PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - KY: Livable Wages/Working Families

Acidic water runoff from coal mine land in eastern Kentucky. (

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's coal country could get new life under legislation on Capitol Hill. A group of concerned citizens and organizations gathers today at the Lexington office of U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to encourage his action to pass the RECLAIM Act (HR 1731). The bill would r

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

Tax officials say scammers are constantly changing their tricks in hopes of scoring someone else's hard-earned tax refund. (frankeileon/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — As tax-filing season begins, federal and state officials are warning Kentuckians to be cautious about protecting their personal information. If thieves get their hands on your Social Security number, they can use it to try to file a false tax return and take your refund. Chr

Will the Senate wait until January to consider reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program? (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is down to the wire for Congress to pass a long term funding bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and a new report shows that if lawmakers don't act soon nearly two million children, including 38,000 in Kentucky, could lose coverage in January. CHIP funding e

Health officials say some Kentuckians eligible for tax subsidies through the federal health-insurance marketplace are paying as little as $1 a month for a 2018 plan. (401(k)2012/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians who need medical insurance in 2018 have just a few more days to apply for it through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The open enrollment period has been 45 days shorter than last year – and it ends this Friday. John Watkins, acting executive dir

The House tax plan is expected to cost about $1.5 trillion over 10 years, as less tax revenue will be collected. (geralt/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – House Republican Party leaders call their tax plan a win for the American people, but some analysts argue the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would leave Kentuckians worse off. The bill, which could come up for a vote this week, slashes corporate tax rates and modestly reduces househo

Some Eastern Kentuckians say they've had enough of Kentucky Power's rate increases. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Time is running out to comment on Kentucky Power's plan to raise electric bills by 15 percent. The third in a series of public hearings about the proposal will be held Wednesday night in Ashland. The Public Service Commission approved rate increases for the utility in 2006

Over the past four years, an additional 37,000 Kentucky children have been covered by medical insurance  leaving very few children in the state without coverage. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that health insurance coverage is at an all time high in Kentucky and across the country. Nearly 95 percent of Kentuckians now are covered, including all but 3 percent of the state's under-19 population. Terry Brooks, executive director

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