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Hacks, Security Gaps And Oligarchs: The Business Of Voting Comes Under Scrutiny

It's been a tough couple of years for the business of voting. There's the state that discovered a Russian oligarch now finances the company that hosts its voting data. Then there's the company that manufactures and services voter registration software in eight states that found itself hacked by Russian operatives leading up to the 2016 presidential election. And then there's the largest voting machine company in the country, which initially denied and then admitted it had installed software...

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Nearly a third of households in the United States have struggled to pay their energy bills, the Energy Information Administration said in a report released Wednesday. The differences were minor in terms of geography, but Hispanics and racial minorities were hit hardest.

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Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen goes clay shooting in a TV ad released after the National Rifle Association endorsed his Republican opponent, Marsha Blackburn.

The founder of the 3D gun printing company embroiled in a legal battle with the U.S. government over making the DIY instructions publicly accessible online has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor in Texas.

Cody Wilson was charged with the second-degree felony on Wednesday, according to the Austin Police Department.

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Wednesday Update: The Kentucky State Police say the suspect in an officer-involved shooting this week in Christian County is Damon Christopher Gayheart, 44, of Owensboro, Kentucky. The trooper is Paul Hale, a three year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. 

As floodwaters from former-Hurricane Florence's massive rains continue to flow through the Carolinas, the end of the storm's damage is nowhere in sight.

On Tuesday evening, the Music Modernization Act (renamed the Orrin G. Hatch Music Modernization Act at the 23rd hour — in honor of the retiring Utah politician who also happens himself to own a platinum record), was passed unanimously in the Senate, as it was earlier this year by the House. In an age where political and artistic consensus is increasingly found only in cultural warrens populated by the like-minded, the bipartisan support of the bill is perhaps a small beacon of unity. (But still.)

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The community message at a town hall about the future of Calloway County Public Library was almost unanimous: support for an expansion and renovation.

North Korea announced today that it will permanently close a major missile test site. Kim Jong Un, the North's leader, said the site would be dismantled in the presence of international inspectors.

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Wednesday Evening Update: A national fraternity has revoked the charter of its University of Kentucky chapter after the death of a 4-year-old boy who was hit by a student's car.

Alpha Tau Omega in Indianapolis said in a statement Wednesday that it investigated the matter and closed the chapter because of violations of the fraternity's health and safety policy.

News outlets report 18-year-old Jacob Heil's attorney entered a plea of not guilty for Heil on Wednesday. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Heil's lawyer, Christopher Spedding, said Heil is "despondent" over the child's death. Spedding also said portable breath tests are unreliable and blood tests results may not be known for months.

Marco Lee Shemwell died Monday, two days after he was hit near the football stadium in Lexington during Kentucky's game against Murray State.

UK suspended Heil and the fraternity pending investigations.

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A University of Kentucky freshman charged with DUI in a crash that killed a child has pleaded not guilty.

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The chairman of the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that he is recommending former gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd to serve as the school's interim president.

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How To Help Those Affected By Hurricane Florence

Floodwaters keep rising in the Carolinas as post-Tropical Storm Florence continues to dump rain on the region. The dangerous storm has already left more than 30 dead and displaced thousands of others, leaving them without electricity or shelter. In the aftermath of Florence, North and South Carolina officials are encouraging people to volunteer or donate if they can. Here's a guide to how to help. Why give cash Cash is king after a disaster, says Julia Brooks, a researcher with the Harvard...

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The New DARE: Schools Aim To Stop Next Generation Of Opioid Crisis

New data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show a rare bright spot amid the opioid crisis. Fewer high schoolers in the region appear to be using opioids.

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