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Who looks at a vacant gasoline station in a tiny farming community and sees a home for a new restaurant? It might sound unlikely, but that’s what happened in Trenton, where Kentucky transplants Michael and Hannah Broyles have created the Black Sheep Bistro in the old Standard Oil station.

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  • By Richard Nelson
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Warning: graphic content and conversation here. No, this isn’t about Donald Trump’s latest insults, but rather a more serious subject that he doesn’t consider “one of his issues.” I’m talking about the sanctity of human life. More specifically, the undercover videos that caught Planned Paren…

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A yearlong study by the University of Kentucky provides some evidence that legislation the General Assembly adopted in 2012 is helping fight the abuse of prescription pain medication. It also suggests the fight is far from over.

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Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted or some combination of the three, the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is…

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Here is some good news for rural Americans who are concerned about the reliability of mail delivery following postal cutbacks for several years: Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee ordered a study of on-time mail delivery outside of the country’s urban areas. The National Newspaper…

  • Jennifer P. Brown, New Era Opinion Editor
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Saturday afternoon my husband and I drove over to WK Cinemas behind the Bradford Square mall with three of our grandchildren to see the cartoon “Minions.”

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Republican gubernatorial nominee Matt Bevin recently had a candidate forum all to himself because his Democratic rival, Attorney General Jack Conway, said he had a prior commitment and couldn’t make the event despite receiving an invitation back in March. Unfortunately, Bevin did not use the…

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Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is leading in the polls among an endless field of Republican presidential candidates, and he’s dominating news media coverage for all the wrong reasons. He’s outrageous, flamboyant and loose with the facts. Those are great credentials for a carnival barke…

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Kentucky’s Workforce Challenges: The Employers’ Perspective, released yesterday by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, comes at an opportune time.

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A national study that measures the well-being of children through economic, educational, family and health indicators reported this week that one-fourth of Kentucky children live in poverty and that one-third are being raised in a single-parent home.

  • By Kathleen Parker
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In his satirical solution to Ireland’s prolific poor, especially among Catholics whose fish diet was thought to enhance fertility, Jonathan Swift suggested a new menu item: Succulent 1-year-olds for dinner.

  • By Clarence Page
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As President Obama talked to reporters after becoming the first American president to visit a federal prison, his thoughts appeared to flash back to “the Choom Gang.”

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Flakka, a synthetic drug that’s been described as more addictive than cocaine and cheaper than a Big Mac sandwich, is testing the law enforcement resources of one Eastern Kentucky county where heroin and prescription medication abuse have already taken a toll.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown
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The names of up to 4 million people who were enslaved during the Civil War are contained in hand-written government records that are being made available to the public this year. Genealogists describe this effort as a treasure trove for African-Americans trying to research their family history.

  • By Mitch McConnell
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There are few things more important than providing our children with a good quality education. Yet for years, many Kentucky parents have been less than satisfied with an education system in desperate need of reform.

  • By Gene Policinski
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The Confederate battle flag has come down in South Carolina, off store shelves and is going, gone or never coming to auto license plates.

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A lawsuit against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who stopped issuing all marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, is the first legal challenge of its kind in the country. Davis says gay marriage violates her religious beliefs, so she elected to ha…

  • Lee Hamilton
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The presidential election is 16 months away, but already we’re smack in the middle of the usual campaign coverage, prognostication and strategizing by many of us who have nothing much to do with the real campaigns. I’ve been following the rhetoric of both parties, and there are a few points …

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New Horizons has been zipping through outer space at more than 30,000 mph, and the precision of the nine-year mission to explore Pluto is nearly as phenomenal as the images it sent this week from the farthest reaches of our solar system.

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He was superintendent, and I was a lowly assistant principal. He wrote textbooks and often published his views through other media.

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The Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport has been a valuable community asset for more than six decades, but this fact hasn’t always been so obvious. For many years, the small municipal airport was used mainly by weekend pilots who own single-engine planes and local firms that have relied on…

  • By John David Dyche
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Matt Bevin, the Republican nominee for governor, recently called his Democratic opponent, Jack Conway, a “coward” when it comes to addressing certain issues and appearing before certain audiences.

  • By Richard Nelson
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On Thursday, Gov. Steve Beshear ordered Casey County Clerk Casey Davis to issue marriage licenses to all eligible couples, including same-sex couples, or resign from office. Davis believes the state shouldn’t force him to put his name on a marriage license that violates his conscience. File …

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Temperatures in Western Kentucky will climb slightly above historical averages this week, and while we’re accustomed to heat and humidity in this region, it’s a good time to take special care with pets.

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  • By Jennifer P. Brown
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One day in February, when the Pennyroyal Arts Council was waiting for the official announcement that Hopkinsville had been selected for a second Big Read grant — this one focusing on Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” — I called Margaret Prim, who is the arts council’s executive director, …

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The United States and Cuba have taken historic — and small — steps in the past six months to normalize relations between the two countries. On July 20, the U.S. will open its embassy in Havana, and Cuba will open its embassy in Washington, D.C., on the same day.

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(Editor’s Note: After six months on the job, new Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks sat down to talk about lessons learned, his time in office so far, the city’s social media presence, his commitment to community engagement and more with Kentucky New Era Publisher Taylor W. Hayes, Editor El…

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A social worker in Northern Kentucky recently told the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper that she’s in trouble with her employer because she checked on the welfare of a 7-year-old girl whose case had been closed by another social worker. Karey Cooper was working as a special investigation…

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Native Kentuckian Cory Ramsey has logged many miles in his search for the state’s little-known but interesting places. Ramsey shares his discoveries on a website called “Map Dot, Kentucky,” and he also does some writing for the state Department of Tourism.

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About 10 people die from unintentional drownings every day in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Although many of the victims are young children who fall into a swimming pool, we’ve seen recently that drowning in a lake is a risk for many adults.

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Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club members and their guests were fortunate last week to hear Kelley Paul talk about her book, “True and Constant Friends,” which is about the strength of connection among her female relatives and friends.

  • By Al Smith
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While Kentucky political leaders clamor for removal of the Jefferson Davis statue from the Capitol rotunda as their response to the racist slaughter in a South Carolina church last month, the question of what historic figure might replace Davis has surfaced. I have a name, so please read on.

  • By Alice Nichols
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As I am writing, the 78th General Convention of the Episcopal Church meeting in Salt Lake City is finishing up its work for this 10-day gathering — which occurs every three years. If you follow the news, you may well have heard of the item that attracted the most news coverage — the passing …

  • By Richard Nelson
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On Friday, five U.S. Supreme Court justices mysteriously discovered the Fourteenth Amendment requires Kentucky and the rest of the country to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages and offer licenses to in-state same-sex couples. Chief Justice John Roberts duly congratulated the plaintiff…

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is not ready to say if he would vote to legalize recreational marijuana at the state level. “I think I see it just more from a federal perspective,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday at a marijuana industry meeting in Denver. “And I think the federal government ought t…

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The U.S. Constitution does not give state lawmakers exclusive control to redraw the boundary lines of legislative districts, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 decision means voters have the authority to set up independent commissions to make decisions about redistricting.

  • By Jennifer P. Brown
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Early Friday evening a co-worker asked if she could help me with anything before she headed out for a dinner break. I said something like, “Could you stop the clock?”

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At a Christian Fiscal Court meeting this week, Judge-Executive Steve Tribble said county residents need to contact their magistrates if they want a library tax. He was responding to Margaret Macdonald, who came to the meeting to talk about how the library compares to others across the state …

  • By Sen. Rand Paul and Mayor Carter Hendricks
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Our commonwealth has a long and proud history with the United States Army. Kentuckians are always eager to support our men and women in uniform and their families. Nowhere in Kentucky is that more true than in the communities surrounding Fort Campbell.