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Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Republicans say bipartisan groups of Illinois lawmakers are making progress on initiatives that Rauner says are essential to a deal on a long-delayed state budget. 

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The state of Kentucky is launching a Zika awareness and prevention program. Officials working in the areas of health, agriculture, and entomology all participated in a Frankfort news conference Monday. / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

A study of U.S. poison center calls has found that e-cigarettes are sickening more and more children under 6.

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Former state agriculture commissioner and University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer, who went to prison for violating state ethics and campaign finance laws, has filed for bankruptcy.

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A Kentucky Judge says he will decide next week whether to unseal the secret testimony from a former president of the company that markets the addictive painkiller OxyContin. 

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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.”

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.