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    Judges will be encouraged to prescribe longer sentences for repeat gun offenders under a plan signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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  The University of Tennessee has announced the lowest tuition increase in more than 30 years. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the board of trustees approved a 1.8 percent increase for in-state undergraduate students Thursday. The trustees also passed a $2.3 billion 2017-2018 budget that includes a $25,667 raise for UT President Joe DiPietro.

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  Amid financial turmoil highlighted in a recent external audit, the University of Louisville Foundation has fired a former president's chief of staff.

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  Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss a legal challenge to the state's new law banning mandatory union fees in workplaces.

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  Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's administration has filed emergency regulations that some abortion providers say are designed to shut them down.

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Illinois legislators are set to meet for the second day of a special session aimed at forcing a budget compromise in the state's two-year impasse.

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Design plans have been unveiled for a new memorial honoring the victims of a 1997 school shooting in west Kentucky. 

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Officials say annual counts have found 4,025 homeless people living in Kentucky.

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A progress report filed in federal court shows that Illinois' child welfare agency has slowly made "incremental" improvements, but concerns linger about the impact of the state's budget impasse and a "revolving door" of leadership.

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Kentucky child welfare officials are trying to convince more black families to adopt as part of a strategy to find homes for an influx of children in the state's care.

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