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    PNS Daily News - January 27, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from around the nation including: while the Northeast hunkers down for the Blizzard of 2015, scientists say climate change could bring similar storms in the future; the secret ingredients in fracking to be reviewed in Wyoming; and national protests against payday lending.

Public News Service - Kentucky

PHOTO: Students at Big Sandy Community and Technical College are among those who could benefit from President Barack Obama's proposal for two years of free tuition for community college students nationwide. The head of Kentucky's statewide system calls the idea a great investment. Photo courtesy Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

VERSAILLES, Ky. – The newly-appointed president of Kentucky's Community and Technical College System says President Barack Obama's call for free tuition would be a great investment. Known as America's College Promise, Obama's plan would pay for two years of community college for students who...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Are some voices being drowned out by big money? The debate over a court decision that opened the floodgates to corporate money in politics continues to rage, five years after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It was five years ago today that a ruling from the nation's highest court opened the floodgates to major corporate campaign spending. The Supreme Court's ruling in the Citizens United versus Federal Election Commission case gave special interest groups the right to spend as much as ...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: The April 15 income tax filing deadline will be here before you know it, which is why tax experts say a little preparation now will make tax time less stressful. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - January is already half over, and experts say a little time spent preparing for tax season in the next few days will pay off in the months ahead. Luis Garcia, spokesman with the Internal Revenue Service, says now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax documen...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: Electronic cigarettes are prominently displayed on store shelves across Kentucky, but a new report finds the number of calls to poison-control centers about e-cig incidents more than doubled last year. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The number of calls to poison-control centers about electronic-cigarette incidents more than doubled last year compared with 2013, according to new data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children under age 6 were the victims in more than half the cases. The r...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: The recent arctic temperatures in Kentucky were a frigid reminder of what it takes to heat a home. Starting today, lower-income families can apply for crisis home-energy assistance. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The recent arctic blast that sent Kentuckians into a collective shiver arrived just as the window was about to open for low-income families that need help paying their bills to keep the heat on. They can now sign up for crisis home-energy assistance. It's the second phase of...Read More

Public News Service - KY

PHOTO: A new poll shows support remains steady with two-thirds of Kentucky adults in favor of a a statewide, indoor smoke-free law. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Support for a statewide indoor smoke-free law remains steady according to new poll results, with two out of three Kentuckians supporting a ban. This is the fifth year the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the group Interact for Health has surveyed Kentuckians on the idea of pr...Read More

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PHOTO: Health experts say if Kentucky spent a little more upfront on tobacco control, it would help reduce the state's high smoking rate, but a new report shows Kentucky's prevention efforts lag behind most states. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention-and-cessation efforts has Kentucky ranked 39th in the nation. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Kentucky will take in $347 million in tobacco tax and settlement revenue this year. But, it will spen...Read More

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PHOTO: Here's a holiday gift idea for your fellow Kentuckians - burning a more efficient fire to help reduce wood smoke. The EPA offers suggestions. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Burning a cleaner fire in that woodstove or fireplace helps the health of Kentuckians and also benefits the state's climate, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A good way to burn the hottest and most efficient fire possible is to use only dry, seasoned wood, said Ali...Read More

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