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the morning cram [more jobs edition]

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Unemployment rates are down as new jobs are created in July.

NPR reports 117,000 new jobs were created last month, bringing the unemployment rate down to 9.1 percent.

Kentucky~ Paducah is a good place to retire. Fort Campbell begins the Week of the Eagles. Paducah won the Chamber of the Year award last night. A highway maintenance man died yesterday. Jack Conway says he is frustrated with Washington too. The Highway Safety Director has been fired.

Datebook: January 6 – Carnival begins

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It’s Thursday, January 6 . . .

Monday is the deadline to buy tickets for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting. The event is January 20 at 6 PM at the Carson Center. First winner of The Apprentice, Bill Rancic will deliver the keynote. Tickets are 75 dollars for members and 125 dollars for non-members. Call 270443-1746.

Open auditions for the Market House Theatre’s production of The Hundred Dresses are Monday and Tuesday next week. Come to the Studio Theatre classroom at 120 Market House Square starting at 5 PM both days. Roles are available for adults and children 4th grade and up. Find out more at 270-444-6828.

The American Cancer Society offers college scholarships for childhood cancer survivors. The deadline to apply is February 1. Students must have had a diagnosis of cancer before the age of 19. They must be accepted as a full-time student to a 2 or 4 year school and have a GPA of more than 2-point-5. Visit wkms.org for a full description of qualifications.

morning cram [ethanol edition]

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Starting next season, NASCAR will use a 15% ethanol-gas blend.

~NPR reports trade group Growth Energy signed a six-year deal with the racing outfit.

KENTUCKY~ A McCracken County man is charged with a local toddler’s murder. 3 Murray men are accused of stealing thousand$ in videogames. A Murray couple slips the local United Way some funding. Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce has a new chairman. Women’s Basketball: MSU < UTM.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police arrest an (alleged) bank robber. Paris’ Hospital officials OK an $8mil power plant.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell’s Metropolis plant leaks and contains some corrosive acid. SIU cuts 9 teachers and ravages wages at its Carbondale campus.

morning cram [workout edition]

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Researchers say daily exercise plays a role in resisting the cold virus, citing a study where the more participants exercised, the less they reported getting sick.

~NPR reports those who exercised five days a week for at least 20 minutes experienced about 40% fewer days of illness compared with those who exercised less than one day a week.

KENTUCKY~ Find out how school officials plan to spend a $25k grant to curb dropouts @ Reidland High. Another Fort Campbell soldier dies for his country. Local undercovers bring down an alleged crack dealer. Police are awaiting dental records to identify two people who died in a fiery Calloway County wreck. A Fancy Farm man is in custody on kidnapping/sodomy charges. Rand Paul: GOP must consider cutting military spending. The city of Henderson is considering erecting a 9/11 memorial. Hopkinsville Community College is teaming up with APSU to train employees for Clarksville’s upcoming Hemlock Semiconductor plant. MSU is among several federal grant recipients in the Commonwealth targeting professional development.  Flags are down to half-staff again today.

SPORTS~ (Football) MSU > TTU & UTM > APSU. (Women’s Soccer) APSU loses the championship to Morehead State.

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.

morning cram [crowdsourcing edition]

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“A type of information gathering  called crowdsourcing could have a big impact on Republicans’ fall agenda.”

~NPR logs on two websites seeking input.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah approves its Executive Inn demolition contract, buys $100k in software upgrades and proposes to buy more Greenway Trail property. A committee is still working on a plan to merge the Paducah/McCracken County governments. One of Fort Campbell’s last major units prep to leave for Afghanistan. 2 Hopkinsville Community College professors are now Kellogg-certified specialists. The Commonwealth is (again) among Race to the Top finalists and ranks 40th in the nation for overall child well-being.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville Police detective is suspended over Facebook photos. Publix breaks ground at the former Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell/union worker talks derail. Officials think their Race to the Top chances are better this time around.