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morning cram [prop-19 edition]

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The debate over California’s Prop-19, the initiative to legalize marijuana there, has cops and mothers supporting it but many stoners and growers oppose it.

~NPR reports Californians will vote November 2 on whether to allow local and state government to tax and regulate marijuana.

KENTUCKY~ Longtime Paducah Sun reporter Bill Bartleman is retiring (after 39 years of writing for the paper). A B-17 Flying Fortress will land in Paducah next week. KY-189 reopens this morning. Marshall County could startup a pet spay/neuter campaign. A Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan. Incumbent Senator Bob Leeper (i -2nd District) doesn’t like attack ads by democratic opponent Red Smith. Jack & Rand to debate on the KET airwaves tonight (and the NRA approves of both candidates).

TENNESSEE~ A former Montgomery County Executive is in critical condition after a weekend car wreck. Nashville jurors convict a western Kentucky fraudster duo (who told victims they were bringing a Disney theme park to the state).

OVC SPORTS~ (football) MSU > EIU, UTM > LU, APSU < JSU. (soccer) MSU< SEMO, MSU = EIU; UTM < EIU, UTM = SEMO; APSU > TTU.

morning cram [hurt feet edition]

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Foot pain is a major problem that affects nearly a third of all US adults and women report nearly twice as much foot pain as men.

~NPR hears many tend to live with the pain instead of seeing a specialist.

KENTUCKY~ 2nd District State Senate Poll: Leeper/Smith statistically tied.  A Murray woman’s murder trial gets pushed back until next year and a fatal weekend wreck claims a Murray man’s life. Grand Rivers’ Vulcan Material workers opt to not unionize. A Paducah gun store owner is court-ordered to recall modified shotguns. A Hopkinsville teen accused of murdering a youth sports coach will appear in court today. Jack and Rand argue  at a U of L debate.

TENNESSEE~ More campaign money is being raised and spent in the 8th district than any other. Hemlock Semiconductor’s job fair draws hundreds of multi-state applicants a year ahead of the Clarksville plant’s opening.

NCAA~ (Football) APSU < SEMO & UTM > EKU. (Soccer) MSU > UTM, MhSU > APSU > EKU, UTM > APB.

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 [operation streamline edition]

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Immigrants caught entering the US illegally are often pushed through the federal courts at unheard of speeds. They are often arraigned, counseled, plead and convicted in a matter of hours.

~NPR unveils a 3-month investigation into the process.

KENTUCKY~ Several McCracken County candidates scramble to fix campaign signs to comply with state law. A SWAT team sweeps a McCracken County meth house and police in Hopkins County rescue 4 children from a ‘large-scale’ lab. Paducah’s WKCTC will conduct a mock shooter exercise Wednesday morning. Police want your expired meds. (Yet) another Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan. Jack blasts Rand @ McCracken’s St. John’s Picnic; while Rand attends a secret meeting.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police search for a man wanted in connection to the shooting of a 14-year-old girl. The state’s 911 system will go digital in just over a year.

NCAA SPORTS~ (Football) MSU < SEMO, APSU < MTSU, UTM < SELU. (Soccer) MSU < IPFW & SIU-E; APSU > Southern, < SELU; UTM > IPFW & Evansville.

morning cram [downsizing edition]

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“Despite the slow economy and high unemployment, profits are returning at many companies. But companies that made deep job cuts may suffer in the longer term.”

~NPR explores extreme downsizers.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s first-pick for city manager hails from Colorado. Property values in McCracken County increase (slightly). Mayfield’s WK&T gets $123m (in ARRA funding) to expand rural broadband. The Fancy Farm breakdown: House District-1 candidates, Senate District-2Jack ‘n Rand, and Whitfield vs. Hatchett.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s Quad/Graphics plant will shut down in November (leaving 700 without work). Newspaper archives (circa 1836-1922) will be available online in the next 2 years.