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A group petitioning for an independent commission to draw legislative districts in Illinois turned in signatures Friday. Leaders of the Independent Map coalition delivered over 550,000 signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections. 

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President Barack Obama is calling on Senator Rand Paul to drop his objections to pending international tax treaties so they can move forward in Congress. 

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking Auditor Mike Harmon if the General Assembly can authorize an audit of another branch of government. 

In a letter to the auditor, the Democratic representative says during budget negotiations, there were concerns about the “accuracy of financial information from other branches of government.”

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Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks says the city’s next year financial outlook is positive.

The Republican mayor, who took office last year, proposed the $33.4 million 2016-2017 budget at city hall this morning.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority has moved to eventually ban all floating homes on public waters in what members called their most contested issue in recent years.  

The TVA board of directors met Thursday at Paris Landing State Resort Park.

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Governor Matt Bevin held a ceremonial signing of an anti-bullying bill Thursday. Senate Bill 228 gives a statewide definition for bullying in the K-12 school system.

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A bill to increase funding for financially struggling Illinois colleges and universities cleared the state Senate Thursday. Lawmakers approved a bill of $454 million on a near unanimous vote. 

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A Henderson man is among 58 individuals who had their prison sentences commuted by President Barack Obama Thursday. 

The Food and Drug Administration is banning the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors as part of a broad set of regulations the agency finalized Wednesday.

With the rules that were more than two years in the making, the agency is expanding its authority over e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco, in much the same way it already regulates traditional cigarettes.

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There was more testimony in Frankfort Wednesday regarding the state attorney general’s lawsuit against the governor.

Attorney General Andy Beshear argued Governor Matt Bevin didn’t have the authority to order funding reductions to the state’s universities earlier this spring.

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