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the morning cram [debt-ceiling edition]

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A chasm is growing between congressional Republicans, as the ‘Hell No Caucus’ claims US credit default is a fallacy.

NPR reports claims by Republican lawmakers such as Minnesota’s Michelle Bachmann and Illinois’ Joe Walsh put them at odds with party leaders.

Kentucky~ The Heath school shooter is denied a competency hearing. There will be road work on I-24 today. A local couple wins the Duck Tape prom competition (but will they stick together?).

Tennessee~ Clarksville may get a convention center. Bredesen’s mom won’t get Haslam’s update e-mail anymore.

Illinois~ The Gaming Board wants Quinn to veto a gambling expansion bill.

morning cram [turn and coffee edition]

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For a long time scientists have wondered whether coffee might lower the risk of prostate cancer.

NPR reports a Harvard study finds that may be true.

KENTUCKY~ A section of US-62 in Carlisle County is shut down this morning as police reconstruct a fatal school bus wreck. Paducah’s City Manager recommends no new taxes and the city will fund a new Murray State extended campus there. A worker yesterday was electrocuted @ MSU. Police make McCracken County pump ‘n run arrest. GOP Gubernatorial candidate David Williams says ‘No more Mr. Nice Guy‘ and Gov Steve Beshear claims he’s ‘Tested, trusted and tough.’

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville is trying out a new way to dole out non-profit funding. TVA says next month’s electricity bills will see hikes up to 50 cents. Legislators want to change the state’s alcohol laws to woo Sierra Nevada to build a brewery there.

morning cram [union busting edition]

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Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker wants to close his state’s budget gap by having state workers pay more for pensions and benefits and also permanently limit public employees’ bargaining rights.

NPR reports after a week of protests and Senate Democrats literally walking away from the capitol, no one’s backing down.

KENTUCKY~ Major crimes in Paducah have dropped 16%. +35 MPH winds knocked over a Super 8 Motel sign in Calvert City. Expect delays tomorrow passing over Eggner’s Ferry Bridge. The state’s Tourism Council renames itself and spring cleaning is being planned at a dozen Civil War sites. Two state Republican candidates have no Primary opposition and 14 hopefuls spoke @ a Murray GOP dinner Saturday. The General Assembly is racing to finish their ‘short session.’

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > Evansville, UTM > SEMO, APSU < Fairfield; (Women’s) MSU < EIU, UTM < Bradley, APSU > TTU.

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 [yin’lin edition]

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One of America’s biggest beer makers is a lesser-known regional company: D.G. Yuengling and Son. Founded by a German immigrant in Pennsylvania 181 years ago, it’s the country’s oldest brewery.

~NPR reports Yuengling is still family-run and growing.

KENTUCKY~ An I-69 planning study will be publicly discussed in Mayfield tonight. State Police are investigating a string of break-ins along US-62 in Lyon County. McCracken County Schools could save +$4mil on loan interest payments, while county officials want to build a Korean War memorial. More state prisoners are beginning to spend the rest of their sentences in county jails. Several historic sites are going to be closed for 3 months.

TENNESSEE~ The Opryland Hotel reopens today.

SPORTS~ (Football) MSU > APSU, UTM > TSU. (Men’s Basketball) APSU > STL, UTM > MMC. (Women’s Basketball) MSU > St. Catherine, APSU < Purdue, ISU > UTM > SIU.

morning cram [secret hurricane edition]

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Scientists aboard a NASA DC-8 hope to better predict the strength of hurricanes at landfall.

~NPR hears how scientists aboard a flying laboratory hope to figure out what makes the storms so sneaky.

KENTUCKY~ A Murray schizophrenic pleads guilty to murder. Paducah Power christens its gas plant. A Benton man is charged with a DUI murder. Officials ID the dead body found near Earlington.  A 200-mile yard sale begins this weekend. Flags are @ half-staff today in honor of another Fort Campbell casualty and one soldier at the base is awarded a bronze star. Nightly roadwork begins tomorrow on a couple of Paducah I-24 interchanges. An education report calls the Commonwealth’s schools too slow after poor test results. You have only 1 week left to register if you want to vote in November.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville shooting suspect turns himself in.

morning cram [tea spider starfish party edition]

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Tea Party fave book The Starfish and the Spider shows the decentralized political movement is more like a starfish than a spider, because it can survive and regenerate without a head.

~NPR deciphers this biological-based analogy.

KENTUCKY~ The lawyer for the Mayfield Somali Muslim accused of attempted kidnapping hints he’ll push for a change of venue and Islamaca International may sue Mayfield over the recent denial of a mosque there. 4 McCracken County juveniles get cited for tagging. Work began  yesterday on a new 4-lane bridge over the Tennessee River near Ledbetter. Williams and Farmer chatted with reporters about their bid for governor. MSU and Murray Hospital will team up to host 10 UK Medicine students (in 2014). The Family Foundation outlines its grief with Instant Racing. State Park employees will be working this Labor Day weekend despite statewide furloughs (they’ll take off later this month). Proposed NRA-backed hunting legislation will be reviewed by legislators next year. Lexington’s World Equestrian Games gets bailed out by sponsors.

TENNESSEE~ A Clarksville woman dies in a 1-car accident. Bredesen creates a council to study soldiers‘ mental health and substance abuse. The General Assembly’s website gets props from the Center for Digital Government.

morning cram [capped edition]

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“The oil has stopped. For now. After 85 days and up to 184 million gallons, BP finally gained control over one of America’s biggest environmental catastrophes.”

~NPR tells of hope and disbelief along the Gulf.

KENTUCKY~ McCracken school officials will open bidding to construct its mega-high school in September. Truck vs. moped incident lands a Paducah man in jail. Expect delays crossing the US-60 Cumberland River Bridge at Smithland beginning tonight (wide vehicles will detour). Murray State’s portion of Chestnut Street is closed until early next week. A 6th Fort Campbell hero dies this month in bloody Afghanistan. Fort Knox is transforming from a tank school into a command center. Kentucky’s employing again (jobless rates dip to a 16-month low). State worker unions hate Beshear’s furloughs.

TENNESSEE~ Unemployment dropped .3% in June.

morning cram [solar impulse edition]

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“An experimental solar-powered plane landed safely yesterday after completing its first 24-hour test flight, proving the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night.”

~NPR talks to the Swiss team behind the feat.

KENTUCKY~ 3G is coming (about time) by summer’s end! A West McCracken Fire official was locked out of TVA’s Shawnee Fossil Plant. Boaters foil a Princeton man’s suicide attempt. Preliminary bridge work (across Kentucky/Barkley lakes) will begin later this summer. The state slaps Dotiki Mine operator (Webster County Coal) with a ticket for ignoring regulations that led to 2 cave-in deaths. The Commonwealth’s teachers back Jack. Protesters picket McConnell’s Louisville office because he’s blocking federal jobless benefit extensions.

TENNESSEE~ Montgomery County commissioners will vote next Monday on property tax relief for flood victims. Mike McMherter (Democrat)  is denouncing the federal government’s lawsuit against Arizona‘s new immigration law.

morning cram (denial edition)

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nah...

KY~ MSU’s Billy Kennedy is expected to sign a contract extension today. Paducah officials deny being confused. Fort Campbell will tighten its (financial) belt while soldiers are away. A US-62 bridge near Lake City is down to one lane till noon. Murray’s Chamber of Commerce will release how its members feel about a payroll tax later this week. Two bills now sit on Beshear’s desk: one forces 2 organizations out into the public eye and another wants to reduce teen suicide. Most lawmakers get a day off as budget talks resume. No ‘Race to the Top’ $$$. More universities may establish nursing doctoral degree programs.

TN~ The state expects a $75m revenue shortfall. The Senate has passed a constitutional ban on an income tax.