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News Minute: Here is the latest Kentucky news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EST

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ATLANTA (AP) - As cities and states across the South are removing or covering up Confederate monuments, an enormous painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the American Civil War will soon reopen to the public. But historians say this painting _ one of the world's largest _ was never intended to celebrate the Confederacy. The painting goes on display Friday at the Atlanta History Center after a two-year restoration effort.

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two people familiar with the matter say Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post. President Donald Trump is being advised that Craft's confirmation would be the smoothest of the three candidates he is considering for the job held by Nikki Haley. Craft is a Kentucky native who is friends with McConnell's wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) - A hemp processor has broken ground for a processing facility being built in Kentucky. GenCanna officials say the facility outside Mayfield in western Kentucky will employ more than 80 people.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Officials in Warren County are planning to beautify entryways into the community along the interstate. The Daily News reports that the nonprofit Operation PRIDE board voted this week to move forward with designing the project called Beautif-I65.

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