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POWER initiative targets state’s struggling coal communities, will award up to $38M

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State and federal officials gathered in Lexington today to announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative, which will award up to $38 million in grants to coal communities to support economic and workforce development. The POWER …

Former Kentucky basketball player Steve Lochmueller named athletics director at EKU

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Steve Lochmueller, already a familiar name to many Kentuckians, has been named the next Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University.   In announcing the decision on Friday, EKU President Michael Benson said Lochmueller’s “unique skill set” makes him ideally …

Federal guidelines recommend eating less red and processed meat, sugar and refined grains

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Kentucky Health News   The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services have released proposed 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines, released every five years, “provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food …

School Boundaries: Some changes made to keep students with peers, others not feasible

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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 last night about the committee’s progress.     …

Ashley Scoby: Still perfect, miffed Wildcats wake up to teach West Virginia a hard lesson

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  What’s the old saying about what not to do around a sleeping wild animal?   A team called the Mountaineers theoretically should have known not to poke the bear that is now a 37-0 Kentucky team. But previous to …

EatKentucky: Brasabana offers chef-driven, unique and fresher approach to Cuban fare

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    By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   Sometimes your uncle comes to town and wants to eat Cuban food. I recently had one of those days, and who was I to refuse? His target was Lexington’s Brasabana, a …

Biscuits will take a beating when Chef Ouita Michel, ‘master’ Charles Logan show off skills

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  If you want a taste of Southern heritage, head over to Midway April 11.   Chef Ouita Michel of the Holly Hill Inn and “master beaten biscuit maker” Charles Logan of Midway will present their second Beaten Biscuit Workshop …

Chef John Foster: The human element of food, I’ve learned, is all that really matters

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  See Colcannon recipe below   I’mm an avid “reader” of food information. Food in articles, on blogs. Food on a plate, in a restaurant or on the kitchen table. Food to be critiqued in class and food in history. …

Pitino well aware of what he’s up against in NCAA Sweet 16 ACC rematch with N.C. State

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Even before the upsets, the general consensus among analysts and pundits was that the East Regional was the weakest collection of high-seeded teams among the four regionals in the NCAA Tournament.   That …

As flu activity increases, state public health officials say it’s still not too late to get vaccine

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The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to emphasize the importance of flu vaccine following a recent increase in flu activity attributed to influenza B viruses. While influenza A has accounted for most of the flu activity so far this …

Arboretum to host events as part of Party for the Planet, culminating on Arbor Day April 25

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The Arboretum in Lexington will host four events in April that celebrate “Kentucky’s Past, Present and Future” as part of its annual Party for the Planet culminating on Arbor Day, April 25.   This year’s Party for the Planet events …

New County Health Rankings look familiar
but show encouraging outcomes for some

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Kentucky Health News   The 2015 County Health Rankings for Kentucky, compiled by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have been released. For the fourth year in a row, Oldham County …

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch begins; horse farms urged to begin monitoring

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An eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch was reported March 23 in Scott County.   According to Lee Townsend, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment extension entomologist, the tiny larvae will continue to emerge over the next two …

Rural Blog: Increasingly popular bison farms offering healthy alternative to other meats

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  More than 162,000 bison live on 2,564 private ranches and farms in the U.S., according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census, says the National Bison Association. Once in danger of extinction, the species is now flourishing, with …

Bill Straub: Rand Paul’s road-less-traveled path could prove the difference in GOP field

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WASHINGTON – The cavalry charge that is the 2016 Republican presidential campaign got underway this week with Sen. Ted Cruz letting everyone know their worries are over, he’s going to let them vote for him for president.   Many, perhaps …

School Boundaries: Review of public input brings Step 1 of ‘emotional process’ to a close

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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 last night about the committee’s progress.     …

Jamie Vaught: Even better than advertised, Wildcat guard Ulis returning to home state

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  Some random March Madness jottings:   – Even though Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis was a McDonald’s All-American who played at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago, the 5-9 freshman is returning to his home state of Ohio this weekend when …

Greensource: Litter begets litter, meaning until we stop it we have to keep cleaning it up

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By Amy Sohner KyForward columnist   Today I had sushi for lunch – in my car. Who does that?   I guess it is not as bad as eating a gourmet filet mignon, but the car is not exactly the …

A Student’s Perspective: Celebrate, yes! But remember destruction leaves a big black eye

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By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   The notion of a perfect season for the University of Kentucky Wildcats – not to mention a national championship – has created major anticipation within fan circles, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is …

Foot Health: Orthotics can save a player’s season, important during March Madness

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  By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Do Some of The Players Have An Advantage in the NCAA Tournament?   Basketball players not only have an extraordinary skillset, but also extraordinary physical characteristics and needs. They are typically …