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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome among headliners in 31st Breeders’ Cup

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By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The eyes of the Thoroughbred racing world will turn to Santa Anita in Southern California on Friday and Saturday for the 31st renewal of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Next year’s edition of the …

Twice a breast cancer survivor, Cathy Bell
is loving life, helping others learn to cope

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  By Allison Perry Special to KyForward   In 1994, Cathy Bell of Lexington was diagnosed with breast cancer – for the first time.   Because she had a family history of the disease (her grandmother fought breast cancer), she …

Everyday Heroes: 30 years after iconic torch first lit, Bluegrass State Games going strong

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  This article is reprinted from the June/July 2014 issue of Kentucky Monthly magazine.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   It was summer 1986 during the opening ceremonies of the second annual Kentucky’s Bluegrass State Games, in part spawned …

Keven Moore on Insurance: Hypothetically speaking about Ebola, workers’ compensation

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A hypothetical question: If Ebola roots itself on American soil and becomes part and parcel of everyday life, would it be covered by workers’ compensation?   Each state is different, but to be compensable Ebola must first arise out of …

Copper theft from lighting systems is ‘literally highway robbery’; officials start crackdown

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police are joining forces and offering a reward to attack a crime that is costing Kentucky taxpayers millions of dollars – theft of copper wire from highway lighting systems.   “The crime of …

Eye Health: Optometrists already ahead of game when it comes to sports concussions

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  By Dr. Dawn Stratton KyForward columnist   It’s an exciting football season with University of Kentucky being much improved over previous years. This enhanced interest in football is a great reminder that while it’s a favorite sport for many, …

USDA block grants will help Kentucky’s specialty crops businesses ‘grow and prosper’

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By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   Earlier this month, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that nearly $118 million in grants would go to states to help in efforts of strengthening markets for specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, …

James Halcomb: Favorite horror movie runners-up too real for public consumption

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  Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of columns in which James Halcomb counts down his 10 favorite horror movies – just in time for Halloween.     My list of runners-up to my all-time favorite horror …

Seeing Double: Why minutes matter – and more – for twins in UK’s ‘Big Blue Family

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  On a campus the size of the University of Kentucky, it’s not uncommon to find students who are related to each other in some way.   But what is it like to be twins who make the decision to …

Burse named president – again – of Kentucky State University by unanimous regents’ vote

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Raymond M. Burse has been named Kentucky State University’s 14th president.   This is familiar territory for Burse, who not only has served as interim president since July 1 but was the Frankfort school’s president from 1982-1989.   “The job …

Keeneland rebounds from soggy October start to mark third highest fall meet attendance

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  Keeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet, highlighted by the debut of a new dirt surface, the track’s first $1 million race and a contingent of Breeders’ Cup-bound horses, closed Saturday with the third-highest Fall season attendance in the track’s history.   …

Lawn Ranger goes from promise to proven, eyes victory in Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf

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  By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   While attending the University of Kentucky, Rusty Jones did what so many students do—he went to the races at Keeneland. And like so many others who considered Thoroughbred racing to be part of …

Small Business Spotlight: New CEO creates ‘team atmosphere’ at family plumbing firm

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  Special to KyForward   The company was founded in 1979, well before its new CEO was born.   But Brady Jolly is moving fast to make his mark on the family plumbing business. After taking over from the retiring …

Jamie Vaught: Despite loss to No. 1 Bulldogs, Towles is becoming a star on national scene

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In 1997 we had Heisman Trophy candidate Peyton Manning of No. 5 Tennessee and Tim Couch of unranked Kentucky in a passing shootout, tossing for nearly 1,000 yards at Commonwealth Stadium.   In 2014 we had Heisman Trophy candidate Dak …

Gallup: Majority of Americans favor the death penalty and cite ‘eye-for-an-eye’ as the reason

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By Art Swift Gallup.com   Americans who favor the death penalty most often cite “an eye for an eye” as the reason they hold their position, with 35 percent mentioning it. “Save taxpayers money” and “they deserve it” tie as …

Ashley Scoby: ‘Almost’ just not quite good enough as UK falls to top-ranked Bulldogs

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  Almost.   It was a perfect dime dropped by quarterback Patrick Towles into the hands of Ryan Timmons in the end zone for a touchdown that would have pulled Kentucky to within one possession of No. 1 Mississippi State …

Closing day crowd of nearly 20,000 sees Pick of the Litter win Hagyard Fayette by a neck

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  Crossed Sabres Farm’s Pick of the Litter, benefiting from a ground-saving ride from Corey Lanerie, split horses in deep stretch to win the 57th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) by a neck over Departing on Saturday before …

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Licking River’s South Fork makes for historic outdoor fun

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  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The pioneers settling along the verdant South Fork of Licking River in what is now Harrison County had a tenuous hold on their lands in 1780. The privations of carving crude civilization …

Spicy Fat Cat: New smoked beef sausage from UKAg Butcher Shop to debut at Rupp Arena

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By Laura Skillman Special to KyForward   The Spicy Fat Cat, a new smoked beef sausage developed by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will make its Rupp Arena debut Oct. 27 during the UK men’s …

Awash in Kindness: Liberty Elementary puts positive spin on bullying prevention month

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   As fifth-grader Aiyana Meeks pasted compliments on the “Anti-Bullying Wall of Kindness,” she marveled at the project’s impact within Liberty Elementary in Lexington.   “Every time I look at the wall, …