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morning cram [conflicting signals edition]

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The Obama administration says with one hand it will enforce the Defense of Marriage Act in order to preserve a legal case for Congress to defend it; but on the other hand, it would tell the courts the law is unconstitutional.

NPR reports this sends conflicting signals.

KENTUCKY~ Graves County’s Amish community buries four children who drowned last week. Mayfield’s Police Chief resigns. Police nab a pair of (alleged) pharmacy burglars. A state audit uncovers the possible misuse of public funds by a Livingston County official, despite previous warnings. Fulton County/City Schools officials ponder merging. A couple of manslaughter convicts get prison time. Two KSP troopers are on leave after shooting a Webster County suspect. Legislation that overhauls the state’s criminal code passes both houses. Governor Beshear wants to let large insurance companies keep spending a good chunk of premiums on non-medical care costs.

TENNESSEE~ Governor Haslam scoffs at reasoning behind better state worker benefits despite lower pay. Senators pass a new ‘guns @ work‘ bill.

morning cram [armed coeds edition]

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Is the answer to mass shootings on college campuses to arm students and staff?

NPR reports eight states have proposed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

KENTUCKY~ It’s Tim Masthay Day in Murray. A defense attorney claims McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies used a misleading affidavit to obtain a search warrant. Ex-Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn’s nepotism allegations don’t pan out. Paducah’s Quilt Museum will soon need a new leader. The House passes a ban on bath salts. Education officials get ready to change how the state tests and evaluates schools.

TENNESSEE~ Lawmakers propose a bill to track cold-med (meth ingredients) sales. The AP alleges Governor Haslam dodged reporters after hiding his income.

ILLINOIS~ A pair of gay rights groups launch an online site to track the state’s civil unions.

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

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.