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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Public News Service - Kentucky

Nearly two out of every 10 Kentuckians face some food insecurity, according to a new report. (Greg Stotelmyer)

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. – A new report shows nearly 17 percent of Kentuckians are at risk of hunger. The Map the Meal Gap 2016 study by Feeding America, a network of food banks, tracks food insecurity county by county across the country. Betty Hudak is director of the St. Stephens Outreach Pant...Read More

Public News Service - KY

The EPA has finalized an analysis that says reducing hazardous air pollution has enormous health benefits. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Environmental Protection Agency has reconfirmed its initial claim that reducing emissions of mercury and other toxic substances would have enormous health benefits. That comes as no surprise to retired Berea resident Steve Wilkins, who grew up just outside Wheeling, W.Va.,, whe...Read More

Public News Service - KY

Children in the Bluegrass State have it tough. According to a new report, Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, nearly double the national average. (Greg Stotelmyer)

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A new report finds that Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, which is having a devastating toll on families, especially the kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says at 13 percent, Kentucky's rate is nearly double the national aver...Read More

Public News Service - KY

Ideas for Kentucky's transition to a clean-energy economy are gathered at a public forum in Lexington. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Listening to the voices of Kentuckians about the Bluegrass State's energy future is the idea behind a series of six dinner conversations going on this spring across the state. Tonya Torp, who attended A Seat at the Table event in her hometown of Lexington, says the state has...Read More

Public News Service - KY

All national parks, including Mammoth Cave, are free this weekend for Earth Day and National Park Week. The U.S interior secretary is calling for increased funds to maintain the parks. (NPS)

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. - Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has an Earth Day message for the United States, "make a major course correction on environmental issues." In a speech at the National Geographic Society in Washington, Jewell decried the $12 billion maintenance backlog at national parks and called...Read More

Public News Service - KY

Red flags signal opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky. (KFTC)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Kentuckians opposed to re-purposing a pipeline to transport natural gas liquids are using Earth Day this week as a launching pad to increase awareness. The energy company Kinder Morgan proposes moving byproducts of gas drilling – such as propane, butane and ethane ...Read More

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The Russell Fork River, an outdoor gem on the Kentucky-Virginia border, is on a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. (Steve Ruth)

ELKHORN CITY, Ky. - The Russell Fork River, which carves a spectacular 52-mile path along the Kentucky-Virginia border, has landed on the list of America's Most Endangered Rivers of 2016. Avid kayaker Steve Ruth, a member of the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council, described the listing as a "real t...Read More

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Research suggests legal offshore tax havens are costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – According to a new study, nearly three quarters of all Fortune 500 companies use legal techniques to hide income overseas and cut their tax bills. The Offshore Shell Games report comes from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and Citizens for Tax Justice. Ana Ow...Read More

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