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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


    Here's what we're following: the Clean Power Plan is being put on hold for now but wildlife advocates say that's no reason for states to stop making changes, more people are being exonerated in the United States and Albert Einstein made a prediction over a century ago, and he was right.

Public News Service - Kentucky

Kentucky lawmakers urged to stop using lottery funds earmarked for need-based college scholarships to plug holes in the state's general fund. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Kentucky lawmakers begin to put together another two-year budget for the state, higher-education advocates want them to stop what the advocates say is a troubling trend – taking state lottery funds away from need-based scholarships. For years, lawmakers have swept l...Read More

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Early dental care can help a child grow healthier in a variety of ways. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - While going to a dentist may not be at the top of a child's list of fun things to do, good oral health is vital to their overall health. Oral health consultant Stephanie Chickering says it's very important for a child to see a dentist by age one. "If the child has serious tooth dec...Read More

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians can donate some of their state income tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the fund helps food banks distribute surplus produce to hungry Kentuckians. "We know it works,” he states. “There...Read More

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A new coalition of education, economic and health groups is calling on state lawmakers to find consensus on how to increase revenue in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A diverse alliance of education, economic and health organizations has formed to send Kentucky lawmakers a message – the state needs to increase revenue. The Kentucky Together Coalition comes just days after Gov. Matt Bevin proposed deep budget cuts to many parts of st...Read More

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Increasing funding for farm-to-school programs is part of a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate aimed at changing school lunches. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate would reauthorize child nutrition programs, including the national school lunch and breakfast programs, for the next five years. Among the changes is funding for more kitchen equipment to enable staff to prepare freshly-cooked meals for students....Read More

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A bill that proposes restoring voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has cleared a committee in the Kentucky House. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - An effort to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent offenders who have served their time has, once again, sailed out of committee in the Kentucky House to an uncertain fate. The idea has cleared the full House every year since 2007, but has been repeatedly blocked in the...Read More

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A new report says lighting up costs the average Kentucky smoker more than $240,000 a year. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – We all know smoking cigarettes is an expensive habit, but have you ever thought about just how much money it costs people over their lifetime? New research compiled by the consumer survey company WalletHub determined that the average cost for the 66 million tobacco users in ...Read More

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On Thursday, Kentucky lawmakers heard about the economic benefits of requiring utilities to use more renewable energy sources. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Kentucky-based environmental consultant says the state can no longer afford to miss out on clean-energy jobs. The House Economic Development Committee was briefed Thursday on the need for a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. The standard, which requires ut...Read More

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