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the morning cram [the shaken, not stirred, edition]

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Syrian regime has “License to Kill” after diplomatic impasse

NPR reports at least 15 dead following government bombings this weekend

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ Thousands of Kentuckians visited the downed Eggners Ferry Bridge.  Emergency management officials say they are better prepared to handle disasters. Two have been arrested in connection to the slaying of a Fort Campbell soldier.  Activists invite lawmakers to a  tea party.

Tennessee~ Six state environmental panels are being reduced to three. A state-wide earthquake drill is set for Tuesday.

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the morning cram [the good doctor edition]

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Walmart wants to start offering medical services through Medicare.

NPR reports that shortly after announcing it would not be providing healthcare benefits for new part-time employees, Walmart wants to be the nation’s largest provider of healthcare services.

Kentucky~ Catch up on all the election news here. Expect a return to normalcy tomorrow, when there’s not an election.

Kentucky 2011 General Election Returns

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     2011 Kentucky General Election Returns

RETURNS REPORTED AS OF 10:30 AM CST, Wed. 11/9:

See the graph below for election returns.

From The Associated Press: Ky.’s Beshear Re-Elected; States Mull Ballot Items

2011 Election Results Are In, Democrats Win Big
Tuesday was a good election night for Kentucky Democrats. Of the six statewide races, only one went to a GOP candidate, Republican James Comer defeating Democrat Bob Farmer for the position of Commissioner of Agriculture. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will remain his post for the next four years in a big win over Republican Senate President David Williams and Independent Gatewood Galbraith. Click here to read the article.

Holllenbach Wins Treasurer in Close Race
In one of the closest races of the evening, incumbent Democrat Todd Hollenbach won re-election as Kentucky treasurer over GOP challenger K.C. Crosbie.

Auditor Candidate Declares Victory
In Frankfort this evening, Democrat Adam Edelen declared victory over Republican John Kemper. With 58 of precincts reporting, Edelen had 59 percent of the votes, to Kemper’s 41 percent.

AP Calls Att. Gen. Win for Conway
Associated Press calls win for Attorney General Incumbent Democrat Jack Conway wins beating Hopkins County Republican Todd P’Pool.

AP Calls Ag Comm. Race for Comer
Associated Press Calls win for Republican Candidate for Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who beats Louisville Democrat Bob Farmer.

AP Calls Lundergan Grimes Winner in SOS Race
Dem. Alison Lundergan Grimes wins Ky. secretary of state race over Bill Johnson, a West Kentuckian. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, Grimes had 269,193 votes or 64 percent, to Republican Bill Johnson’s 150,997 votes or 36 percent.

AP Calls Beshear Victor
The Associated Press is calling incumbent Governor Steve Beshear the victor in tonight’s Kentucky General Election.

Voter Turnout in Question

Projected Turnout: 25%

It’s Election Day in Kentucky, but officials say more people will avoid polling places than vote. The projected turnout is about a quarter of registered voters. University of Kentucky political scientist Ernie Yanarella says low numbers favor incumbent Governor Steve Beshear. And Yanarella notes the election still comes down to the state’s political makeup, which features more registered democrats than republicans. Yanarella predicts Senate President David Williams will come in 2nd today with Independent Gatewood Galbraith 3rd. But Yanarella says he wouldn’t be surprised if Galbraith receives as much as nine percent of the vote.

Sources: KY Secretary of State, Kentucky Public Radio, Associated Press

GRAPHS

From the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office:

Registered Voters: 2,944,603

Ballots Cast: 844,927

Voter Turnout: 28.69 %

Precincts Partially Reported: 0 of 3572

Precincts Completely Reported: 3572 of 3572

Precincts : 100.00 %

Kentucky 2011 Primary Election Results

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Most of the races have been declared in Kentucky for the 2011 primary election.

Dark red: 0-10% Light red: 10-20% Orange: 20-30% Yellow: 30-40%

Seven state races are on the ballot this year. State races on the Democratic side include Treasurer, Secretary of State, and Commissioner of Agriculture. Races on the GOP side include Auditor, Agriculture Commissioner, Governor, and Secretary of State.

WKMS will have more coverage during Morning Edition.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS REPORTED AS OF 9:00 PM CST:

David Williams is the GOP nominee for Kentucky governor. With nearly all precincts reporting, Williams had a near ten point lead ahead of main opposition Phil Moffet. Williams has 47 and a half percent, with Moffett taking 38 percent of the vote. Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw took 14 percent of the vote. According to KET analysts, Moffett won small victories in populated areas, including Owensboro, Paducah, and Lexington. But Williams won the majority of rural areas. Williams and incumbent Governor Steve Beshear will face off in November. Republican Governors Association Executive Director Phil Cox issued a statement after the results. Cox said, “David Williams’ victory is an important first step towards putting Kentucky back on the right track.”

The candidates for Agriculture Commissioner are James Comer on the Republican side and Bob Farmer on the Democratic side. The seat is vacant this time around. Former Commissioner Richie Farmer is on the ticket as David Williams’ running mate.

Incumbent Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach has won the Democratic primary over western Kentucky businessman Steve Hamrick. Hollenbach received around seventy-one percent of the vote. Hollenbach faces K. C. Crosbie in the fall.

Another set of candidates vying over a vacant office. Current Auditor Crit Luallen is term-limited. On the GOP side, John Kemper III won the nomination over Addia Wuchner. Kemper faces Adam Edelen, who was unopposed on the Democratic side.

Alison Lundergan Grimes has won the democratic Secretary of State nomination over incumbent Elaine Walker on the democratic side. Walker has been in the post only a few months. She took over when Trey Grayson left the post to take a job at Harvard. Grimes took around 55 percent of the vote.

The Associated Press unofficially called Bill Johnson the GOP candidate for Kentucky Secretary of State. With nearly all votes counted statewide, Johnson led with just over 50 percent of the vote, ahead of Hilda Legg by less than a percent. Johnson was ahead by just over 1,100 votes as of 9 PM Tuesday. In Johnson’s home of Todd County, he took 83 percent of the vote. It’s unclear if Legg will request a re-canvass.

VOTER TURNOUT

Turnout is expected to be low. Angela Hatton spoke with some likely voters in Murray earlier Tuesday. Unofficial reports as of 9:00 tonight show turnout was 9.28 percent.

ON-SITE REPORTS

Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh is on-site at the Democratic Campaign Headquarters in Frankfort. McVeigh spoke with Attorney General Jack Conway about the turnout so far.

KPR’s Stu Johnson is in Lexington with the GOP.

Nortonville Voters say No to Alcohol

A wet-dry referendum for the Hopkins County city of Nortonville got an overwhelming “No” vote in tonight’s primary election. As a 5th class city, Nortonville is eligible for moist status. Moist means some restaurants which also sell food could offer alcoholic beverages by the drink. The unofficial result, with 100 percent of votes counted, shows that more than 78 percent voted not to allow liquor by the drink.

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Written by Rose K-P

May 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

morning cram [anxious egypt edition]

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Political parties in Egypt are frantically trying to organize, register and make themselves known before elections this fall.

NPR reports a short timeline and lawlessness are making some consider postponing the revolution.

KENTUCKY~ Primaries take place today, so go vote! (unless you’re an independent). Your officials say they’re watching out for voter fraud. Paducah is taking down (some of) its floodgatesMore roads are drivable as water levels continue to fall and workers will be inspecting the Smithland Bridge on Thursday (expect delays). A 6-year-old dies in a Carlisle County bus wreck. FEMA officials will kick off a statewide earthquake exercise. Ag officials want you to get rid of standing water because of mosquito concerns. Todd County gets $500k to renovate an Elkton building. Nothing was resolved @ yesterday’s Marathon Oil price gouging hearing. The Commonwealth is pumping out the degrees.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are investigating a home invasion/homicide and that sinkhole on Cumberland Drive was caused by a busted water main.

morning cram [floozy edition]

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Nashville, TN’s Magdalene program offers prostitutes an opportunity to get drug-free and off the streets.

NPR reports the program’s housing, therapy and a self-sustaining small business allow the women it serves to heal, make money and gain respect.

KENTUCKY~ Torrential overnight rain adds to flood worries (no additional damage reports). Gov Beshear sends in some sandbagging troops after warning about price gougers. WKMS surveys Calloway County storm damage from the air. A landslide in Lyon County has been partially cleared from KY-93.  Madisonville OKs Sunday alcohol sales (+tax). Richie Farmer ponies up his furlough money to charity. US Rep Whitfield tours the region today.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County schools are off to a late start. Jostens Publishing in Clarksville expects to add +200? jobs.

morning cram [90’s edition]

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The 112th Congress convenes this week with Republicans  in control of the House for the first time since 2006. Some observers see a striking resemblance to the House  in 1994, when a big Republican surge ended 40 years of Democratic rule in that chamber.

~NPR reports the new Republican wave may have learned something from their predecessors.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s WKCTC plans to grow despite budget cuts. Murray’s hospital is studying area Alzheimer’s and dementia and plans to participate in a med-school program. A Republican candidate for Attorney General spots his campaign $250k. No more state tax credits for new homes. Another 101st hero dies abroad. Women’s Basketball: MSU < UAB.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan will be sworn in today and former mayor takes over as head of the city’s cable provider. Two new laws go into effect.