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Morning Cram
8:30 am
Tue February 21, 2012

the morning cram [women...can't live without 'em edition]

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As Rick Santorum climbs in the polls, can he attract the vote of one of the largest voting groups in the nation (women)?

NPR reports even if Santorum can win the nomination, one of the greatest obtacles in his path to the White House is a struggle shared by many GOP candidates, appealing to women.

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Crime and Law
7:32 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Clarksville Woman Pleads Guilty to Charges

Kentucky State Police

A Clarksville, Tennessee woman facing charges stemming from an incident in which police say she hit her toddler over the head and left him lying on a dark stretch of interstate has plead guilty. The Paducah Sun reports 30-year-old Cynthia Palmer could spend nearly a decade in jail after pleading to charges of assault, wanton endangerment, public intoxication, and driving under the influence.

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Local Charity
7:04 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Murray-Calloway County United Way Reaches Goal

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The Murray-Calloway County United Way Chapter has reached its annual fundraising goal. Chapter Executive Director Aaron Dail says as of yesterday, United Way pledges are at over $331,000 dollars, more than $41,000 dollars over the goal. Dail says the 2011 campaign involved more than 40 businesses and 72 employee volunteers coordinating with their respective companies. The organization also received the largest donation in its history in this campaign, $140,000 dollars from Chuck and Sarah Jones of Murray. 

2012 General Assembly
6:58 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House Speaker Pushes UPIKE Legislation

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the plan to make the University of Pikeville the ninth state university will not be derailed by the hectic session.

Stumbo is the main legislative supporter of the measure. And he says despite redistricting, expanded gambling legislation and other barriers or distractions, his bill will continue moving forward.

The latest step is a hearing today in the House Education Committee.

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Earthquake
6:41 am
Tue February 21, 2012

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake in Southeast Missouri

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Some area residents may have felt a rumble this morning as US Geological Service officials say a magnitude 4 earthquake took place in Southeast Missouri. Reports say the quake started around four o’clock this morning, about 5 miles north of East Prarie, Missouri. The epicenter was around 3 miles deep. There are no reports of damage at this time.

College Basketball
3:19 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Racers Move Up in Rankings

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The Murray State Men's Basketball team is creeping back up in the national rankings following two wins last week. The Racers moved up two spots in the AP poll to number 14, and two in the ESPN poll to number 12 after successfully navigating past Southeast Missouri State and then number 16 ranked St. Mary's.

River Business
3:08 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Harbor Gets Dredging Money

The Hickman Fulton County Riverport has received money for much-needed dredging. Director Greg Curlin says the Army Corps of Engineers told him earlier this month that $1.9 million dollars in disaster relief money would be used for a one-time dredging at the riverport. Curlin says without the dredging, low summertime water levels would have made it difficult for barges to make it into the harbor.

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Morning Cram
8:24 am
Thu February 16, 2012

the morning cram [face it, we're younger and faster...edition]

…face it, I’m older and have more insurance.

NPR reports as economic struggles have kept more people from retiring, and brought many out of retirement, age discrimination claims are up. But it’s tough to prove.

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Government
8:20 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Metropolis Gets a New Police Chief

Metropolis, Illinois has a new Police Chief. At Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Billy McDaniel appointed Harry Masse to take over following Chief Mike Worthen's retirement. Masse served with the Illinois State Police for 27 years. He's also a US Army veteran, and a graduate of the FBI police executive academy. Mayor McDaniel says since Masse already receives benefits from the State Police, his appointment will save the city money and help save jobs. The Paducah Sun reports Masse is set to transition into the position this week before taking over March 2nd. 

Government
4:14 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Beshear Considers Ferry Service

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says state officials are aggressively searching for options to accommodate traffic at the Eggner’s Ferry Bridge.  The Governor says he expects inspection reports to be ready within the next couple of weeks to help clearly layout a timeline for whichever options are deemed best. He says though, at this point, it looks like one of the quickest options may be establishing a ferry service at the site:

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