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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens as President Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting at the White House in October 2017. Illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR | Photograph by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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'You May Need The Money More Than I Do': McConnell Once Returned Trump's Donation

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The disclosure of millions of once-secret tobacco industry documents — which are now readily searchable online — has opened a window into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's interactions with tobacco executives and lobbyists. Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo for NPR hide caption

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Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he was spurred to act because of an "unprecedented spike" in the number of teenagers who were vaping, or smoking e-cigarettes. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, a Republican, speaks to state legislators in 2018. Bevin, who is running for re-election this fall, asked the federal government to impose work requirements on many people who receive Medicaid. Bevin's predecessor, a Democrat, did not seek these requirements when he expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has been awarded more than a half-million dollars in damages after being injured in an assault by a neighbor. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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This is the original Old Taylor Distilling Co. castle in 2016. At the time, the property was still under renovation. Ashlie Stevens/WFPL hide caption

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Thousands of public school teachers and their supporters protested against a pension reform bill at the Kentucky state Capitol in April. The state's Supreme Court has now struck down the law. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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Kim Davis, seen in September 2015, during the height of the controversy around her decision to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples. On Tuesday, Davis lost her clerkship in Rowan County, Ky. Ty Wright/Getty Images hide caption

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Amir Peay recently opened a distillery in Lexington, Ky., at the site of the James E. Pepper distillery. About 10 percent of his revenues come from exports, and Peay worries that the European Union's tariffs will hurt his overseas business. John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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Caught In Tariff War, U.S. Distillers Fear Losing Out On Global Whiskey Boom

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Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Walgreens on Thursday for allegedly failing to adequately monitor its operations as it shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids. Charles Krupa/AP hide caption

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Travis Brenda is a math teacher at Rockcastle County High School who ousted Jonathan Shell in a primary election Tuesday. Shell is a key member of the Republican leadership team that has orchestrated the teacher pension bill, the tax increases and the charter school bill. Wade Payne/AP hide caption

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Hundreds of Kentucky teachers protest outside Gov. Matt Bevin's office Friday in Frankfort, Ky. They crowded into the building, shouting "Vote them out," less than a day after lawmakers quickly passed a surprise overhaul of state employee retirement benefits. Adam Beam/AP hide caption

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Protest signs for a "March for Our Lives" rally sit on a table in Murray, Ky., just south of Marshall County. The community here is recovering from a school shooting — and trying to start a conversation about gun violence and gun regulation, in a region where gun ownership is widespread Camila Domonoske/NPR hide caption

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Democratic candidate Linda Belcher thanks her supporters in Shepherdsville, Ky., following her victory Tuesday in the special election to fill the vacant seat for the Kentucky House of Representatives 49th District. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Stewart Walker attends a prayer vigil Tuesday for students killed and injured after a 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun at Marshall County High School. Harrison McClary/Reuters hide caption

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School Shootings Are Sad, But No Longer Surprising

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A student at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., allegedly opened fire Tuesday on his classmates, killing at least two people. Stephen Lance Dennee/AP hide caption

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