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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up a case challenging the use of a Confederate emblem on the Mississippi state flag.

Carlos Moore, an African-American lawyer from Mississippi who petitioned the court, had argued in court documents that the flag, visible in state buildings, courts and schools, symbolically expresses support for white supremacy. The flag incorporates the Confederate battle flag in its upper left corner.

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Around a dozen members of veterans groups, mostly Vietnam veterans, in west Kentucky gathered on the plaza opposite of Paducah City Hall on Friday to protest the city's ban on certain flags in the Veterans Day parade and called for a boycott. They also burned a version of the Confederate flag they called a "hate flag."

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The City of Paducah canceled a meeting next week to hear an appeal involving Confederate flags in the Veterans Day Parade because it was scheduled for August 8, the same day as a local Emancipation celebration.

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A parade committee will hear an appeal from the Sons of Confederate Veterans after a Kentucky city commission voted to limit participation in its Veterans Day parade to those representing the United States.

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.

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.