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morning cram [essential] edition

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“In Washington, D.C., and at federal agencies across the country, the big question employees are asking on the eve of a possible government shutdown is: Am I essential or not? Workers and agencies that are deemed essential will be kept on the job if a shutdown occurs.”

NPR reports on who will stay and who will stay home.

KENTUCKY ~ The special session is really over this time; Senate President promises no overage pay. Trigg County is working to pass stricter adult business codes. Recent surveys show food is more expense. Paducah hosts a transportation summit, plans to discuss Panama Canal. A teenage girl gets charged as an adult in Evrard kidnapping and murder case. Rand Paul says Obama’s military action was a power violation; Mitch McConnell promises to talk about it. An Oak Grove man dies from strangling; assailant says it was a sleeper hold.

TENNESSEE ~ A former youth pastor gets a post-trial diversion for statutory rape. New funding rules could mean less money for some Clarksville nonprofits, more for others.

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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 [canadian gas edition]

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” . . . something unusual is happening with gasoline prices in the U.S. this winter: Prices are rising faster on the East and West Coasts than they are in the middle of the country.”

NPR reports Canada is to blame.

KENTUCKY ~ Advocacy group may help secure federal funds for I-69 corridor. At Louisville’s Lincoln Day Dinner, Senator Mitch McConnell declares President Obama’s agenda “over.” Officials say Kentucky’s sesquicentennial celebration will be sensitive to African-Americans.  Paducah has a Romantic Main Street for Valentine’s Day. MSU Scores this weekend . . .

TENNESSEE ~ . . . as does UT Martin and Austin Peay. Boatload of immigration legislation seeks to restrict passage into the state for illegals. The state polls teachers anonymously to improve student learning.

 

 

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.

Kentucky’s Senators Respond to State of the Union

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Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both delivered a response to last night’s State of the Union address. If you missed the President’s speech, NPR has the transcript.

Click below for the comments from our state’s Republican Senators.

 

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Written by Angela Hatton

January 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

morning cram [embolden edition]

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Intelligence officials worry a handful of leaked diplomatic cables focused on Yemen could end up helping al-Qaida recruitment there.

~NPR hears how the leak could make Yemen appear to be American-loving liars.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah school officials don’t like PMS and a 100-bed rehab facility will open nearby within days. An Afghan Border Patrol officer kills 6 Fort Campbell soldiers. Bankruptcies across the state are up 66%. A top aide to Senator McConnell resigns. Grant$ are available to stop underage drinking. A new CEO will take the helm of the state’s main Medicaid provider. Gov. Beshear throws state money toward bringing a biblical theme park to the northern part of the state.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville-Montgomery Airport officials name the contractor to build a new Outlaw Field terminal. Police have busted 1,700 methlabs this year.

ILLINOIS~ Civil unions get a green light from state senators. Gov. Quinn extends funding for the state’s  job creation machine.

morning cram [gooold! edition]

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NPR‘s Planet Money recently invested in a toxic asset. The experiment didn’t go so well and the asset lost about half its value. All the while, the price of gold has been going through the roof. So they decided to buy gold with the left over funds to see what happens.

KENTUCKY~ An 11-year-old Hopkinsville boy succumbs to his injuries in a bicycle vs. car accident. 2nd-district Senate candidates Bob Leeper and Rex Smith sparred in a debate early yesterday morning. 5 area counties receive $680k in federal funding for planning/development. A federal judge declares Heath High shooter Michael Carneal deserves a full appeal hearing. MSU hosted Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and Ed Whitfield yesterday; supporters call Paul a “real American”. Governor Beshear heads to India.  A federal judge postponed a trial for a woman accused of burning down her Fort Campbell home that killed 2 of her children.