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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Remote trail cameras provide hunters extra set of eyes

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  By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   A few paces inside a tree line that borders an open field thick with chest-high grass lies a tangle of narrow, sun-dappled game trails just a stone’s throw from the Kentucky River …

Army vet Thomas Darr thinks about freedom today, every day; ‘you can’t take it for granted’

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    By Sydney Bland KyForward intern   The Fourth of July is the day Americans observe the 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It’s also a day to honor those who have served the people …

Although odds of being struck by lightning are slim, some factors can put you at greater risk

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    The weather forecast might call for a chance of thunderstorms, but you only see a few fluffy white clouds overhead. So you and your tennis partner grab your racquets and head for the tennis court. You spend a …

Community activists Josh Nadzam, Tanya Torp offer two takes on the healing powers of art

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  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   Creative expression might not seem like a high priority when you’re struggling to feed your children or find shelter for the night. But Tanya Torp and Josh Nadzam want to give disadvantaged …

Humana, Aetna announce merger; governor ‘cautiously optimistic’ it’s a ‘net positive’

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Louisville-based Humana and Aetna today announced an agreement under which Aetna will acquire all outstanding shares of Humana for a combination of cash and stock valued at $37 billion, or approximately $230 per Humana share based on the closing price …

‘Final and Definitive Ranking of All 50 States’ puts Ky.’s bourbon, horses, basketball at No. 3

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  It’s the United States of America’s big week, and a website “obsessed” with food, drink and travel came up with what they called “The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States.” Kentucky came in third. Finally, a ranking …

Army recruiter John Dow’s ‘full-circle’ service experience made him the man that he is today

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  By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   John Dow’s mother asked him an important question as he neared the end of high school: How did he plan to pay for college?   His family would not be paying for it, …

Chef John Foster: Corn, beans get all dressed up, have plenty of places to go this Fourth

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  See my favorite Fourth of July recipes below.   Corn and beans, long considered staples in the daily diet of millions of people, gets dressed up for the Fourth of July in a variety of ways.   Depending on …

EatKentucky: It’s worth a trip to Midway
for Heirloom’s ‘elevated’ Kentucky cuisine

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   I don’t know of better atmosphere for a lunch in Kentucky than eating outside in downtown Midway on a comfortable day. My friend Dave and I were able to enjoy just that …

UK Art Museum exhibits showcase Kentucky’s ‘King of Chairs,’ American street photography

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By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward     There is still time to see the first three exhibitions mounted since the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky initiated its free admission policy.   Through July 26, arts patrons can …

Kentucky bourbon inventory sets 40-year record with 5.7 million barrels in warehouses

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  Kentucky’s inventory of aging bourbon barrels set a 40-year high in 2014, with 5.7 million charred oak casks “sleeping” in Bluegrass warehouses, the Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today.   “The last time Kentucky had this much bourbon, Jimmy Hoffa …

Poll offers ‘regional snapshot’ of Kentuckians’ views on smoke-free law, other health issues

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  The Kentucky Health Issues Poll regional findings are now available, offering a snapshot of Kentuckians’ views on a variety of health issues.   The data, compiled by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati’s Interact for Health, are …

Foot Health: Don’t wait until it’s too late; learn how PADnet can help you live better

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By Dr. Nicole G. Freels KyForward columnist   Imagine a product with the potential to improve your life and you might think of a best-selling self-help manual. Or a personal training plan. Or maybe, like us, your mind is thinking …

Bill Straub: Assuming Davis statue gets the heave-ho, let’s honor Georgia Davis Powers

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Uncovering an issue that Kentucky Republicans and Democrats on both the federal and state level agree upon is rather like finding a gold nugget in a Cracker Jack box – rare, unexpected and very welcome.   It happened recently in …

Bluegrass Adventures: As summer warms up, be alert for signs of heat distress on the trail

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  By Daniel Leathers KyForward columnist   Hank couldn’t believe his luck, an entire week off from work and he was going to get to spend it on the trail with his best friends, Scout, Thomas and Phil. They had …

Keven Moore: Despite the risks, we just love our fireworks; show a little love for safety, too

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What do you get when you combine alcohol, fireworks and a day off from work? Independence Day, of course.   You also get some pretty stupid – and dangerous – stunts, whether it’s someone shooting fireworks out of his rear-end …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: At Cave Run Lake, abundant muskie is the king of sport fish

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  Cave Run Lake has been known for excellent muskie fishing since the lake opened 40 years ago.   Cave Run Dam is 173.6 miles above the mouth of the Licking River, or about half way up the 320-mile long …

Coach Colene: For the health of it, say goodbye to tension and negative energy

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By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   I just got back from Mexico … literally … less than 12 hours ago. I was there on a whirlwind trip to teach some workshops for a yoga teacher training. It was amazing, but …

Greensource: Tour showcases the beauty, benefits of Central Kentucky rain gardens

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  By Kara Sayles KyForward columnist   A rain garden is a shallow depression that captures runoff from impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, patios, driveways and parking lots, before it enters the storm water system. A rain garden uses natural …

Making the Connection: AT&T’s Hood Harris excited about a more ‘broadbanded’ Kentucky

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   Some 117 new laws passed during the recent session of the Kentucky General Assembly, and most of them went into effect last week. Others, like the no-dropout law, become law July 1.   …