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morning cram [surreal edition]

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Foreign journalists in Libya are facing increased government pressure.

NPR hears how the media’s situation in Tripoli has become ever more sinister and weird.

KENTUCKY~ Earlington voters end prohibition. A 5-car wreck this morning shut down KY-58. McCracken County authorities search for a knife-wielding robber. MSU’s Curris Center will be back open today after things got a little steamy. The Madisonville-North Hopkins County High School band is invited to play @ New York’s Carnegie Hall. Oak Grove’s longtime police chief gets fired. The (acclaimed) editor of the Madisonville Messenger is retiring. Lower temps may stave off some tree pollen-caused allergies. The state will pick up your tab if you take the GED.

TENNESSEE~ A Houston County fire station burns to the ground (irony!?). One proposed bill wants to add an extra tax to soft drink sales, and another wants to protect teachers (who allow students to decry theories of evolution).

BASEBALL~ MSU > SIU; UTM < Vandy.

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morning cram [evacuate! edition]

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Fukushima nuclear plant operators evacuated workers today after gray smoke rose from a reactor unit.

NPR reports the latest developments on stabilizing the radiation-leaking complex.

KENTUCKY~ An elderly Paducah man dies after driving into an underwater ditch. Whether the Heath High shooter can appeal will be decided in August. A Murray woman pleads guilty to enabling an armed home invasion. KY-131 is now back open (after parts were underwater). Caldwell County has a newly named Magistrate. Rep Henley: cutting Medicaid will be a pain for Murray’s Hospital. The special session continues. Emancipation Day pushes the tax deadline back 3 days. US Census: cities grew, rural areas declined.

TENNESSEE~ High gas price$ prompt Henry County officials to cut a deal with their waste pickup servicer.

SPORTS~ (Baseball) MSU < GSU, UTM < UAB, APSU < ISU; (Softball) MSU < EIU, UTM > TSU, APSU < EKU.

morning cram [flamingo edition]

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While we normally associate flamingos with tropical lagoons, they’re not always warm weather birds.

As NPR‘s Robert Krulwich discovers in a rare, but repeated instance, flamingos have turned up in Siberia.

KENTUCKY~ Whistleblowers write another letter renewing scrutiny of McCracken County Clerk Jeff Jerrell’s administration. Paducah organizers cancel this summer’s Festival. A longtime Caldwell County official resigns amid an improper conduct investigation. Lawmakers legalize ‘dangerous’ fireworks! Tornado drills tomorrow will sound throughout the Commonwealth. Lawmakers head back to the hill for three more days hoping to agree on a budget.

TENNESSEE~ A judge, a printing company and a photographer team up to support a bereaved western Kentucky Amish family. Lake County cops charge a man with a weekend double murder. Former House Speaker: bill to restrict teacher’s union will die.

OVC TOURNEY~ (Men’s) MSU < TTU, MhSU > APSU. Morehead wins the championship. (Women’s) APSU < TTU, UTM > MhSU & TTU. UT Martin wins the championship.

morning cram [tripoli edition]

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Moammar Gadhafi’s armed forces are setting up checkpoints in Tripoli ahead of planned anti-government protests today, raising fears of new bloodshed in the Libyan capital.

Follow up on the latest with NPR.

KENTUCKY~ Paducah’s average credit card debt is the 4th lowest in the nation. Grand Rivers will miss the Badgers. The Commonwealth is well on its way to banning ‘bath salt’ drugs and expanding concealed carry laws. House members voted for a one-stop, web-shop for all things business and Republican senators are reviving their stalled plan to deal with troubled public pensions. The state’s Supreme Court Chief Justice warns further cuts would gimp the system. Governor Beshear signs major reforms to the penal code into law.

TENNESSEE~ City Council: Clarksville Speedway can roar on. Unemployment edges upwards. One Republican leader will talk openly about a proposed (possibly anti-Muslim) bill that he has yet to read.

OVC TOURNEY~ (Men’s) APSU > SEMO, UTM > TTU; (Women’s) APSU > EIU.

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 [armed coeds edition]

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Is the answer to mass shootings on college campuses to arm students and staff?

NPR reports eight states have proposed legislation that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

KENTUCKY~ It’s Tim Masthay Day in Murray. A defense attorney claims McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies used a misleading affidavit to obtain a search warrant. Ex-Mayfield Mayor Arthur Byrn’s nepotism allegations don’t pan out. Paducah’s Quilt Museum will soon need a new leader. The House passes a ban on bath salts. Education officials get ready to change how the state tests and evaluates schools.

TENNESSEE~ Lawmakers propose a bill to track cold-med (meth ingredients) sales. The AP alleges Governor Haslam dodged reporters after hiding his income.

ILLINOIS~ A pair of gay rights groups launch an online site to track the state’s civil unions.

OVC BASKETBALL~ (Men’s) MSU > TSU, UTM < APSU; (Women’s) MSU < TSU, UTM < APSU.

morning cram [stop time edition]

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After an almost three-week break, the Senate is back in session today where official legislative time has ground to a halt in order for Democrats to propose changes to the rules.

NPR reports today is actually January 5th (in the chamber).

KENTUCKY~ McCracken County moves to sue Paducah over its latest land grab. Calloway Circuit Court hears a load of guilty pleas in several cases: shooting, DUI-fatality and home invasion. Transportation officials are hosting a public meeting tonight in Madisonville over a controversial road-widening proposal. Area schools ponder how to make-up snow days. A UofL panel discussion recommends politicians should avoid divisive rhetoric. Some 1k Fort Campbell soldiers are due home this week.

TENNESSEE~ A newly introduced bill would allow school districts to ignore teacher’s unions. In Men’s Basketball: UTM > SIU-E.

ILLINOIS~ Metropolis wants to license local strippers.