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Society
8:23 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Summer enforcement project nets Ky. arrests

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After three months of stepped-up enforcement on Kentucky's highways, police say the project resulted in apprehension of 41 fugitives as well as thousands of drunken-driving and drug arrests.  The effort, called Operation B.L.U.E. Lights, began June 1st and ended Labor Day. Kentucky State Police held over 1,600 safety checkpoints across the Commonwealth to draw attention to unsafe driving and reduce traffic deaths.  Over 2,000 D-U-I arrests and almost 1,500 hundred drug arrests were made.

Education
8:20 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Poets & Writers ranks MSU Creative Writing MFA in top 20

MSU Creative Writing MFA Director Ann Neelon
Murray State University

Poets and Writers magazine has named Murray State University’s master of fine arts in creative writing program among the top 20 in the nation.  Program Director Ann Neelon says the seven year old, low residency program’s ranking is facilitated by great students, alumni, faculty, and administration.  The honor comes as online and distance learning increases in national and global prominence. Poets and Writers is one of the largest nonprofit literary organizations in the U.S.

Society
8:16 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Last night’s storms produce little damage

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Little damage is being reported throughout western Kentucky in the wake of a line of strong thunderstorms that passed through the area last night.  The storms lasted for about two hours, producing rain and high winds that downed trees and power lines.  The National Weather Service reports those winds gusted as high as 50 and 60 miles per hour in McCracken, Graves, and Marshall counties.  Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says a motorist in Calloway County struck a tree that had fallen across the road.  Otherwise, no injuries were reported last night.  N-W-S meteorologists

Morning Cram
8:10 am
Thu September 6, 2012

the morning cram [lost your marbles? maybe they're in Springfield edition]

The shell of the Solenosteira microspira, the marine whelk.
gastropods.com

Today on NPR:

Apparently, male snails make good adoptive fathers.

In Kentucky:

The Commonwealth, and a liquor store, are trying to block alcohol sales in groceries.

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Government
7:56 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Illinois treasurer has $1.6B in unclaimed property

Illinois State Capitol
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Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is asking residents to go online and find out if they or their relatives can claim any of the $1.6 billion in unclaimed property being held by the state.  Abandoned bank accounts, stocks, items in safe-deposit boxes and other unclaimed property are turned over to the treasurer’s office when the owners can't be found.  The treasurer's I-Cash program attempts to return property to the rightful owners or their heirs. Last year, it returned more than $100 million worth of property.

Government
7:53 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Start date for 2013 KY legislative session Jan. 8

Kentucky State Capitol
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Kentucky’s legislative leaders have approved the calendar for the 2013 General Assembly session.  The start date is always is the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the new year, which falls on January 8th.  In odd-numbered years, lawmakers meet for 30 days. The first four days will be used for organizational purposes, including electing or re-electing lawmakers to leadership positions, and for filing legislation.

Government
7:51 am
Thu September 6, 2012

State seeks to keep Ky. liquor law in place

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Kentucky officials and a package liquor store are asking a federal judge to stop enforcement of a ruling that would allow grocery stores and other outlets to sell alcohol.  In motions filed Wednesday, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and The Party Source store told U.S.

Morning Cram
7:49 am
Wed September 5, 2012

the morning cram [not corny enough edition]

Democratic National Committee

Today on NPR:

  • Fact checkers dubious on some claims made at the DNC.

In Kentucky:

  • Commonwealth Education Commissioner Terry Holliday braces teachers for lower-than-expected test scores.

In Illinois:

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Society
7:38 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Corn harvest continues to speed ahead of schedule

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The U.S. corn harvest continues ahead of schedule with some states nearly half-finished at a time when they usually are just getting started.  In its weekly crop update, the USDA says little has changed in the condition of drought-damaged corn and soybeans. That's because the plants are too far along for recent rain to make a difference.  Corn was planted several weeks earlier this year and matured more quickly in the summer heat, allowing farmers to start harvesting early.  Tennessee has almost half of its corn in, compared to the usual 21 percent.

Education
7:34 am
Wed September 5, 2012

KY Ed commissioner warns of low test scores

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Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday is warning districts to expect low scores in reading and math when the results of new state tests are revealed.  In a teacher newsblog post Tuesday, Holliday said scores will be lower in reading and math because the tests are based on benchmarks from new state guidelines adopted for English and mathematics.  Holliday says teachers shouldn’t be discouraged by the low scores, but use them as a basis for improvement.  He says the science and social studies results should be in line with past scores because that content has remained the same sin

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