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the morning cram [i’m afraid your world is over edition]

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Just in case you hadn’t heard, Kim Jong Il is dead.

NPR reports North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il is dead at 69 from an apparent heart attack. Now, the reigns of leadership may be passed on to his son Kim Jong Un.

Kentucky~ A Calloway County pastor charged with sex abuses says he needs help. Gas prices are higher than ever for this time of year, Merry Christmas.  We’ve lost the race to the top.  Our juvey justice system makes more criminals apparently, oops.

the morning cram [empty nest egg edition]

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Retirement may not be as enjoyable as it once was.

NPR reports retirees are finding the golden years to be much more difficult than they expected.

Kentucky~An accidental shooting claims a life in Graves County.  No Child Left Behind grades are in.   Senator Paul wants to block pipeline regulations.  Williams and Galbraith sound off on Race to the Top funds.

Illinois~ Metropolis ok’s booze on Sunday.

morning cram [bacteria edition]

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“There are some encouraging signs from the Gulf of Mexico that bacteria are consuming the underwater oil plume from the broken BP well.”

~NPR hears there is no shortage of surprises from a microbial point of view.

KENTUCKY~ Mayfield denies a proposed mosque citing parking issues to cheers from crowds wearing Christian T-shirts; petitioners have about a month to appeal. Paducah’s Convention Center board wants to sell the naming rights to the Expo Center for $275k. 2 Christian County School employees are credited for thwarting an attempted child abduction. Beshear makes KCHIP (health insurance) premiums a thing of the past. TVA plans to shutdown a McCracken County coal power plant unit and possibly replace it with a biomass operation. An Illinois fishing company wants to build an Asian Carp processing plant in Wickliffe. What went wrong with the Commonwealth’s bid for federal Race to the Top funds!?

TENNESSEE~ 2 Clarksville Police officers’ slander lawsuit is dismissed, but will (probably) be refiled.

ILLINOIS~ After sobbing over not winning Race to the Top money, the state will press on with school reforms.

morning cram [hindu psychiatry edition]

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“In India, there is only 1 psychiatrist for every 400,000 people. It means that most people go untreated for substance abuse problems, severe depression and psychotic disorders. Or rather, they go untreated by doctors. Instead, they turn to the gods.”

~NPR hears prayers asking Shiva to purge the mentally ill of evil spirits.

KENTUCKY~ Current McCracken developers want new subdivision changes to apply to them. A former-Ledbetter pastor is charged with stealing from his church. A Kevil woman gets indicted for complicity to first-degree manslaughter. 2 suspects are in custody for a drive-by in a Farley neighborhood. Police suspect a Calloway County couple died in a murder-suicide. State Police pull up +800 pot plants. Murray State is one step closer to launching a biomass project. Owensboro’s famous Moonlite BBQ Inn is damaged in a fire. Education officials present the Commonwealth’s Race to the Top application in Washington DC today.

TENNESSEE~ A former Clarksville narcotics detective gets arrested for buying painkillers. TVA says electricity demand (almost) broke records last week.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell vs. United Steelworkers: talks resume today.

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.

morning cram [killer whales edition]

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“Modern day sperm whales have tiny teeth and eat squid. But this ancient sea monster devoured other whales.”

~NPR explores the depths.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah Police charge 9 men with sex crimes in an internet chat room sting. A hotly contested debate over windows at Paducah Tilghman High ends. McCracken makes building subdivisions there potentially more profitable. KSP searches for 2 Marion escapees on the lam in a silver pickup. Hopkinsville sees a murder mistrial. 3 more Fort Campbell casualties happened in Afghanistan. A road worker was hit in Caldwell County. Several new laws (driveby texting/domestic tracking) take effect this month. Rand Paul may alienate farmers by opposing subsidies. Education officials will evaluate Dawson Springs Schools (among 20 others).

TENNESSEE~ New armed robbers will spend more time in jail starting today.

morning cram [ramble edition]

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An NPR poll predicts a difficult road ahead for Democrats to thwart Republican gains in the House this November.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken Judge Executive Newberry will draft a letter to County Clerk Jeff Jerrell advising he revise his policies. A Calloway County man gets a life sentence for murder. Good advice: Don’t sleep with bed bugs. WIC participants are encouraged  to use Farmer’s Markets. Chances thin for the state to win federal Race to the Top money without charter schools. Rand Paul defends his certification group.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County passed a budget on time (for once).

ILLINOIS~ The Pentagon: aspiring politician Mark Kirk isn’t acting properly.