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 Kentucky's new pension law looms as a "negative" for the state's credit rating, according to a credit rating agency's report.

Gov. Matt Bevin, who urged lawmakers to enact the law, said Monday he wasn't surprised by the Moody's report, saying it backs up his claims that considerably more work is needed to shore up public pensions.

Critics of the new law pounced on the report. They said it reinforces their arguments that the measure was flawed.

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U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said in an interview that he would contribute to buy a ticket for Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to visit her native Somalia.

Florida authorities say a 13-year-old Tennessee boy charged with stabbing his brother told investigators he'd rather go to jail than spend 8 hours in the car with his sibling.

Deputies with the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrested the boy Saturday and charged him with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Investigators say he stabbed his 15-year-old brother in the arm three times with a pocket knife.

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A former Kentucky magistrate is accused of illegally selling pain pills during his unsuccessful reelection campaign last year.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports former Knox County magistrate Jerry "Rabbit" Cox has been indicted on charges of illegally distributing hydrocodone or oxycodone in March and April 2018.

Tennessee officials say bureaucratic issues were behind the lack of a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park, where fast-moving water killed a 2-year-old from Kentucky earlier this month.

Parks and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson told lawmakers Wednesday that after 2017 flooding, a warning system was identified, funded and requested by state parks and Tennessee Tech University, which was familiar with the equipment.

Health officials say mosquitoes collected in Tennessee's largest county have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday that the virus was found in two south Memphis zip codes. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus to humans through bites.

Crews are treating mosquito breeding sites with insecticides and setting traps to capture and kill the insects.

Standing water found in rain gutters, downspouts, buckets, tires and other receptacles can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

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Trauma surgeon Manny Sethi says he's running for a Senate seat opening in Tennessee.

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Public health officials say an invasive tick has been detected in Tennessee.

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House Democrats in Illinois have advanced a measure to replace the state's abortion law with less restrictive language that gives people "a fundamental right" to make decisions about their reproductive health.

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A massive expansion of casino gambling in Illinois a decade-long but futile legislative pursuit — was back with a boost Monday as a Democratic lawmaker took steps to make it part of a popular plan to legalize sports betting.