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morning cram [psst! edition]

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Hearing gossip about people can literally change the way you see them.

NPR reports a study finds negative gossip actually alters the way our visual system responds to a particular face.

KENTUCKY~ Consultants want to revamp Paducah from 2nd to 6th tying Downtown, Lower Town and the Riverfront all together. McCracken County Schools may drop +38 jobs. Another Fort Campbell hero dies abroad. Beshear appoints a task force to face off with flood-water borne skeeters. Court: it’s all or nothing for Cadiz alcohol sales. The Cave-In-Rock Ferry is rockin’ out again. Experts spar over whether Marathon Oil price gouged. Officials plan to talk about the Asian Carp invasion. The state is taking part in a National Level (disaster prep) Exercise. State Tourism officials sign off on incentivizing the Noah’s Ark theme park.

TENNESSEE~ Unemployment is up! and lawmakers are split over budgeting extended benefits.

morning cram [island edition]

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Since scientists predict global warming will bring higher sea levels, longer droughts and more frequent storms, an Australian government program aims to help a neighboring island nation slowly relocate.

NPR reports the program gives people economic incentives to move gradually, so they won’t completely lose their national identity.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah/McCracken County merger studying session is no longer threatened after a House Bill dies. Meet Heath High School’s new principal. KET warns federal funding cuts could mean no more Sesame Street or Antiques Roadshow. Apparently the Commonwealth is a ginseng-growing power house. Payday lenders rejoice they can still charge whatever they want. Lawmakers threaten to kick out the EPA to protect the coal industry and the House will soon vote to allow optometrists to use lasers. MSU < SEMO.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman finds a WWII-era bomb in a field… brings it home… then calls police.  TVA is changing its rate structure, but says if you see changes it’s your distributor’s fault. Oh… and free fire alarms!

morning cram [start edition]

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The outcome of today’s Senate vote to ratify the new arms reduction treaty with Russia remains in nail-biting doubt.

~NPR has more on the last-minute lame duck initiative.

KENTUCKY~ No Paducah garbage pickup at the end of this week. McCracken County hires a new Facilities Director. Fort Campbell prepares for thousands of troops to return to base. Murray’s mayor gets a swear-in. You have until the end of the year to flip-flop political party affiliation. Some Christian County School officials had no idea the state was investigating two of their schools. Crittenden High plans to build a greenhouse. The newest Census results won’t change any of the Commonwealth’s congressional lineup.

TENNESSEE~ The State Comptroller calls out a corrupt weatherization program. The EPA still doesn’t know if TVA’s coal ash should be labeled: hazardous.

morning cram [yin’lin edition]

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One of America’s biggest beer makers is a lesser-known regional company: D.G. Yuengling and Son. Founded by a German immigrant in Pennsylvania 181 years ago, it’s the country’s oldest brewery.

~NPR reports Yuengling is still family-run and growing.

KENTUCKY~ An I-69 planning study will be publicly discussed in Mayfield tonight. State Police are investigating a string of break-ins along US-62 in Lyon County. McCracken County Schools could save +$4mil on loan interest payments, while county officials want to build a Korean War memorial. More state prisoners are beginning to spend the rest of their sentences in county jails. Several historic sites are going to be closed for 3 months.

TENNESSEE~ The Opryland Hotel reopens today.

SPORTS~ (Football) MSU > APSU, UTM > TSU. (Men’s Basketball) APSU > STL, UTM > MMC. (Women’s Basketball) MSU > St. Catherine, APSU < Purdue, ISU > UTM > SIU.

morning cram [integrity edition]

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NPR faces sharp criticism after terminating news analyst Juan Williams’ contract, who was fired Wednesday for violating the news organization’s ethics policy over comments he made on Fox News about Muslims.

~ Williams’ comments and NPR‘s response is prompting a debate about where the boundaries are drawn for journalists nowadays.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County Schools suspends its facilities director after a DUI arrest. A small plane emergency landed on KY-80 yesterday. Statewide jobless rates are still in the double digits. Jack hopes Rand will still do next week’s scheduled KET debate. The state is auditing its pension agencies.

TENNESSEE~ A man is arrested in Henry County for (alleged) severe domestic violence. Ash storage at  TVA’s coal power plant in Cumberland City has raised some red flags. Unemployment figures dip below the national average. Governor Bredesen cites drought in requesting federal disaster relief.

morning cram [quagmire edition]

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“Top politicians have been kidnapped and killed. Massacres of more than a dozen people have become common. And last month, a car bomb exploded in Juarez.”

~NPR reports the violence has no end in sight (1/5).

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County school officials will pay a motivational speaker $16k to improve teachers’ classroom skills. Several area parks get state grant$. Kentucky Utility electricity bills go up by +$7. Another Fort Campbell hero dies abroad and the 101st applies lessons learned from May’s Cumberland River flooding to flooding in eastern Afghanistan. State Police destroy outdoor pot farms (+$1mil worth).

TENNESSEE~ Police: Fort Campbell soldier lied about his identity, then faked a seizure. Clarksville launches (www.clarksvillesmartgrowth.com) to track its development. FEMA report: seniors were hardest hit by flooding.

ILLINOIS~ A Metropolis-born filmmaker gets featured on a postage stamp.

morning cram (sad chocolate edition)

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Sad Chocolate

Researchers question chocolate’s motives; just in time for Arizona’s new law.

KY~ McCracken County hooks up a Paducah wholesale food distributor. MSU plans a forum on tuition hikes. Fort Campbell preps for another Afghanistan deployment. Multiple countries attend a clean coal conference in the Commonwealth. Legislation from the General Assembly’s  special session next month will take effect July 15.  Beshear vetoes a bill that scrutinizes state contracts.

TN~ Clarksville has disappointingly-low Census return rates. Undercover officers bust up a Henry County High School drug ring.  Republicans consider cutting pre-kindergarten programs.

IL~ Metropolis throws Harrah’s a $30k bone.