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the morning cram [the shaken, not stirred, edition]

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Syrian regime has “License to Kill” after diplomatic impasse

NPR reports at least 15 dead following government bombings this weekend

OVC Scores…

Kentucky~ Thousands of Kentuckians visited the downed Eggners Ferry Bridge.  Emergency management officials say they are better prepared to handle disasters. Two have been arrested in connection to the slaying of a Fort Campbell soldier.  Activists invite lawmakers to a  tea party.

Tennessee~ Six state environmental panels are being reduced to three. A state-wide earthquake drill is set for Tuesday.

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the morning cram [friendly fires edition]

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Local governmental agencies don’t know how to treat the occupy protesters.

NPR reports Mayors across the country are trying to balance respect for the plight of protesters occupying public land and the greater welfare of their cities.

Kentucky~ KYTC wants to tell you about widening KY 68/80.  It looks like most people are avoiding the polls today.  A Kentucky native has been charged with espionage.  Romney wants some of that Kentucky green.

Illinois~ SIU: Teachers gotta eat too.

Tennessee~  Haslam tosses around the idea of school vouchers.

Soldiers Celebrate Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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The following story is courtesy of the Bagram Media Center of Regional Command East in Afghanistan.


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Task Force Iron Rakkasan celebrated Thanksgiving 2010 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. Even thousands of miles from home, the Soldiers had many reasons to be thankful.

“We’ve completed nine months of our deployment and we have had a lot of success,” said U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Isbell from Sylacauga, Ala., a squad leader in 2nd Platoon, Company A, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. “The battalion has made a lot of progress at pushing the insurgents out of Ghazni while preparing the Afghan National Security Forces to take up the task on their own.”

The chains of command throughout Task Force Iron Rakkasan scheduled minimal operations and patrols for their Soldiers. Although some patrols were still needed to ensure everyone’s safety, all Soldiers were granted some down time to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and to call home to their families.

The Soldiers across the battalion enjoyed a well-cooked Thanksgiving meal which was prepared by each forward operating base’s team of cooks. The military provided the majority of the turkeys, hams and cranberry sauce, but private donations made the meal memorable. A private radio station, 92.3 FM out of Las Vegas, Nev., donated more than 750 pounds of spices, seasonings and side dishes.

The special meal required special service. Members of the Iron Rakkasan staff as well as leadership from each element located at FOB Andar helped with carving the turkey and serving the Soldiers. Even the Polish Brigade Commanding General Brig. Gen. Andrezej Reudowicz came to help Task Force Iron celebrate Thanksgiving and took a turn carving the turkey.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Fivecoat from Delaware, Ohio, and U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson from Lansing, Mich., TF Iron Rakkasan commander and command sergeant major, respectively, circulated to the each company’s FOBs to visit the Soldiers and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

To honor traditional Thanksgiving celebrations, Iron Rakkasans held their annual “Turkey Bowl” football game, pitting the unit’s officers against its noncommissioned officers.

“The opportunity to come together as an organization and play football was a great bonding experience,” said U.S. Army Maj. Kenric Bourne from St. Louis, Mo., 3-187th executive officer. “My view of Thanksgiving is not complete without turkey and football, and I believe this experience gave all who played a small taste of home while here in Afghanistan.”

At the end of the game, the NCOs squeaked out a win over the officers in a very close and toughly contested game. The NCOs were excited to maintain the Turkey Bowl championship title for at least one more year. The officers, however, have already begun planning and training for next year’s rematch.

Written by Angela Hatton

November 26, 2010 at 7:54 am

Morning Cram [GOOOOOOAAAAAAAL edition]

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Wasn’t the United States supposed to be bad at “football?”
Apparently not . . .

KY: Rep. Henley gives back his pay to the state, only one of two.  Alliance Coal gets ticketed at Hopkins County mine. Crittenden County search and rescue use sonar to find missing swimmer. Homeless man charged with stealing a car, dumping another one in the Ohio. Sex-offender arrested in police sting, faces new charges. Officials want to make our eight-year-olds great. FEMA announces deadline for applications, get on it!

TN: Workplaces can now set up “no se puede hablar español” policies. Bredesen supports McWherter for next governor. Fort Campbell soldier gets blasted by jury for trying to sell bombs.

Morning Cram (FANCY GREEN) Edition

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California Pot Movement Gets More Corporate…

KY- The people of Oak Grove discusses filing a class action lawsuit against Christian County Public Schools. Governor Beshear appoints three new members to the Murray State Board of Regents. Kenlake State Resort Park is in the nation’s top 50 campgrounds for Tours & Events. Fort Campbell honors 20-year-old fallen soldier. Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies look into a shooting involving three juveniles. Last month’s severe flooding leaves people in KY and TN with a growing threat of mold.  

TN- New bill to opt out of new health care law fails in the House.

IL- Metropolis working to curb sewage overflow.

Written by walkie2006

June 10, 2010 at 10:03 am

Morning Cram [SLEEPY WORKER] Edition

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Surprise, surprise…working late hours makes you sleepy.

KY: A Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan after his patrol came under fire. Also, a Fort Campbell soldier is arrested for selling high-powered weapons to undercover agents. Testimony wrapped up in one day in a combined rate case for Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities. Paducah City Commissioner is concerned about an increasing amount of graffiti in and around the city. A Paducah attorney pleads not guilty to four alcohol-related charges. Paducah creates a 40-member task force to tackle poverty in the city and county. A Mayfield couple faces jail time for illegally receiving Social Security Disability insurance.

TN: Business and Finance Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents voted for tuition increases.

IL: Illinois Governor signs legislation that allows public universities to borrow money.

Written by walkie2006

June 9, 2010 at 10:22 am