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
10:00 am
Mon August 13, 2012

101st Airborne (Air Assault) Celebrates 70th Anniversary

wikipedia.com

Thousands of active, veteran and retired soldiers and their families gather at Fort Campbell this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division, even as some of its soldiers leave for Afghanistan.  The elite airborne-air assault division was created August 16, 1942 as the Army searched for a new type of division that could be quicker, more aggressive and able to parachute behind enemy lines.

Government
9:44 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Kirksey Village Post Office Opens

wikipedia.com

Kirksey residents have regained their own post office. This time the post office is at a popular gathering spot in the small farming community. The Kirksey Store is now a new Village Post Office, with the new mailboxes located in the back of the store. The U.S. Postal Service closed its old office in rural Calloway County last April.

Society
9:34 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Two Hopkinsville Brothers Drown in Southern Illinois

wikipedia.com

Officials with the Jackson County, Ill., Coroner's Office, say two Hopkinsville, Ky., boys drowned in a swimming pool at a friend’s Carbondale home over the weekend.  Sheriff’s deputies went to the home Saturday evening where they found 12-year-old Alick Monson and 14-year-old Lewis Monson unresponsive.  An adult had pulled the boys from the bottom of the pool.  Paramedics took the brothers to a nearby hospital, where a doctor pronounced them dead. Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies say they view the case as an accidental drowning.

Environment
9:03 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Land Between the Lakes Burns

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Firefighters say they’ve contained weekend wildfires that burned more than 250 acres of woodlands in northern parts of The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Morning Cram
11:02 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Morning Cram [Sinai Extremely Dangerous Edition]

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From NPR:  Situation In Sinai Is "Extremely Dangerous" As Egypt Moves Against Militants.  

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Education
10:20 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Mayfield-Graves County Area Technology Center Ranks Third in State

Graves Co. School System

Seniors at the Graves County Area Technology Center in Mayfield now rank third among Kentucky high school technology students in mastery of skills needed to go to work. The Graves County students scored 68.3 percent on three Work Keys tests. The tests measure if applicants are qualified for factory jobs and gauge proficiency in reading, applied math and locating information.

Education
10:14 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Kentucky Historical Society Creates “The Right Answer” Curriculum

wikipedia.com

The Kentucky Historical Society and schools around the commonwealth are partnering to create a new curriculum called “The Right Answer.”  The project is partially funded by a $110,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Historical Society says the curriculum is intended to increase students' skills in visual and historical literacy, as well as critical thinking with help from historical collections. The KHS plans a statewide pilot study to develop the program.

Government
10:02 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Great River Road Gets More Money for Signs

wikipedia.com

The Federal Highway Administration has granted $120,330 to improve signage along the Kentucky Great River Road that runs through four western Kentucky counties. Many of the new signs will alert drivers to the presence of bicyclists, hikers and horseback riders along the National Scenic Byway. The Kentucky Great River Road runs 63 miles along the Mississippi River through Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman and Fulton counties. It’s part of a highway corridor that follows the Mississippi River from its source in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico.

Education
9:02 am
Wed August 8, 2012

MSU Ranks Among Forbes’ Magazine’s Top Colleges

wikipedia.com

The latest Forbes’ Magazine listing of America’s Top 100 Colleges ranks Murray State University third among Kentucky colleges and universities and in the top eight percent nationally. Eleven Kentucky colleges and universities made the list. Of those, only the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville came in ahead of MSU. The Forbes ranking is based on quality of teaching, graduation rates, student debt and career prospects for students.

Government
8:40 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Tamms Leaks Investigated

wikipedia.com

Illinois State Police have launched a criminal investigation at the Tamms Correctional Center following leaks to reporters about the process of closing the prison. Spokeswoman Monique Bond said there's an "ongoing investigation into criminal activity," but she didn't go in to detail. However, an employee at Tamms said investigators tried to interview several workers there yesterday and most didn't agree to answer questions. 

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