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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed measures that would have increased wages for workers who care for those with developmental disabilities and expand a child care program for low-income families.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority says its chief operating officer will retire at the end of the year.  

Chip Pardee has been at TVA since 2013.

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On Friday, soldiers with the US Army's 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell conducted a mine-clearing training exercise using a rocket powered device. 

The 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion along with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” spent nearly a week preparing for use of the  trailer-mounted Mine Clearing Line Charge, known to them as a “MIC-LIC."  

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area. 

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Update Friday Afternoon:

Illinois’ payment to its largest public-pension fund is expected to increase by more than $400 million next year. The Teachers Retirement System trustees agreed Friday to lower the assumed rate of return on investments from 7.5% to 7%.

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Health and law enforcement officials in Kentucky are responding to a rash of heroin-related drug overdoses. In the community of Mount Sterling alone, there were 12 overdoses this week including one death.  

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The Paducah City Commission is in the process of hiring an engineering firm to study the conversion of Broadway and Jefferson streets back to two-way traffic.

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Kentucky's Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo has called a meeting of all state representatives to discuss the beleaguered public pension system. 

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  A federal opinion on industrial hemp research programs may provide new opportunities in Kentucky.  

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Update: With reaction from  Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

A Kentucky abortion has lost its appeal to the state's Supreme Court in an effort to reopen. The EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington has been closed since June, when the state Court of Appeals granted Governor Matt Bevin's request to close it. 

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