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morning cram [freezer cash edition]

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The top Libyan opposition official is stopping by the White House today.

NPR reports Transitional National Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril’s goal is to persuade US officials to recognize the TNC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people — and to give it some of Khadafi’s frozen cash.

KENTUCKY~ Harrah’s Casino-Metropolis parent company Caesar’s Entertainment donates $100k to local Red Cross efforts. Parts of US-60 are reopened. Police: a driver dragged a gas station owner after a pump ‘n run (see photo). Road work closes KY-83 in Graves Co. A mysterious house fire in Sharpe injures a resident. State tourism revenue$ had a 5% bump last year. Check out the difference between this year’s GOP Secretary of State candidates. The NAACP and a Confederate heritage group differ on a proposal to issue rebel flag license plates.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are now using stats to fight crime. GOP lawmakers want to wrap it up by next week. A bill progresses which would (again) allow Nashville businesses that discriminate against homosexuals to do work with the city.

SPORTS~ OVC Softball Tourney: MSU > UTM; MSU < JSU.

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morning cram [blessed shrimp edition]

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One year ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

NPR revisits a Cajun family living on the fragile edge of Louisiana for their community’s annual Blessing of the Fleet: a traditional launch of the shrimp season, where boats get blessed with holy water.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County’s public hearing yesterday for proposed Ohio River coal industry projects is swarmed with input. High winds last night took out some area trees and a few power lines. MSU mulls tuition hikes. Several area high schools hop on WKCTC’s Commonwealth Middle College program. College students learn about binge drinking. A one-vehicle wreck on KY-131/Said Rd proves fatal. I-24 in Lyon County gets blocked by a truck-fire. Police: dental records confirm skeletal remains belonged to a missing Marshall County man.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam’s proposal to cap lawsuit damage$ makes progress. US-641 wreck claims one.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp & USW talks make progress.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU< UE, APSU > Lipscomb, UTM > SIU-C; (Softball) UTM > Belmont x2.

morning cram [fuel cell edition]

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The Honda FCX Clarity can go about 240 miles on a tank of hydrogen fuel (about 60 mpg compared to gas). The only emission is water so pure you could drink it.

Honda tells NPR: US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is wrong when he claimed it would take a miracle to make fuel cell cars viable in the marketplace.

WEATHER~ Possibly severe activity predicted tonight.

KENTUCKY~ State Police are matching a missing man’s dental records to found skeletal remains with hopes they match. You can see the Ohio River from where Paducah’s Executive Inn recently stood. 4 Fort Campbell soldiers die in an Afghan suicide blast. Transportation workers will setup an I-24 (west) workzone between Eddyville/Grand Rivers next week. Out of work? Have a mortgage? There’s help. Gov Beshear has almost $5mil banked for re-election. US Rep Ed Whitfield yesterday fielded telephone calls from constituents about gas prices, the economy and the federal budget. US Sen Rand Paul files for re-election (5 years early).

TENNESSEE~ Highway Patrol investigators say Henry’s Police Chief (allegedly) ran a red light that caused a wreck leaving him critically injured. A resolution to the state’s constitution that would  further restrict abortions gets one step closer to a statewide vote.

ILLINOIS~ SIU-Carbondale will likely hire its next Provost from within its ranks.

morning cram [google spy edition]

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Intelligence agencies have traditionally relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn’t help US officials predict revolutions popping up across the Middle East and North Africa.

NPR reports officials say in hindsight, maybe they should have just used Google.

KENTUCKY~ The Paducah-McCracken merger study group says volunteer fire networks would remain unchanged. School officials promise streaming video of construction at the new McCracken County High School site. The Medicaid Special Session ends, but lawmakers are still being paid. Senators keep the state’s high school dropout age @ 16.  The Commonwealth invests a few bucks in several high-tech firms. The state Supreme Court temporarily halts executions.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell and union reps pen in another date (next month) to debate.

morning cram [meltdown edition]

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A second explosion today at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi plant nuclear power plant has officials warning three reactors are now having cooling problems.

Japanese officials tell NPR the blast didn’t harm the reactor or release radioactive contaminants (unlike Saturday’s).

KENTUCKY~ River levels continue to float upward. A Graves County motorcycle crash claims the life of a Wingo man. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal is back in court today. Calloway High’s girls team made it further than ever before in the state championship. MSU will play Missouri State Tuesday @ 7pm. Lawmakers bicker over how to pay for Medicaid for $64k a day and Gov Beshear says you should be outraged.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam warns his budget proposal is about $1bil under last year’s. The state says 1,200 open records requests were made last year.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp will pay (almost) $12mil for storing hazardous waste without a permit. One lawmaker proposes Arizona-style immigration reforms.

morning cram [church 4 sale edition]

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The Lord giveth and the bank taketh away — at least, that’s what several churches learned recently.

NPR reports lenders foreclosed on about 100 churches last year (an enormous increase over just a few years ago).

Looks like an advancing winter weather storm may spare us.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah man is accused of a stabbing murder and cops there round up $40k worth of fake pot and smoking pipes from 3 area businesses. Completion of Owensboro’s extended airport runway is on the horizon. A tractor accident kills a Trenton mother but spares her young kids. GOP contenders for governor are all about ‘change’. Kentucky nabs almost $3mil in new federal heating assistance after already giving out some $17mil. The General Assembly revs its engines today ahead of Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address (tomorrow night). Ex-Prez George (Dubya) Bush will sign books @ Fort Campbell on Wednesday.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville may change its mind about fronting the money for a new airport terminal. Governor Haslam claims he was oblivious his ordered freeze on a new state regulation helps out his family’s gas station chain. TennCare may $ave by limiting hospital/doctor visits to 8 times a year.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > UTM, APSU < MhSU; (Women’s) UTM > MSU, APSU < MhSU.

morning cram [debris edition]

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Before Haiti is able to rebuild it must remove tons of rubble left behind by last year’s devastating earthquake. 

NPR hears how some Haitians aren’t waiting for the government to clear the debris: They’re freeing their communities using hand-cranked machines.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah will hold a public hearing about building a proposed electrical substation in front of Coleman Place and the Police Department shows off its new bookkeeping software. Bardwell city officials put off voting on a proposed payroll tax. A Hopkins County ex-Magistrate declines being the new Community Development Director there. Murray could get a skate park @ Chestnut this summer. Four charged in connection to a Murray home invasion will be back in court by the end of the month. Who is the Commonwealth’s first woman to file to run for a state office? KET joins the fight to prevent cuts to federal funding for public broadcasting. Gov. Steve Beshear is comfortable with people carrying guns into the state Capitol. Oak Grove’s Police Chief is reinstated.

TENNESSEE~ Farmers are using social media to promote agritourism to their farms. Paris’ Dana Corp. expects to add 25 new jobs to its workforce.

ILLINOIS~ Whether or not the state abolishes the death penalty is now up to Gov. Pat Quinn.