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the morning cram [the wrong, commie… it’s Houston! edition]

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“In Russia we only had two TV channels. Channel One was propaganda. Channel Two consisted of a KGB officer telling you: Turn back at once to Channel One.”

NPR reports signs of a media crackdown in Russia as the country nears its presidential elections.

Kentucky~ Murray State trumps Saint Mary’s at Saturday’s  ESPN Bracketbuster game. The death of a 14-year-old Christian County girl has sparks a movement against bullying and suicide.  The closing of Madisonville’s medical examiner’s office is causing an outrage. A little-known 2001 law could have prevented an infant’s death and a teen mother’s arrest. The Delta Mariner resumes its voyage to Cape Canaveral. Educators from 17 states come to learn about the state’s new education standards.

Tennessee~ A new bill may help military spouses facing unemployment.

the morning cram [the back off, I’m starving edition]

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Big Pharma gets a do-over…

NPR reports the FDA isn’t pulling any punches while they reevaluate weight loss drugs previously denied because of side-effects. Sure you’ll grow a third ear, but at least you’ll be skinny!

Kentucky~ Paducah and McCracken County are still considering a merger.  Local counties get some cash for recreational trail programs. Felons may get the chance to vote.

the morning cram [the double secret probation edition]

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Surprise! Big schools bring in big money.

NPR reports Harvard and Yale once again top the list of colleges for money received in 2011.

Kentucky~ Gov. Steve Beshear defends Paducah’s nuclear-enrichment plant. The University of Pikeville could become a part of the state’s higher education system. The House approves an Amish buggy bill. New legislation could give whistleblowers a cash reward. A teen is charged with killing her newborn child. Surface mining opponents rally in Frankfort. Paducah’s Fountain Avenue comes a step closer to restoration.

the morning cram [a glitch in the matrix edition]

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Facebook decides to “share” stock options with the public, but will the company “like” the risks?

NPR reports the move to go public presents many hurdles to the social media giant.

Kentucky~ Lawmakers consider a proposal allowing counties to consolidate via vote. The Senate passes a bill allowing Amish to use reflective tape in place of orange signs on buggies. The Dorena-Hickman Ferry will delay service this morning until 9. The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge awaits approval from inspectors.

Illinois~ A two-year study will look for the reason the treatment of lung cancer is lagging in southern Illinois.

 

the morning cram [I’m gonna come at you like a spider monkey edition]

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Quick –  Puff out your chest, it’ll scare him away!

NPR reports Iran stands defiant amidst Israel’s threat of strikes against their nuclear program.

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ River levels are on the rise.  A McCracken Sheriffs Deputy resigns after visiting his lady friend on the clock.  Mammoth Cave is a moneymaker for the Commonwealth. Smart kids rejoice;  you can get out of high school early. Pill mill legislation is working its way through the legislature.  The state wants to make substantial budget cuts to post-secondary schools. Lawmakers may be through with the redistricting fight.

the morning cram [Who’s in first? edition]

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A recount shows that Santorum won the Iowa Republican caucus by 34 votes. Somewhere off in the distance Al Gore sheds an empathetic tear.

NPR reports Iowa voters preferred Santorum to Romney. Romney calls the new tally a “virtual tie.” 

Kentucky~ Murray State keeps the winning streak alive.  KY house says they are fine with school bus ads.  Weight enforcement stepped up on western Kentucky bridge.  KY Senate debates redistricting. KY gets new partner in war against prescription drug abusers.

Tennessee~ West Tennessee Port gains international interest.  Three Union City police officers to be fired.

 

morning cram [deadbeat edition]

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So-called deadbeat parents, usually dads, have long been a conundrum for the law.

NPR reports now they are the US Supreme Court’s legal problem.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah police union signs deal for another three years, increased wages.  Outside firm to study environmental impact of Paducah riverfront development.  Senate A&R Committee takes up Medicaid compromise. Three more arrested in connection to December Evrard kidnapping.

TENNESSEE~ TVA invites people to come tour a nuclear plant. Bill to restrict collective bargaining for teachers passes one House committee, goes to another.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < Mid-Continent, Austin Peay < West Kentucky, (Softball) MSU Women’s  < > SIU Edwardsville, Austin Peay < > UT-Martin.

Kentucky’s Senators Respond to State of the Union

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Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul both delivered a response to last night’s State of the Union address. If you missed the President’s speech, NPR has the transcript.

Click below for the comments from our state’s Republican Senators.

 

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Written by Angela Hatton

January 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

morning cram [bow out edition]

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Fallout from NPR‘s decision to fire former news analyst Juan Williams reached the network’s highest levels yesterday as its top news executive, Ellen Weiss, resigned.

More.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah purchases land to build it’s Scholar House project. Roads are being pre-treated anticipating weekend snowfall. Beshear signs up for re-election. Senators nod at pension reforms and a lawmaker files a bill to make the Commonwealth smoke-free.

TENNESSEE~ Overnight bridge work is expected to slow traffic in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ A shooting victim is in stable condition after an incident in the parking lot of Harrah’s Metropolis Hotel and Casino. 3 people are wanted in connection to a recent rash of methlab discoveries.

OVC Basketball~ Men’s: MSU > TSU. Women’s: MSU < TSU; APSU < UTM.

morning cram [blame edition]

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The National Commission on BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill is pulling no punches assigning blame for the explosion last April.

~An official tells NPR that BP, Transocean and Halliburton all made baffling decisions which played a role in the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ Hundreds of dead birds were found last week near MSU. Mayfield’s leaders plan an all day summit Saturday. McCracken County’s court systems get a liaison. Oak Grove bans public smoking. Gov. Beshear is far outpacing the GOP contenders in fundrai$ing. A Senate committee clears a bill aiming to reward math and science teachers for students’ AP high scores, another approves a tax code improvement initiative, and a Lexington lawmaker proposes toughening the state’s ethics law.

TENNESSEE~ A bunch of TVA industrial customers gripe about ‘worse than ridiculous‘ rates.