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The International Bluegrass Music Center in Owensboro is moving closer to reality with a review of construction bids in progress.

Owensboro Assistant City Manager Ed Ray says proposals to build the 48,000-square-foot venue came in from four general contractors by the May 19 deadline. 

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Union City, Tennessee is receiving $100,000 in state grants to beautify and restore historic downtown buildings.  

 

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says there's time for Republicans and rank-and-file Democrats to accomplish "a grand compromise" on a balanced budget before the Legislature adjourns May 31.

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Motorists planning to drive Interstate 24 through Tennessee this weekend should be on the lookout for detours and slowdowns en route to Nashville.  

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will be replacing a bridge at Exit 8 near Clarksville.

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Kentucky will honor four law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty last year, two of which served in western Kentucky.  

The ceremony will be part of an annual law enforcement memorial at the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Training.  Gov. Matt Bevin will be the keynote speaker.

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In a demonstration at the state Capitol on Thursday, activists called on Gov. Matt Bevin to make reforms to the state’s juvenile detention system after the death of Gynnya McMillen, the 17-year old girl who died while in custody at a Hardin County detention center earlier this year.

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Kentucky’s jobless rate dropped to 5.3 percent last month, down from 5.6 percent in March, according to the state Office of Employment and Training.

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The Bowling Green Police Department is preparing to outfit its officers with body cameras. 

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Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois’ multi-billion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of revenue.  

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  The Diocese of Owensboro has suspended a western Kentucky Catholic priest after church officials received an accusation that he sexually abused a juvenile.  

Gerald Baker, 59, was suspended May 6th.  

Owensboro bishop William Medley said Wednesday that personnel at St. Mary of the Woods Church reported the accusation May 3rd.  

Baker led services at that Whitesville church and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohio County.

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