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
8:40 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Tamms Leaks Investigated

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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. 

Morning Cram
10:51 am
Tue August 7, 2012

The Morning Cram [Marvin Hamlisch, Alcohol, Hay & Fire Safety Edition]

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From NPR:  Composer Marvin Hamlisch has died. He was 68.

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Education
9:48 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Principal Placed on Administrative Leave After DUI

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Clarksville-MontgomeryCounty School System officials have placed the principal of the district’s Alternative School on administrative leave pending investigation of his driving under the influence charge. Police arrested Principal Ed Stephens after he failed a sobriety test following a stop on Fort Campbell Boulevard Saturday night. Police said Stephens admitted he had been drinking. The system’s At-Risk Coordinator Doctor Kim Sigears takes over administration at the Alternative School. 

Government
9:29 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Paducah’s Fountain Avenue Revitalization

Paducah’s Planning Department is accepting applications for seven, new, subsidized homes to be built in the city’s Fountain Avenue neighborhood. To qualify, yearly household income must not exceed $45,850 for a family of four. A $309,000 grant from the Kentucky Housing Corporation will subsidize construction. Paducah Planning Director Steve Ervin estimates a $120,000 home would end up costing qualified applicants only about $70,000. 

Morning Cram
11:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

The Morning Cram [Sikh Temple Shooting & Fancy Farm Mud]

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From NPR: Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect's Ties To White Supremacists Being Probed.

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Crime
10:38 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Hopkinsville Police Arrest Weekend Shooting Suspect

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Hopkinsville police have a suspect in a weekend shooting in custody. The Kentucky New Era reports a witness told officers he saw Desmond Deaunte Daniel wound a man and a woman at an outdoor gathering early Sunday morning. Police charged the 25-year-old Hopkinsville man with two counts of first-degree assault. Police confiscated a pistol from Daniel and also charged him with possession of a defaced firearm.

Government
9:34 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Kentucky-Illinois Bridge Inspections Planned

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Kentucky and Illinois transportation officials will conduct joint walk-through inspections of four area bridges this week, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is asking drivers to watch out for inspectors on the bridges. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet  reports officials plan to look at the U.S. 51, U.S. 60 and U.S. 62 Bridge over the Ohio River between Wickliffe, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., Wednesday morning and the Interstate 24 Bridge between Paducah and Metropolis, Ill., Wednesday afternoon. They will inspect the U.S.

Government
9:12 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Kentucky Courthouses Closed Today

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Kentucky courthouses are closed with their staffs are on furlough today. Today is the first of three state-wide courthouse closures this year as the state’s justice system struggles to balance its books. The General Assembly cut the judicial branch’s funding in the last budget by just over $25 million dollars. The next closure will be Sept. 4. The third court staff furlough day will be Mon., Oct. 15

Morning Cram
11:37 am
Fri August 3, 2012

the morning cram [unemployment/election edition]

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From NPR: Unemployment rises 8.3 percent despite creation of 163,000 new jobs.

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Business
9:45 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Tennessee Tax-Free Weekend

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Tennesseans doing back-to-school shopping have the opportunity to stretch their dollars during this weekend’s annual sales tax holiday.  It started at 12:01 this morning and ends at one minute before midnight Sunday. Sales tax-exempt merchandise includes computers, clothing and an array of school supplies. The Tennessee Department of Revenue’s website has details for merchants and shoppers on exactly what items are tax-free.

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