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morning cram [medicare edition]

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Democrats claim the proposed changes to Medicare in the U.S. House of Representatives last month would save the government money by shifting costs to patients. 

Republicans tell NPR the plan would give patients choice and power by creating provider-level competition.

KENTUCKY~ Gov Beshear is optimistic after the US Army Corps blew up a Missouri levee. Western Kentucky flood displacement estimates total 4,000. What are all those National Guard troops doing? NWS confirms a tornado graced Calloway County last week. Farmers have to wait for drier fields to plant corn crops. Police accuse a Barlow father/son duo of a (fail) construction site burglary. The Attorney General’s office weighs in on an Open Records Act decision stemming from a Paducah case. Meet the University of Kentucky’s next president. Don’t have flood insurance? You can still buy/claim.

ILLINOIS~ US Sen Durbin: Congress will help farmers affected by the Birds Point Levee breach.

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 [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 [slow-mo edition]

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“Dr. David Eagleman studies the way our sense of time distorts in crisis situations. He’s gathered stories from people who’ve survived falls, car crashes, bike accidents, etc. He says everyone seems to say the same thing: It felt like the world was moving in slow motion.”

~NPR dives into the neuroscience behind the effect.

KENTUCKY~ The super-mega (everything must go!) Executive Inn liquidation extravaganza begins Thursday morning. The case against an (alleged) Mayfield murderer turns interesting. The US-68/KY-80 bridge over Lake Barkley is down to one lane. KET’s live-educational panel is slated for tonight. The state furlough woes continue (in court). Rand Paul makes polarizing comments about government worker salaries. Jack Conway’s senate bid gets blessed by the state’s Fraternal Order of Police.

TENNESSEE~ The board that oversees Clarksville’s airport has known about improper accounting safeguards for years. Bredesen appoints a new Ag Commissioner.

ILLINOIS~ Rescue teams are (again) scouring the Mississippi/Ohio Rivers for a missing swimmer.

Preview Western Kentucky Bridge Designs

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Bridges spanning Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake will look something like this in 2017.

Design work is underway for the “basket handle” bridges that will carry US-68/KY-80 connecting Kentucky to the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

The two bridges will be the only in the state using the design and include a pedestrian and bike path. State highway officials expect planning the bridges’ design will take about nine months (just like a baby!).

Written by Chris Taylor

August 4, 2010 at 10:41 am

morning cram [thumbs edition]

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“It took millions of years for our hands to go from grasping tree limbs to writing poetry. And scientists believe that making stone tools helped propel that evolution.”

~NPR hears how our thumbs came to oppose.

KENTUCKY~ Expect delays on US-68/KY-80 Eggner’s Ferry Bridge and the US-60 Tennessee River Bridge @ Ledbetter. Heath High shooter Michael Carneal will have a hearing to see if he can appeal. A Fort Campbell soldier dies abroad in a non-combat incident. Military officials ID the remains of Fort Campbell helicopter pilot nearly 4 decades later$omebody <3’s WKU… The school busted its record for cash donations. State Board of Education members get oriented today. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s (alleged) extorter is on trial today. The American Lung Association lobbies the National Conference of State Legislatures in Louisville for changes to Medicaid.

TENNESSEE~ Paris’ hospital posts profits this year. Candidate for governor Bill Haslam leads the Republican pack in primary polls.

morning cram [naacp vs tea edition]

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The NAACP condemns what it calls ‘racist elements’ within the Tea Party.

“The vote has sparked a war of words between the two groups.”

~ NPR gets both sides.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah hopes to save a half-mil by refinancing a bond and will apply for grant$ to restore an old train. Reidland-Farley Fire barters it’s boat for 2 (used) firetrucks. Police arrest 2 men after a Murray home invasion (homeowner wins gunfight). Repairs begin next week on the US-60/80 bridge to LBL. 2 more Fort Campbell soldiers die in Afghanistan. Judges can now campaign with party affiliations. State lawmakers carefully eye outside consultant contracts. The senate campaign fundage race (this quarter): Conway < $1.5 mil; Paul +$1 mil.

TENNESEE~ An Arkansas man pleads guilty to a Henry County murder. Sales tax revenue is up for a 3rd straight month.