Dave Shinall

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Dave is a retired Army tank platoon sergeant. During Desert Storm, he helped overrun a Republican Guard bunker complex in Iraq's Euphrates Valley. In the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, he commanded a mountaintop UN Preventive Deployment Force observation post on the Macedonian frontier with Serbia. In Bavaria, he served as news director at the American Forces Network radio station in Wurzburg, on special duty assignment from December 1981 to March 1984. He's a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of Western Kentucky University. Dave's ridden his bicycle across Missouri four times on the magnificent Katy Trail State Park. Stretching 265 miles, from the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers to Clinton, Mo., about 85 miles southeast of Kansas City, the Katy Trail is the nation's longest rail-trail. Dave has canoed Northern Bavaria's Wiesent River, Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, Missouri's Current River, the Wabash and Ohio rivers, from Vincennes, Ind., to Cave-in-Rock, Ill., the full length of Florida's Apalachicola River, the Lower Cumberland River, the Lower Sabine River, the Lower Red River of the South, Southern Illinois' Cache River and Kentucky's Green River. He's also canoed atop the world's largest volcano at Yellowstone Lake. With his wife Tova, he's climbed a Mayan pyramid in Mexico, cave tubed in Belize, drunk a toast at the grave of Meriwether Lewis, and driven and camped the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace Parkway. He plans further descents of Montana's Upper Missouri River and still more Katy Trail rides. He and Tova keep on traveling.

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Government
9:00 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Illinois Department of Corrections Says, “Don’t Stop Coming to Work”

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The Illinois Department of Corrections is telling workers at prisons targeted for shutdown they should keep coming to work after the end of the month. A letter sent to correctional employees announces what officials call a "temporary delay" in the face of layoffs and closures scheduled for August 31st.  Governor Pat Quinn wants to shut down prisons such as Tamms in Southern Illinois, but is meeting resistance from the prison workers' union.

Government
8:55 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Illinois Streamlines Criminal Laws

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Illinois officials are taking steps to make the state’s criminal law shorter and simpler. A rewrite cuts the length of the criminal code by one-third by deleting outdating, conflicting and confusing material. Governor Pat Quinn approved the last piece of the legal overhaul Monday. The rewrite was drafted by the CLEAR Commission, which stands for Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Reform. The process doesn't change any crimes or punishments, but it simplifies the law by deleting outdated or unconstitutional parts. Former Gov. Jim Thompson helped lead the commission.

Government
8:48 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Graves Murder Trial Set for Next March

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Two Graves County men charged with murder in a triple shooting will face a March 2013 trial.  The Paducah Sun reports Kenon Andrews and Jacob Carder appeared in Graves Circuit Court yesterday.  Judge Timothy Starks set a joint trial for March 3. Police say Carder and Andrews shot 25-year-old Ashley Lambert, 22-year-old Jonathan Cagle and 18-year-old Whitley Moore last March.  Moore was the only survivor. 

Science
8:38 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Isaac Brings Rain to Drought-stricken Mississippi Valley

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Meteorologists say the remnants of Tropical Storm Isaac could bring welcome rain to some states in the Midwest this week, although it is unlikely to break the drought that gripped the region. States in the Mississippi River valley are the most likely to benefit from the storm. Some areas are more than a foot of rain short this year. The National Weather Service predicts 2 to 6 inches of rain later this week. Heavy showers could also aid traffic on the Mississippi River, which has seen temporary closures due to low water conditions.

Morning Cram
9:08 am
Mon August 27, 2012

The Morning Cram [Stormy, Murder, Campfire Safety, Recycle Edition}

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From NPR:  Tempest in Tampa: Isaac Tests Romney's Mettle 

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Society
8:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Red Cross Couple Awaits Storm

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A husband and wife from McCracken County are in Alabama this morning, hoping to help out when Tropical Storm Issac makes landfall. The Paducah Sun reports volunteers Eddie and Patricia Jordan drove a Red Cross emergency response vehicle to Montgomery yesterday to await the storm and aid its anticipated victims. Forecasters say the tropical storm could strengthen to a hurricane and make landfall tomorrow or Wednesday.  

Government
7:58 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Murder Trial Begins In Marshall County

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Despite prosecution efforts to reach a plea bargain, jury selection begins tomorrow in Marshall Circuit Court for a murder trial stemming from a 2011 fatal car-truck crash.  Nineteen-year-old Tiffany Pittman has been charged with murder, first degree assault, and first offense DUI in the incident which took the life of 45-year-old Stephen J. Harper.  Police say Pittman was driving drunk and arguing with an intoxicated passenger when her car rammed Harper’s pick-up truck on U-S Highway 68.  

Government
7:49 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Trigg County Teens Are Missing

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Two Trigg County teens are missing. Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam tells the Cadiz Record newspaper that 16-year-old Brittany Nicole Shafer and 17-year-old Quentin Dean Bird may be together. He says they may be in a 2012 Gray Nissan Altima. Shafer is white, four feet, nine inches tall, with black hair and hazel eyes. She weighs 95 pounds.  Bird is black, six feet tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He weighs 155 pounds. The Trigg County Sheriff wants anyone with information about the missing teens to call 270-522-6014.

Government
7:44 am
Mon August 27, 2012

101st Airborne Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

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A soldier assigned to the 101st Airborne Division died Friday in Afghanistan. According to a Department of Defense news release, 20-year-old Pfc. Patricia L. Horne, of Greenwood, Mississippi, died in Bagram.  She was a member of the division’s 96th Aviation Support Battalion. The Defense Department did not release cause of death.

Government
7:36 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Ohio River Search Resumes

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The search resumed this morning for a missing fisherman in the Ohio River along the bank of Kentucky’s Ballard County. County Emergency Management Director Anita Bugg tells WKMS that teams had halted their search at midnight.  She says the fisherman’s empty Jon boat was found yesterday going in circles in the river between mile markers 971 and 973. The emergency management director says identity of the boat’s operator is known but is not being released. Searchers include the U.S. Coast Guard and Kentucky and Illinois law enforcement. 

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