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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. 

Ryland Barton via Twitter, @RylandKY

Governor Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed legislation that requires all untested sexual assault examination kits to be sent to the Kentucky State Police crime lab by the beginning of next year.

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The head of the Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet has named Paul Joseph Vido as director of the state Division of Enforcement at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

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Update 11 a.m. The roadway has reopened.  

UPDATE: 10 a.m.

A portion of US 641 south is still blocked as crews work to unload 40,000 pounds of rice in order to rollover an overturned semi. 

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A Paducah man has been charged in the fatal stabbing of another Tuesday.

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