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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 

    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Public News Service - Kentucky

Parents are urged to buy water-quality test kits before letting kids play in public pools and water parks. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As the weather warms in Kentucky and opening day nears for outdoor swimming pools, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to be proactive about making sure the water is OK before they dive in. According to a new CDC report, most public swimming areas acros...Read More

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Moving some produce from this farm in Shelby County and others to food banks in Kentucky is seen as a win-win. (Courtney Farms, LLC)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. - Not everything Kentucky farmers harvest from their fields can go to market but there is a way for them to recoup some of their costs and help others at the same time. Farmers who deliver produce rejected by retailers to a food bank distribution center can have the cost of pick...Read More

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A new report shows Kentucky has had the sixth-largest decrease in state funding for higher education since 2008. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Funding cuts to higher education have driven up tuition, making college less affordable and less accessible for many students, according to a new national report. With inflation factored in, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says, Kentucky is spending 32 percent less on hig...Read More

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KU and LG&E want to place a rate surcharge on the bills of their electric customers to help clean and cap coal-ash ponds at power plants such as this one. (Alex DeSha)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sister power companies, KU and LG&E want their customers to help pay for compliance with new federal environmental rules. The Kentucky Public Service Commission will hold public meetings on the requests next week in Louisville and Lexington. The utilities want to add a surcharge to...Read More

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Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture. (USDA)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to a new annual report. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for the group Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture. She blames the problem ...Read More

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Advocates are pushing for better ways to help parents navigate the child care system and for more money to help them cover the costs. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Wading through the paperwork involved in getting government help to pay for child care can be overwhelming to already overworked parents. A new report by the Center for American Progress looks at how difficult it can be for low-income families to navigate an underfunded child care...Read More

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Kentuckians are encouraged to donate nonperishable foods during letter carriers' annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This week, helping feed people who are hungry in Kentucky will be as easy as putting canned food by the mailbox. Saturday is the 24th year of the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, when letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable foods from homes as they deliver mail. Denis...Read More

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An audit commissioned by Reynolds American identifies instances of minors working in unsafe conditions on contracted tobacco farms across the south, including in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Children are working on tobacco farms - some of them, in hazardous conditions. That's one of the findings of an audit commissioned by Reynolds American of its 373 contract farms in seven states, including Kentucky. The audit company, Footprint BenchStrength, found 40 percent of ...Read More

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