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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - Kentucky

Photo: It still takes a pardon from the governor for nearly a quarter of a million former felons, including Mike Hiser (at podium), to get their right to vote back. Hiser is participating in a rally at the state Capitol on Thursday in support of a bill calling for a public vote on the automatic restoration of voting rights. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies, Mike Hiser spent four years in prison. Released in 2007, he says he's paid restitution and is off parole. Hiser says it's "un-American" that Kentucky does not automatically restore the voting rights of former felons like him. "For us to s...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study finds the rate of children in poverty in America has declined from 33 percent to 18 percent as a result of safety net programs and tax policies. The Annie E. Casey Foundation measured poverty different than the traditional government index, which many advocates say is outdated. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ky. - The federal government has been measuring poverty the same way since the 1960s. It does not take into account where a family lives and does not adjust for inflation. Child advocate Terry Brooks says it is so out of date it no longer defines poverty. He says a new report, rel...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: The call for a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty has intensified after two separate courts overturned the convictions of death row inmates last week. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On back-to-back days late last week, separate courts overturned convictions in two cases of men on Kentucky's death row. Those reversals have amplified calls from critics of the state's death penalty system to at least place a moratorium on executions. Retired law professo...Read More

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PHOTO: Laura Tarakam, who lost a son to an asthma attack, wants the Kentucky Senate to pass a statewide smoke-free law. She says while secondhand smoke was not the cause of her son's death, it can be a trigger for asthma. Photo courtesy Smoke-Free Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Laura Tarakam has asthma and has lost one of her sons to an asthmatic attack. She wants Kentucky's Senate to do what the Kentucky House did a week ago - pass a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. "Someone with as sensitive lungs as my family has, secondhand smoke causes a trig...Read More

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PHOTO: State Rep. Joni Jenkins is urging lawmakers to pass a bill to enable victims of domestic violence, stalking or assault to break their rental lease. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill introduced in the state Legislature would give survivors of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault the ability to get out of a home or apartment lease. Filed by state Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, House Bill 405 says that in order to break a lease, the person has to b...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: A Kentucky state senator says a moratorium on Kentucky's death penalty is needed until problems are fixed. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – On the same day Pennsylvania's governor placed a moratorium on the death penalty in the Keystone state, a Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill to make what she says would be moderate reforms to Kentucky's laws. State Sen. Robin Webb maintains there are so many problems with Kentuc...Read More

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PHOTO: Immigration reform activists occupied dozens of U.S. congressional offices over what they call the "moral crisis" of a broken immigration system. Photo credit: Julie Karant.

WASHINGTON - Calling the nation's broken immigration system a "moral crisis," activists occupied scores of congressional offices Wednesday - including those of Kentucky's Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. A press release from one of the many groups taking part said it was targeting 35...Read More

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PHOTO: Harlan County native Kimberly Shepherd wants to stay and live in eastern Kentucky, but says transitioning the region to a new economy is crucial. She is one of the speakers during this year's I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort. Photo courtesy of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Citizens are rallying at the state Capitol on Thursday for what has become an annual tradition - "I Love Mountains Day." The event is organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, a grassroots organization which has been in the vanguard pushing for an economic transition in easter...Read More

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