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    PNS Daily News - April 21, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; on this, the eve of Earth Day, President Obama says climate change is this planet’s greatest environmental threat; and a legal battle is brewing of an EPA-approved herbicide that has in it, a component used in Agent Orange; and a Texas woman is facing a big fine for feeding homeless people.

Public News Service - Kentucky

PHOTO: A coalition of conservation and environmental groups are giving the Republican-led Congress a failing grade on protecting the nation's waterways and air. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Republican-led Congress is receiving a failing grade from several national conservation and environmental groups. The coalition of organizations claims Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell's first 100 days as Majority Leader has been a failure on both the environmental and public ...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: While some politicians are trying to pave the way for Kentucky to become a right-to-work state, a new report claims a statewide law would lower wages. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Bluegrass has become a battleground state over right-to-work legislation with a handful of counties passing local laws and all four Republican candidates for governor supporting the idea. But, a new economic analysis questions whether right-to-work legislation delivers on its ...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: In an effort to help those who face possible tax penalties because they have not obtained health insurance, Kentucky has opened a special enrollment period for its health exchange, known as Kynect, through the end of the month. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Unlike some states, Kentucky has embraced the Affordable Care Act, along with expanding Medicaid and aggressively pushing the state-based health insurance exchange Kynect. The commonwealth has also opened a special enrollment period through April 30. In a message to Kentuckians wit...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: AARP is leading a petition drive against rate hike requests by sister power companies, KU and LG&E. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The state's leading senior organization, AARP, is leading a petition drive against proposed rate increases by sister utility companies, Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) and Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E). The Public Service Commission's second public meeting on the req...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has kicked off its new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. It discourages the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking alternative. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Colon cancer, vision problems and myths about vaping, using e-cigarettes, are featured in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new Tips From Former Smokers campaign. CDC senior medical officer Dr. Tim McAfee says smoking-related health damages beyond the heart and lungs...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Stopping a right to farm bill in Kentucky, which would have placed protections in the state Constitution, is a victory, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A controversial "right to farm" bill died with last week's end of the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, but the pros and cons of the legislation still are being argued - and the bill's sponsor says it will not go away. Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, said her bill, Senate ...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Lawmakers leading the push for a statewide smoke-free law say progress was made this year even though the bill ultimately died in the Senate. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This year's legislative session, which ended last week, was the fifth straight year a statewide smoke-free bill failed to pass. As the gavel fell on the 2015 session, the bill's annual sponsor, Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, tweeted, "Maybe not perfection, but certainly progress!...Read More

Public News Service - KY

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