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the morning cram [Batten down the hatches edition]

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As Irene ramps up for landfall, the East Coast braces for a wild ride.

NPR reports Irene has weakened slightly but set its sights on North Carolina and the rest of the Eastern Seaboard.

Kentucky~ Murray High School and Calloway County duke it out tonight. Murray State’s Board of Regents discusses the schools diversity plan in Hopkinsville.  Paducah and McCracken County consider tying the knot.  Local counties step into the Apple-age with eWarrants. This year doesn’t look good for the tobacco crop.

Tennessee~  Clarksville”s City Council stands up to the Mayor over her last minute votes.

the morning cram [shaken baby edition]

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Is shaken baby syndrome blamed for babies’ deaths too often?

NPR reports Norman Guthkelch, the doctor who is credited with first observing the condition, questions the free nature with which the syndrome is blamed for killing babies.

Kentucky~ There will be no alcohol in Reidland. Calloway County Middle School has a new principal. A city engineer says Paducah’s floodwall held up well.  A gubernatorial hopeful is angered by dis.  The Asian longhorned beetle threatens the state’s forests.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s Power Board may be revamped. Those who need energy assistance help will have to wait until October.

morning cram [chinese-italian edition]

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“For more than a thousand years, the Italian town of Prato in the heart of Tuscany has been a textile center synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship. Now, it has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe.”

NPR reports on China’s expanding influence in the world.

KENTUCKY ~ Kentucky gets recycling grants, biggest grants are McCracken County and Pennyrile Regional. Paducah commissioner discuss revised (stricter) fireworks ordinance. UK prez signs a contract, will get 500K salary. Conscientious objector charged with child pornography, objector claims discrimination.  General Campbell may get third star.

ILLINOIS ~ Governor signs “landmark” education bill. Illinois state police review charges of racial bias.

TENNESSEE ~ Clarksville city budget set for vote, some concerned about appropriation of funds.  Obion among counties seeking agriculture disaster assistance.

the morning cram [no mo’ NATO edition]

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NATO faces a “dim, if not dismal” future.

NPR reports Sec. Robert Gates questions the viability of the decades old military alliance in his last policy speech.

Kentucky~ Some Paducah residents feel they aren’t as important as others. An accused stalker in Fort Campbell has charges dismissed. Paducah/McCracken County residents might be able to vote on a merger, but not yet.  Medicaid could be handled by private companies in the future. The state has issued grants to help farmers, and eradicate fat kids.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s mayor says she doesn’t want any tax hikes. The state finance commissioner says the state state is doing well.

morning cram [winter storm edition]

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A colossal blizzard roaring across a third of the country has paralyzed the nation’s heartland with ice and snow.

NPR has the latest on the monstrous storm already billed as the worst in decades.

KENTUCKY~ High winds through the area have knocked some trees down and blew a roof off a trailer. Flights out of Paducah to Chicago are canceled until tomorrow afternoon. MSU packed Lovett Auditorium to hear a speech by actor Ben Stein. Mayfield’s ex-Mayor accuses current Mayor Cantrell of nepotism. A Carlisle County Middle School teacher wins $72k on Wheel of Fortune. Governor Beshear doesn’t like the way federal regulators are treating the state’s coal industry.  Senate Prez Williams wants the state congress to take off early.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County Mayor Bowers says property taxes need to go up.

ILLINOIS~ US Marshals track down an alleged Massac County sexual predator in a Wyoming village.

morning cram [boehner edition]

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kerrywaghorn.comOhio Republican Rep. John Boehner takes up the gavel today as speaker of the House.

~NPR reports Boehner’s mantra is “smaller, less costly and more accountable government.”

KENTUCKY~ Murray’s 5-points intersection is closed (again) today. A Calloway County middle schooler gets recognized for saving a man’s life. The parent company of Cape Girardeau-based KFVS is in a contract dispute with DirecTV. 10k chickens fry in a barn fire. Women’s Bball: MSU > IUPUI. Fewer Kentuckians are finding themselves back in jailFind out who’s leading this year’s general assembly? State Senate Republicans are filing an immigration bill that’s (possibly) broader than Arizona’s.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s state legislators will seek the Attorney General’s opinion on the legality of ex-Mayor Johnny Piper taking over at CDE Lightband.

ILLINOIS~ Democrats have a plan ready for Governor Quinn’s signature that promises to let voters redraw political district lines.

morning cram [uphill edition]

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US House Republicans are expected to unanimously overturn the sweeping health system overhaul only to be blocked by the still Democrat-controlled Senate. If that happens, they will then try to delay or defund  it.

~NPR reports that won’t be easy.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Army Reserve surgical unit ships out to Afghanistan tomorrow. A Marshall County murder/arson case will be retried in March. Murray’s 5-points intersection will be closed over the next few days. Watch out for I-24 lane restrictions near Calvert City. Hopkinsville thinks about going smoke-free. The latest Fort Campbell casualty in Afghanistan matches the number (105) the base lost in Iraq.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s new mayor raises an official eyebrow at the former mayor’s new job. Men’s Basketball: APSU > UTC; UTM < SEMO.