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morning cram [joplin edition]

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Authorities report at least 89 people have died in the southwest Missouri city of Joplin after a massive tornado blasted through with cataclysmic force.

NPR details the disaster.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials will vote tonight to decide if proposed coal facilities on the Ohio River will become a reality. A high-speed chase through Marshall and McCracken ends in suicide. MSU ups its tuition rate$. The state gears up to redraw voting district lines. You can get your GED test for free (limited time offer). GOP candidate for governor David Williams holds a rally/attacks Gov Beshear. Cops’ campaign reminds drivers that seat belts save lives.

TENNESSEE~ FEMA assigns $5mil for disaster aid.

ILLINOIS~ The state Treasurer claims the state is facing financial apocalypse.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU > TTU, APSU > UTM.

morning cram [freezer cash edition]

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The top Libyan opposition official is stopping by the White House today.

NPR reports Transitional National Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril’s goal is to persuade US officials to recognize the TNC as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people — and to give it some of Khadafi’s frozen cash.

KENTUCKY~ Harrah’s Casino-Metropolis parent company Caesar’s Entertainment donates $100k to local Red Cross efforts. Parts of US-60 are reopened. Police: a driver dragged a gas station owner after a pump ‘n run (see photo). Road work closes KY-83 in Graves Co. A mysterious house fire in Sharpe injures a resident. State tourism revenue$ had a 5% bump last year. Check out the difference between this year’s GOP Secretary of State candidates. The NAACP and a Confederate heritage group differ on a proposal to issue rebel flag license plates.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are now using stats to fight crime. GOP lawmakers want to wrap it up by next week. A bill progresses which would (again) allow Nashville businesses that discriminate against homosexuals to do work with the city.

SPORTS~ OVC Softball Tourney: MSU > UTM; MSU < JSU.

morning cram [blessed shrimp edition]

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One year ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

NPR revisits a Cajun family living on the fragile edge of Louisiana for their community’s annual Blessing of the Fleet: a traditional launch of the shrimp season, where boats get blessed with holy water.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County’s public hearing yesterday for proposed Ohio River coal industry projects is swarmed with input. High winds last night took out some area trees and a few power lines. MSU mulls tuition hikes. Several area high schools hop on WKCTC’s Commonwealth Middle College program. College students learn about binge drinking. A one-vehicle wreck on KY-131/Said Rd proves fatal. I-24 in Lyon County gets blocked by a truck-fire. Police: dental records confirm skeletal remains belonged to a missing Marshall County man.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam’s proposal to cap lawsuit damage$ makes progress. US-641 wreck claims one.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp & USW talks make progress.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU< UE, APSU > Lipscomb, UTM > SIU-C; (Softball) UTM > Belmont x2.

morning cram [marriage defense edition]

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US House Republicans today are expected to come to the aid of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court.

NPR reports the Obama administration has declined to defend the 15-year-old law (which defines marriage as heterosexual-only), saying its unconstitutional.

KENTUCKY~ More storms ahead! A turkey hunter discovers a human skeleton. Finishing the Kentucky Lock will likely be (3 years!?) later than expected. 2 tornadoes Friday grazed Trigg County. High waters close the Cave-in-Rock Ferry (for about a week) and KY-137 in Livingston County. End of business today is your deadline to register to vote in the May Primary.

TENNESSEE~ Police arrest a Fort Campbell man in connection to a violent home invasion last week. A pedestrian was killed on Fort Campbell Blvd over the weekend.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < SIU-E, APSU < JSU, UTM < SEMO; (Softball) MSU < SEMO, APSU < JSU, UTM < EIU.

morning cram [piratea edition]

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Somalia is among the world’s most lawless countries, but one region is turning the tide.

NPR winds a tale of a casual, coastal neighborhood watch-like group who catch pirates by inviting them to tea.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County officials prepare to absorb public dissent/support next Tuesday. Marshall County law is on a boat. A Reidland mom gets cited after her toddler was found hanging out on US-62. Gun advocates now want to anonymously carry weapons into the Capitol building. Gov Beshear’s industrial recruiting tour through India pays off and now he’s over in DC to debrief the nation’s drug czar on the state’s pill problem. David Williams gets an anti-abortion blessing in his bid for governor. Register to vote by Monday, or else! (you don’t get to).

TENNESSEE~ A bid to kill the state’s motorcycle helmet law fails and guns-on-campus legislation makes headway.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU < WKU, APSU < Belmont, UTM > Lipscomb.

morning cram [somaliland edition]

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Somali pirates last year seized a record number (+1k) of hostages. This year, they’ve already hijacked 15 vessels, including an American yacht whose four passengers were killed.

NPR declares Somali piracy has become an epidemic.

KENTUCKY~ MSU Basketball Head Coach Billy Kennedy is in the running to be the University of Miami’s next. Paducah may have a (better) community center in the works. Clinton’s embattled nursing home will close and its purported violations have been released. Dems call for gubernatorial candidates to disclose their finances but Republicans say no. David Williams’ GOP running mate Richie Farmer wants his wife’s divorce petition dismissed.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam signs the teacher tenure difficulty bill into law.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) APSU < WKU; (Softball) MSU < SIU-E, APSU > UTM.

morning cram [oscar edition]

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Last night’s Academy Awards may be remembered by Best Supporting Actress winner Melissa Leo’s blurted-out, excited profanity.

But as NPR reports, except maybe the people who made Best Picture winner The King’s Speech, almost nobody had a very good time at this year’s Oscars.

A local meteorologist says the area “dodged a bullet.”

KENTUCKY~ Regions Bank sues Paducah-based Dippin’ Dots for $11mil. Community Foundation will dole out nearly $400k to local non-profits tomorrow.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville may make the guy who accidentally damaged a WWI statue pay up.

ILLINOIS~ High winds blew off a trailer’s roof and downed some trees over roadways north of Metropolis. The Ohio/Mississippi Rivers are on the rise. A Carbondale drug rehab program will cut it’s multi-month-long programs.

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