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the morning cram [the one MILLION dollar edition]

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Colbert’s fake presidential is funded by his not so fake Super-PAC.

NPR reports Steven Colbert’s Super-PAC may help us all understand the true role of these big money attack dogs. Too bad the real candidates can’t put that pup on a leash.

Kentucky~ Daviess County needs you to commit a crime so they can fund their jail. State Senate Judiciary Committee hears more pseudoephedrine testimony.

Illinois ~ PETA wants a memorial for Betsy, Milky, Bessie, Spot and all the other victims of the Illinois highway moosacre.

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morning cram [hot money edition]

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With the US and other first-world economies deep in debt and growing sluggishly, most of the world’s economic expansion is now coming from developing nations.

NPR reports many of those nations are safeguarding against a ‘hot money’ bubble.

KENTUCKY~ Those sirens you heard this morning were only a test. The thousand-plus acres surrounding Paducah’s Gaseous Diffusion Plant could soon become publicly accessible. Official: Murray Hospital’s smoke-free policy is ‘unenforcible‘. A Marshall County man gets 10 years for DUI/manslaughter. Hopkinsville hires a new High School football coach. A proposed law that would make many cold meds require a prescription fails. The General Assembly could actually hammer out a Medicaid budget deal today. One lawmaker thinks in a couple years the Commonwealth can handle reforming its tax system.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County indicts the Buchanan double-murder suspect. UT’s faculty senate opposes legislation that would allow staff to carry handguns.

morning cram [creationism edition]

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A survey of high school biology teachers finds only 28% consistently follow National Research Council guidelines that encourage teaching students about evolution.

NPR News’ blog The Two-Way notes creationism is still taught in many American classrooms.

KENTUCKY~ A TV news reporter finds a missing autistic woman in Paducah. A Japanese auto parts maker plans to open up shop in Hopkinsville.  Guess how many meth labs it took to break a record last year. An initiative ending the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear plants passes the Senate. A hearing on the proposed immigration bill continues today after yesterday’s session.

TENNESSEE~ Heart disease is the state’s top killer. A bill is expected to pass this year making the state’s driver’s license tests English-only.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis Honeywell officials and union heads had a ‘constructive’ sitdown yesterday, and the union’s numbers are thinning as some move on to other jobs.

morning cram [vostok edition]

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Russian scientists are on the verge of punching a hole into a vast Antarctic lake that’s buried under more than two miles of ice.

NPR reports the drilling is expected to tap into Lake Vostok, possibly disturbing a primitive and pristine ecosystem untouched for millions of years.

La Niña is expected to make our remaining winter months wetter and warmer.

KENTUCKY~ A police chase in McCracken County’s Farley area yields $15k worth of meth. 900 Fort Campbell heroes are due back (from Afghanistan) this weekend. A December Ballard County Jail inmate’s death is linked to a rare strain of pneumonia. Ex-Prez ‘W’ Bush reschedules his Fort Campbell book signing. The state has recycling grant$ up for grabs. A Senate committee approves to discontinue the Commonwealth’s ban on nuclear power plants citing the irony of already having a uranium enrichment plant in Paducah. A House committee likes DUI vehicle-breathalyser legislation. A proposed immigration bill (similar to Arizona’s) gets its first hearing and a report finds it could cost the state about $89 million a year.

TENNESSEE~ A state mental health official likens upcoming budget cuts to ‘amputating fingers.’

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 [movie magic edition]

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Once upon a time, long before the digital age, scenery and special effects were crafted entirely by human hands.

<— NPR takes us behind classic scenes from movies like this one.

KENTUCKY~ Benton Police arrest the guy who crashed his SUV into a Subway restaurant. Some area schools have been out +20 snow daysMSU > SIU-E. Governor Beshear cares about high school dropouts. Senator McConnell wants to end public contributions to presidential campaigns. Rand Paul’s newly proposed bill would eradicate several arms of the federal government.

TENNESSEE~ Planned widening of the Paris-Puryear stretch of US-641 has been pushed back by at least a year and a half. Clarksville-Montgomery County students will attend longer classes to make up snow days. Governor Haslam outspent (5x over) his opponents. The state’s top judge is pushing for attorney’s to up their pro bono game. The Volunteer State keeps breaking its own meth-related records.

morning cram [summit edition]

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The relationship between China and the U.S. seems to grow more complicated every day, whether the issue is China’s growing military or how to handle North Korea. But there are also persistent economic issues that need to be ironed out as well.

NPR discusses what may come into focus during this week’s summit.

KENTUCKY~ Police yield no arrests in a Hoptown home invasion. Livingston County now has a drug dog on staff. 3 area residents are charged with meth-making. Transportation officials have scheduled a public meeting next to hear about the proposed (and controversial) College Drive widening project. Win a $1.5k scholarship in this creative contest. Top state officials are expected to flock to a transportation conference this week. Some KSU students will roleplay the Civil War. Proposed welfare-state drug testing legislation gains more steam. US Representative Yarmuth: repealing health car law is a waste of time.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County’s latest tax profits are up.  Governor Haslam defends making his administration less transparent, while his predecessors warn his term may not be all smooth-sailing.

ILLINOIS~ A local union holds a press conference today with a pair of state lawmakers.