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  A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing.

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  Tennessee legislative leaders appear to agree on a bigger property tax break for disabled veterans, which should put the finishing touch on months of work on Gov. Bill Haslam's bill that increases the gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes.

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Western Kentucky University's Student Government Association has passed a resolution calling for free tuition for black students as reparations for slavery.

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A state attorney general opinion says legislation requiring use of the "natural and ordinary meaning" of undefined words in Tennessee code could, in some cases, conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling and state law about interpreting gender-specific words as inclusive.

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Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate fell .5 percentage points to 4.9 percent in March.

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Kentucky officials say the state's unemployment rate stayed at 5 percent in March, which was unchanged from the prior month.

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Kentucky's attorney general is urging people to pay attention to more than the horses as the Kentucky Derby approaches.

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Kentucky officials have agreed to lease 315 miles of fiber-optic cables from five rural telephone companies as they seek ways to lower the cost of a massive broadband project.

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A former Carlisle County teacher has pleaded not guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Officials are seeking qualified candidates to serve on boards that oversee colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.