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An Owensboro man is leading an effort to move a Confederate statue off the Daviess County Courthouse lawn.

Courtesy of Kentucky Department of Agriculture

The Kentucky Hunger Initiative is distributing more than 150 donated freezers to food banks across the commonwealth.

The aftermath of the violent protest and counterprotests in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend continue to reverberate across the country — sparking discussions about race and the country's Civil War past.

Mourners gathered in Charlottesville on Wednesday to remember Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer's favorite color, in her memory.

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The 2017 Kentucky State Fair is adding some new events to this year's festivities.

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The Lexington council voted unanimously Tuesday to back Mayor Jim Gray’s plan to move two confederate statues off the old historic courthouse grounds. But where to move them looms as a large question.

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Lexington’s governing body has taken a first step toward removing two Confederate statues from the lawn of a former courthouse. 

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This story has been updated. See note below.

A group called ‘Paducah Residents’ has started an online petition seeking the removal and replacement of Confederate monuments in the city and the renaming of a school named after the wife of a Confederate general. 

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The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a national map identifying hate groups including at least four in the west Kentucky region.

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Child welfare officials in Kentucky are inviting visitors to the Kentucky State Fair to donate backpacks for children who come into the foster care system.

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The 101st Airborne Division is celebrating its 75th anniversary with events at Fort Campbell this week.

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