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the morning cram [the back off, I’m starving edition]

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Big Pharma gets a do-over…

NPR reports the FDA isn’t pulling any punches while they reevaluate weight loss drugs previously denied because of side-effects. Sure you’ll grow a third ear, but at least you’ll be skinny!

Kentucky~ Paducah and McCracken County are still considering a merger.  Local counties get some cash for recreational trail programs. Felons may get the chance to vote.

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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.

the morning cram [the Oh Fudge edition]

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Hey Justice Roberts, you kiss your mama with that mouth?

NPR reports the highest court in the land hears another FCC indecency/censorship case. I bet this would all go away if one of the justices let loose with a couple choice words.

Kentucky~  Paducah Convention Center alleged embezzlers are now facing federal charges.  No more big-boned trucks allowed on the Ledbetter bridgeStumbo is still fighting the redistricting fight.

Illinois ~ Gov Quinn prepares to sign the earned income tax credit bill.

Tennessee ~ The legislative term begins today- go fightin’ 107th! The state is meeting the education reforms tied to the Race to the Top Award.

Datebook: December 16 – New Madrid Quakes 200 Years Ago

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The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occured on December 16, 1811 in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. These four so-called ‘mega-quakes’ are believed to be an ongoing cataclysmic danger that could reprise the 1811-12 series of 2,000 quakes that affected the lands of what would be eight of today’s heartland states of the United States. These earthquakes remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history, more than eight times the size of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Despite its magnitude (right around 7), it caused only slight damage to man-made structures, mainly because of the sparse population in the epicentral area. Residents as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia, reported being awakened by intense shaking. Church bells were reported to ring as far as Boston, Massachusetts and (what is now) Toronto, and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C.. William Clark (of Lewis & Clark), then governor of the Louisiana Territory, asked for federal relief from the U.S. Government – one of the first requests for federal disaster relief in the country.

It’s Friday, December 16th

Tomorrow brings a program about making Origami ornaments for the holiday at the McCracken County Public Library. It’s from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library at 555 Washington Street in Paducah. Lea Wentworth teaches folding paper into ornaments, gifts, or cards.

The annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count through the Nature Station at LBL is tomorrow from 6 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.. Call 270-924-2299 to register. Bring binoculars, field guides and lunch. Birders will reconvene for lunch at the Nature Station to review the count. Dress for the weather. Less experienced birders are welcome. The fee is $5 per person. Birders are involved in this count nationwide.

The Festival of Trees continues at the Janice Mason Art Museum, 71 Main Street in Cadiz. Clubs, individuals and civic organizations have decorated unique trees and the Museum shop offers gift shopping. The Museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

Be sure to see wkms.org for a complete schedule of special radio features for the season chosen to keep you Company for the Holidays.

the morning cram [He’s teaching me to change my instincts… or at least ignore them edition]

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The GOP has decided to fight for millionaires, even if they don’t want it.

NPR reports republicans have been railing against the millionaire surtax, but millionaires don’t seem to be against the idea. Maybe someone should tell Republican representatives.

Kentucky~ A Paducah businessman donates solar panels to the new animal shelter. A man tries to rob a Paducah motel with just his finger-gun. The Henderson plastics plant which was home to a fire earlier this week had numerous safety violations.  The Human Rights Commission released its report on discrimination in the Commonwealth.Beshear’s inaugural festivities have been revealed.

 

 

Datebook: November 11 – Veterans Day

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Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Later, in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for another proclamation to observe November 11. An Act approved in 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

 

It’s Friday, Veterans Day

Veterans Day Activities at Murray State:

– 1:00 p.m. – Lovett Auditorium Front Steps – Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the Office of the President and MSU Veterans Affairs Office, including a presentation of flags by our ROTC color guard, the National Anthem performed by the MSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble brass section, and a Veterans Day remembrance and recognition.

– 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Open House Reception at the Veterans Student Lounge – Drop in as convenient for refreshments during a reception to officially inaugurate the opening of the Veterans Student Lounge, located in Alexander Hall Room 300.

– 4:15 – Veterans Day Parade – Plan to join the City of Murray and local veterans organizations in celebrating with a parade that will begin at 10th and Main Street and continue east to the Court Square for an official ceremony and salute.

Mayfield’s First United Methodist Church has its Christmas Open House for Missions tomorrow from 9 to 2.

Tomorrow Paducah’s Yeiser Art Center celebrates Easter Seals West Kentucky artist Nancy Loving as Artist of the Month with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. which coincides with the opening of the Yeiser’s Member’s Show. The 55th Annual Telethon of Stars opens at 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Carson Center.

Josh Williams & Friends, Wil Maring and Robert Bowlin, The Dorians and Kailey Stone perform a free Roots 2 Concert at Murray State’s Wrather West Kentucky Auditorium next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The 42nd running of the Cairo Levee Footrace starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary’s Park in Cairo. Entrants must assemble by 10:30. The 3.1 and 6.2 mile races are on gravel along the Mississippi.

The McCracken County Extension Homemakers Holiday Bazaar is tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center on Park Avenue.

We salute our military with thanks. See wkms.org for more weekend events.