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Ernest Parks could easily settle into retirement and take life more leisurely. His 60-year-old body, having survived the U.S. Marines, followed by the Army, followed by some tough years of homelessness, would certainly appreciate a breather.

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The Kentucky Lottery Corp. is going where its future customers presumably will be doing business — on the internet. Sales online of Powerball, MegaMillions and Kentucky Cash Ball began Monday, making Kentucky the third state to offer lottery tickets through internet accounts.

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When religious leaders comment on the world’s greatest troubles, such as the refugee crisis in Europe, they are expected to invoke the teachings of their faith so followers can be inspired to act in ways that help people.

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When a 45-year-old Ohio man went to Frankfort and testified before the Kentucky Senate’s Judiciary Committee about his felony conviction 27 years earlier for stealing a car radio from an auto salvage yard, his story set the groundwork for passing legislation that had stalled for years in the…

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If the Kentucky General Assembly reaches a compromise and passes a state budget by Friday’s deadline, several of the state’s public university presidents will deserve some credit for helping move negotiations along at a critical point.

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It’s a rare job that would pay someone to work extra days if they failed to meet a deadline that was agreed upon well in advance. But that’s the deal for members of the Kentucky General Assembly if they don’t reach an agreement soon on the state’s 2016-18 budget. They would come back for a s…

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A transparency bill aimed at improving the fiscal accountability of Kentucky’s area development districts won’t pass in this legislative session, and it looks like a conflict between two lawmakers was the final straw for the measure.

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Most Americans genuinely respect the role of men and women serving in our country’s armed forces and appreciate the sacrifices they and their families make to protect our country. That’s true even among Americans who don’t support military action ordered by our political leaders.

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While state lawmakers and Gov. Matt Bevin battle over the biennial budget and try to solve the state pension crisis, Kentucky’s public universities and community colleges will most likely shoulder painful spending cuts. Ultimately this is going to hurt students, who almost certainly face tui…

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A work group created by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to address potential risks for lead in public water supplies will study recommendations for regulatory changes that would affect local water utilities across the state.

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The resignation of Anthony Hickey Sr., the girls’ basketball coach at Christian County High School for the past nine years, was announced to the public through a news release the same afternoon he stepped down from job.

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When Kentucky Proud was designated as the state’s official farm marketing program in 2008, the initiative was immediately recognized as a way to promote products grown and raised in Kentucky. Today, as a registered trademark, Kentucky Proud remains a point of pride for many who value agricul…

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One of the best examples of the need for strong state and federal laws that force government officials to release records they typically don’t want the public to see comes out of Flint, Michigan, were residents are still reeling from dangerous lead contamination in their water.

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In a regressive move that reflects poorly on our state and opens the door to discrimination, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill this week that would allow business owners to assert religious beliefs as valid reasons to deny goods or services to some customers.

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Every year when the Christian County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the work of local farmers, as it did Tuesday with the Salute to Agriculture, we are reminded that agriculture is a huge factor in our economy — locally and for the entire state. Kentucky farm exports had a combined value of …

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The increasingly violent rallies for Donald Trump, the leading candidate to become the Republican presidential nominee, will be analyzed to death by supporters and opponents angling for some political advantage.

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On Jan. 21, 2009, the day after his inauguration, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act and directed federal agency heads to embrace transparency in their dealings with the public.

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This week, as many Kentuckians were making time to vote in the Republican presidential caucus statewide or in four special elections for open seats in the state House, a legislative committee in Frankfort was considering a bill that would authorize early voting in future elections.

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A Kentucky city’s decision nearly two years ago to compete with local businesses by selling gasoline is at the center of a debate in the General Assembly. A bill introduced earlier this month would create some hurdles for cities that want to sell commercial products or services.

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The question of pursuing criminal charges against anyone who possibly mishandled commissary money during Livy Leavell’s long tenure as Christian County jailer has been settled by a special prosecutor’s decision to not take his findings to a grand jury.

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When plans are finalized for the first Summer Salute — an August festival that will replace the annual springtime Little River Days in downtown Hopkinsville — let’s hope it is heavy on local flavor, local traditions and local talent. It needs to have a good Hoptown vibe, and be an event that…

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It’s estimated 19,000 Kentucky children are abused or neglected every year in Kentucky. Police, social workers, teachers, judicial officials and health care workers are all part of a safety net that ideally would protect them from additional harm once any abuse has been reported.

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan for higher education and what it means for Kentucky’s future has the attention of educators, business leaders and state lawmakers. How his proposed cuts will negatively impact the state’s public colleges and universities is the main focus of debate over his first budge…

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It’s been almost four years since a blue ribbon commission appointed by then-Gov. Steve Beshear outlined its recommendations for a modern tax code that would help address dwindling revenue for state agencies. Members of the General Assembly, unwilling to risk political heat if they explored …

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Taking some cues from America in Bloom, a nonprofit organization that promotes community enhancement through landscaping and other visual improvements, the Hopkinsville Beautification Commission recently announced it will work on ways to spruce up Fort Campbell Boulevard.

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The story in Monday’s newspaper about a mobile feeding program started by two Hopkinsville women is one of the most encouraging examples we’ve seen in a good while of a grassroots response to a community problem.

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Try to imagine Hopkinsville without Ferrell’s. It’s hard to do. Not many people living in the city today are old enough to remember downtown without the counter-style, old-school hamburger joint. Approaching its 80th birthday this summer, Ferrell’s Snappy Service is one of those places that …

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Gov. Matt Bevin’s pledge to dismantle Kynect, the state’s successful health insurance exchange, will probably be accomplished long before he secures an agreement with the federal government to make changes in the Medicaid expansion program.

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The Sports Tourism Committee that Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks appointed late last year is moving along rather quickly with its work and has some ambitious ideas for an indoor sports complex. Judging from feedback the committee has heard on social media and by speaking informally with…

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Donald Trump’s snub of the last televised debate for the top-tier Republican presidential candidates before Monday’s Iowa caucuses is one more example of his focus on strategy and drama rather than substance and policy.

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Parents have been warned for many years to be aware of signs their children might be inhaling common household products to get high, a practice that can cause long-term medical problems, such as organ damage, and even sudden death in some causes. Commonly known as huffing, it’s a way to feel…

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Christian County is among several in Kentucky that are chopped into three or more state House districts, and at election time that means voters have to be on their toes if they want to follow a legislative race. Perhaps that was never truer than it is this year for voters of the 8th House Di…

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One of Hopkinsville's most important historic sites, the Union Benevolent Society Cemetery on Vine Street, had been neglected for so long that it became an almost impossible task to remove decades of growth that just about consumed headstones and all evidence of the graves.

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Tom Brokaw coined the phrase, “The Greatest Generation” in referring to the group of Americans who were born after World War I and who grew up during the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

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How can you help people in your community, or at least help those who help provide needs to those who go without? There are two events coming up in the next few weeks that will provide you with a mean

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Kentucky Roll Call pub­lisher and American hero Lowell Reese, who was exposed to Agent Orange decades ago while fighting com­munism as a battalion com­mander in the jungles of southeast Asia, made the

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Every year since 1958, the American Bar Association has helped our nation mark Law Day on May 1. Law Day provides an opportunity for all of us to remember our national ideals of liberty, justice, and

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There’s no debating the popularity of University of Kentucky basketball. To say that UK fans are avid about their basketball would be a gross understatement. Coaches and players cannot venture into th

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The State of Kentucky did the right thing when it agreed to settle a lawsuit requiring release of case documents related to children who were killed or grievously harmed due to abuse and neglect.

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There’s something about classic cars that stirs emotions and memories. Admittedly I am not a car buff, but there is something special about seeing cars manufactured 40, 50 or 60 years ago that are in

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The Canad­ian-born journalist and politician, Sir Arthur Beverley Baxter, once said of food, “It is part of the spiritual expression of the French, and I do not believe that they ever heard of calorie

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When it comes to our nation’s economy and our role in the world, there is a group of people who are vital to our success for a number of reasons. We call these people “farmers,” and they produce the f

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Certainly everyone has heard the saying, “What goes up, must come down.” Nobody knows who first made such a statement but it’s probably true 99.9 percent of the time (or more). It’s been said that Isa