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PHOTO: Landowners on the routes of proposed pipelines have a good legal basis for denying pipeline companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It was less than a year ago a liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline project in Kentucky called the Bluegrass Pipeline was stopped by widespread public opposition. Similar battles are now brewing in West Virginia and Virginia, where pipeline companies have told some landowners they can ...Read More

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PHOTO: Kirk Bloodsworth is the first person exonerated from death row in the U.S. He believes while it is important to do more to protect biological evidence in cases, repealing the death penalty is the best way to ensure innocent people donít end up on death row. Photo credit: Shekinah Lavalle.

RICHMOND, Ky. - An in-depth study of Kentucky's death penalty by the American Bar Association found a mountain of problems including a number of cases in which biological evidence sought for re-testing has "been lost or unavailable." Kirk Bloodsworth says that's unacceptable. Bloodsworth was the fi...Read More

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PHOTO: Charles Williams painted this picture of his Aunt Cookie. Williams, who is her caregiver, calls his painting "Daily Bread" because he says his aunt reads her Bible daily. Photo courtesy Charles Williams.

LAGRANGE, Ky. - As we head into the holiday season, there can be added stress, especially for thousands of Kentuckians caring for a loved one. For the past four years, Charles Williams of LaGrange has cared for his Aunt Cookie, who turns 90 later this month, and Uncle Raymond, who passed away in Fe...Read More

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PHOTO: According to reports from Oxfam America and Human Rights Watch, children half the smoking age are working in America's tobacco fields, including this 15-year-old. Photo by Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields across the burley belt. It’s hard to tell how many or how old they are, but one study found one in 10 working in North Carolina's tobacco is younger than 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the A...Read More

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PHOTO: A mid-November dusting of snow on this electric meter is a reminder of the heating bills ahead. Applications are now being accepted for a one-time subsidy from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The calendar says it's still fall - but this week's snow, sleet and single-digit wind chills have plunged Kentucky into the heart of winter, early. For some, keeping their homes warm is a struggle. That's where a government program known as LIHEAP comes in. Mike Moynahan, energy pr...Read More

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PHOTO:  Smoke-Free Kentucky is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to make a comprehensive, statewide indoor smoke-free law a top priority when it convenes in January. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition has a message for state lawmakers: Make a comprehensive, statewide, indoor, smoke-free law a "number one priority" during the 2015 legislative session. Amy Barkley, chair of the Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition, says her organization has proposed bill...Read More

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PHOTO: More fresh produce for food banks? They say legislation reinstating tax credits for donations by farmers and small businesses would help, but the bill has been stalled in the U.S. Senate since July. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. - The future of some types of charitable deductions is on the line as the "America Gives More Act" awaits action in the U.S. Senate. It's a package of bills that reinstates federal tax credits for crop donations from farmers. Jeff Kleen, public policy advocate with Oregon Food ...Read More

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PHOTO: State Senator Robin Webb (D-Grayson) says she will file a bill in the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly to further protect the preservation and handling of DNA evidence in death penalty cases. Photo courtesy of the Legislative Research Commission.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Sen. Robin Webb says more needs to be done to make sure Kentucky does not execute an innocent person. So, when lawmakers return to Frankfort in January, Webb says she will file a bill to address concerns about biological evidence, lineups, interrogations and mental hea...Read More

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