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Illinois had a record number of visitors in 2011, with more than 93 million tourists.  The state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity said the state saw an 8.4 percent bump last year, bringing in over $31 billion for the state economy. 

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A review of last week's traffic fatalities across the Commonwealth showed none of the victims were in cars. Kentucky State Police officials said six people were killed in traffic, four on motorcycles.  

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Illinois legislation will raise fines for people that misuse disabled parking tags to $600 next year. The new law also imposes a $1,000 fine on any healthcare provider that knowingly falsifies the certification that allows someone to get a disability plate or parking decal. 

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Downloads in Tennessee's Regional E-book and Audio Download System, or READS, increased 77 percent in the past year.  

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Kentucky State Police say a serious crime took place every two minutes and 38 seconds in the Commonwealth during 2011.  

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A little rain makes a difference in two drought-stricken Western Kentucky counties. The Paducah Sun reports Carlisle County lifts a ban on open burning today. 

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A new Tennessee Department of Education report addresses educators’ concerns about the way certain test scores are used to evaluate teachers. 

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Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is warning livestock producers and corn growers to take steps to avoid harming livestock by feeding them drought-stricken corn silage. 

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The Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications from craft and visual artists who would like to be part of the Kentucky Crafted Program through Aug. 15.  

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Tennessee lottery officials say they’ve set another record with more than $323 million raised this year for state education programs. 

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