PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2018 

Authorities respond to another explosion in Austin Texas. Also on our rundown: A school resource officer credited with bringing a swift end to a shooting incident at a Maryland high school, The North Carolina GOP silent on an apparent Cambrrige Analytica connection; and an Alabama Medicaid Work requirement plan called a Catch-22.

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Public News Service - KY: Education

The budget approved by the Kentucky House calls for a 6.25 percent cut to most state agencies.<br />(Mark Goebel/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The two-year budget approved by the Kentucky House doesn't include cuts as severe as some other plans, yet some groups think it still leads the Commonwealth down the wrong path. The $22.5 million spending plan calls for a 6.25 percent budget cut for most state agencies. It w

Some 45 million kids and adults in the U.S. will participate in Read Across America Day.<br />(K.W. Barrett/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Read Across America Day is held annually on March 2nd to coincide with the birthday of the author known around the world as Dr. Seuss. And in the past 20 years, the observance has grown beyond 'Green Eggs and Ham.' Schools and libraries across Kentucky hold special events Th

Over 276,000 Kentucky kids participated in the School Breakfast Program in 2017-2016. (USDA/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report finds more low-income children in Kentucky are starting their school days with the food they need to fuel their brain. The Food Research and Action Center's annual School Breakfast Scorecard was released today. It shows that during the 2016-2017 school year over

Lack of equitable funding led to the 1989 Rose decision, which held that Kentucky was failing in its constitutional duty to

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Back in the early 1990s, the Kentucky Supreme Court declared the state's schools were inefficient and inequitable. Now a new study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy shows the state is slipping back to funding levels that sparked reform. The Kentucky Education Refo

Many Kentucky teachers have been opting for retiring early out of fear their pensions will be cut. (

FRANKFORT, Ky. – What Kentucky's governor and state lawmakers are going to do to solve the state's public pension crisis should be known very soon. They've been mulling over plans that include cutting payments to existing retirees and forcing most current and future hires into 401-K-style reti

This placemat has a message for Kentucky kids: eat healthily. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Diabetes is increasing among Kentucky children, prompting health experts and educators to join forces to help kids and their parents understand the importance of eating healthy. On National Healthy Lunch Day, placemats full of nutrition tips will be given to elementary stude

According to a new report, Kentucky was one of just 13 states that cut funding for higher education this past year (Greg Stotelmyer)

RICHMOND, Ky. - Kentucky has made some of the deepest cuts to state funding for higher education since the recession took hold in 2008, according to a new national report released today. When adjusted for inflation, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said, state funding per student i

Face It, an awareness campaign on how to look for and address child abuse and neglect is having a positive impact in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- While statistics about child abuse and neglect in Kentucky are alarming, experts say progress is being made across the Commonwealth to educate parents, child care and health care providers and law enforcement on how to both spot and address the problem. In 2015, nearly 18,000 Ke

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