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the morning cram [GOP v. science edition]

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Among some Republican Presidential hopefuls, one finds skepticism regarding science.

NPR reports GOP candidates like Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann question the science of evolution and climate change, and it could help them in the polls.

Kentucky~ The Hopkins Board of Ed settled with Land O’ Frost. WKU wonders why freshmen aren’t coming back. A health care company is accused of cheating the system.

Tennessee~ Many parents are protesting a Montgomery County/Clarksville redistricting.

morning cram [corruptistan edition]

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As the US tightens its financial belt, some lawmakers are calling for more scrutiny of the budgets the government is boosting abroad.

NPR reports the calls renew a focus on spending in Afghanistan where corruption allegations are rampant and little is being done.

KENTUCKY~ Police are suspicious after a fire damages a trailer believed to have been where a Paducah woman was murdered a few months back. The state Appeals Court restarts a local self-defense? case. High water has closed a length of KY-1507 in Trigg County. Tax collections are up 5% and you have 3 extra days to file this year. A journalism guild honors anti-slavery publisher Cassius Clay.

TENNESSEE~ Henry’s Police Chief is in stable (but still critical) condition after a SUV vs logging truck wreck yesterday. Tennessee Highway Patrol officials want a broader name.

morning cram [summit edition]

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The relationship between China and the U.S. seems to grow more complicated every day, whether the issue is China’s growing military or how to handle North Korea. But there are also persistent economic issues that need to be ironed out as well.

NPR discusses what may come into focus during this week’s summit.

KENTUCKY~ Police yield no arrests in a Hoptown home invasion. Livingston County now has a drug dog on staff. 3 area residents are charged with meth-making. Transportation officials have scheduled a public meeting next to hear about the proposed (and controversial) College Drive widening project. Win a $1.5k scholarship in this creative contest. Top state officials are expected to flock to a transportation conference this week. Some KSU students will roleplay the Civil War. Proposed welfare-state drug testing legislation gains more steam. US Representative Yarmuth: repealing health car law is a waste of time.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County’s latest tax profits are up.  Governor Haslam defends making his administration less transparent, while his predecessors warn his term may not be all smooth-sailing.

ILLINOIS~ A local union holds a press conference today with a pair of state lawmakers.

morning cram [debris edition]

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Before Haiti is able to rebuild it must remove tons of rubble left behind by last year’s devastating earthquake. 

NPR hears how some Haitians aren’t waiting for the government to clear the debris: They’re freeing their communities using hand-cranked machines.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah will hold a public hearing about building a proposed electrical substation in front of Coleman Place and the Police Department shows off its new bookkeeping software. Bardwell city officials put off voting on a proposed payroll tax. A Hopkins County ex-Magistrate declines being the new Community Development Director there. Murray could get a skate park @ Chestnut this summer. Four charged in connection to a Murray home invasion will be back in court by the end of the month. Who is the Commonwealth’s first woman to file to run for a state office? KET joins the fight to prevent cuts to federal funding for public broadcasting. Gov. Steve Beshear is comfortable with people carrying guns into the state Capitol. Oak Grove’s Police Chief is reinstated.

TENNESSEE~ Farmers are using social media to promote agritourism to their farms. Paris’ Dana Corp. expects to add 25 new jobs to its workforce.

ILLINOIS~ Whether or not the state abolishes the death penalty is now up to Gov. Pat Quinn.

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.

 

morning cram [90’s edition]

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The 112th Congress convenes this week with Republicans  in control of the House for the first time since 2006. Some observers see a striking resemblance to the House  in 1994, when a big Republican surge ended 40 years of Democratic rule in that chamber.

~NPR reports the new Republican wave may have learned something from their predecessors.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s WKCTC plans to grow despite budget cuts. Murray’s hospital is studying area Alzheimer’s and dementia and plans to participate in a med-school program. A Republican candidate for Attorney General spots his campaign $250k. No more state tax credits for new homes. Another 101st hero dies abroad. Women’s Basketball: MSU < UAB.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan will be sworn in today and former mayor takes over as head of the city’s cable provider. Two new laws go into effect.

morning cram [savvy edition]

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Al-Qaida’s English-language online magazine Inspire has sparked a frenzy of activity in the counterterrorism community, reacting to its savvy western-editorial style.

~NPR reads one of the magazine’s headlines: “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County Schools face sticker shock from higher than expected construction bids and nearby Contest Road is closed today. Mayfield’s Zoning Board will again review the city’s permit denial for a mosque there. Murray’s Chamber of Commerce plans to survey its members on what they think of city services. State tax collections are up!

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s mayoral candidates differ on industrial recruiting.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis’ United Steel Workers and Honeywell Corp head to the negotiation table (again) today.