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morning cram [turn and coffee edition]

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For a long time scientists have wondered whether coffee might lower the risk of prostate cancer.

NPR reports a Harvard study finds that may be true.

KENTUCKY~ A section of US-62 in Carlisle County is shut down this morning as police reconstruct a fatal school bus wreck. Paducah’s City Manager recommends no new taxes and the city will fund a new Murray State extended campus there. A worker yesterday was electrocuted @ MSU. Police make McCracken County pump ‘n run arrest. GOP Gubernatorial candidate David Williams says ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy‘ and Gov Steve Beshear claims he’s ‘Tested, trusted and tough.’

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville is trying out a new way to dole out non-profit funding. TVA says next month’s electricity bills will see hikes up to 50 cents. Legislators want to change the state’s alcohol laws to woo Sierra Nevada to build a brewery there.

morning cram [safe passage edition]

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One of the most dangerous times of the day for Chicago teenagers is after school traversing the city’s gang-infested neighborhoods.

NPR reports officials are using the federal $timulus to better protect kids through a program called Safe Passage.

KENTUCKY~ Environmental activists and upset neighbors clamor as a McCracken Zoning officials approve a coal terminal and coal2liquid plant. Expect (minor) delays on US-51 bridge in Ballard County. Graves County Amish who refuse to put slow-moving vehicle emblems on their horse-drawn buggies get their day in Appeals court today. Bath salts are now illegal. Senators may be poised to (finally) vote on the Medicaid budget bill. US Senator Rand Paul keeps making mentions he’s eying a 2012 presidential bid (but won’t run against his daddy). The Kentucky League of Cities’ new CFO is a former Legislative Research Commission official.

TENNESSEE~ UT-Martin faculty don’t want guns on campus.

ILLINOIS~ The Honeywell-USW talks this week (actually) showed progress!

morning cram [bath salts edition]

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Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are some of the names on packets of white powder being sold in convenience stores and gas stations across the nation.

NPR reports though the packets are labeled and sold as “bath salts,” they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like (and sometimes violent) high.

KENTUCKY~ Roadways are looking (mostly) clear but more snow is likely. Paducah Police need your help to find a missing autistic woman. State Police investigators accuse a teenager of murdering a 9-year-old Todd County girl. Owensboro Catholic officials call in a PI to check out a suicide victim’s online sex abuse allegations. A wine group is waiting for legislators to hear them… complain. Figuring out the state’s Medicaid budget is hard and one lawmaker is (again) taking aim at payday lenders.

TENNESSEE~ Republicans are rallying to join other states to challenge the federal healthcare law.

OVC BASKETBALL~ MSU > EIU, APSU < TTU.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s First Speech on Senate Floor on “Compromise”

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The WKMS News Room just received this notification from Senator Rand Paul’s office. He gave his first speech on the Senate floor today. The topic: Compromise.

Quite interesting to see his focus on Henry Clay “The Great Compromiser” juxtaposed to his cousin Cassius Clay who did no such thing.

Take 8 minutes of your day to see what your (if you live in Kentucky) Senator is saying about compromise, the legacy of Henry Clay and his plans for the U.S. Senate.

And Hey…. Why not comment too?

 

Written by Chad Lampe

February 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

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 [finders keepers edition]

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The Justice Department is proposing to overturn 30 years of legal precedent by sharply limiting patents on genes.

~NPR reports the government surprised just about everyone when it suggested this change of policy in a court filing last week.

KENTUCKY~ The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is on winter hours. Smithland’s gone damp and the historic Gower House may end up a ‘frontier’ restaurant. Hopkinsville plans to be bigger come January. US-60 work starts today in Union County. What’s ahead for state lawmakers? Budget tweaks, school reforms and redistricting (oh my!). Poll: Almost half of Paul supporters don’t party with the Tea. Want to run for office in 2011? Filing deadlines are set.

TENNESSEE~ Study: Clarksville cops are underpaid.

ILLINOIS~ Brady won’t concede to Quinn in Governor race.

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.

morning cram [bye bye edition]

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“President Obama has drawn an official end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq, but challenges lie ahead in a country that faces persistent insurgent violence and political turmoil.”

~NPR analyzes the President’s prime-time address.

KENTUCKY~ Murray Police investigate a reported sexual assault. Public tips lead to an (alleged) McCracken County burglar’s arrest and 3 Paducah men get slapped with cocaine trafficking charges. Paducah commissioners will vote later this month on throwing Greyhound Bus Lines a few bones ($12k) to relocate and accepting a police taser grant. Bowling Green Technical College gets accredited. Beshear and Whitfield will be among officials breaking ground @ Smithland’s hydro-electric plant today. Officials: 2 more Fort Campbell soldiers died (last weekend). Kentucky Transportation workers will be on call during Friday’s state-mandated furlough day. Senate Prez Williams and Ag Commish Farmer will run on a ticket together for Governor.

ILLINOIS~ Massac County may borrow its way out of payroll debt.

morning cram [slow-mo edition]

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“Dr. David Eagleman studies the way our sense of time distorts in crisis situations. He’s gathered stories from people who’ve survived falls, car crashes, bike accidents, etc. He says everyone seems to say the same thing: It felt like the world was moving in slow motion.”

~NPR dives into the neuroscience behind the effect.

KENTUCKY~ The super-mega (everything must go!) Executive Inn liquidation extravaganza begins Thursday morning. The case against an (alleged) Mayfield murderer turns interesting. The US-68/KY-80 bridge over Lake Barkley is down to one lane. KET’s live-educational panel is slated for tonight. The state furlough woes continue (in court). Rand Paul makes polarizing comments about government worker salaries. Jack Conway’s senate bid gets blessed by the state’s Fraternal Order of Police.

TENNESSEE~ The board that oversees Clarksville’s airport has known about improper accounting safeguards for years. Bredesen appoints a new Ag Commissioner.

ILLINOIS~ Rescue teams are (again) scouring the Mississippi/Ohio Rivers for a missing swimmer.

Fancy Farm Update – 12:30 p.m.

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Lunch time at Fancy Farm and the lines for BBQ are getting longer and the seats are fewer.

Temperatures are rising both literally and politically. Men in Grim Reaper costumes tote signs against “Conway’s Small Farms Death Bill.” Those with Jack Conway’s campaign man the Rand Paul “Waffle House” booth. A new group called United Front Kentucky just arrived with spray painted shirts and signs against Facism. Another new-comer is former president Abraham Lincoln. Who knows what other deceased presidents will attend.

Media from across the state and the country join these WKMS reporters at the front of the hall ready for the speaking to start. If we’re lucky we might leave with Jack Conway “flip-flop” sandals or a Rand Paul “waffle” paper fan. Stay right here at the Front Blog for more updates on the 2010 Fancy Farm picnic.