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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 [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.

morning cram [piratea edition]

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Somalia is among the world’s most lawless countries, but one region is turning the tide.

NPR winds a tale of a casual, coastal neighborhood watch-like group who catch pirates by inviting them to tea.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials prepare to absorb public dissent/support next Tuesday. Marshall County law is on a boat. A Reidland mom gets cited after her toddler was found hanging out on US-62. Gun advocates now want to anonymously carry weapons into the Capitol building. Gov Beshear’s industrial recruiting tour through India pays off and now he’s over in DC to debrief the nation’s drug czar on the state’s pill problem. David Williams gets an anti-abortion blessing in his bid for governor. Register to vote by Monday, or else! (you don’t get to).

TENNESSEE~ A bid to kill the state’s motorcycle helmet law fails and guns-on-campus legislation makes headway.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU < WKU, APSU < Belmont, UTM > Lipscomb.

morning cram [evacuate! edition]

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Fukushima nuclear plant operators evacuated workers today after gray smoke rose from a reactor unit.

NPR reports the latest developments on stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex.

KENTUCKY~ An elderly Paducah man dies after driving into an underwater ditch. Whether the Heath High shooter can appeal will be decided in August. A Murray woman pleads guilty to enabling an armed home invasion. KY-131 is now back open (after parts were underwater). Caldwell County has a newly named Magistrate. Rep Henley: cutting Medicaid will be a pain for Murray’s Hospital. The special session continues. Emancipation Day pushes the tax deadline back 3 days. US Census: cities grew, rural areas declined.

TENNESSEE~ High gas price$ prompt Henry County officials to cut a deal with their waste pickup servicer.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < GSU, UTM < UAB, APSU < ISU; (Softball) MSU < EIU, UTM > TSU, APSU < EKU.

morning cram [transparent edition]

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President Obama famously promised to run the most transparent administration in history.

NPR reports it’s Sunshine Week and security experts are evaluating how well the administration has lived up to that pledge.

KENTUCKY~ A shrink testifies the ’97 Heath High shooter was incompetent during his initial trial. A Calloway County chemical fire yesterday prompted some evacuations. WKU signs on to gladly take Hopkinsville Community College grads. People will comb the roadside (for free) next week. Senate Prez Williams challenges Gov Beshear to a TV word-duel and he also wants to work the special session for free, but House Dems won’t.

TENNESSEE~ Judge decides the Buchanan double murderer should die in prison (from old age). Unemployment in area counties remains well above the state average. Hundreds are expected to descend on Nashville’s Capitol building @ noon to rally for worker’s rights. UT officials up the school system’s minimum wage.

ILLINOIS~ Ohio River water levels are expected to crest Friday. Republicans don’t like Gov Quinn’s latest appointment.

morning cram [ga$ edition]

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Average gasoline prices across the country have soared to $3.50.

NPR reports Republicans accuse Obama of deliberately curtailing domestic oil production.

KENTUCKY~ Police think the (alleged) bath salt mommy hit her toddler with a stool before abandoning him on I-24. Paducah Bank warns a phone scam is making rounds. Mayfield’s Fire Department captures a $91k federal grant. A Fort Campbell soldier garners national honors. Lawmakers will head back to Frankfort to continue squabbling about Medicaid for $60k a day.

TENNESSEE~ Talks become ‘tense’ during a Henry budget meeting. Auditor: a (now deceased) former employee stole +$200k from a Clarksville non-profit. A proposal to permanently ban a state income tax passes the Senate.

morning cram [drill here edition]

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Many of the world’s biggest oil suppliers are in harm’s way as political strife besets North Africa and the Middle East. All the while, international demand for oil is up and gas prices are rising.

NPR reports American politicians are renewing campaigns to drill more at home.

KENTUCKY~ A woman pleads not guilty to charges she abandoned her injured toddler on I-24 (while allegedly in a bath salt-induced, zombie-like state). A Hopkinsville man pleads not guilty to murder charges. Study: Murray would totally be a cool place to host a convention. Paducah’s inflatable dome pavilion will be popping up next week. Meet the state’s new education crusaderSenators balk @ Governor Beshear’s Medicaid fix and a committee likes a bill that would let school board candidates collect more donations. Murray State’s Lady Racers bow out of the OVC tourney.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ municipal records are in shambles and its former city recorder is being investigated. Clarksville’s Greenway foot bridge is out and heavy rains are to blame.

 

morning cram [gadhafi edition]

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Bodies of slain Libyan protesters lay scattered on Tripoli’s streets today as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi seek to crush anti-government demonstrations by shooting anything that moves.

NPR reports Gadhafi has even called in air strikes against dissidents.

KENTUCKY~ A pair of McCracken County Schools bus garage employees (allegedly) embezzled +$10k in tools and auto parts. Christian County High must either close, transform, hire new management or reassign teachers to other schools. A Madisonville man faces a whopping 288 sex-related charges (including incest). Hopkinsville’s extended stretch of the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway will open next week. Governor Beshear’s education task force makes several recommendations.

TENNESSEE~ A missing woman’s body is found off US-641. Clarksville’s Power Board will spend $375k to remodel the CDE Lightband HQ and some council members are trying to rework the city’s charter (again). The Union City Goodyear plant’s impending closure creates a new regional economic development alliance. Two of Governor Haslam’s new cabinet members could stand to benefit from their positions, but no one can ever know by how much.

morning cram [sneezing edition]

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Why do some people get sick and others in similar environments don’t?

NPR reports how our immune systems respond to the viral mechanisms of a cold can make some of us easier targets.

Several snow-related slideoffs and crashes are occurring all over the region. Predictions indicate 3-4 inches of snow accumulation is possible. Many area schools are closing early (see above).

KENTUCKY~ A house fire closed US-60 for several hours this morning. A Graves County man dies in a trailer fire Friday (1 of 3 blazes within 2 hours). Police ID a 9-year-old Todd County girl found dead just hours after she was reported missing. America’s most philanthropic couple (Bill & Melinda Gates) give the state’s Department of Education $1 million.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ interim city manager uncovers ‘improper accounting methods‘ @ City Hall. Clarksville Police say one person is dead and two are injured after an early Sunday morning club shooting. North Carolina’s Attorney General wants to re-sue TVA over pollution.

ILLINOIS~ A pair of escapees are back in jail after a weekend romp.

OVC Basketball~ Murray State is now in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference. (Men’s) MSU > APSU, UTM < TSU; (Women’s) MSU < APSU, UTM > TSU.

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.