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morning cram [blessed shrimp edition]

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One year ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

NPR revisits a Cajun family living on the fragile edge of Louisiana for their community’s annual Blessing of the Fleet: a traditional launch of the shrimp season, where boats get blessed with holy water.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County’s public hearing yesterday for proposed Ohio River coal industry projects is swarmed with input. High winds last night took out some area trees and a few power lines. MSU mulls tuition hikes. Several area high schools hop on WKCTC’s Commonwealth Middle College program. College students learn about binge drinking. A one-vehicle wreck on KY-131/Said Rd proves fatal. I-24 in Lyon County gets blocked by a truck-fire. Police: dental records confirm skeletal remains belonged to a missing Marshall County man.

TENNESSEE~ Gov Haslam’s proposal to cap lawsuit damage$ makes progress. US-641 wreck claims one.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp & USW talks make progress.

OVC SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU< UE, APSU > Lipscomb, UTM > SIU-C; (Softball) UTM > Belmont x2.

morning cram [charging edition]

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“The electric car is no longer just a project for smarty-pants MIT students.”

~NPR reports a convenient refueling infrastructure is still missing.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah school officials will invoke eminent domain to build a new middle school. A Paducah boy is hospitalized after playing a round of Russian Roulette. An attempted murder trial remains to be heard in Calloway County and a couple’s murder trial is pushed back a month. Western Kentucky telephone area codes will remain (270). Flags are flying half-staff today in honor of a former Air Force hero. Frozen pipes suck.

ILLINOIS~ A dispute between Metropolis’ Honeywell plant and a local union remains unsettled. State officials want to collect unpaid online sales taxes.

morning cram [aqua buddha edition]

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In a discussion with NPR‘s All Things Considered co-host Robert Siegel, Jack Conway didn’t retreat from his recent attack ad against Rand Paul, saying that candidates must be accountable for their actions.

~Siegel implicitly asks Conway: how relevant are college pranks in a senatorial election?

KENTUCKY~ Paducah officials draft a contract to lock in city manager-select Jeff Pederson. MSU’s Women’s Golf team dominates @ an APSU tourney. Have a profitable clean energy idea? You could get it funded. Federal money will help Kentucky figure out the whole state health insurance exchange thing. Drivers should watch out for the Commonwealth’s 900k deer lurking ‘unpredictably’ just beyond the road’s edge. Spot election fraud or fishy polling activity? Call 1-800-328-VOTE. Jack leads Rand in a new Democrat-funded poll.

TENNESSEE~ The state’s website wins high national honors.

ILLINOIS~ Judge: locked out Honeywell workers violated a restraining order at the plant.

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 [stevens’ regret edition]

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The 90-year-old justice retired this summer. During a lengthy and wide-ranging interview, John Paul Stevens says he regrets one vote: his 1976 vote to uphold the death penalty.

~NPR has more.

KENTUCKY~ Demolition work begins @ Paducah’s Big E. The city of Oak Grove sues Christian County‘s Board of Education. An MSU student dies in a fatal weekend car wreck. A local union and the environmental cleanup company ink a 4-year Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant contract. Another Fort Campbell hero dies in an IED attack. State education officials meet this week to figure out how to change the state’s assessment system. Jack and Rand star in a nationally televised Fox News debate.

TENNESSEE~ A sleeping teen driver hits/kills Clarksville man. The Bill/Melinda Gates Foundation throws over a quarter-million dollars to the state’s Chamber of Commerce to increase college completion rates. Democratic candidate for governor McWherter says (if necessary) he would change up how much the state’s lottery goes to scholarships.

OVC SPORTS~ (Football) MSU < JSU, UTM > TTU. (Soccer) MSU = APSU, UTM > JSU.

morning cram [glenn beckons edition]

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kerrywaghorn.com“Tens of thousands of Glenn Beck fans and Tea Party supporters are expected to descend on the National Mall in Washington DC, Saturday.”

~NPR hears the Fox News Channel host is stirring up the usual controversy.

KENTUCKY~ d A Paducah man makes a death threat to a judge and his family. A Muhlenberg inmate was found dead in his cell. FEMA updates Murray/Calloway County’s flood maps. Murray lands the ’11 & ’12 Kentucky Senior Games. An elderly woman (accidentally) rams her SUV through Hopkinsville’s Post Office. The Commonwealth is marking its coal mines, railroads and power plants down on an interactive map. Feds: here’s $1mil for recreational trails. Will Farmer go for Governor? He’ll tell us soon.

TENNESSEE~ Overnight bridge work in Clarksville is expected to delay traffic on Wilma Rudolph Blvd. If last week’s flash flooding damages total $7.3mil, the state can apply for federal aid.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell Corp and union reps have another discussion penned in October.

morning cram [free tweet edition]

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“Young Egyptians are using social media to fight police brutality and urge a more open government.”

~NPR interviews activists and critics about Egypt’s social media movement.

KENTUCKY~ Mayfield Police accuse a Somali refugee of attempted kidnapping. An armed standoff with Madisonville Police ends peacefully. A year-long police investigation lands an (alleged) Marshall County meth dealer in jail. A 2nd water main breaks in Paducah this week. Cadiz begins reaping taxes off of now-legal alcohol sales. 60 Fort Campbell medics return from Iraq today. Jobless rates decline across the Commonwealth. Senate Prez Williams is acting like he wants to be the next governor.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville’s cable TV bills to go up by $1.40 next month.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell & union reps may meet again soon. Quinn wants property tax relief (and to increase income taxes).

morning cram [tough drill edition]

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“The easy oil is gone… we’re going to have to dig deeper into the earth, farther offshore, farther north into the Arctic. We’re relying on these extreme energy situations.”

~NPR talks to author Michael Klare about the world oil picture.

KENTUCKY~ Murray’s hospital is searching for a new CEO. The Commonwealth’s share of a Johnson & Johnson drug marketing lawsuit is $75mil. Beshear’s Republican competition in next year’s governor race will embrace Tea Party values. UofL Coach Rick Pitino testifies against his former fling and (alleged) extorter. Unemployment checks are on the way.

TENNESSEE~ Convicted rapist Bruce ‘Big Belly’ Tuck sues the Shelby County Sheriff.

ILLINOIS~ Locked out Honeywell workers are approved for unemployment benefits. Promoting Southern Illinois tourism is now a thing of the past.

morning cram [crowdsourcing edition]

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“A type of information gathering  called crowdsourcing could have a big impact on Republicans’ fall agenda.”

~NPR logs on two websites seeking input.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah approves its Executive Inn demolition contract, buys $100k in software upgrades and proposes to buy more Greenway Trail property. A committee is still working on a plan to merge the Paducah/McCracken County governments. One of Fort Campbell’s last major units prep to leave for Afghanistan. 2 Hopkinsville Community College professors are now Kellogg-certified specialists. The Commonwealth is (again) among Race to the Top finalists and ranks 40th in the nation for overall child well-being.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville Police detective is suspended over Facebook photos. Publix breaks ground at the former Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.

ILLINOIS~ Honeywell/union worker talks derail. Officials think their Race to the Top chances are better this time around.

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.