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    PNS Daily News - August 3, 20150 


    A variety of issues to kick-off the week including; President Obama finalizes steeper cuts for power plant carbon emissions; the U.S. Senate to debate defunding Planned Parenthood today; a New York court denies freedom to research chimps; and restoring a fishery devastated by wildfire.

Public News Service - Kentucky

PHOTO: Farmers in Kentucky and around the country could benefit from a partnership involving the USDA and NASA, which should lead to a better understanding of soil moisture levels as growers grapple with fields that are too wet or too dry. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A partnership involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA could benefit farmers in Kentucky as the nation adjusts to the impact of climate change. USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says the agreement will expand cooperation on space-borne remote sensing efforts t...Read More

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PHOTO: Concerns over fracking in Kentucky have produced large turnouts at public meetings, including this one earlier this year in Berea. There's another meeting on oil and gas development tonight in Hazard. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has become ground zero for testing of potential high-volume, hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tonight in Hazard, the Energy and Environment Cabinet concludes a series of public meetings across the state on oil and gas development. Kim Walters says she will be there...Read More

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PHOTO: Kentucky smoke-free advocates say Indiana's watered-down smoking ban is a cautionary tale in how to push for a statewide law. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Indiana has had a statewide smoking ban for three years, but it exempts bars, casinos and private clubs. Now lawmakers in the Hoosier state are debating whether the law should be strengthened to protect everyone – and health groups in Kentucky are hoping to make an exam...Read More

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PHOTO: As Medicaid, the government health care program, turns 50 this week Kentucky's enrollment has swelled to nearly a million people. A leading health care advocate says seeking preventive care is a key message. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Medicaid turns 50 Thursday, and in Kentucky, with expansion under the Affordable Care Act, enrollment has swelled to 947,100 Kentuckians. Asked what she would write in an anniversary card to Medicaid, healthcare advocate Sheila Schuster said "congratulations, keep on going." She s...Read More

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PHOTO: Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – When it comes to child well-being, Kentucky is 34th in the nation according to an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2015 Kids Count Data Book, out today, finds that compared to the beginning of the recession in 2008, Kentucky has made improvements in 1...Read More

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PHOTO: As the amounts of water used for hydraulic fracturing increase across the country, some Kentuckians are are urging the state to update its oil and gas regulations in case the deep well boom digs into the Bluegrass. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing is increasing across the nation, with the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia among the most active. New findings from the U.S. Geological Survey show the average horizontal gas well cons...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Heroin use and abuse in the U.S. is rising among most age groups and income levels, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Image courtesy of the CDC.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As Kentucky pins its hopes of combating heroin use on a new law, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that abuse of the drug is rising in the U.S. among most age groups and income levels. Usage has risen the fastest, more than doubling, for young adults. The rea...Read More

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PHOTO: A new poll shows that the Endangered Species Act has a 90 percent approval rating with voters. Of the 46 species on the list in Kentucky, four are bats. Photo credit John MacGregor/ Kentucky Bat Working Group

RANKFORT, Ky. - The Endangered Species Act turns out to be popular among voters, and in a positive way, according to a recent survey. Ninety percent of those polled say they support the act, according to a survey conducted by Tulchin Research for Defenders of Wildlife and Earthjustice. In addition,...Read More

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