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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.

A gunman opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning, killing at least 50 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history before being shot dead by police.

A record number of Americans are dying by accident and increasingly because of fatal overdoses and falls, and not so much in car crashes.

A new report from the National Safety Council shows more than 136,000 people in the U.S. died accidentally in 2014, the highest number ever recorded. That's an increase of 4.2 percent from the year before and 15.5 percent more than a decade ago.

The higher accidental death rate is being fueled in large part by the opioid and heroin epidemic.

Kentucky New Era

Kentucky New Era staff writer and columnist Mary D. Ferguson died Thursday, June 9 at the age of 82.

City of Madisonville

The remains of an American World War II sailor missing in action for more than 70 years have been identified as Ensign Lewis Bailey Pride, Jr. Ensign Pride was a Madisonville, KY native and the son of Lewis Bailey, Sr. and Nell Wade Pride.

Union City Police Department, via Facebook

Union City police responded to a shooting outside a church Wednesday afternoon. Officers found 23-year-old Kierra Lee’Shee Moses inside Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church suffering from at least two gunshot wounds. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Paducah is one of the best places in America to retire to, according to a national magazine.

“Where to Retire” magazine finds more than 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire every year.  

explorekentuckylake.com

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans a daytime lane restriction at the east end of US 68/KY 80 Lake Barkley Bridge at Canton in Trigg County Thursday and Friday (June 9 and 10). 

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