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State officials warn of possible phishing attempts in wake of ‘Heartbleed’ bug

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With reports of the “Heartbleed” computer bug spreading like wildfire, it’s important to stay vigilant against potential scams, the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions says. It is warning consumers about possible phishing attempts in the wake of the bug – …

Legislature’s 2014 session comes to an end; most new laws will go into effect in 90 days

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  The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session ended last night, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and measures that will impact people throughout the state.   Since the session’s start in early …

Unwelcome blast of cold air will be brief
as southern warmth builds back northward

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  The harsh blast of cold air that moved over the area last night will be quick to leave.   “The cold blast was totally unwelcome but it will be brief,” AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.   The jet …

Rural Blog: The Afternoon Rita Sue Jenkins Died illustrates need for better rural services

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The need for better emergency services in rural areas is illustrated in the tragic story of Rita Sue Jenkins. The Western Kentucky woman lived just four miles from an ambulance station in the small county seat of Elkton. But when …

Weighty Matters: A change of seasons means a change of attire; am I still pear-shaped?

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  By Lesley Cissell KyForward columnist   Don’t tell anyone, but I was secretly glad to wake up one final time to snowy weather. Why? Because it gave me the chance to wear my fat jeans and oversized hoodie a …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Versatile fishing kayaks provide access to remote waters

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  Fishing kayaks have a lot to offer.   “They are all about accessibility to remote waters, maneuverability in tight quarters and affordability of cost,” said Woody Callaway, brand manager for Legacy Paddlesports, the parent company of Native Watercraft. “These …

From moonshine to mosquitos, budding entrepreneurs win big at Idea State U

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  FutureFry to the rescue!   A restaurant deep fryer, FutureFry is designed by a University of Louisville graduate student team calling their new business Trifecta Cooking Equipment and is intended to reduce the amount of cooking oil needed and …

Little cowboy’s courage inspires rodeo to raise funds for Kentucky Children’s Hospital clinic

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By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   The rough ride of cancer treatment hasn’t thrown Drew Shryock out of the saddle. Hanging his ever-present cowboy hat on IV poles, the 6-year-old patient at the DanceBlue Kentucky Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic …

Veteran journalist/editor Glenn Osborne joins KyForward’s seasoned team as sports editor

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Glenn Osborne has been named sports editor of KyForward, Editor/Publisher Judy Clabes announced today.   “We are so pleased to have experienced journalist and editor Glenn Osborne join our team,” Clabes said. “With his extensive and varied professional experience in …

Kentucky sophomore Cauley-Stein wants
to come back for another NCAA title run

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  Sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein will return to the Kentucky men’s basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced on Twitter Monday.   “I want to come back and have a chance to win a national championship, while also getting …

Capitol Notes: Juvenile justice bill passes General Assembly, now goes to governor

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The General Assembly has passed a measure that would update the state’s juvenile justice system.   Senate Bill 200, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, is the result of work by the bipartisan Unified Juvenile Code Task …

Kingdom Come State Park set to reopen
after forest fire forced closure two days ago

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Kingdom Come State Park will reopen today following a forest fire that closed the park on April 13, park officials announced.   No buildings were damaged, but some park trails will be closed while they are inspected and cleared. Roads …

Snow not biggest concern Tuesday as temps expected to plummet to mid- to upper 20s

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  Yes, that’s right … that’s snow you see out your window this morning. But that’s not the biggest weather concern of the day. The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning from 9 p.m. this evening until 11 …

Everyday Heroes: Dale Faughn believes age
not a big deal – ‘it’s the way we perceive age’

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This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2010 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #2.” Dale Faughn retired from the Caldwell County school system in 2011 after more than 60 years service as a teacher.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   …

Keven Moore on Insurance: Batteries deserve a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T – and lot of safekeeping

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  Perhaps you think of the Energizer Bunny when you think of batteries – or perhaps you think about how so many of our technological wonders are dependent on them. But when I think of batteries, I am reminded of …

No matter the month, eco-friendly artists take their creative inspirations from Mother Earth

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April might be the month to celebrate Earth Day and the environment, but many Kentucky artists at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea are “green” all year long.   During April, the center is focusing attention in two ecological directions: …

Tonight’s the night for first total lunar eclipse of 2014 and closest Mars has been in six years

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  For lunar eclipse fans, today’s the day … or rather, tonight’s the night. The first of two total lunar eclipses in 2014 will take place in the wee hours of the morning on April 15.   It is well …

Alliance of Kentucky, W. Virginia universities
seeks to improve diversity in STEM fields

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  A multi-million-dollar initiative with Kentucky and West Virginia universities has been established to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduates studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, University of Kentucky officials announced today.   The five-year, $2.5 …

Local Boys: The one that got away, Tannehill had a stellar career, but only one Reds win

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By Michael Monks Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: Cincinnati Reds’ fans are just that – fanatics about their ball club, and especially about those players who hail from the Greater Cincinnati area. A handful of those players are actually …

Betsy Waters: Kentucky Reining Cup ticket giveaway; win passes for April 25-27 show

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  The Bluegrass is known for horses and incredible horse and rider events. A special form of competition takes center stage at the Alltech Arena April 25–27 as the Kentucky Reining Cup comes to the Kentucky Horse Park.   And, …