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A new Tennessee Department of Education report addresses educators’ concerns about the way certain test scores are used to evaluate teachers. 

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is warning livestock producers and corn growers to take steps to avoid harming livestock by feeding them drought-stricken corn silage. 

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The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications from craft and visual artists who would like to be part of the Kentucky Crafted Program through Aug. 15.  

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Tennessee lottery officials say they’ve set another record with more than $323 million raised this year for state education programs. 

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Illinois began its new budget year staring at a huge stack of old bills. State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka says Illinois has between $7.5 billion and $8 billion worth of old bills still left to pay when the new fiscal year began this month. 

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed three bills yesterday to beef up existing laws and practices which protect crime victims. 

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A divided federal appeals court last week granted a Kentucky death row inmate a new sentencing hearing in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old Muhlenberg County girl. 

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is asking for the public's help in locating deer suffering from a disease that's prevalent in warm weather.  

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A Middle Tennessee mom is leading the charge to get 10,000 signatures on a suicide prevention petition.  Cindy Johnson told The Leaf Chronicle that her goal is to raise awareness of suicide in an effort to prevent it. 

When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" in security.

But even though the government is bringing in those troops — as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops, and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames — organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games.

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