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The Champ in All of Us

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 for the larger-than-life exploits of Louisville native Muhammad Ali, born 75 years ago this month. He embodied “unbridled spirit” in and out of the boxing ring long before it became the slogan for his home state. His death last June, observed by a world audience, has renewed reflection on his life and its impact on his fellow Kentuckians and well beyond us—and how his legacy can be carried forward. In …

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Filmmakers flocking to Kentucky

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 Far from the palm trees of Hollywood Boulevard or the bright lights of Broadway, a production crew is working through the night. Extras mill around. The food truck idles on the edge of the set. Actors listen as the director gives them instructions for what he wants on this last scene. They begin to film, and it’s completed in one shot. That’s a wrap. Location? Springfield, Kentucky. “Economically, I recommend …

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Ready Set Build

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“The Build-Ready program is really about working in advance to help create opportunities for jobs and improving quality of life in communities all across Kentucky,” says John Fischer, director of community development with the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. Kentucky’s Build-Ready program opens the door to employment faster by shortening industrial project timelines and reducing costs, creating a win-win for companies and communities. First implemented in 2014, the Build-Ready process …

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Where Christmas Trees Grow

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Put a little extra fa-la-la-la-la into your Christmas celebration by ringing in the holiday season with a trip to a nearby tree farm. Once there, you can search the fields until you find just what you’re seeking: the perfect Christmas tree. Whether this is a tradition or you’re thinking of decorating a real tree for the first time, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for at one of many …

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Giving Back

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You can go home again. Just ask Brice Long. He does it every year, in a big way. When he left Hopkinsville in the early 1990s, it was to pursue a music career in Nashville. The move paid off—for him and others. The way Long tells it, he heard more than applause when Nothing On But the Radio, a song he co-wrote, shot to No. 1 and stayed there two …

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Celebrating Winter Holiday Traditions

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With a world of diversity right here in our own state, let us join in the spirit of the holidays with our friends, neighbors, and co-workers as they celebrate their culture and traditions. Eight Days of Hanukkah Sometimes called the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is a celebration of Jewish religious freedom. While the start date for Hanukkah varies (sometimes in …

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75 years later, Kentucky Veteran Returns to Pearl Harbor

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It’s a perspective few Americans share, and even fewer can clearly articulate. 92-year-old Private Charles Hocker witnessed Japanese planes attacking Pearl Harbor from his Schofield Barracks in O’ahu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. Mr. Hocker’s battle wounds are still visible, having taken lead in his leg when three planes opened fire on the barracks, but they are not nearly as clear as his memory of that fateful morning. This year, on …

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Down Home and Healthy

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Debra Cotterill, nutrition education program director at the University of Kentucky’s Family and Consumer Sciences Extension, says, “Many of Kentucky’s traditional foods provide excellent nutrition value.” Cotterill and her team recommend consuming these Kentucky foods: • Deep green vegetables: broccoli, spinach, other greens such as turnip greens and collards. • Deep orange and red veggies: carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and red and yellow sweet peppers. • Colorful fruit such …

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Men’s Health Data

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Life Expectancy Calendar from the Social Security Administration Rate at which men and women go to the doctor from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Life Expectancy for U.S. men and women from the CDC. The 2016 White House Dialogue on Men’s Health: Approximately 10 empowering stories on men’s health dealing with mental health, drugs, diseases, fatherhood and more. One especially powerful speaker is Kevin Hines, who tells of …

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