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the morning cram [political compromise edition?]

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Could the fledgling economy eventually drive politicians to work with one another?

NPR reports that while some politicians will continue their partisan policies, others may begin to change their tune.

Kentucky~ A Calloway County minister is charged with sexual abuse of a minor. Rand Paul says Tim Geithner should resign.

Illinois~ The US credit downgrade will affect Illinois revenues. Health officials say get yo’ kids vaccinated.

Tennessee~ The western part of the state is lagging in business development. Policy makers will talk about NCLB in Nashville today. Gov Haslam is on a new education committee.

the morning cram [London on fire edition]

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Riots and looting spread from London throughout England with no unifying cause.

NPR reports that in the third day since riots broke out in northern London, the violence has spread across England without any apparent cause other than general unrest.

Kentucky~ An alleged rapist is found in Murray. Gov Beshear will share his photos from the Middle East.

Illinois~ The state can claim your money if it sits for a year.

Missouri~ The Frito Bandito strikes again!!

Tennessee~ Build a storm shelter and get a tax break. Officials are fighting for the state credit rating.

the morning cram [field of dreams edition]

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The town of Greenville, South Carolina has blossomed during the recession. Why?

NPR reports that while main street and downtown areas throughout the nation are struggling, Greenville, S.C. is growing around their new downtown park. If you build it, they will come.

Kentucky~ An auditor says there is nothing wrong with clerk Jerrell’s office. Police are looking for a Paducah prostitute. Teachers are leaving to teach English in Japan. The state has its own debt problems. The will receive some help for college students.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn is protecting children’s heads.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville mom says her kids were raped at church camp.

the morning cram [Latino appeal edition]

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As the Latino population of the US grows, appealing to Hispanic voters becomes increasingly important to politicians.

NPR reports both Democrats and Republicans hope to make gains with the nation’s fastest growing minority, however Hispanic voters are frustrated with leaders from both parties.

Kentucky~ The Union puts off the Honeywell vote (what’s a few more weeks?). A Paducah man wins the British Senior Open. Debates continue over a hospital/religion merger. A Fort Campbell soldier faces murder charges. The state needs more dentists (insert Kentucky teeth joke here).

Illinois~ Report says gambling money goes to political campaigns.

Tennessee~ A Henry County Medical Center project seeks more money.

the morning cram [debt-ceiling edition]

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A chasm is growing between congressional Republicans, as the ‘Hell No Caucus’ claims US credit default is a fallacy.

NPR reports claims by Republican lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Illinois’ Joe Walsh put them at odds with party leaders.

Kentucky~ The Heath school shooter is denied a competency hearing. There will be road work on I-24 today. A local couple wins the Duck Tape prom competition (but will they stick together?).

Tennessee~ Clarksville may get a convention center. Bredesen’s mom won’t get Haslam’s update e-mail anymore.

Illinois~ The Gaming Board wants Quinn to veto a gambling expansion bill.

the morning cram [border terrorists edition]

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Immigration debate grows as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is waging a war against ‘terror’ along the Rio Grande.

NPR reports Perry has stepped up a campaign to fight drug traffickers along the border, as he claims the situation is ‘worse than ever’, while opponents claim this is just a political farce meant to attack the Obama administration.

Kentucky~ An MSU student has died in a car wreck. The Paducah-McCracken County vote might be next year.

Tennessee~ 3 Clarksville pharmacies have been robbed. Dyer County estimates they got $5 million in flood damage.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn has signed election reforms into law.

the morning cram [no new taxes…ever edition]

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Stephen Colbert discovers Grover Norquist would sacrifice his grandmother to fire ants before approving a tax increase.

NPR reports the GOP has long resolved to refuse tax increases, while Democrats continue to crow over what are thought to be “chinks” in the no-new-tax armor.

Kentucky~ The McCracken County Jail is looking to improve security. Amtrak in Fulton might pick you up at home soon. There will be lanes closed on I-24 starting next week. Brent Burke has been released. There are more fireworks stands this year. Elderly are targeted for a “grandparent scam”.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn needs to create a new budget.

morning cram [no love from pakistan edition]

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“The U.S. needs Pakistan to help in the fight against Islamist militants and to serve as a supply transit route for military operations in Afghanistan. Pakistan needs the U.S. for financial aid, and access to international lenders and the global economy. But neither side much likes nor trusts the other.”

NPR reports on the now toxic relationship.

KENTUCKY ~ Coal-to-liquid fuel plant developers consider another location in McCracken County. Paducah compost facility closed.  More vaccinations ordered for Kentucky kids. Got a power outage? There’s an app for that. Tri-state area chosen for federal meal program for schools. Replica of the Vietnam Memorial is in Murray.

TENNESSEE ~ New red-light cameras may be needed in Clarksville. Follow activity on TVA-owned lakes with your iPhone.

ILLINOIS ~ Governor Quinn sets Friday deadline to smooth out state construction budget.

morning cram [chinese-italian edition]

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“For more than a thousand years, the Italian town of Prato in the heart of Tuscany has been a textile center synonymous with top-quality craftsmanship. Now, it has become home to the largest concentration of Chinese residents in Europe.”

NPR reports on China’s expanding influence in the world.

KENTUCKY ~ Kentucky gets recycling grants, biggest grants are McCracken County and Pennyrile Regional. Paducah commissioner discuss revised (stricter) fireworks ordinance. UK prez signs a contract, will get 500K salary. Conscientious objector charged with child pornography, objector claims discrimination.  General Campbell may get third star.

ILLINOIS ~ Governor signs “landmark” education bill. Illinois state police review charges of racial bias.

TENNESSEE ~ Clarksville city budget set for vote, some concerned about appropriation of funds.  Obion among counties seeking agriculture disaster assistance.

morning cram [joplin edition]

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Authorities report at least 89 people have died in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin after a massive tornado blasted through with cataclysmic force.

NPR details the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials will vote tonight to decide if proposed coal facilities on the Ohio River will become a reality. A high-speed chase through Marshall and McCracken ends in suicide. MSU ups its tuition rate$. The state gears up to redraw voting district lines. You can get your GED test for free (limited time offer). GOP candidate for governor David Williams holds a rally/attacks Gov Beshear. Cops’ campaign reminds drivers that seat belts save lives.

TENNESSEE~ FEMA assigns $5mil for disaster aid.

ILLINOIS~ The state Treasurer claims the state is facing financial apocalypse.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU > TTU, APSU > UTM.