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PNS Daily Newscast - January 18, 2018  


The clock is ticking on a stopgap budget bill. Also our our nationwide rundown: a tipping rule change could cost women billions of dollars; and the State of Ohio considers protections for "Revenge Porn" victims.

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Public News Service - KY: Consumer Issues

Utility programs that offer rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances are popular among Kentucky electric customers. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Programs that help some Kentuckians save money on their utility bills could go by the wayside. Louisville Gas and Electric, and Kentucky Utilities, want to end more than a dozen energy-efficiency programs for residential customers. The companies say the programs have been

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

Kentucky ranks 44th nationally for the number of primary care physicians. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An annual check-up shows the Commonwealth is making improvements in some areas of health. Kentucky moved up three spots in this year's America's Health Rankings report, placing 42nd - up from 45th in 2016. The findings were released by United Health Foundation this week. Dr. Ju

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

Health advocates say many patients miss doses because they misunderstand prescription information. (xandert/morguefile)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- When it comes to living a healthy life, access to health care is critical, but understanding how to use it is every bit as important - which is why advocates are working to improve health literacy statewide. Michelle Ganote, events and communication coordinator at the Kentuckian

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

Pet costumes should be comfortable and not restrict the animal's natural movement. (Brett Neilson/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The candy, costumes and spooky fun of Halloween that little ones love can actually be quite a fright for our furry friends. Andrea Blair, PR and marketing director for the Kentucky Humane Society, explains one of the biggest concerns is a dog or cat slipping out the door, so

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