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PHOTO: A new report from the National Wildlife Federation outlines how climate change is connected to a proliferation of menacing outdoor pests, from poison ivy to ticks. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Climate change is connected to all kinds of creepy-crawly critters, with a new National Wildlife Federation report detailing how those changes are affecting the outdoor experience across the nation. Doug Inkley, senior scientist with NWF, emphasizes that hunters, anglers, bird-watch...Read More

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PHOTO: Football isn't the only game where players are at risk of concussions and experts say the key to dealing with head injuries is to educate all involved including players, coaches and parents. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

RICHMOND, Ky. - As the fall sports season "kicks" into high gear, a new survey finds a growing number of young athletes will likely face an injury during the season. Research from Safe Kids Worldwide shows an alarming number of young people are injured as a result of aggressive play, hiding injuries...Read More

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A coalition of conservation groups wants the EPA to reassess the impact pollution runoff from farming and coal mining has on Kentucky's water and the wildlife that depends on that water. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A coalition of conservation groups claims recently weakened federal water quality standards pose a threat to wildlife in Kentucky - both from coal mining and agricultural pollution. The conservation groups are asking the U.S. District Court to order the Environmental Protection Ag...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts like Peggy Caruso, a l...Read More

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PHOTO: Actor and comedian Robin Williams took his life on Monday. His battle with depression is a reminder to Kentuckians of the anguish of depression, which advocates contend is a medical condition. Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Family members and friends of Robin Williams, who died by suicide Monday, acknowledge he was suffering from a long battle with depression. Many Kentucky families suffer the same anguish. Betsey Westuba lost a brother to suicide in 2007, and says she hopes Williams' death serves as ...Read More

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PHOTO: When folks head for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24 in Louisville, they'll find everything from the traditional fun activities to exhibition booths with information on topics as serious as abolishing Kentucky's death penalty. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With farm animals, blue ribbons, cotton candy and carnival rides, the Kentucky State Fair starts Thursday in Louisville. In the exhibition halls, amid the colorful booths and free samples, there are also exhibits to get people thinking about serious issues. Organizations opposed t...Read More

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PHOTO: Media mergers aren't as simple as changing the channel on your TV, and media watchdog groups warn those takeovers are usually bad for consumers. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Comcast and Time Warner Cable are two of the largest cable TV and internet providers in the nation, and Comcast wants to acquire Time Warner. Sprint and T-Mobile are the third and fourth-largest wireless providers in the U.S., and Sprint pursued a merge with T-Mobile until aband...Read More

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PHOTO: The childhood immunization rate in Kentucky slipped a few percentage points from 2011 to 2012, and state health officials say it is now a priority to make some changes. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The state of Kentucky has laws requiring immunizations for students in child care and school, but that doesn't mean there's full participation. Most recent data shows the immunization rate dropped in 2012. Kentucky's deputy commissioner for public health, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, calls...Read More

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