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Black Lives Matter movements and demonstrations in opposition to systemic racism swept across the nation most of this year, and the small town of Murray, Kentucky joined in the conversation. Multiple protests centered around the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, but also a Confederate monument which still stands in a prominent location in the downtown court square. As a result of the demonstrations, two locals face charges: Linda Arakelyan, a woman who’s charged with false reporting, and David Frymire, a man who’s charged with spraying protesters with mace. Both appeared in court this week.

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West Kentucky's local chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) presents two new programs aimed to engage and educate the community and encourage difficult but meaningful conversations. Catie Bates-Robertson and Debi Henry-Danielson, president and vice president of West KY NOW, respectively, speak with Tracy Ross about their upcoming discussion series and youth contest. 

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According to a 2015 report from the White House's Office of the Press Secretary, an estimated 400,000 rape kits across the country are sitting in storage, never having been processed. HBO documentary, I Am Evidence, examines the impact of these untested kits and the unresolved crimes attached to them. This weekend, Murray State University's Cinema International presents I Am Evidence with a special guest panel on Friday.

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  A group of 30 west Kentucky residents lined the sidewalk next to the Robert Cherry Civic Center in Paducah on Sunday in support of the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March.

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  A Lexington clinic that was among two facilities that performed abortions in Kentucky has announced yesterday that it will close. The Kentucky chapter of the National Organization for Women announced on its Facebook page that the EMW Women's Clinic in Lexington will close on Jan. 27.