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After the troubled rollout earlier this year of Benefind — Kentucky’s new online portal for welfare services — state officials say they are still working out the kinks in the program.

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Gov. Matt Bevin wants a judge to throw out a court settlement made under former Governor Steve Beshear that would ensure that church-run foster care programs don't try to proselytize to children.

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U.S. Army investigators have concluded that a 101st Airborne Division soldier's death during a training exercise last year was preventable.  

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A new Illinois law lets drug court participants use medication to combat opioid addiction.  

Governor Bruce Rauner signed the measure last week.  

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The Kentucky State Police are investigating a house fire in eastern Calloway County that left two dead.

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Former Congressman Ben Chandler has been named president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. He will assume the role in September.

Kentucky Retirement Systems (kyret.ky.gov)

Update: A state judge has ruled Kentucky's attorney general can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the governor's decision to remove the chairman of the state's retirement system board of trustees. The decision means Attorney General Andy Beshear now has three pending lawsuits against Gov. Matt Bevin.

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A non-religious couple is claiming discrimination from a western Kentucky county official who refuses to marry the couple without a religious ceremony.  

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation banning the sale of synthetic drugs known as ‘bath salts’ in the state. Rauner signed the bill aimed at curbing what he called an ‘epidemic’ afflicting rural communities. 

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The convicted felon whose emotional testimony convinced a Republican western Kentucky lawmaker to change his mind and led to the adoption of an expungement law has had his criminal record officially cleared by a judge. 

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