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the morning cram [fabled waterway edition]

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Warming of the Arctic Ocean could provide some benefits.

NPR reports that a waterway through the Arctic ice cap which is normally impassable may now open up and provide a trade route for northern nations.

Kentucky~ McCracken County might buy flooded houses. Expect delays on I-24 through McCracken this week. A Marshall County man wins a house.  Former Gov’s son is killed in car wreck. The Murray Hospital will treat your mind problems too. New academic standards are on the horizon.

Illinois~ State officials ban military funeral protests.

Tennessee~ Clarksville Police got the ‘house scammer’. Nat Guard units are headed to war.

morning cram [$27 million edition]

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The $27 million reward for Osama bin Laden could go unclaimed.

NPR blogs Secretary of State Hilary Clinton wouldn’t comment on the bounty.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah ditches efforts to block flooding at the Julian Carroll/Paducah Expo Centers and river industry companies there cite million$ in expected damages. The rest of Paducah’s floodgates will go up today. Gov Beshear is back today! and will end his tour at the Benton-hosted Regional Emergency Operations Center. Evacuations and inundated farmland abound in Ballard, Carlisle and Fulton counties. GOP AG-hopeful Todd P’Pool has raised $350k (totally).

ILLINOIS~ Some 65% of Alexander County residents have evacuated; both relief shelters near max capacity; officials relieved by levee blasting.

morning cram [osama edition]

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The mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been killed by US forces in a surgical strike at a compound in northern Pakistan.

NPR reports Osama bin Laden’s death ends one of the longest and costliest manhunts in history.

KENTUCKY~ The latest Ohio River levels have gone up (again). Perkins Creek flooding in Paducah has closed more roads and Stuart Nelson Park. A Paducah woman drove into floodwaters yesterday and was rescued from drowning. Hickman’s Ohio River floodgates are leakingPoliticians weigh in on bin Laden’s death. The spring wildfire season has (officially) ended. The University of Kentucky announces a presidential candidate finalist.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville cancels its 2010 Flood Commemoration (ironically) due to high waters. Henry County’s storm damage estimates > $1mil.

ILLINOIS~ The US Supreme Court will not stand in the way of blasting a Missouri levee to relieve Mississippi River flooding.

Datebook: April 6- National Tartan Day

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Click here for the history of National Tartan Day

It’s Wednesday, April 6.

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the Department of Music’s Percussion Ensemble performs its Spring Concert at Murray State’s Lovett Auditorium. Admission is free.

Paducah’s Market House Theatre’s Footlights youth acting troupes for grades 1 through 12 start a new trimester Saturday.  There are two class options for elementary students — a musical theatre class at 8 a.m. and a theatre games class at 9.  There’s a theatre games and comedy improv class at 10 a.m. for middle schoolers, and a comedy improv class at 11 for high schoolers.  See details at

The National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championships bring a festival to Murray State’s CFSB Center this week.  Tomorrow and Friday the festival starts at 2 p.m. with fish weigh-ins at 4.  Saturday’s festival starts at Noon with American Idol finalist and country artist Bucky Covington performing a free concert Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with 4 p.m. weigh-ins televised live on Versus.

Thank you for meeting the fundraiser goal.  See and hear your gift at work at  Enjoy your day!

Written by Matt Markgraf

April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

morning cram [tea spider starfish party edition]

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Tea Party fave book The Starfish and the Spider shows the decentralized political movement is more like a starfish than a spider, because it can survive and regenerate without a head.

~NPR deciphers this biological-based analogy.

KENTUCKY~ The lawyer for the Mayfield Somali Muslim accused of attempted kidnapping hints he’ll push for a change of venue and Islamaca International may sue Mayfield over the recent denial of a mosque there. 4 McCracken County juveniles get cited for tagging. Work began  yesterday on a new 4-lane bridge over the Tennessee River near Ledbetter. Williams and Farmer chatted with reporters about their bid for governor. MSU and Murray Hospital will team up to host 10 UK Medicine students (in 2014). The Family Foundation outlines its grief with Instant Racing. State Park employees will be working this Labor Day weekend despite statewide furloughs (they’ll take off later this month). Proposed NRA-backed hunting legislation will be reviewed by legislators next year. Lexington’s World Equestrian Games gets bailed out by sponsors.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman dies in a 1-car accident. Bredesen creates a council to study soldiers‘ mental health and substance abuse. The General Assembly’s website gets props from the Center for Digital Government.