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morning cram [island edition]

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Since scientists predict global warming will bring higher sea levels, longer droughts and more frequent storms, an Australian government program aims to help a neighboring island nation slowly relocate.

NPR reports the program gives people economic incentives to move gradually, so they won’t completely lose their national identity.

KENTUCKY~ A Paducah/McCracken County merger studying session is no longer threatened after a House Bill dies. Meet Heath High School’s new principal. KET warns federal funding cuts could mean no more Sesame Street or Antiques Roadshow. Apparently the Commonwealth is a ginseng-growing power house. Payday lenders rejoice they can still charge whatever they want. Lawmakers threaten to kick out the EPA to protect the coal industry and the House will soon vote to allow optometrists to use lasers. MSU < SEMO.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman finds a WWII-era bomb in a field… brings it home… then calls police.  TVA is changing its rate structure, but says if you see changes it’s your distributor’s fault. Oh… and free fire alarms!

morning cram [abort edition]

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Abortion is an issue so contentious it almost prevented the health law from passing last year.

NPR reports its back.

It’s cold and dangerous on the roads. Think twice about getting out and keep warm clothing in your car.

KENTUCKY~ Oak Grove will soon have a local psychiatric service. A Christian County man pleads guilty to matricide. (Another) Democrat files to run for Secretary of State. A former Fort Campbell murderer/rapist soldier is appealing his conviction today.

TENNESSEE~ A meeting in Paris next week will solicit public opinion on a proposed project to widen US-641 and city officials there will meet today to figure out who will temporarily fill in as city manager. Clarksville officials won’t push for allowing handguns on city park grounds and former Mayor Johnny Piper snags his ex-spokeswoman to be his assistant.

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

morning cram [uphill edition]

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US House Republicans are expected to unanimously overturn the sweeping health system overhaul only to be blocked by the still Democrat-controlled Senate. If that happens, they will then try to delay or defund  it.

~NPR reports that won’t be easy.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Army Reserve surgical unit ships out to Afghanistan tomorrow. A Marshall County murder/arson case will be retried in March. Murray’s 5-points intersection will be closed over the next few days. Watch out for I-24 lane restrictions near Calvert City. Hopkinsville thinks about going smoke-free. The latest Fort Campbell casualty in Afghanistan matches the number (105) the base lost in Iraq.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s new mayor raises an official eyebrow at the former mayor’s new job. Men’s Basketball: APSU > UTC; UTM < SEMO.

morning cram [relational algebra edition]

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Who knew math could fight improvised explosive devices?

~NPR hears how the use of mathematical social network analysis can identify key players in the bombing scene.

KENTUCKY~ LBL’s 4-lane opens up. Mayfield High football faces off with Hazard today for the Class 1-A championship title. Christian County High School’s Choir Director faces allegations of sexual abuse. 4 juveniles plead guilty in Christian/Todd County Amish/Mennonite home invasions. Police take down a Marshall County methlab. Ag economists predict the state’s farming industry will breach $5 billion next year. Military officials are investigating the Afghanistan shooting that killed six Fort Campbell soldiers.

ILLINOIS~ Since Metropolis can’t stop an incoming topless bar, it’s looking into ordinances to regulate conduct there. The state settles its debt by selling off a bunch of tobacco bonds.

SPORTS~ (Men’s Basketball) MSU > EKU, APSU > SEMO, & UTM < MhSU. (Women’s Basketball) MSU < EKU, APSU > SEMO, & UTM < MhSU.

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 [dead byrd edition]

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The United States’ longest-serving Senator is dead at 92.

“Robert Byrd (D-W.Va) was a man who fought the Civil Rights Act — to his later regret — but who took pride in his fight against authorizing the use of force in Iraq.”

NPR remembers.

KENTUCKY~ Fredonia’s all-girl prison farm is a hit! Paducah school officials want to buy 31 homes behind the middle school on Lone Oak Road. Owensboro Community and Technical College’s new president begins July 1. MSU takes 4th @ bass fishing tourney on Kentucky Lake.

TENNESSEE~ Henry County Medical Center’s debt worsens. Union City gets a WWII-era plane for its upcoming Discovery Center.  Republican candidates for governor would prefer cutting inheritance, investment and business taxes over taxes on groceries.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis has until mid-July to have a plan in place to stop pumping sewage into the Ohio River.

morning cram (unprepared edition)

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Look Mom! I can dress myself!

KY~ Today’s the last day to buy a Murray city sticker on the low and the city council passed a first reading of its budget. A freak storm yesterday takes out a marina on Kentucky Lake. Fish all you want (license or not) June 5-6. Lawmakers could slap the rest of the budget together today.

TN~ Clarksville is close to a deal on its old hospital site. Senate proposal targets jailed illegal immigrants. You can get yer guns and go drinkin’. US Senators vote today on Tennessee flood aid amount$.

SPORTS~ MSU loses OVC baseball tourney opener to EKU, but hangs in there by beating SEMO (yesterday); and will again face EKU (today).