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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says the number of people applying for the state’s first legal bobcat hunt was 13 times more than the number of available permits.  

Nearly 6,500 hunters applied for 500 permits.  

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Absentee voting is under way in Kentucky for the November 8th general election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says nearly 20,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote for the first time since the online portal launched earlier this year. The voter registration deadline is October 11.

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The President of the Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce will head up a state board of commerce executives next year.  

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Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says he's impressed with the efficiency of Operation Shielded Child as more child sexual predators were arrested last month.  

So, you're looking for a quick grab-and-go snack, and there's a row of energy bars at the checkout counter. Are they a healthy option?

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Former Personnel Cabinet secretary Tim Longmeyer has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for federal bribery charges. He will also have to pay $203,500 in restitution.

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A group of Paducah residents are concerned over the disrepair of what they say is an historic Lowertown building.

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Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has appointed a group of legislators to combat child abuse. The House Task Force on Child Abuse and Exploitation Prevention will examine and propose legislation designed to protect children. 

A former high-ranking Kentucky official is due in court for sentencing on his bribery conviction.

Tim Longmeyer pleaded guilty in April to using his influence as head of Kentucky's Personnel Cabinet to steer contracts to a public relations firm in 2014 and 2015. Longmeyer admitted to receiving more than $200,000 in kickbacks.

Longmeyer's sentencing is set for Thursday afternoon in federal court in Lexington.

Negotiators in the House and Senate have reached a deal on a bill to fund the government through Dec. 9.

Republicans and Democrats have been arguing for weeks to find a way forward before the Sept. 30 deadline in order to avoid a government shutdown.

Last week, negotiations in the Senate appeared to be at a standstill, with Democrats in both chambers insisting that the most recent Republican offer was not enough.