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Red Zone Culture: Long-awaited LRC
report lays bare research agency’s problems

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By Rae Hodge KyForward Frankfort reporter   The Kentucky Legislative Research Commission might not be a household name around dinner tables in the Commonwealth. But the unsung organization is the state government’s official lawmaking tool chest: It draft bills, conducts …

School Boundaries: Middle, high school zones under consideration; all work in draft form

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  Below you will find the text of a message from Alan Stein, chair the School Rezoning Committee for the Fayette County Public Schools, that was shared with families, employees and community members about the committee’s progress.     The …

Combatting Heroin: Better education, rehab needed to fight ‘monster in our front yard’

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  Editor’s note: Kentucky’s heroin crisis has reached what many consider epidemic proportions. And there are few places in the state where the problem is more prevalent than in Northern Kentucky, considered the epicenter of the worsening crisis. Following is …

Ashley Scoby: Booker’s recent hot streak moves him to the top of UK marksman list

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  By the time he’s done at the University of Kentucky, Devin Booker could be the best shooter that John Calipari has coached in Lexington.   Through 19 games (he’s played in 18), Booker is shooting exactly 50 percent from …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: State’s latest deer season started slow, but had a strong finish

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  Despite unseasonable weather and a big mast crop, Kentucky’s 2014-15 deer season ended with hunters posting the second-highest harvest total ever.   “It was a great season,” said Gabe Jenkins, deer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and …

Coach Colene: Forgive, be thankful and forget the ‘What if..?’ life that was not meant for you

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  By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist     This week is the anniversary of my father’s death. Although he died years ago, and I never really knew him, this week always reminds me that my life could have been very …

Holliday urges Congress to fix broader issues when reauthorizing No Child Left Behind Act

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  Today, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday urged Congress to reauthorize the law governing public education in the United States by providing for a state-led, systemic approach that supports teachers and leaders.   Holliday appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee …

Food Is Fundamental: E. Ky. tackling food insecurity with a little help from UK friends

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  By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   Valerie Horn spent most of her career as school counselor in Letcher County. During that time, she worked with the BackPack Program, which provides healthy weekend meals for children.   “We had …

Declining returns could cost Kentucky another $168 million in pension assets

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By Rae Hodge KyForward Frankfort reporter   When it comes to solving the state’s complex pension problems, debt isn’t the only factor worth considering. State lawmakers were told Monday that among 10 states with similar pension investment portfolios, Kentucky ranks …

Keven Moore: Fake or not, pro wrestlers perform at own risk – and often pay the price

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  Each week KyForward’s “resident riskologist” Keven Moore shines the light on America’s riskiest behaviors – from unsafe driving practices to workplace stress to common home accidents. And in the process, he provides the information needed to help people play …

Billy Edwards, who struggled to speak but reached many through written word, has died

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Editor’s note: Billy Edwards, an ordained minister, newspaper columnist and inspiration to many in his hometown of Henderson and well beyond, died yesterday at the age of 57. Born with cerebral palsy, Mr. Edward’s “verbal and physical activities were limited. …

Everyday Heroes: Williams’ ‘Appalachian Mission of Hope’ expands work of compassion

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  This story will be included in Steve Flairty’s new book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Ann Williams admits that she wasn’t very good performing as a clown. “I’m …

Rae Hodge: 2015 KyForward Reader’s Guide to the Central Kentucky Legislative Caucus

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  Representing an agglomeration of 31 counties in the heart of the state, the Central Kentucky Legislative Caucus is the label for the 32-legislator Bluegrass Area battalion composed of eight state senators and 24 state representatives. The range of interests …

Sports Notes: Hot start for Wildcats pushes Calipari ahead of Rupp’s winning percentage

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  In the long, storied history that is Kentucky basketball, only four teams have won at least 19 games to start a season. John Calipari has done it twice.   Prior to the perfect start for this year’s top-ranked Wildcats, …

Billy Reed: ‘Deflategate’ media obsession ups the needle on Super Bowl’s ‘Silly-O-Meter’

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Invariably, the week before the Super Bowl is an exercise in nonsense. There is little or no real news, so the media, bless their hearts, does its best to manufacture some kind of controversy. Every statement by every coach and …

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, two-day conference will address sports gambling

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With the Super Bowl — America’s largest day of gambling — nearing, the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling’s 18th Annual Educational and Awareness Conference will address sports gambling. Tom Brew, award-winning sports reporter and author of a new novel, “The …

Big majority supports state law protecting dating partners from domestic violence

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  By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   A poll found that 80 percent of Kentucky think dating partners should be allowed to get a protective order against a partner who had made them a victim of violence, and the …

No More Bullying: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual youth suffer because of orientation

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  This column on bullying in schools will run periodically on KyForward.   By Melissa Martin Special to KyForward     How can families, schools, and communities prevent and protect gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth from being bullied?   …

‘Let’s be careful out there’: Weather-related falls, some serious, keep fire department busy

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Since 6 a.m., the Lexington Fire Department has responded to six injuries from weather-related falls. Three of those injured were taken to the hospital.   When temperatures drop, even surfaces that look clear can still be slippery, an official said. …

On the Menu: School’s café gives students a variety of food choices – and a taste of success

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   A culinary experiment is taking off at The Learning Center at Linlee, where high school students help plan the menus and cook their own meals. Their World Café & Bistro provides …