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Republican James Comer has officially filed to run for Kentucky governor. The first-term agriculture commissioner has been raising money since September along with his running mate, state Senator Chris McDaniel of northern Kentucky.


Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has announced a public review of the state's K-12 academic standards in English and math. The process will include input from teachers and the public from across the state.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is offering to assist hemp supporters as the state prepares for the start of a hemp-growing pilot program this year.  The pilot projects were made possible by the passage of the United States Farm Bill that was signed into law by the President on Feb. 7.

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Former President Bill Clinton is planning a trip to Kentucky later this month to campaign for Democratic US Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. 

The four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Illinois governor are set to debate before two business groups.

The Illinois Manufacturers' Association and the Valley Industrial Association are holding the GOP debate this morning.

A new education initiative proposed by Governor Bill Haslam will make it tough for graduating high school seniors in Tennessee to find an excuse not to further their education.

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Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says increasing the federal minimum wage would be at the top of her agenda if she's elected to the U.S. Senate.

Grimes said in a release that a higher minimum wage would raise the income and spending power for tens of thousands of Kentucky families.

The fact that 13 fire related fatalities have occurred during the past week in Kentucky brings a reminders of the need for persistence when it comes to fire safety in the home.  

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The Kentucky governor's mansion has turned 100 years old, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky has been named the title sponsor for a celebration marking the centennial. 

The anniversary is being marked with a yearlong celebration of events honoring the mansion's architectural, social and political history.

Republican Governor Bill Haslam is giving his fourth State of the State address tonight. The governor will unveil details of his annual state spending proposal and lay out some of his top legislative priorities for the year.