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A committee has passed a bill that would allow state social workers to place children with adults who are not their blood relatives but have an "emotionally significant relationship" with the child.

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A Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow students to take part in religious activities at Kentucky's public schools. 

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The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees is expected to take up a proposed 3.9 percent increase in-state undergraduate tuition rate for the Carbondale campus.

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Records show that Kentucky's Republican governor is late paying his 2016 property taxes on his Louisville home.


Legislation aimed at creating stricter reporting requirements to boost oversight of Kentucky's troubled pension systems has cleared the state Senate.


The Illinois Senate has approved small pieces of the far-reaching budget compromise plan it's debated for six weeks.

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  Billionaire Chicago businessman J.B. Pritzker says he's still "seriously considering" running for Illinois governor in 2018. The Democrat released a statement Wednesday, after businessman Chris Kennedy announced he's seeking the Democratic nomination to try to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Kennedy is the son of Ethel and the late U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy. Pritzker is the brother of Penny Pritzker, who served as Commerce Secretary under President Barack Obama.




  A Democratic Illinois lawmaker wants to send a message to President Donald Trump by lifting prohibitions on state coverage of abortions.

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  Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has introduced legislation seeking to ban any open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling in Tennessee roads.

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  A Tennessee anti-abortion group is urging lawmakers emboldened by President Donald Trump to hold off on passing new abortion restrictions in the state until the courts decide the fate of several major abortion laws.