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INEZ, Ky. (AP) - Federal and state leaders announced a $3.4 million project to repair water line systems that are on the brink of collapse in Martin County. Officials in the far eastern Kentucky county have said the water department is in dire financial straits and has been forced to shut off water to residents for days. The multi-million project will install a secondary water intake in the Tug Fork River, upgrade the Crum Reservoir dam and make improvements to the water treatment plant.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency following heavy rainfall and flooding. The governor's office said in a news release that the executive order comes after severe storms beginning Feb. 9 that produced heavy rain and strong wind gusts, causing flooding, landslides and mudslides.

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against HBO host John Oliver brought by coal company Murray Energy. A segment of Oliver's show "Last Week Tonight" last June poked fun at Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who blames regulatory efforts by the Obama administration for damaging the coal industry.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden away for decades has been purchased by a billionaire. The copy is one of 51 that scholars are aware of. In 1824, the facsimiles were distributed to Congress, the White House, and various VIPs like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Madison. Each got two copies. Many of them are lost to history.

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