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Children’s Garden at arboretum an apt classroom for incoming kindergarteners

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     When youngsters traipse through nature, chances are they learn something new. Maybe how hard it is to net a butterfly. Or how much fun can be had hopping on rocks …

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Cooler temps may
remind hunters to get ready for fall hunting

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  By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward   The cooler temperatures and lower humidity that spread across Kentucky this week made it feel more like early fall than the dog days of summer.   Fall hunting season seems closer with …

As auditor begins hearings on rural hospitals’ finances, state provides Medicaid report

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By Al Cross Kentucky Health News   The expansion of the federal-state Medicaid program funneled $284 million to Kentucky health care providers in the first quarter of the year, the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services says in a …

Horses as Therapy: Life Adventure Center’s equine programming reaches veterans, others

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  By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   Horses are revered as therapy, packaged in a half-ton of brute strength. Their magical calming effect is used in specialized programs for people with emotional or physical limitations and in casual settings for …

Lex What Wear: ‘Fitting partnership’ provides a different kind of lift and support for women

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By Alex McLean KyForward columnist I’m so excited to be able to share with you some wonderful news: Vanity Fair Lingerie is providing a different kind of lift and support for Kentucky women in need and for women across the country. Vanity Fair and the nonprofit Dress…

Chef John Foster: Corn, in purest form, is still great; its use in food processing not so much

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  In the biggest picture of the food web we can draw, it always seems to center on our likes and dislikes. That’s even considering the amount of money marketing companies spend on developing slogans and generating buzz. We still …

Naked Vine: Old enough to remember bad ’80s Grenache ads? The grape is now cool

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  By Mike Rosenberg KyForward columnist   I’ve been on a Grenache kick lately. This grape, grown … wait, come back! Where are you going? This is not a parody column! Get your noses out of the air and belly …

‘First honest politician’ coming to a political theater near you in fake Kentucky Senate race

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  “So this summer, I’ll be driving a big bus around Kentucky telling all the folks who happen to live there everything I won’t be doing for them,” said Gil Fulbright.   What? Who?   Fulbright is the latest “candidate” …

UK’s Reed completes sweep of national baseball awards by capturing Golden Spikes

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  Kentucky two-way star AJ Reed has been selected as the 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner, given annually to the top amateur player in the nation by USA Baseball, making him a unanimous pick as the national player of the …

Centre College, along with AARP, WAVE3 News, proposes McConnell, Grimes debate

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  Centre College in Danville, site of two U.S. vice presidential debates, is proposing to be the site of another high-profile debate, this time between Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and his Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes.   “We are …

One in six Americans say immigration most important U.S. problem; highest since 2006

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With news of undocumented immigrant minors crossing the nation’s southern border in recent months, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as the top problem has surged to 17 percent this month, up from 5 percent in June, and the highest …

Governor’s budget reduction order avoids
cuts to education, health care, public safety

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Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a budget reduction order for Fiscal Year 2014 to fill a $91 million General Fund budget deficit in accordance with state law.   The budget enacted by the General Assembly includes a General Fund Budget …

Wahl siblings prepare to make history crossing the English Channel together

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  In the summer of 2013, Centre College’s Danielle Wahl accomplished a feat few people have achieved when she successfully swam across the English Channel.   A year later, she and her brothers Dustin and Devin are looking to make …

GreenHouse17: Victims grow into survivors; program fosters hope in a violence-free future

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  By Erin Grigson KyForward intern     Inspiring growth and possibilities, GreenHouse17 continues its work of healing through unique paths and opportunities.   Formerly called the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, GreenHouse17 uses its new name to portray the ways …

Daily Yonder: Who is going to step up
to help save the nation’s rural hospitals?

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  The federal government needs to overhaul the rules that govern small, rural hospitals. Otherwise, we’ll see a drastic number of closures and a loss of critical medical services for small communities. Who is going to step up? In this …

KSU research focuses on forged signatures and the methods used to tell the difference

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    Forensic document examiners have been asked to analyze questionable signatures for a long time. In legal situations all over the world, they are often called to courtrooms to determine whether a signature is genuine, disguised or forged.   …

National arts grant awarded to help develop Lexington’s North Limestone Cultural Plan

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  The National Endowment for the Arts has selected Lexington for a creative “placemaking” project aimed at enhancing quality of life and promoting equitable access to arts and culture.   The Blue Grass Community Foundation and North Limestone Community Development …

Coach Colene: Forgiveness doesn’t excuse
or condone; it frees you to ‘release’ the hurt

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  By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   Dear person who cut me off on the interstate: I forgive you! I’ve been on a forgiveness streak lately, and no one is exempt from my forgiveness.   You may recall that I …

Four solid waste employees ‘clean up’ with $1M Mega Millions ticket sold in Winchester

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  Employees at Waste Municipal Utilities in Clark County are usually concerned with making sure their customers’ trash is picked up. But yesterday turned out to be quite different for four coworkers.   When John Stone of Winchester showed up …

Jamie Vaught: ESPN personality Vitale passionate in leading fight against cancer

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In a recent interview with TV broadcaster Dick Vitale at his cool Florida home on a hot sunny day, he was wearing his blue plaid short pants and looking very fit.   And the 75-year-old New Jersey native is staying …