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Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito of Massachusetts signed a bill Friday, approved one day earlier by the state's Democrat-led Legislature, outlawing so-called bump stocks, accessories that allow semi-automatic firearms to mimic the rapid firing action of machine guns.

Massachusetts is the first state to enact a ban on bump stocks in the wake of last month's shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern American history.

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A police official in Kentucky says all of the state's backlogged rape evidence kits have been tested. 

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A fight at a Kentucky high school in which an officer was assaulted and a stun gun was used on a student has led the district to launch two investigations. 

British Defense Minister Michael Fallon has announced he is stepping down from his post, citing allegations "about my previous misconduct." Fallon, one of the most visible politicians in Prime Minister Theresa May's government, declared his intent to resign in a statement released Wednesday.

"Many of these [allegations] have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces that I have the honour to represent," Fallon said.

A new report from UNICEF says that violence against children knows no boundaries.

Among the statistics that back up that statement:

Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages two and four are subject to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers.

Every seven minutes, an adolescent is murdered.

By the time they reach age 19, fifteen million girls have already experienced forced sexual acts, including rape — inflicted, for the most part, by people they know.

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There’s a clear link between nutrition and health, and the Humana Foundation is investing in a Louisville program that gets produce to low-income communities. Lisa Gillespie of member station WFPL takes us to a church in Smoketown that is part of the experiment.

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NPR's senior vice president for news, Michael Oreskes, has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment from several women.

The accounts of two women, first published by The Washington Post, describe Oreskes unexpectedly kissing them during meetings in the late 1990s, while he was Washington bureau chief for The New York Times. An NPR employee has also come forward publicly about harassment that allegedly occurred during a business meeting-turned-dinner in 2015.

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Fort Knox says it plans to break ground next week on a new medical clinic to serve the central Kentucky Army post.

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Twenty-five years ago, we left Kentucky for an Arkansas sojourn, for me to teach in the History Department of a small liberal arts college. We returned to the Bluegrass after four years away; we loved the tiny Arkansas school, but we missed terribly the rolling hills of western Kentucky. If anything, our exile in the pancake-flat, mosquito-ridden delta rice fields of northeastern Arkansas taught me the intimate connection between the past, present, and future, something that any History teacher should already know.

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A central Kentucky church pastor believes Martin Luther’s 95 theses, offered 500 years ago, still have implications in today’s society. 

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