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the morning cram [debt-ceiling edition]

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A chasm is growing between congressional Republicans, as the ‘Hell No Caucus’ claims US credit default is a fallacy.

NPR reports claims by Republican lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Illinois’ Joe Walsh put them at odds with party leaders.

Kentucky~ The Heath school shooter is denied a competency hearing. There will be road work on I-24 today. A local couple wins the Duck Tape prom competition (but will they stick together?).

Tennessee~ Clarksville may get a convention center. Bredesen’s mom won’t get Haslam’s update e-mail anymore.

Illinois~ The Gaming Board wants Quinn to veto a gambling expansion bill.

morning cram [evacuate! edition]

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Fukushima nuclear plant operators evacuated workers today after gray smoke rose from a reactor unit.

NPR reports the latest developments on stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex.

KENTUCKY~ An elderly Paducah man dies after driving into an underwater ditch. Whether the Heath High shooter can appeal will be decided in August. A Murray woman pleads guilty to enabling an armed home invasion. KY-131 is now back open (after parts were underwater). Caldwell County has a newly named Magistrate. Rep Henley: cutting Medicaid will be a pain for Murray’s Hospital. The special session continues. Emancipation Day pushes the tax deadline back 3 days. US Census: cities grew, rural areas declined.

TENNESSEE~ High gas price$ prompt Henry County officials to cut a deal with their waste pickup servicer.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < GSU, UTM < UAB, APSU < ISU; (Softball) MSU < EIU, UTM > TSU, APSU < EKU.

morning cram [ceasefire edition]

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Libya’s foreign minister announced an immediate ceasefire today, in response to a United Nations resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to protect the Libyan people.

NPR reports the announcement is a quick turnaround after Moammar Gadhafi initially defied the move.

KENTUCKY~ Therapists allege the Heath High shooter exaggerates his mental illness. A Murray drywall installer dies in an undetailed Fort Knox accident. Ohio River levels in Paducah begin to recede. Some areas of LBL remain closed (flooded).  State demographics diversify a bit. A (committee) vote on the Medicaid budget could happen at the start of next week. Mining unions back Gov Beshear’s re-bid.

TENNESSEE~ Construction of Clarksville’s upcoming solar panel plant is halfway done. State and federal officials allocate $20mil to build a Mississippi River port in Lake County.

morning cram [falter edition]

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Japanese officials have made little apparent progress bringing the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear crisis under control.

NPR reports neither helicopters nor water cannon trucks have delivered much water to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods at the stricken complex.

KENTUCKY~ Some 200 people swarmed a proposed coal2liquid plant zoning meeting and are worried about pollution. The Heath High shooter testifies hallucinated voices told him to attack. An education official will tour Paducah tomorrow. The state’s Homeland Security Director resigns. Democrats support (but question) Gov Beshear’s Medicaid solution as the bipartisan effort continues. House members pass the drop out bill (again).

TENNESSEE~ The state’s demographics are diversifying (78% white | 17% black | 5% latino).

ILLINOIS~ Ohio River flooding worries shut down Harrah’s Casino & Hotel.

morning cram [unpopular edition]

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An ABC News/Washington Post poll finds 64% of those surveyed this month think the war in Afghanistan is ‘not worth fighting.’

NPR blogs the survey reflects a 4% shift in the last few months.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah wins an online popularity contest. A Heath High School shooting victim’s mom claims attorneys and doctors are making up excuses for Michael Carneal. Maybe Mayfield’s new Police Chief will catch city park vandals. A Madisonville company gets a dental award for an oral health program that saves money (and babies). A Fort Campbell teenage hero dies in Afghanistan. Jack Conway won’t investigate optometrists’ political donations. State lawmakers continue scratching their heads on how to pay for Medicaid. US Senator McConnell and Rep Whitfield are sponsoring EPA-blocking bills. MSU bows out of the NIT.

TENNESSEE~ TVA’s fuel cost next month is (up to) $2 cheaper.

morning cram [transparent edition]

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President Obama famously promised to run the most transparent administration in history.

NPR reports it’s Sunshine Week and security experts are evaluating how well the administration has lived up to that pledge.

KENTUCKY~ A shrink testifies the ’97 Heath High shooter was incompetent during his initial trial. A Calloway County chemical fire yesterday prompted some evacuations. WKU signs on to gladly take Hopkinsville Community College grads. People will comb the roadside (for free) next week. Senate Prez Williams challenges Gov Beshear to a TV word-duel and he also wants to work the special session for free, but House Dems won’t.

TENNESSEE~ Judge decides the Buchanan double murderer should die in prison (from old age). Unemployment in area counties remains well above the state average. Hundreds are expected to descend on Nashville’s Capitol building @ noon to rally for worker’s rights. UT officials up the school system’s minimum wage.

ILLINOIS~ Ohio River water levels are expected to crest Friday. Republicans don’t like Gov Quinn’s latest appointment.

morning cram [meltdown edition]

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A second explosion today at Japan’s Fukushima Daichi plant nuclear power plant has officials warning three reactors are now having cooling problems.

Japanese officials tell NPR the blast didn’t harm the reactor or release radioactive contaminants (unlike Saturday’s).

KENTUCKY~ River levels continue to float upward. A Graves County motorcycle crash claims the life of a Wingo man. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal is back in court today. Calloway High’s girls team made it further than ever before in the state championship. MSU will play Missouri State Tuesday @ 7pm. Lawmakers bicker over how to pay for Medicaid for $64k a day and Gov Beshear says you should be outraged.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam warns his budget proposal is about $1bil under last year’s. The state says 1,200 open records requests were made last year.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp will pay (almost) $12mil for storing hazardous waste without a permit. One lawmaker proposes Arizona-style immigration reforms.