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This week’s Kentuckiana Pride Fest will be dotted with police and private security in the wake of the violent attack at an LGBT club in Orlando last weekend that killed 49 and injured dozens more.

But just how big a police presence there will be isn’t clear.

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Kentucky overdose deaths rose 16% in 2015, the first year state lawmakers toughened penalties for traffickers and increased spending on addiction programs. 

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Community members in Murray and Paducah held candlelight vigils last night remembering the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando over the weekend, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

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The Great River Road is a National Scenic Byway that follows the Mississippi River through ten states from its headwaters in Minnesota to the Louisiana Delta. A portion of that road is the Kentucky Great River Road National Scenic Byway, which runs through the western counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Hickman, and Fulton. Norma Pruitt, executive director of the Kentucky Great River Road Organization, speaks with Todd Hatton on Sounds Good about the organization’s mission of economic development.

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The number of homeless across Kentucky is declining. That’s according to statistics released last week by the Kentucky Housing Corporation. The point-in-time figures for 118 counties refer to a count conducted last January. 

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 More than 2 million Americans are plagued with opioid addiction. When those afflicted make a decision to turn their lives around, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack wants to make sure that help is available. Nicole Erwin spoke with the Secretary on the lack of support in rural communities.

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Fort Campbell is holding a memorial ceremony later this month to honor a longtime advocate for the U.S. Army who passed away in May. Clarissa Ann Jackson Freeman, known to many as “T.C.” was a lifelong advocate specifically for Fort Campbell soldiers and their families. Freeman was 83. 

With sorrow, anger and expressions of unity, the LGBT community across the world is mourning Sunday's deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. Meanwhile, security has been increased at LGBT landmarks and events in cities across America.

The attack — in which a gunman killed 50 people, making it the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, and injured 53 — struck during Pride Month, which commemorates the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the gay rights movement more broadly.

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2nd Update: Paducah vigil information added.

In Paducah: 

Paducah residents are holding a candlelight vigil at the riverfront tonight at 8 for the victims of the Orlando shooting over the weekend and to take a stand against hate crimes.  

In what has become an all-too-familiar ritual in the United States, President Obama said the mass shooting in Orlando on Sunday morning was an "act of terror and an act of hate."

"This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American ... is an attack on all of us," Obama said during remarks from the White House briefing room. "No act of hate or terror will ever change who we are as Americans."

Obama also said that this shooting is a reminder of "how easy it to let people get their hands on a weapon" that will let them open fire on a place like a school.

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