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the morning cram [women…can’t live without ’em edition]

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As Rick Santorum climbs in the polls, can he attract the vote of one of the largest voting groups in the nation (women)?

NPR reports even if Santorum can win the nomination, one of the greatest obtacles in his path to the White House is a struggle shared by many GOP candidates, appealing to women.

Some awoke to the rumble of an earthquake this morning.

Kentucky~ United Way made its goal. The Amish buggy standoff could soon end. Stumbo is pushing his UPIKE bill among much distraction. A woman pleads guilty to charges after hitting her toddler over the head and leaving him on an interstate.

Datebook: December 16 – New Madrid Quakes 200 Years Ago

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The first two in a series of four severe earthquakes occured on December 16, 1811 in the vicinity of New Madrid, Missouri. These four so-called ‘mega-quakes’ are believed to be an ongoing cataclysmic danger that could reprise the 1811-12 series of 2,000 quakes that affected the lands of what would be eight of today’s heartland states of the United States. These earthquakes remain the most powerful earthquakes to hit the eastern United States in recorded history, more than eight times the size of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Despite its magnitude (right around 7), it caused only slight damage to man-made structures, mainly because of the sparse population in the epicentral area. Residents as far away as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Norfolk, Virginia, reported being awakened by intense shaking. Church bells were reported to ring as far as Boston, Massachusetts and (what is now) Toronto, and sidewalks were reported to have been cracked and broken in Washington, D.C.. William Clark (of Lewis & Clark), then governor of the Louisiana Territory, asked for federal relief from the U.S. Government – one of the first requests for federal disaster relief in the country.

It’s Friday, December 16th

Tomorrow brings a program about making Origami ornaments for the holiday at the McCracken County Public Library. It’s from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Library at 555 Washington Street in Paducah. Lea Wentworth teaches folding paper into ornaments, gifts, or cards.

The annual Audobon Christmas Bird Count through the Nature Station at LBL is tomorrow from 6 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.. Call 270-924-2299 to register. Bring binoculars, field guides and lunch. Birders will reconvene for lunch at the Nature Station to review the count. Dress for the weather. Less experienced birders are welcome. The fee is $5 per person. Birders are involved in this count nationwide.

The Festival of Trees continues at the Janice Mason Art Museum, 71 Main Street in Cadiz. Clubs, individuals and civic organizations have decorated unique trees and the Museum shop offers gift shopping. The Museum is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday.

Be sure to see wkms.org for a complete schedule of special radio features for the season chosen to keep you Company for the Holidays.

the morning cram [medical merger edition]

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Two health care giants have merged. How could that affect you?

NPR reports last month’s merger of Express Scripts and Medco Health Services will give someone the power to greatly affect your pocketbook.

Kentucky~ A Trigg County Amish man was killed by farm equip. The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Dept is gettin some money. Stumbo says we need to keep an eye on doctors. The First Lady is celebrating green schools. An appeals court rejects former soldier convicted of rape and murder. State ACT scores are low (insert dumb Kentuckians joke here).

Illinois~ Gov Quinn says new leg maps are fine. Bird’s Point residents are mad about new levee plans.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville man may have been murdered. Kids are in better shape in the state.

the morning cram [high school drop-out edition]

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Many students drop-out regardless of interventions.

NPR reports that despite concerted efforts to keep some students from dropping out of school, many do so anyway.

Kentucky~ Paducah will take funds for the Greenway trail. Paducah also gets a new Renaissance Director. A Henderson County man is charged in paper carrier death. A Murray State football player is headed to the NFL. A man escaped jail and the immigration police (sneaky, sneaky). State politicians disagree on the US debt crisis solution (you don’t say). Officials debate the rights of the homeless to vote, though most don’t anyway.

Tennessee~ Clarksville school’s will be rezoned. Reelfoot Lake advertises its sunsets (they must be pretty).

morning cram [bonus edition]

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Somali piracy has grown into a multimillion-dollar criminal enterprise. Rarely a week goes by that pirates don’t attack or seize a ship.

NPR reports on the business-end of piracy, where pirates share profits and even distribute incentive bonuses.

WEATHER~ Possibly severe conditions today.

KENTUCKY~ The EPA is making TVA fix-up or close two coal-fired units at McCracken’s fossil plant. A Mayfield mom is suing the city school system alleging negligence led to her daughter’s (alleged) rape. Gubernatorial hopeful Phil Moffett gets endorsed by a national libertarian group. So the New Madrid fault earthquake in the early 1800’s wasn’t as strong as people thought.

TENNESSEE~ Jobless rates stay the course, but Montgomery County is hoping for 500 more. GOP/Dems spar over hospital fees.

OVC SOFTBALL~ UTM < SIU. MSU v UM canceled.