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morning cram [anxious egypt edition]

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Political parties in Egypt are frantically trying to organize, register and make themselves known before elections this fall.

NPR reports a short timeline and lawlessness are making some consider postponing the revolution.

KENTUCKY~ Primaries take place today, so go vote! (unless you’re an independent). Your officials say they’re watching out for voter fraud. Paducah is taking down (some of) its floodgatesMore roads are drivable as water levels continue to fall and workers will be inspecting the Smithland Bridge on Thursday (expect delays). A 6-year-old dies in a Carlisle County bus wreck. FEMA officials will kick off a statewide earthquake exercise. Ag officials want you to get rid of standing water because of mosquito concerns. Todd County gets $500k to renovate an Elkton building. Nothing was resolved @ yesterday’s Marathon Oil price gouging hearing. The Commonwealth is pumping out the degrees.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville Police are investigating a home invasion/homicide and that sinkhole on Cumberland Drive was caused by a busted water main.

morning cram [sleep debt edition]

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Most high school students are chronically tired from juggling school, sports, homework, chores, friends and family.

NPR hears how the typical high school senior gets less than seven hours of sleep on school nights, but they need a great deal more.

KENTUCKY~ The Ohio River Bridge (Wickliffe-Cairo) is back open. McCracken officials will listen tonight to public comments on a proposed coal-2-liquid plant and they voted to fund MSU’s new Paducah campus. MSU loses Head Basketball Coach Billy Kennedy to Texas A&M. An Amish teen drowned in a pond. National Democrats are closely watching Kentucky’s Governor race. Attorney General Conway accuses Marathon Oil of price gouging.

TENNESSEE~ Democrats are renewing efforts to extend the state’s unemployment. A new study finds the state’s schools aren’t producing enough tech grads. Several counties are eligible for disaster unemployment benefits.

OVC BASEBALL~ MSU < MhSU, APSU > SEMO.

morning cram [tallies edition]

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Severe storms punished five Southern US states.

NPR tallies the lives lost at 178.

KENTUCKY~ US-51 in Hickman County will likely be closed sometime today after incoming floodwaters overtake it. TVA officials predict LBL lake levels to reach 371′. Paducah says its ready for the crest and you can see LIVE webcam views from its vantage on the Ohio River. NWS predictors change Ohio River estimates. Gov Beshear will poke around today. Livingston County/Smithland officials are optimistic about the temporary levee they’re building on top of the permanent one. Benton Police: man robbed Newwave @ knifepoint; ran away with TV. Paducah’s Senator Bob Leeper was joined by only two other lawmakers refunding their ‘undeserved’ recess pay.

TENNESSEE~ Many remain without power and the rain isn’t helping.

ILLINOIS~ Cairo’s Mayor: economic depression shouldn’t factor into allowing the city to flood.

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 [sneezing edition]

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Why do some people get sick and others in similar environments don’t?

NPR reports how our immune systems respond to the viral mechanisms of a cold can make some of us easier targets.

Several snow-related slideoffs and crashes are occurring all over the region. Predictions indicate 3-4 inches of snow accumulation is possible. Many area schools are closing early (see above).

KENTUCKY~ A house fire closed US-60 for several hours this morning. A Graves County man dies in a trailer fire Friday (1 of 3 blazes within 2 hours). Police ID a 9-year-old Todd County girl found dead just hours after she was reported missing. America’s most philanthropic couple (Bill & Melinda Gates) give the state’s Department of Education $1 million.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ interim city manager uncovers ‘improper accounting methods‘ @ City Hall. Clarksville Police say one person is dead and two are injured after an early Sunday morning club shooting. North Carolina’s Attorney General wants to re-sue TVA over pollution.

ILLINOIS~ A pair of escapees are back in jail after a weekend romp.

OVC Basketball~ Murray State is now in first place in the Ohio Valley Conference. (Men’s) MSU > APSU, UTM < TSU; (Women’s) MSU < APSU, UTM > TSU.

morning cram (oh lordy we’re forty edition)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

KY~ An empty barge tow smacked the Cairo Bridge. Lake Barkley is slowly draining. Paducah’s Police Chief wants mounties. That’s no salesman… It’s a census worker! Former Senator Wendell Ford likes Jack. Rand is not a huge fan of Mitch. Not only does Kentucky (so far) not have a budget, but it took a $45mil hit in tax revenue.

TN~ Flooding has crippled much of Montgomery County’s farmland.The Clarksville city workers will pick up your trash if you stack it by the road. Democrats worry Republicans are eying the state worker bonus. The Senate passes voter citizenship check. The DUI-ignition lock bill is on Bredesen’s desk.