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NEWPORT, Ky. -- A whites-only group has adopted a stretch of the AA Highway in northern Kentucky through the state's anti-litter program.

National Socialist Movement member Geoffrey Rash of Alexandria told The Kentucky Enquirer that the organization is not a hate group, even though it uses a swastika as a symbol. Rash says the symbol shows they are socialists, not Nazis.

The group adopted a two-mile stretch of highway between Cold Spring and Wilder.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says the state does not have a restrictive policy on the program because the point is to encourage people to pick up litter.