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KENTUCKY. The name of one of the new states of the United States of America.
     2. This state was formerly a part of Virginia, and the latter state, by an act of the legislature, passed December 18, 1789, "consented that the district of Kentucky, within the jurisdiction of the said commonwealth, and according to its actual boundaries at the time of passing the act aforesaid, should be formed into a new state." By the act of congress of February. 4, 1791, 1 Story's L. U. S. 168, congress consented that, after the first day of June, 1792, the district of Kentucky should be formed into a new state, separate from and independent of the commonwealth of Virginia. And by the second section it is enacted, that upon the aforesaid first day of June, 1792, the said new state, by the name and style of the state of Kentucky shall be received and admitted into the Union, as a new and entire member of the United States of America.
     3. The constitution of this state was adopted August 17, 1799. The powers of the government are divided into three distinct departments, and each of them is confided to a separate body of magistracy, to wit: those which are legislative, to one; those which are executive, to another; and those which are judicial, to another.
     4.-1. The legislative power is vested in two distinct branches; the one styled the house of representatives, and the other the senate; and both together, the general assembly of the commonwealth of Kentucky. 1. The house of representatives is elected yearly, and consists of not less than fifty- eight, nor more than one hundred members. 2. The members of the senate are elected for four years. The senate consists of twenty-four members, at least, and for every three members above fifty-eight which shall be added to the house of representatives, one member shall be added to the senate.
     5.-2. The executive power is vested in a chief magistrate, who is styled the governor of the commonwealth of Kentucky. The governor is elected for four years. He is commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the commonwealth, except when called into actual service of the United States. He nominates, and, with the consent of the senate, appoints all officers, except those whose appointment is otherwise provided for. He is invested with the pardoning power, except in certain cases, as impeachment and treason. A lieutenant-governor is chosen at every election of governor, in the same manner, and to continue in office for the same time as the governor. He is ex officio, speaker of the senate, and acts as governor when the latter is impeached, or removed from office, or dead, or refuses to qualify, resigns, or is absent from the state.
     6.-3. The judicial power, both as to matters of law and equity, is vested in one supreme court, styled the court of appeals, and in such inferior courts as the general assembly may, from time to time, erect and establish. The judges hold their office during good behaviour.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"Some Palestinian farmers even believe that such attacks are part of a coordinated strategy to undermine the Palestinian rural economy," said Ken.
Whenever I need the best accessories for my horn, and need it soon, I call Ken. His personal professional service makes him tips in my book!
REVEREND TODD: Ken. Get the heck out of Lincoln for a while.
The instructions continued, "We're at the bomb line, Ken. We'll head for K-18.
In West Carrolton, "the shredder and its downstream system are the only pieces of processing equipment on that site," notes Ken. In Middletown, "our footprint really is shearing, baling and torching" ferrous scrap, Ken comments.
"It was aggravating for us who were on the far right or far left," said Rasuli Lewis, another Bowdoin student, who like Canada and Khaldun have remained friends with Ken. "His style was to come in more the middle of the road, to say let's consider both sides here, and to look at it from the point of fact rather than emotion."
And the Lord Mayor, sitting with Lady Anne in the Town Hall, said: "You get a sense of what Liverpool thought of Ken and will continue to think of Ken. In Liverpool's mind, Ken is still with us - and I am proud to hand this over to you, Anne."
When he went to police for protection, the officer he talked to seemed more scared than Ken. He felt cornered, much the same way Meshack Yebei had felt when he ran to him saying he felt he was going to be killed.
All of that would have been enough for most people, but not for Ken. When Honley Gilbert and Sullivan Society were looking for a musical director in the Seventies, Ken took on that job and enjoyed 25 years of concerts and productions with them.
"As far as I'm concerned we've put a media ban on Ken. If anybody wants to speak to Kenneth Egan they do it through me."
But she admitted that at first she didn't believe Ken. He'd said: 'I'm going to tell you something that will change your life for ever - we've won the lottery.'