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the morning cram [she thought we’d be getting a million dollars…its not fair edition]

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Good news. Romney pays less in taxes than I do, and likely you as well. I’m not sure why that’s good news, but I’m an optimist.

NPR reports Mitt Romney’s 2010 tax return shows he made $21.7 million dollars, and paid 13.9 percent in taxes. He’s rollin in it.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ Canaan gets OVC honors for a fourth time…he’s a bad man. A twister touched down in Hazel on Sunday. Former McCracken Judge-Executive gets that money. Madisonville Police ID remains. School bus ads die easy (sorry Bruce Willis). Lawmakers say the budget is tough, wow. Pharmacists say providers are screwing them.

Tennessee~ Beavers backpedals on bill.

the morning cram [scared investor edition]

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The roller coaster ride that is the stock market has investors scared.

NPR reports that investors have a plethora of reasons to be nervous about the market, as numerous uncontrollable variables factor into their concerns.

Illinois~ Brookport’s Mayor quits over a fight with the Chief. Foreclosure rates are down throughout the state.

Tennessee~ Duncan says Tenn education is heading the right direction. Ramsey excuses Rick Perry’s support of Al Gore.

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.

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 [tripoli edition]

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Moammar Gadhafi’s armed forces are setting up checkpoints in Tripoli ahead of planned anti-government protests today, raising fears of new bloodshed in the Libyan capital.

Follow up on the latest with NPR.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s average credit card debt is the 4th lowest in the nation. Grand Rivers will miss the Badgers. The Commonwealth is well on its way to banning ‘bath salt’ drugs and expanding concealed carry laws. House members voted for a one-stop, web-shop for all things business and Republican senators are reviving their stalled plan to deal with troubled public pensions. The state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice warns further cuts would gimp the system. Governor Beshear signs major reforms to the penal code into law.

TENNESSEE~ City Council: Clarksville Speedway can roar on. Unemployment edges upwards. One Republican leader will talk openly about a proposed (possibly anti-Muslim) bill that he has yet to read.

OVC TOURNEY~ (Men’s) APSU > SEMO, UTM > TTU; (Women’s) APSU > EIU.

morning cram [bath salts edition]

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Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are some of the names on packets of white powder being sold in convenience stores and gas stations across the nation.

NPR reports though the packets are labeled and sold as “bath salts,” they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like (and sometimes violent) high.

KENTUCKY~ Roadways are looking (mostly) clear but more snow is likely. Paducah Police need your help to find a missing autistic woman. State Police investigators accuse a teenager of murdering a 9-year-old Todd County girl. Owensboro Catholic officials call in a PI to check out a suicide victim’s online sex abuse allegations. A wine group is waiting for legislators to hear them… complain. Figuring out the state’s Medicaid budget is hard and one lawmaker is (again) taking aim at payday lenders.

TENNESSEE~ Republicans are rallying to join other states to challenge the federal healthcare law.

OVC BASKETBALL~ MSU > EIU, APSU < TTU.

morning cram [thumbs edition]

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“It took millions of years for our hands to go from grasping tree limbs to writing poetry. And scientists believe that making stone tools helped propel that evolution.”

~NPR hears how our thumbs came to oppose.

KENTUCKY~ Expect delays on US-68/KY-80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and the US-60 Tennessee River Bridge @ Ledbetter. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal will have a hearing to see if he can appeal. A Fort Campbell soldier dies abroad in a non-combat incident. Military officials ID the remains of Fort Campbell helicopter pilot nearly 4 decades later$omebody <3’s WKU… The school busted its record for cash donations. State Board of Education members get oriented today. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s (alleged) extorter is on trial today. The American Lung Association lobbies the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville for changes to Medicaid.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ hospital posts profits this year. Candidate for governor Bill Haslam leads the Republican pack in primary polls.