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The Obama administration is on track to make its goal of admitting and resettling 10,000 Syrian refugees before the end of September, despite concerns that Islamic militants could enter with them.

"The current pace of arrivals will continue thru the end of this fiscal year so we may exceed 10,000," said Anne Richard, assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugee and Migration in a conference call with reporters on Friday. "For next year, we will continue to welcome large numbers of Syrians."

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Residents in Barlow have the opportunity to vote in an upcoming local election to lift the town’s ban on alcohol.

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The Hopkins County Board of Education has approved making available a drug to prevent opioid overdose in local high schools. Narcan is an opioid antagonist that blocks the effects of an overdose for 30 to 90 minutes.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible for the kidnapping and murder of two sisters in northwestern Tennessee more than three decades ago.

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A malfunction in a vending machine sparked a small fire at Graves County Middle School early Tuesday morning.

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As reports across the Commonwealth show increased dependency on prescription pills and heroin, recovery centers seek creative solutions for these evolving addictions. CenterPoint Recovery Center for Men in Paducah may have just found one that works.

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You are Letcher County, Kentucky. You are rural, mountainous, and in the heart of the central Appalachian coalfields. Your economy is not in good shape. Fox News has called your largest town “the poster child for the war on coal.” You are offered funds to build a new federal prison. It could bring jobs but also brings up troubling moral issues. What do you do?

There are apps that can help people with diabetes keep track of their blood sugar and apps that can attach to a blood pressure cuff and store blood pressure information. I use an app called ZocDoc to schedule and manage doctor's appointments. Every time I see a therapist or a primary care doctor or dentist, the data get stored in my personal account.

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State officials say unemployment rates fell in 64 Kentucky counties between June 2015 and June 2016. Jobless rates rose in 49 counties and stayed the same in seven others.

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training says Woodford County had the state's lowest jobless rate at 3.6 percent.

Oldham County was next at 3.7 percent, followed by Shelby County at 3.8 percent, Fayette and Spencer counties at 3.9 percent and Anderson and Campbell counties had 4.1 percent rates.

Magoffin County had the state's highest unemployment rate at 16.8 percent.

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Wednesday, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation's best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to many unheralded ones.

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