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How much would you pay to avoid traffic jams on your daily commute? $10? $20? How about $40?

That's how much a tollway in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., charged for a short time last week. Outraged commuters call it highway robbery.

But transportation officials say the high-priced toll is less about money and more about changing commuter behavior and reducing congestion, and commuters all across the country might soon see more tolls in the future.

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A man has died after an incident at the Shawnee Fossil Plant in Paducah. The plant is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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Governor Matt Bevin is directing all flags at state office buildings lowered to half staff on Wednesday to honor a Kentucky serviceman who was killed in World War II and whose remains were recently returned home. 

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Illinois residents are being reminded that if they need health insurance coverage for next year they must register by Friday night.

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping aside from directing his restaurants and taking leave from his TV cooking show following reports of sexual misconduct over a 20-year period.

The move was apparently spurred by a report published Monday morning on the dining and food website Eater, in which four women allege that Batali touched them inappropriately:

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  Kentucky State Police said trooper applications have increased since changes were made to its recruitment policy.

Discrimination in the form of sexual harassment has been in the headlines for weeks now, but new poll results being released by NPR show that other forms of discrimination against women are also pervasive in American society. The poll is a collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

For example, a majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they've been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.

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Illinois transportation officials are asking for the public's input in its annual traveler opinion survey.

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Kentucky State Parks are offering a chance to view eagles in western Kentucky.

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The International Bluegrass Music Museum has announced the lead acts for its annual ROMP Festival in western Kentucky.

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