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the morning cram [the wrong, commie… it’s Houston! edition]

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“In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One.”

NPR reports signs of a media crackdown in Russia as the country nears its presidential elections.

Kentucky~ Murray State trumps Saint Mary’s at Saturday’s  ESPN Bracketbuster game. The death of a 14-year-old Christian County girl has sparks a movement against bullying and suicide.  The closing of Madisonville’s medical examiner’s office is causing an outrage. A little-known 2001 law could have prevented an infant’s death and a teen mother’s arrest. The Delta Mariner resumes its voyage to Cape Canaveral. Educators from 17 states come to learn about the state’s new education standards.

Tennessee~ A new bill may help military spouses facing unemployment.

the morning cram [get out!! edition]

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Occupy LA is no more after police attacked in the night and arrested around 200.

NPR reports around 1400 LA Police officers raided the Occupy LA camp last night, arresting 200 in an overwhelming show of force.

Kentucky~ Ballard County names interim superintendent.  Former KCTC Prez gets a settlement. We’re reaching out to farmers in Benton. KSP wants your food in their car.

Illinois~ A pension bill is on Gov Quinn’s desk.

Datebook: September 6 – McKinley Fatally Shot 110 Years Ago

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The assassination of President William McKinley occurred on September 6, 1901, during a meet and greet at the Temple of Music on the grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He was shot twice by anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Initially, he appeared to be recovering from his wounds, but died on September 14, 1901, and was succeeded by Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. After McKinley’s murder, Congress passed legislation to officially charge the Secret Service with the responsibility of providing physical protection for U.S. presidents.

It’s Tuesday, September 6

Glema Mahr Center for the Arts commemorates the 10th anniversary of the events which occurred on September 11, 2001 with a combined community choir and orchestra program at 6 p.m. Sunday. Special guests are composer and soloist Dr. Mike Harland and soloist Teresa Harland. The Glema Mahr Center is on the campus of Madisonville Community College.

The Paris Henry County Arts Council presents the Bethel University Renaissance Theatre production of “Steel Magnolias”. The play starts at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Krider Performing Arts Center 650 Volunteer Drive, Paris. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students 18 and under.

Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp hosts a Community Conversation next Monday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at Hopkinsville Middle School. The program includes details of the new city building and other projects. The Hopkinsville High School Choir performs and there will be light refreshments as well as a door prize handcrafted by a local artist.

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the morning cram [bear-proof edition]

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As the bear population rises in Yellowstone, face to snout encounters are becoming more common.

NPR reports that some bears are helping humans to test bear resistant products.

Kentucky~ Gubernatorial wives are front and center this election cycle. Madisonville PD are on the hunt for drugs. UK receives a grant for a Pharmacogenetics program. Four states team up to stop prescription drug abuse. This year’s spring storms are bringing big money to the region.

Illinois~ A gun advocate group wants gun owners’ names to remain a secret.

Tennessee~  Holly Petraeus visits Fort Campbell in order to address  predatory lenders who target soldiers.

the morning cram [nuclear wasteland edition]

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In Sweden, nuclear waste disposal sites have become tourist attractions.

NPR reports that the Swedish nuclear industry has taken its toxic waste sites from protested hidden facilities to scientific field trip locations.

Kentucky~ A Paducah kid won another karate contest (I wouldn’t mess with him). Lanes are closed on US 45 in Paducah. Daviess County is becoming more disabled friendly. More Post Office closings are predicted (say it ain’t so Ms. Cleo). Guardsman Miller gets life for murder. Jack Conway is suing Daymar for screwing college kids.

Tennessee~ A man is crossing the nation on horseback (WHOA NELLY!). Blue Cross Blue Shield says stolen info hasn’t been used.

Datebook: July 11 – ‘The Two-Headed Nightingale’ turns 160

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Millie McCoy and Christine McCoy were born July 11, 1851 (and died October 8, 1912). They were American conjoined twins who went by the stage names “The Two-Headed Nightingale,” “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and “The Carolina Twins.” Their parents were slaves on the plantation of Mr. Alexander McCoy near the town of Whiteville, North Carolina. They were sold to a showman named Joseph Pearson Smith at birth. He and his wife provided the twins with an education and taught them to speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. For the rest of the century, the twins enjoyed a successful career as “The Two-Headed Nightingale”, and appeared with the Barnum circus.

It’s Monday, July 11

Tonight at 6:30 Project Aids Orphan hosts a showing of the half hour film Binta and the Great Idea at Maiden Alley Cinema near the riverfront in Paducah. The 2007 Oscar nominee features Binta, a little girl from Senegal talking about her life, the importance of education for girls, and her father’s great idea. Tickets are $5.

Murray State’s MFA Summer Reading series continues tonight at 7:30 in Clara Eagle Gallery, 6th Floor Price-Doyle Fine Arts near 15th and Olive. Novelist, poet and instrumentalist Philip Stephens of Kansas City, Missouri reads. His new book Miss Me When I’m Gone involves a failed folksinger and a murderess. The readings are open to all through Wednesday.

Learn about the impact Interstate 69 will have on Hopkins County at a Chamber Hot Topic/After Hours tomorrow from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hopkins County Fairgrounds-Ballard Convention Center in Madisonville. Hear from the Transportation Cabinet, Hoosier Voices for I-69, the Evansville Chamber, and the C-Link Board of Directors.

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Datebook: May 19 – First national park service established 100 years ago

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Parks Canada was established on May 19, 1911, as the Dominion Parks Branch under the Department of the Interior, becoming the world’s first national park service. Parks Canada is mandated to protect and present nationally significant natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment in ways that ensure their ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations. The system currently manages 42 National Parks (including seven National Park Reserves), four National Marine Conservation Areas, one National Landmark, and 167 National Historic Sites. Read more about Parks Canada on their official website.

Here’s Datebook for Thursday, May 19

Saturday’s Make a Difference Recycling Day in Murray at Roy Stewart Stadium from 9 to 1. Bring paper and cardboard, eyeglasses, aluminum cans, cell phones, ink jet cartridges, clothes, plastics, tin cans, glass, used motor oil, batteries, and books. Law enforcement agencies are collecting outdated medicines.

Families and friends of Oak Grove Cemetery on Park Avenue in Paducah are invited to spruce up the grave-sites from 9 to 2 Saturday. There will be assistance in re-leveling and plumbing headstones. They need help with landscape work, filling in low spots and up-righting fallen monuments in the burial ground established in the mid-nineteenth century.

The Glema Center Youth Chorale makes its debut performance Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts at Madisonville Community College. It’s part of the Madisonville North Hopkins High School Choral Spring Concert, which is free to all.

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Datebook: April 22 – Earth Day

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Hug a tree and kiss the grass, it’s Earth Day! Click here to learn more about how the day came to be.

It’s Friday, April 22. 

In Madisonville Blue Grass Pharmacy offers free document shredding and out of date medicine disposal tomorrow from 10 to noon at its 1128 North Main location.  Unwanted medical equipment is welcome for refurbishment and redistribution to those in need.

Angels Attic Thrift Shop at 972 Chestnut in Murray invites spring cleaning cast offs.  The store which supports the Angels Community Clinic, receives donations at the rear of the building off Arcadia Drive.  Books, CDs, DVDs, household items, toys, appliances, furniture and clothing are welcome.  Donation hours are 8 to 5 Monday through Saturday.  Shopping hours are 11 to 5 Tuesday through Saturday.

Next week the 27th Annual AQS Quilt Show and Contest brings thousands to the Paducah Expo Center, Julian Carol Convention Center and the Pavilion, all at 415 Park Avenue in Paducah.  Hours are 9 to 6 Wednesday through Friday, 9 to 5 Saturday.  Admission for non AQS members is $11 daily – $30 multi-Day.

Use for further information about community events.  Here’s to a peaceful Easter Weekend!

morning cram [publicrelations edition]

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In the wake of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, BP executives declared it was not their accident, blamed their contractors and made the company look arrogant and callous.

NPR reports BP‘s response has now become a textbook example of how not to do crisis management.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken officials want to disappear pay disparity between local law enforcement departments. Madisonville will vote Monday on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Meteorologists predict ‘normal’ summer rainsKids get in free @ State Parks until Halloween. MSU’s Softball team wiped the field with Alabama State. GOP Gov-hopeful fundraising breakdown: Williams ($1.2m), Moffett ($100k), Holsclaw ($23k). Gov Beshear eBays extra airplanes.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s former Mayor says he’ll soon step down from his new controversial post. TDOT: no roadwork this Easter weekend.

ILLINOIS~ A 2nd day of purported progress in contract talks between Honeywell and USW.

morning cram [cash for jobs] edition

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“Hiring managers say when they extend an offer to someone who’s been referred, they often feel more confident that they know what they are getting.”

NPR reports some businesses are paying for good referrals.

KENTUCKY ~ The CEO of Big Rivers Electric tells Congress why proposed EPA regulations would be bad for business, and Ed Whitfield says greenhouse gas regulation would hurt coal. LBL and farm services among the list of government agencies that would shut down. Farmers are planting less tobacco. Madisonville city council members consider Sunday alcohol sales, while Marshall County enacts a burn ban.  Teach for America comes to Kentucky (eastern) for the first time.  Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty in Evrard kidnapping/murder case.  FLW College Fishing Tourney holds first weigh-in.

TENNESSEE ~ Proposal in the House would make insurance companies pay for hearing aids for kids.

ILLINOIS ~ Supreme Court rules people with gun permits in other states don’t have to get a new permit in Illinois.