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From NPR: Solomon Northup was born a free man and lived the life of a respected musician until 1841, when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. British director Steve McQueen's new film, starring British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, brings Northup's best-selling memoir to life in excruciating detail.
Kentucky: A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for the Olmsted locks and Dam. The Kentucky Supreme Court is set to hear an appeal lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed while serving as an informant. Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock has appointed two new chief district engineers. The Kentucky Department of Parks is urging nature lovers to make plans now for prime eagle-watching early next year. Gov. Steve Beshear is taking Congress to task over damage done to the state by the government shutdown.
Tennessee: Governor Bill Haslam is making his annual case for Tennessee to keep its strong bond rating.