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the morning cram [shaken baby edition]

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Is shaken baby syndrome blamed for babies’ deaths too often?

NPR reports Norman Guthkelch, the doctor who is credited with first observing the condition, questions the free nature with which the syndrome is blamed for killing babies.

Kentucky~ There will be no alcohol in Reidland. Calloway County Middle School has a new principal. A city engineer says Paducah’s floodwall held up well.  A gubernatorial hopeful is angered by dis.  The Asian longhorned beetle threatens the state’s forests.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s Power Board may be revamped. Those who need energy assistance help will have to wait until October.

the morning cram [no mo’ NATO edition]

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NATO faces a “dim, if not dismal” future.

NPR reports Sec. Robert Gates questions the viability of the decades old military alliance in his last policy speech.

Kentucky~ Some Paducah residents feel they aren’t as important as others. An accused stalker in Fort Campbell has charges dismissed. Paducah/McCracken County residents might be able to vote on a merger, but not yet.  Medicaid could be handled by private companies in the future. The state has issued grants to help farmers, and eradicate fat kids.

Tennessee~ Clarksville’s mayor says she doesn’t want any tax hikes. The state finance commissioner says the state state is doing well.

morning cram [anxious egypt edition]

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Political parties in Egypt are frantically trying to organize, register and make themselves known before elections this fall.

NPR reports a short timeline and lawlessness are making some consider postponing the revolution.

KENTUCKY~ Primaries take place today, so go vote! (unless you’re an independent). Your officials say they’re watching out for voter fraud. Paducah is taking down (some of) its floodgatesMore roads are drivable as water levels continue to fall and workers will be inspecting the Smithland Bridge on Thursday (expect delays). A 6-year-old dies in a Carlisle County bus wreck. FEMA officials will kick off a statewide earthquake exercise. Ag officials want you to get rid of standing water because of mosquito concerns. Todd County gets $500k to renovate an Elkton building. Nothing was resolved @ yesterday’s Marathon Oil price gouging hearing. The Commonwealth is pumping out the degrees.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are investigating a home invasion/homicide and that sinkhole on Cumberland Drive was caused by a busted water main.

morning cram [$27 million edition]

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The $27 million reward for Osama bin Laden could go unclaimed.

NPR blogs Secretary of State Hilary Clinton wouldn’t comment on the bounty.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah ditches efforts to block flooding at the Julian Carroll/Paducah Expo Centers and river industry companies there cite million$ in expected damages. The rest of Paducah’s floodgates will go up today. Gov Beshear is back today! and will end his tour at the Benton-hosted Regional Emergency Operations Center. Evacuations and inundated farmland abound in Ballard, Carlisle and Fulton counties. GOP AG-hopeful Todd P’Pool has raised $350k (totally).

ILLINOIS~ Some 65% of Alexander County residents have evacuated; both relief shelters near max capacity; officials relieved by levee blasting.

morning cram [tallies edition]

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Severe storms punished five Southern US states.

NPR tallies the lives lost at 178.

KENTUCKY~ US-51 in Hickman County will likely be closed sometime today after incoming floodwaters overtake it. TVA officials predict LBL lake levels to reach 371′. Paducah says its ready for the crest and you can see LIVE webcam views from its vantage on the Ohio River. NWS predictors change Ohio River estimates. Gov Beshear will poke around today. Livingston County/Smithland officials are optimistic about the temporary levee they’re building on top of the permanent one. Benton Police: man robbed Newwave @ knifepoint; ran away with TV. Paducah’s Senator Bob Leeper was joined by only two other lawmakers refunding their ‘undeserved’ recess pay.

TENNESSEE~ Many remain without power and the rain isn’t helping.

ILLINOIS~ Cairo’s Mayor: economic depression shouldn’t factor into allowing the city to flood.

morning cram [cia edition]

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NPR hears no one will face criminal charges for destroying CIA videotapes depicting interrogation of terrorism detainees during President George W. Bush’s administration.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah flood wall repairs could cost $19mil and police are searching for 2 men who robbed a Kentucky Oaks Mall patron. McCracken County could sue to stop Paducah’s planned annexation. KY-121 north of Murray closed then reopened this morning for a fire-response. The election (apparently) isn’t over. Paducah’s TransMontaigne will hold a practice drill tomorrow. A Murray house fire reminds us to check our smoke alarms and of the danger of space heaters.

TENNESSEE~ A UTM student died (mysteriously). Does Southeast Henry County want water access?

SPORTS~ (Men’s Basketball) APSU > Westminster & UTM > Bethel. (Women’s Basketball) APSU > Cumberland.