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Nearly 70,000 Kentucky residents applied for unemployment benefits last week. It shows the coronavirus pandemic continues to inflict economic damage even as the state gradually reboots its economy.

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A federal judge rejected a challenge to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s authority to impose stay-at-home orders on churches during the battle against the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman on Wednesday denied a request for a temporary restraining order by two churches.

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The Kentucky Derby Museum announced it will donate more than $10,000 of its proceeds from online merchandise sales to coronavirus relief efforts in the state.

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Tennessee election officials say the fear of contracting the coronavirus due to illness in the state doesn’t meet the criteria to vote by mail.

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The Tennessee National Guard is planning a statewide flyover to salute medical professionals and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Eligible Tennesseans may now request an absentee ballot to vote by mail in the Aug. 6 election.

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Illinois' governor is defending his stay-at-home order and plans to reopen, saying residents will have to change the way things are done until the coronavirus is "eradicated."

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The names and addresses of Tennesseans who've tested positive for COVID-19 are being provided to first responders, law enforcement and paramedics under a state agreement deemed necessary to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is set to reopen Saturday, becoming one of the largest federal attractions to reopen amid the national lockdown prompted by the coronavirus crisis.

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Nashville is set to begin the first phase of reopening its economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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