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When 60-year-old Owen Golay talks about the two Confederate flags he flies in his front yard, he sounds like many Southern defenders of such symbols.

"It stands for heritage; it's a part of our history," Golay said.

But it's not really his history. Golay lives in rural Pleasantville, Iowa, about 40 miles from where he was born. He still carries a small Confederate flag that his father gave him as a child. But aside from some people way back in his family tree who fought on both sides in the Civil War, he has no real ties to the South.

A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit against Mississippi over the use of the Confederate battle flag in the state flag.

A black Mississippi resident said that the use of the Confederate symbol amounted to state-sanctioned racial discrimination. But the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that any emotional harm caused by the flag is irrelevant, legally speaking, and doesn't give him grounds to sue.

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Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham is partnering with Murray’s Sons of Confederate Veterans camp to establish a scholarship for students of color from Calloway County and Murray high schools.

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Kentucky's state parks are taking a stand against the sale of Confederate battle flags in the wake of the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina last month.  

In press release today, the Kentucky Department of Parks says it is now banning its gift shops from selling merchandise featuring the battle flag, such as caps or shirts. 

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Former Confederate President Jefferson Davis is getting a lot of heat in the commonwealth in lieu of the most recent shootings in South Carolina. Even a lightning bolt that struck the Jefferson Davis Historic Site's obelisk in Fairview on June 26th became newsworthy because of the controversy surrounding the role of the confederate flag. This year, the Kentucky State Parks' site  hosted its inaugural 4th of July celebration.

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The NAACP writes on their Facebook page: "After tireless work and Congressional hearings that led to the Church Arson Prevention Act being passed in 1996 - almost 20 years later, we must again seek justice, investigate and find #WhoIsBurningBlackChurches. Six black churches have burned since the terrorist attack at Emanuel AME Church." Executive Director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights John Johnson was the youngest president of any NAACP chapter at the age of 18 and spent 20 years working at the national headquarters before his current position. He spoke with Kate Lochte last week before the funeral for victims of the Charleston shooting, about it being long past time for racism to exist and how he thinks law enforcement can improve practices in black communities.

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A state park honoring confederate leader Jefferson Davis will play host to its first Independence Day celebration this weekend. The “Friends of Jefferson Davis Historic Site” suggested the Fairview park host the event. The decision comes despite national controversy over the confederate flag and its heritage.  Parks Manager Rod Syndor denies any controversy at his park and said the celebration will be focused on U.S. independence.

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In early April, the Sons of Confederate Veterans announced plans for a park to be built on private land just off of Exit 16 on I-24 in McCracken County.  It's intended as a memorial to the area's Confederate soldiers.  And at the center of the park, and an emerging controversy, is a flagpole, upon which will fly the red field, blue cross, and thirteen white stars of the Confederate battle flag.  The flag has been a lightning rod for controversy for years; the SCV insists it’s a symbol of heritage while opponents see it as an emblem of racism symbol.  For some perspective, Todd Hatton speaks

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NPR reports a failed missile test yesterday may make North Korea more belligerent and confrontational.

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