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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - KY: Smoking Prevention

Kentucky health advocates say a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack would raise about $250 million  a year. (Brett McBain/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in

Kentucky's smoking rate is 62 percent higher than the national average. (Chris Vaughn/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new statewide alliance says it's ready to take bold action to protect Kentuckians from the dangers associated with tobacco use. The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow launched in Frankfort on Wednesday with dozens of organizations and agencies, and a common goal of improv

Warren County Public Schools have had a tobacco free policy in place for two years. Now, lawmakers are considering a statewide rule. (Warren County Public Schools)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While legislation is moving through the General Assembly to make all public schools in the Bluegrass State tobacco free, some school districts haven't waited for state lawmakers to get on the health bandwagon. For example, Warren County Public Schools have been smoke fre

Support is strong in all geographic regions of Kentucky for a statewide smoke-free law according to the latest poll data. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Policies that lead to decreased smoking rates are now garnering strong support in all five regions of the Bluegrass State, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law prohibiting smoking indoors in most pub

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

A new report shows spending on tobacco prevention in Kentucky is tiny compared with what the tobacco companies spend on marketing their products in the state. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is spending $2.5 million this year on tobacco prevention, 36th in the nation, according to a new report. But, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reveals tobacco companies are blowing that effort away spending an estimated $292.8 million on marketing their products in the st

Advocates call for a statewide, smoke-free law to protect Kentucky's children from secondhand smoke. (Credit: Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one-third of Kentucky is covered by local smoke-free laws, prohibiting smoking indoors in public places. But what about the rest of the state? Children's advocates are pushing for a statewide smoke-free law, claiming in a new issue brief it would be a "win" for children, in

Kentucky's focus on supporting women veterans. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – There are around 22 million military veterans in the United States and 331,000 of them live in Kentucky, including nearly 25,000 women. Kentucky's Department of Veterans Affairs has made increasing outreach to women vets a priority this year. The state's Commissioner of Vet

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