Associated Press

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.

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.

Lukasz Stefanski / 123rf Stock Photo

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

James Gathany / Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

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

Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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.

Yamaguchi / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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.

Sergey Kuzmin / 123rf Stock Photo

Voters will decide next year whether to ditch Illinois' flat-rate income tax in favor of one that hits the wealthy hardest following House action Monday that gave Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker his top campaign pledge and biggest victory since taking office.

James Campbell of PEO ACWA, Wikimedia Commons


The destruction of chemical weapons stored in Kentucky since the 1940s is set to begin.

Scott Dumas

The Kentucky Department of Health has proposed banning artists from tattooing on scarred skin and is holding a public meeting on the proposal next week.

Vlad Ghiea

A new program in Kentucky is training veterans with aviation or power plant mechanics experience to become Federal Aviation Administration certified.

Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Fruit of the Loom says it is cutting about 100 jobs, mostly at its headquarters in Kentucky.