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morning cram [movie magic edition]

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Once upon a time, long before the digital age, scenery and special effects were crafted entirely by human hands.

<— NPR takes us behind classic scenes from movies like this one.

KENTUCKY~ Benton Police arrest the guy who crashed his SUV into a Subway restaurant. Some area schools have been out +20 snow daysMSU > SIU-E. Governor Beshear cares about high school dropouts. Senator McConnell wants to end public contributions to presidential campaigns. Rand Paul’s newly proposed bill would eradicate several arms of the federal government.

TENNESSEE~ Planned widening of the Paris-Puryear stretch of US-641 has been pushed back by at least a year and a half. Clarksville-Montgomery County students will attend longer classes to make up snow days. Governor Haslam outspent (5x over) his opponents. The state’s top judge is pushing for attorney’s to up their pro bono game. The Volunteer State keeps breaking its own meth-related records.

morning cram [the tea’s boiling edition]

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The Tea Party is thriving as a national movement and hopes to put its mark on this year’s midterm elections. A group of Virginia Tea Partiers discuss what propelled them into activism.

~NPR hears what, in some cases, placed them at odds with the Republican Party.

KENTUCKY~ Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell and Ed Whitfield will be on Murray State’s campus @ 2:00pm and some MSU students this weekend will operate radar equipment in Cadiz to look for unmarked graves. Paducah’s compost facility is open to the public today through Saturday. Paving work on part of Calloway County’s US-641 starts this weekend. A Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan and back at base, a Revolutionary War soldier gets a new grave marker. Payday lending critics met yesterday with the state’s Consumer Advisory Council.

TENNESSEE~ Clarksville gets +$2mil to renovate its WIC office. TVA plans to lower electricity rates beginning in November.

morning cram [youth vote edition]

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The White House is trying this week to re-energize college students and young voters who played a big role in electing President Obama two years ago.

~NPR reports polls show Democrats still lead the youth vote, though not by the record margin they did in 2008.

KENTUCKY~ Police search for a band of ruffians who tied up and robbed an elderly lady. An investigation report is due out tomorrow on Paducah’s halfway house escapes and nearby Kentucky Oaks Mall has a couple new stores opening up next month. Calloway County’s 911 system will stand on its own. A family gives Murray State University $1.3mil. Paving begins on a short stretch of US-68 tomorrow near Draffenville. A coal company gets a pat on the back for it’s environmental efforts. Fort Campbell prepares to deploy another 4k soldiers. Federal regulators greenlight Paducah’s Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility and a study is released finding a higher average of past employees died from leukemia and lymphoma.

TENNESSEE~ A man pleads guilty to a Clarksville 2006 double murder. A man dies in a high speed Montgomery County wreck. One institute has committed over $9mil for business solar grants.

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 (einstein edition)

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“A bizarre story that involves a dead genius, a stolen brain, a rogue scientist and a crazy idea that turned out not to be so crazy…” only on NPR.

KENTUCKY~ In Paducah, education officials are psyched about building a new middle school and an ex-ambulance worker gets probation (for helping steal drugs). 3 slots are up for grabs on MSU’s Board of Regents. A mining union says non-union Dotiki workers want regulators to take a closer look. Lawmakers pay for more LBL road & bridge work. Statewide graduation rates slip; dropouts improve, but are (uh oh) racially disproportionate.

TENNESSEE~ Workers are expected to resume excavating the Clarksville Marina site. The budget is still in deadlock.

ILLINOIS~ Street lights in Metropolis could one day be green (or at least less yellow.)