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The Morning Cram [east meets west edition]

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From NPR: Jin Li is a professor at Brown University who compares the learning beliefs of Asian and U.S. children. She says that to understand why these two cultures view struggle so differently, it's good to step back and examine how they think about where academic excellence comes from.

Kentucky: Kentucky lawmakers who advocate abolishing the office of constable are emboldened by a new report from the state justice cabinet calling for just that. The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake centered in Kentucky also hit at least eight other states. A former Kentucky state official is under investigation for allegedly pressuring workers to contribute to Governor Steve Beshear’s re-election campaign. While Governor Steve Beshear is touting Kentucky’s new prescription drug abuse law, critics complain that the law's negative effects are being ignored. Visitors to Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be hiking and biking along a new scenic trail between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. A McCracken County woman crashed her car into Shilonite Full Gospel Fellowship Church Saturday morning. About 20 local governments and other agencies will share more than $1.1 million in grants to develop and maintain recreational trails across Kentucky.

Tennessee: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a Saturday incident where Clarksville police shot and killed man outside his home. A new partnership being launched in Tennessee is seeking to curb complications during birth. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam wraps up budget hearings for fiscal year 2013-2014 tomorrow.

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique.
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