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Illinois legislation will raise fines for people that misuse disabled parking tags to $600 next year. The new law also imposes a $1,000 fine on any healthcare provider that knowingly falsifies the certification that allows someone to get a disability plate or parking decal. 

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Downloads in Tennessee's Regional E-book and Audio Download System, or READS, increased 77 percent in the past year.  

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Kentucky State Police say a serious crime took place every two minutes and 38 seconds in the Commonwealth during 2011.  

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A little rain makes a difference in two drought-stricken Western Kentucky counties. The Paducah Sun reports Carlisle County lifts a ban on open burning today. 

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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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