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    PNS Weekend Update - October 10, 20150 

    Our news highlights a variety of topics including: a legal push to get the EPA to finally regulate oil and gas waste and NASA maps out its “Journey to Mars.”

Public News Service - Kentucky

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, now in 300 counties across the country including three in Kentucky, is reducing the juvenile detention population. Credit Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The idea that kids don't have to be locked up in order to reduce juvenile crime is a change in thinking that's spread across the country with the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services is one of three JDAI pilot programs ...Read More

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A national study shows improving survival rates for extreme preterm infants. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – It's good news for the tiniest and most vulnerable among us. Thanks to changes in care practices and other advances, survival rates for extreme preterm infants, sometimes called micro preemies, are on the rise. A study from the National Institutes of Health Research Network...Read More

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A public health expert told Kentucky community leaders that making their towns healthier is about much more than just doctors and medicine. Credit: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A nationally-known public health expert on Monday told community leaders from across Kentucky that education provides the biggest opportunity to make their communities healthier places to live. Dr. Tony Iton, a physician who oversees a 10-year, multimillion-dollar effort ...Read More

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The locally-grown food movement is growing in Kentucky, but it faces complex challenges. Credit Greg Stotelmyer.

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. - While Steve Muntz describes his farm in Montgomery County as a "small sheep farm with a few pasture poultry," his involvement in sustainable agriculture reaches across the entire southern U.S. He is executive director of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, an ...Read More

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The arrival of fall is also a reminder to help older loved ones check for fall risks around their homes, and encourage them to do strength and balance training. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This first day of fall is also Falls Prevention Awareness Day - two reasons to call attention to the frequency and seriousness of falls among older people. It's estimated that one in three people age 65 and older takes a major, unexpected tumble at least once a year, and it should ...Read More

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The loss of coal-industry jobs is a big part of widening prosperity gap between eastern Kentucky and rest of state. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

BEREA, Ky. - While the U.S. Census Bureau's new numbers show Kentucky's poverty rate remains basically unchanged, one economic policy analyst says mining deeper into the numbers uncovers a much bigger problem facing the state's Appalachian coal region. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associa...Read More

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The letter Ben Griffith wrote to supporters of abolishing the death penalty. He and other victims' family members have issued a matching-fund challenge to Kentuckians who share their view. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Family members of six murder victims have issued a matching-fund challenge to Kentucky to support repealing the death penalty. Collectively, they have raised just over $1,600 to match donations to the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Frankfort resident Ben Gri...Read More

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The number of Appalachian towns and counties voicing support for a federal plan to help shift away from coal is growing. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - It's now been more than a month since Whitesburg became the first town in Kentucky and the second in the nation to pass a resolution supporting a federal plan to fund the transition away from coal. More than a dozen local governments in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia have now...Read More

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