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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - Kentucky

PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a letter asking t...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but a time filled with more trash, although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. Waste reduction and recycling advocate Leslie Irlbeck says the best way to cut down on the garbage generated is through w...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: About two-thirds of the crude oil shipped by rail in the United States is transported in DOT-111 tank cars. A lawsuit alleges they aren't sturdy or safe enough for that purpose, and asks the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban their use for oil shipment. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Oil is being shipped across the country in train cars that even the government says are unsafe, and two environmental groups are taking on the U.S. Department of Transportation, saying the agency isn't doing enough about it. The Sierra Club and ForestEthics petitioned the departmen...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Most businesses in Kentucky support a statewide indoor smoke-free law, according to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Lawmakers will hear testimony about property rights Wednesday. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Health advocates are targeting the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly for passage of a comprehensive smoke-free law that would cover all indoor public places and workplaces. Lawmakers on the Health and Welfare Committee will explore the impact on property rights in Frank...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Mounds of coal ash are seen at a disposal site in Jefferson County, located near a residential area. Environmental and public health groups are anticipating first-ever EPA restrictions that classify coal ash as a hazardous substance. Photo credit: Thomas Pearce.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Federal rules about the storage and disposal of coal ash are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency this week. Kentucky is "in the center of the storm" about public health risks caused by coal ash, a toxic byproduct created when coal-fired power plants generate electric...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Oil and gas developers don't have to pay royalties on fuel they extract from public lands, including national forests. A new report says that fuel was worth $380 million. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - Oil and gas developers are getting a sweet deal for their projects on public land, according to a new report that says taxpayers are losing out as a result. The group Taxpayers for Common Sense claims the government isn't collecting sufficient royalties because current rules don't char...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Jan. 1 is the start date for applying for college loans and grants based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2015. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

RICHMOND, Ky. – An important window will soon open for college-bound students in Kentucky who need help paying for tuition. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, determines how much financial aid schools can award based on a family's financial situation. The application c...Read More

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PHOTO: The Legacy Trail in Lexington is one example of how the Blue Grass Community Foundation is playing a role in charitable giving across the state. Photo credit:

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Community foundations in Kentucky and across the nation have been helping their communities since the first one was founded a century ago in Cleveland. The Blue Grass Community Foundation, the first in Kentucky, was started in Lexington in 1967. The foundation's president, Lisa Adk...Read More

Public News Service - KY

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