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It will be hot and rather humid. The farther south in the state you live, the more humid it will be. Afternoon highs will reach the lower 90s. It will be dry and mostly sunny with no threat of thunderstorms. 

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Around Kentucky

1. New Superintendent prepares for his first school year in Fayette County

It's back to school for new Fayette County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Demetrus Liggins. Liggins said he's focused on getting students and teachers in classrooms while dealing with COVID-19.

2. H-L: ‘She has so much fight in her.’ Soccer team rallies behind young Lexington leukemia survivor.

Ella Hurley is a warrior. The 9-year-old has battled back from cancer, not once, but twice. Our partners at the Herald Leader say Ella now has the honor of having met her heroes.

3. Gov. Beshear asks schools to require masks

Gov. Andy Beshear gave school districts new guidance for dealing with the coronavirus Monday as classrooms prepare to reopen. He wants districts to require unvaccinated students to wear masks and consider mandating them for everyone.

Around the Nation

1. Biden, Iraqi PM confirm end of U.S. combat mission in Iraq

2. Veterans Affairs will require its medical employees to be vaccinated

3. Biden marks anniversary of disability protections, announces new support for long COVID

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A Lexington teen recently won the 2021 National Wheelchair Basketball Association National Championship with his team called the Cincinnati Dragons. The Henry Clay graduate plays on a wheelchair basketball team that includes several other Kentuckians. Kerwin Haake lives with two disabilities. He has cerebral palsy and he’s deaf.

Kerwin Haake practices basketball. (Spectrum News 1/Khyati Patel)