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During this evening’s COVID-19 daily state-wide update, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed the second death due to the virus and case numbers up to 47 in the Commonwealth. 

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Lyon County is facing strenuous jailing fees for arrests made by the Kentucky State Police in the county.

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The Marshall County Fiscal Court is divided over a funding cut for nonprofits in the next budget. Attempts to raise the cap were unsuccessful in a meeting Wednesday afternoon.

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McCracken County is considering putting CASA and other nonprofit groups that receive local government grants “on notice” as the county grapples with ever-tightening purse strings.

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 The Illinois House has approved a $38.5 billion state budget for the year that begins July 1.

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Teachers in west Kentucky are rallying in Murray on Friday for public education funding.

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Kentucky’s Republican-led legislature has passed a new two-year state budget that cuts much of state government in order to put more money into the state’s ailing pension systems.

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The Republican-led Kentucky House of Representatives is set to consider a budget bill that exempts some of state government from spending cuts proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this year.

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Senate leaders reached a bipartisan budget agreement to increase military and domestic spending levels for two years, paving the way for the first long-term spending pact since President Trump took office.

The White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan quickly declared support for the pact, helping pave the way for its passage by the end of the week, despite opposition from fiscal hawks and liberal Democrats.

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Now that Governor Bevin has offered his two year budget for review, the state’s 138 lawmakers will begin their work, culminating with floor votes in each chamber.