisher Robert C. Carter has died.  University of Pikeville President Paul Patton resigns from Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Tennessee~  Clarksville CDE Lightband customer’s electric bills have doubled in the past month.

the morning cram [you’re young and got your health, what do you want with a job edition]

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If the stats are correct, half of you are reading this while at your job. Quit lollygagging and get back to work!

NPR reports half the workforce must go to work during the week between Christmas and New Years. And surprisingly, we’re happy about it!

Kentucky~    The Paducah Expo and Convention Centers are setting a new fee structure. Fatal motor accidents are on the decline in the Commonwealth. Beshear told Democrats he’s going to make it rain.

Illinois~  A new law requires landlords to give a heads up on radon levels in their buildings.

the morning cram [you’re so money and you don’t even know it edition]

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The Big Easy is making a comeback!

NPR reports New Orleans is enjoying an influx of start-ups. Good music, oysters and successful business opportunities anyone?

Kentucky~    Officials are investigating a Marshall County wreck involving a police cruiser. The State Board of Elections fired its director.  A Graves County Board of Education member is running for a State House seat. Beshear is doubling down on expanded gambling. The Governor says the state needs to tighten its purse strings.

Illinois~  The state is getting a  $15M performance bonus for its work with uninsured children .

the morning cram [they’re here edition]

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Idyllic Costa Rica is becoming the newest haven for South American drug cartels.

NPR reports the peaceful, quiet country has done an admirable job staying away from the drug infestation, until now.

Kentucky~  Murray-Calloway County Hospital needs blood.  Two NC fugitives were caught in Graves County.  Paducah’s homeless shelter ordinance passed last night. Skywest wants to stay in Paducah.

Illinois~ You may want to look again at those old lottery tickets.


the morning cram [i’m afraid your world is over edition]

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Just in case you hadn’t heard, Kim Jong Il is dead.

NPR reports North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is dead at 69 from an apparent heart attack. Now, the reigns of leadership may be passed on to his son Kim Jong Un.

Kentucky~ A Calloway County pastor charged with sex abuses says he needs help. Gas prices are higher than ever for this time of year, Merry Christmas.  We’ve lost the race to the top.  Our juvey justice system makes more criminals apparently, oops.

the morning cram [Don’t look him in the eye! It challenges him! He doesn’t like that edition!]

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All eyes (and crosshairs) are on Newt as he attempts to stay on top.

NPR reports Newt needs to put his dukes up and keep them up if he hopes to win Iowa.

Kentucky~  That’s right, MSU wins again! Two McCracken men are arrested for inappropriate relationships with Lone Oak High School students.  The Carlisle school bus driver who was at the wheel in a deadly crash faces charges.  The state uses grants to pretty up state parks.  Beshear is asked to make pension records public. Sandhill Cranes are making a comeback, quick somebody shoot ’em!

the morning cram [Hey everyone! Come and see how good I look edition]

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It’s time for a change…of neck-wear.

NPR reports Arizona is celebrating its centennial by encouraging us to love that ultimate laryngeal habiliment, the Bolo Tie.

Kentucky~  MSU beat Memphis to remain undefeated.  A Benton man is arrested for rape.  Eagle watching tours begin on the lakes.  Graves County officials investigate Mayfield shooting Wayward cows on I-69 have nearly all been found. The high water is down, so Cave-In-Rock ferry is back in business.

Datebook: December 8 – Georges Méliès Turns 150

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Georges Méliès was a French filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest cinema, particularly in the area of special effects. He accidentally discovered the stop trick, or substitution, in 1896, and was one of the first filmmakers to use multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted color in his films. Because of his ability to seemingly manipulate and transform reality through cinematography, Méliès is sometimes referred to as the First “Cinemagician.” His most famous film is A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la Lune) made in 1902, which includes the celebrated scene in which a spaceship hits the eye of the man in the moon. A print of the film was acquired by Thomas Edison, who then duplicated and distributed it in the United States, where it achieved financial success; however, Edison did not pay any revenues to Méliès. His studio went bankrupt in 1913. The French Army seized most of his film stock to be melted down into boot heels during World War I. Méliès died penniless and driven into obscurity in 1938.

Take ten and watch some great cinematic history:

It’s Thursday, December 8

The Kentucky State Police food drive “Cram the Cruiser” continues through next Monday. Drop off non-perishable food items in the cruiser parked at the entrance to KSP Post 1, or in the Post lobby, 8366 45 North in Hickory.

The Humane Society of Calloway County offers Pet Pictures with Santa Claws Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Weaks Center, 607 Poplar Street. Receive a framed 4 x 6 photo with Santa for a $10 donation. Humans may sit with Santa and Pets as well. Proceeds benefit the Fixed for Life Spay/Nueter and Cat Adoption Programs.

The Murray Woman’s Club’s 31st Annual Tour of Homes is Sunday from one to 4, benefitting Needline and the Clubhouse. Homes include those of Mark and Karen Welch, 1321 Main, Lowell and Shirley Latto, 713 Main, and Larry and Connie Evans, 201 Bridlewood, Saratoga Farms. Get $7 advance tickets from a Kappa member or the Chamber Office. Tickets are $8 at doors Sunday.

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