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the morning cram [the I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal edition]

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Gentlemen, telling the ladies that you have a Silver Star, Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor may get you more than shot down at the bar…

NPR reports the Supreme Court is considering whether or not claiming you’ve won medals could get you thrown in the clink.

Kentucky~ Paducah officials want to reevaluate the areas earthquake risk.  Senator Paul does some pro bono surgery in Paducah.A Paducah juvenile was arrested for burning down three homes. State officials debate the drop out age bill. The UPIKE debate continues.

Tennessee~ The “Don’t Say Gay” bill loses some momentum.

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.

the morning cram [breaking atoms edition]

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America’s Giant Particle Collider prepares to power down.

NPR reports the American version of the CERN Large Hadron Collider has been overshadowed by its Swiss cousin and is scheduled to be powered down.

Kentucky~ Home School Students form a football team. Jackson Purchase teen golfer takes national title. Ag Commissioner hopefuls battle over their qualifications. Kentucky Flags at half-staff for fallen Ft. Campbell soldier.  Road work on US-41 begins. Kentucky continues to rebuild courthouses.  UK researchers discover an alloy that may help in energy production.

Tennessee~ Officials attempt to inform the public of the voter ID initiative.

the morning cram [bear-proof edition]

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As the bear population rises in Yellowstone, face to snout encounters are becoming more common.

NPR reports that some bears are helping humans to test bear resistant products.

Kentucky~ Gubernatorial wives are front and center this election cycle. Madisonville PD are on the hunt for drugs. UK receives a grant for a Pharmacogenetics program. Four states team up to stop prescription drug abuse. This year’s spring storms are bringing big money to the region.

Illinois~ A gun advocate group wants gun owners’ names to remain a secret.

Tennessee~  Holly Petraeus visits Fort Campbell in order to address  predatory lenders who target soldiers.

Datebook: August 24 – Treaty of Cordoba signed 190 years ago, prefacing Mexican independence

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The Treaty of Córdoba established Mexican independence from Spain at the conclusion of the Mexican War of Independence. It was signed on August 24, 1821 in Córdoba, Veracruz, Mexico. It’s the first document in which Spanish and Mexican officials accept the liberty of what will become the First Mexican Empire. In the treaty, New Spain is recognized as an independent empire, which is defined as “monarchical, constitutional and moderate.”

It’s Wednesday, August 24

The MSU Department of Music presents the University of Kentucky’s director of guitar studies Dieter Hennings, in concert tomorrow night at 7:30. Hennings’ program is open to the public in Performing Arts Hall on the 2nd Floor of the Old Fine Arts Building.

The Humane Society of Calloway County seeks pictures for its 2012 Pet Calendar. See Entries accepted through e-mail, regular mail, or in person to the Humane Society office in the Weaks Center on Poplar Street in Murray. Entries are due by next Wednesday, August 31. For more call 270-759-1884.

Through September 25, learn about the farmer’s rebellion named The Black Patch Tobacco War at Adsmore House and Gardens in Princeton. This large civil uprising in our region happened after the War Between the States when farmers fought the monopolistic activities of the “Duke Trust.” Adsmore House and Gardens is at 304 North Jefferson, open Tuesday through Saturday 11 to 4 and Sunday 1:30 to 4.

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the morning cram [thorough chat-down edition]

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TSA agents are getting chatty with travelers at airports across the country.

NPR reports TSA agents are using conversation as their newest weapon against terrorism. Are you ready for a chat-down?

Kentucky~ Todd P’Pool is on TV! Gov Beshear accepts an invitation to debate. The Gov steals some talent from the AP. Let’s bury those pesky carbon emissions.

Illinois~ Mayor Askew thinks twice about quitting.

Tennessee~ An Obion County sausage maker  pays up for racism.

the morning cram [Latino appeal edition]

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As the Latino population of the US grows, appealing to Hispanic voters becomes increasingly important to politicians.

NPR reports both Democrats and Republicans hope to make gains with the nation’s fastest growing minority, however Hispanic voters are frustrated with leaders from both parties.

Kentucky~ The Union puts off the Honeywell vote (what’s a few more weeks?). A Paducah man wins the British Senior Open. Debates continue over a hospital/religion merger. A Fort Campbell soldier faces murder charges. The state needs more dentists (insert Kentucky teeth joke here).

Illinois~ Report says gambling money goes to political campaigns.

Tennessee~ A Henry County Medical Center project seeks more money.

the morning cram [Harry Potter edition]

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Do you know what a muggle is? Harry Potter fans do.

NPR reports as moviegoers wait in lines that wrap around entire theater buildings for the final Harry Potter release, some struggle to understand the ‘wizardisms’ hardcore fans use in their everyday speech.

Kentucky~ State Police are excepting applications. Too many students are dropping out. A UK professor thinks the state can learn from whatever the debt ceiling solution is.

Tennessee~ An expert says Union City needs a mayor. A Clarksville man involved in a retired coaches death is released from jail.

the morning cram [campsite scalper edition]

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Scalpers sell tickets to ball games, concerts, and… campsites?

NPR reports demand for campsites in popular destinations such as Yosemite National Park have led scalpers to buy-up reservations and sell them online for a tidy profit.

New jobs are on the horizon in Kentucky and Tennessee in the auto industry.

Kentucky~ A new plant could create jobs in McCracken County.  6 people died on roadways during the holiday weekend. JP Morgan is the state’s new banker. Senator Paul says the debt situation could be worse. The state’s waterways could provide more jobs in the future. Gov Beshear wants to discuss Medicaid.

Tennessee~ Many arrests were made for drunken boating during the holiday. An airport in the northwest portion of the state could help economic development. Gov Haslam wants to discuss teacher accountability programs.

Datebook: June 28 – Henry VIII born 520 years ago

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Henry VIII was born on June 28, 1491 (and died January 28, 1547). He was the King of England for nearly 40 years, until his death, Lord and King of Ireland, claimant to the Kingdom of France. He may be best known for his six marriages, and also for his role in the separation of the Church of England from the Catholic Church. He also oversaw the union of England and Wales. Though an attractive and charismatic man in his early years, he suffered from obesity near the end of his rule. This fact, often paralleled with his personal vanity, as such, has led to his frequent depiction as a lustful, egotistical, harsh and insecure king. Whichever the case, he is arguably on of the most famous (or infamous) kings in history and we wish him a happy birthday.

It’s Tuesday, June 28

There’s a new exhibit at the Pennyroyal Area Museum in Hopkinsville featuring University of Kentucky die-cast model cars and collectibles.  The collection includes eighty model cars and trucks, as well as one model airplane.  The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 and on Saturday from 10 to 3.

Land Between the Lakes asks for public input in developing a long-range facility plan for the Golden Pond Visitor Center Complex.  Although there are no immediate plans to make changes to the facility, the LBL staff hopes to create a thirty-year vision for the complex.  Information on how to submit your comments and suggestions is at

The NWS PEACE program, a non-profit foreign student exchange program, seeks families to host high school students from Ecuador, Turkey, Brazil, Vietnam, and other countries for the 2011 school year.  Students need to be matched with host families by August 1st.  For more information, visit

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