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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky could become the only state in the country without access to a poison control center, including the national hotline used by police, hospitals and parents more than 136 times a day for guidance on exposure to opioids and other harmful substances. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed budget eliminates funding for the Kentucky Poison Control Center. A Bevin administration spokesman said the state's underfunded public pension system is forcing difficult choices.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Drug-dependent babies born in Kentucky could automatically be labeled an "abused or neglected child," a change that would require state officials to investigate and begin the process of terminating parental rights. The change is part of House Bill 1, a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the state's foster care and adoption system. Any child born dependent on drugs would be considered abused or neglected, unless the mother is enrolled and complying with a drug treatment program.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Jobless benefits for out-of-work Kentuckians would end much sooner under a bill advanced by Republican lawmakers on Thursday. The length of jobless benefits would become tied to the statewide unemployment rate under the bill advanced by the House Economic Development and Workforce Investment Committee.

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say an 11-year-old boy has shot his 6-year-old sister in the head. Police said the girl is in critical but stable condition at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A news release from police said preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was accidental. Officers were called to the scene Wednesday evening at a residence in the Blackmont community of Bell County, about six miles east of Pineville.

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