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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - KY: Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: A new report outlines the need for increased support for kinship caregivers in Kentucky.  Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - In Kentucky, a lot of children are being raised by extended family members: at 6 percent of all kids, it's one of the highest kinship-care rates in the nation. A new report from Kentucky Youth Advocates outlines what the group says needs to be done to increase support for grandp

PHOTO:  The annual Kentucky Kids Count, released Tuesday, spotlights the critical need for more state funding of programs that help improve the economic security of children. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - The head of Kentucky Youth Advocates says his organization's annual measuring stick of child well-being should be a "lever for action." The 23rd annual Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book is out, and according to KYA executive director Terry Brooks, it illustrates the need for

PHOTO: A national report shows that two thirds of Kentucky kids who live in low-income households are not enrolled in preschool. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A new national report shows that children younger than nine in Kentucky have the highest rate of traumatic events in their lives, events such as the death or incarceration of a parent; divorce of their parents; or witnessing violence in the home. The study by the Annie E. Casey

PHOTO:  A new report finds that Kentucky has the lowest wage limit for parents to qualify for child-care assistance. Child advocates say that's forcing parents to make tough decisions. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new report finds it's now tougher to qualify for child care assistance in Kentucky than anywhere else in the country. In a budget-cutting move, Kentucky shifted its eligibility limit in July from 150 percent of the federal poverty rate to 100 percent. And according the Na

PHOTO: As lawmakers return to Frankfort for a special session on redistricting, child advocates are at the capitol too with a message:

FRANKFORT, Ky. - With low-income families facing funding cuts to critical child-based programs, Kentucky lawmakers are hearing about the devastating effect. Children's advocates are using today, the first day of the Legislature's special session on redistricting, to make their point: "Fund kids firs

PHOTO: Cuts to child care eligibility threaten to eliminate the valuable service to thousands of Kentucky families.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Thousands of Kentucky families are facing a child care crisis as the state drastically reduces the number of children it will help support. Beginning today, the income-eligibility cutoff for child care assistance drops from 150 percent to 100 percent of the federal poverty level.

PHOTO:  Heating assistance and weatherization programs are among those that could be squeezed by the sequester.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sequestration, the fancy word for automatic across-the-board cuts, would slice at least $1.2 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years. U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, Kentucky's lone Democratic congressman, says a "more sensible approach" is needed. "Arbitrary, heavy-handed

PHOTO: State budget cuts are expected to reduce child care and kinship care services for low-income Kentucky families, starting as early as April.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Millions of dollars in state budget cuts will reduce the help that Kentucky gives to thousands of low-income families for child care so parents can remain in the workforce. The nearly $87 million shortfall also will reduce support for kinship care, the term for relatives taking car

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