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the morning cram [the could have had it all edition…]

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…and she has it all. Adele sweeps the Grammys, winning all six categories she was nominated for.

NPR reports the singer dominated the awards show, performing for the first time following throat surgery last year.

Kentucky~ Say good-bye to warm weather: winter storms are coming this way.  An Amish man’s heartfelt letters sway state lawmakers (when not busy challenging health reform). Managed care operators fumble early on after taking over Mediciad. The Murray State Racers bounce back. A series of pharmacy thefts worry business owners. The Delta-Mariner is due for repairs in Paducah.


the morning cram [deals and thumbs up edition]

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Leaders in Washington have reached a deal they hope to pass today, but the political posturing is far from over.

NPR reports that while almost no one got exactly what they wanted, a likely deal is in the works, and everyone try and use it to their advantage.

Kentucky~ Hummingbirds are passing through. Teachers are using a new program for new standards. The mix of medicine and religion worries many. Many are getting FEMA funds.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn signed an act to give money for college to immigrants.

Tennessee~ HCMC is worried about more Medicare cuts. Some Mexican-American War volunteers have been found.

morning cram [budget battle edition]

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As Republicans and Democrats sort out who won and who lost in a last-minute deal to keep the government running, the next phase of budget wrangling ensues.

NPR reports the deal now needs full congressional approval this week.

KENTUCKY~ 85 local nursing home residents may be forced to moved. A McCracken County Jail inmate died, sparking an investigation. Police: Paducah dad and toddler missing. McCracken County’s new emergency HQ should be built by September. The University of Florida won this weekend’s FLW College Tourney on Kentucky Lake. The state forks over $9mil to its lowest performing schools.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman faces child neglect charges for (allegedly) leaving her kids in a hot car.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < JSU, UTM > SIU-E, APSU > EKU; (Softball) MSU > APSU, UTM > MhSU.

Datebook: April 1 – Edible Book Day

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It’s Friday, April 1.

Four Rivers Watershed Watch needs volunteers for a special stream study. Next week there are two training sessions at the Hancock Biological Station for volunteers. Learn how to test water quality and collect samples for lab analysis next Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 9th from 9 to Noon. Register on-line at

Trigg County Senior Center hosts a Health Fair next Wednesday from 9 a.m. on including information about the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act . Learn more about the Extra Help Program relative to Medicare Part D. The Center is at 127 Joy Lane in Cadiz.

Kenlake State Resort Park hosts a Bowfishing Seminar presented by Passing on the Tradition Support Group next Friday and Saturday. It’s free and includes instruction on equipment, safe practices, types of fish, best season, and proper handling and cleaning of fish. It begins at 7 p.m. Friday and continues at 9 a.m. Saturday. Call 800-325-0143 to register.

Thank you for visiting to use our secure pledge page to help move the fundraiser to its overall goal today.

morning cram [taxy edition]

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Next year’s tax rates (even for the wealthiest Americans) will remain unchanged under a tentative deal between President Obama and congressional Republicans.

~NPR reports the White House now has to sell the idea to Democrats.

KENTUCKY~ Search crews poke around Madisonville-area woods in search for a missing man. McCracken County Schools begins accepting bids to construct its upcoming mega-high school. The state’s Chamber of Commerce CEO will speak in Hopkinsville tomorrow. A Fort Campbell housewife is found dead in her home. Mass-inmate fights at the state pen in Eddyville prompt a lockdown. A main artery through Ballard County will see lane restrictions today/tomorrow. State officials: “Drought’s through.”  Small business can soon begin applying for payroll-expanding tax credits.

TENNESSEE~ Nightly lane closures are slated for Clarksville’s Red River bridge. +600 APSU students graduate next week. Gov-elect Haslam appoints the state’s next Ag Commissioner.

morning cram [chicken egg edition]

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“Eggs have been getting a bad rap lately as the number of people being made sick by eggs contaminated with salmonella continues to rise. But from an egg’s point of view all of this is a bit unfair. Eggs get contaminated because the hen that’s laying them is infected.”

~NPR hears eggs themselves are usually remarkably resistant to contamination.

KENTUCKY~ Police search for a west McCracken burglar/ATM user. 5 more Fort Campbell heroes die in Afghanistan. WK&T gets a share of a $123mil federal stimulus grant for extending its broadband service. State officials keep tight-lipped on details of who they’re going to layoff.  Rand Paul backs off his claims he can eliminate the US federal deficit in < 1 year.

TENNESSEE~ Officials ID a Dover fisherman found drowned in Kentucky Lake. Lawyers plan to grill TVA’s CEO over the 2008 coal ash spill.

ILLINOIS~ Massac County worries it may not be able to pay its bills (state’s fault). Metropolis’ hospital will benefit from outpatient Medicaid reimbursements.

Morning Cram [POST-ADDRESS] Edition

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Thank goodness we have pundits to tell us what  President Obama’s first speech from the Oval Office means.

KY: Car wreck in Reidland results in two dead, two injured. Governor Beshear jumps on the Conway campaign bandwagon. Conway looks into Rand Paul’s history with Medicare patients. Marshall County households lose power from storms. The Dems have a new chairman. Congressman Whitfield says BP had warning signs before oil spill.

TN: Clarksville officials look to pretty up Riverside Drive. Governor Bredesen pays children to walk to school. Henry County increases property taxes.

IL: Metropolis port project keeps rolling, rolling on the river.

morning cram (pie is hard edition)

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Cake is easier.

KY~ Oncology Associates of West Kentucky stops treating cancerous Medicare patients. Paducah Senator Bob Leeper will vie for a 6th term. More people are flying to Chicago via Barkley Regional. A 2nd round of census questionnaires should spam your mailbox. Public Advocacy attorney supports the Supreme Court’s immigrant decision. The tracking bill FAILS (this round). The general assembly is dysfunctional. Dr. Dan and AG Jack duel (with words) in Louisville. Why the Commonwealth needs charter schools.

TN~ Clarksville/Montgomery County’s jobless rates are getting better.