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Federal officials to provide funds to help Central Appalachian counties reeling from loss of coal jobs

By Al Cross Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues Federal officials trying to help Central Appalachian counties reeling from losses of coal jobs say they will use a pot of new money “to demonstrate that Appalachia really is the next great investment opportunity in America.” That’s how Earl Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, described it late...

Kids Count: Report on child well-being, health says state leads in smoking pregnant mothers

The Kids Count report on children’s well-being assessed Kentucky county by county. The graphic above shows that counties such as Boone, Calloway, Meade, Oldham, Spencer, Washington and Woodford are the top seven of the 30 highest-ranking counties. The bottom six are: Owsley, Knox, Elliot, Martin, Fulton and Clay. (Photo provided)   By Molly Burchett Special to KyForward   The annual...

Author of ‘Living with Guns’ to speak on gun control, gun rights issues in free lecture at UK

Why does America have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Exactly what does that mean? Can we reconcile the individual right to own and use guns with the right of Americans to live in safety from gun violence? Are 30,000 deaths by gunfire every year the necessary price of the Second Amendment? Is keeping guns out of the hands of as many Americans as possible really the best way to keep...