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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EDT

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Democrat Andy Beshear says he wants to expand gambling in Kentucky and use the proceeds to fund struggling public pension systems. Two of his rivals in next month's gubernatorial primary are taking shots at the proposal.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans to introduce legislation to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationally. The Senate leader said Thursday his bill will cover all tobacco products, including vaping devices. The Kentucky Republican represents a state that for generations was a leading tobacco producer in the U.S. Tobacco production has dropped dramatically in Kentucky in the past decade.

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio man accused of claiming to be a missing child from Illinois is facing new charges. A federal grand jury has indicted 23-year-old Brian Michael Rini, of Medina, Ohio, on two counts of lying to federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft. He had been arrested earlier on a single false statement count after DNA testing proved he wasn't Timmothy Pitzen, who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. health officials are giving $350 million to researchers in four states to help battle the opioid epidemic. The effort aims to cut overdose deaths by 40% in local communities by implementing science-backed strategies for preventing and treating drug addiction and overdoses. The grants from the National Institutes of Health will go the University of Kentucky, Boston Medical Center, New York City's Columbia University and Ohio State University.

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