The Associated Press

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Authorities say a Hendersonville doctor traded prescriptions for narcotics in exchange for money and sexual acts. Media outlets report 48-year-old Dr. Lawrence Joseph Valdez was arrested Thursday on five counts of issuing prescriptions for narcotics outside the scope of medical practice.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and others began looking into Valdez after they received complaints about his practices. Investigators said he made these exchanges with multiple individuals.

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State officials say they have returned more than $302 million in refunds to Kentucky taxpayers.

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Kentucky state parks officials say they're looking for alternative recreational uses for two nine-hole golf courses.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives has voted on a bill that would block efforts by Tennessee cities to decriminalize the use of marijuana.

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The Tennessee Senate has passed a bill that would punish protesters who block traffic and obstruct emergency vehicles from responding to an emergency.

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A bill to require Tennessee school buses to be fitted with seat belts by July 2023 is advancing in the House.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has concluded its investigation into the death of a Jackson Purchase Energy Corp. lineman and found that several federal, state and local codes were violated.

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Gov. Matt Bevin has signed a law allowing Kentuckians to purchase voluntary travel IDs to replace their standard drivers' licenses. 

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A transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee has failed in a state Senate committee. 

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A strain of avian influenza has reached Alabama - the third southern state in the past month. Officials say the nation’s poultry supply isn’t at risk. 

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