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the morning cram [I’m kind of a big deal edition]

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The Super-committee’s lack of movement has everyone scrambling to keep  their funding.

NPR reports the pentagon may have the purse straps tightened more than expected. So now officials are puffing out their chests and strutting in order to prove their worth.

Kentucky~ A trial date has been set in the Jerry Wayne Walker case. There’s a lot of good looking burley this year.  The lead lawyer in the fen-phen trials is fired from the Kentucky Bar Association.

Illinois~ Quinn says there’s not that much cash in gambling expansion.

Tennessee~ State budget talks continue. The Feds are sending more money to clean up meth labs.

the morning cram [the bomb squad edition]

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US soldiers are training Afghan soldiers to take over bomb diffusion duties.

NPR reports as US troops are preparing for a reduction in troops in Afghanistan, more Afghan soldiers are being trained to diffuse the insurgent weapon of choice.

Kentucky~ Prisoners will work in state parks. They can also get alcohol there apparently. A Fort Campbell soldier settled in his police brutality case. Soldiers received Purple Hearts yesterday.

Tennessee~ TennCare could see massive losses.

morning cram [clunkin’ edition]

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A study finds the government’s ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program boosted auto sales by 360,000 during its two month run, but in the following seven months sales were down that same number.

~NPR breaks down what that implies.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken’s planned consolidated high school may already be too small. Two (alleged) thieves admit they used a doggy door to break into a home. The state plans to email overseas absentee ballots. Many counties are (officially) in a drought. The lawsuit seeking an injunction on state worker furloughs is DENIED.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County’s Sheriff implements a massive personnel overhaul. Blue Cross / Blue Shield may cut 100 jobs. TVA gets a pat on the back for its economic development efforts.

SPORTS~ The football season begins! MSU < KSU; APSU > CU.

morning cram [flying telescope edition]

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“NASA has begun operating a flying telescope powerful enough to record the birth of distant stars and planets.”

~NPR looks through the lens.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s Riverfront Development OKs the Executive Inn demo contractorsNeed a job? Owensboro has 500 opening up. A Henderson plant pays $200k for air pollution. Ballard County jurors acquit a Missouri man on DUI/assault charges. A Hopkinsville drive-by sends a man to the hospital.  State department heads are told to brace for $35mil in cuts. Help is here for those denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville passes a tax incentive to develop the former hospital site on Madison Street. The feds will allow hospitals to pay fees and avoid TennCare cuts.

ILLINOIS~ A shooting in Cairo leaves 1 dead. Honeywell/Union negotiations are suspended until the end of July. The Gov signs a budget that cuts spending.

morning cram [whaling edition]

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88 countries may formally sanction commercial whale hunts for the first time in 24 years, leveling focus on Japan. NPR has the low-down.

It’s hot out. Heat advisories last until 8:00pm Wednesday with temps ranging 100-105°. Hug your A/C and drink plenty of liquids.

KENTUCKY~ 8 women claim a Paducah social worker abused them, leaving police wondering if it was even illegal. Paducah school officials have 3 plots to consider building a new middle school. Someone may have killed Hopkinsville’s Police dog. 2 Todd County inmates escaped Saturday. Proponents want to bring the state up to speed with wind power, but face opposition from coal industry skepticism.

TENNESSEE~ A Fort Campbell soldier dives into the Cumberland River to save a suicidal woman. 7th graders need 2 more immunization shots before fall. A study finds less ex-felons are going back to the pen. TennCare Director is a 2011 Medical Leadership Institute fellow.