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A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


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Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - KY: Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: Training of educators to spot signs of potential child abuse is not mandated in Kentucky. Lawmakers will be asked to change that during their 2015 legislative session. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Educators in Kentucky are required to report child abuse, but unlike other professionals who regularly interact with kids, state law does not ensure that teachers are trained on how to spot the problem. State lawmakers, who return to Frankfort next week, will be asked to change that

PHOTO: Making sure parents aren't brushing off the importance of their child's oral health is the idea behind a new program aimed at reducing tooth decay among Kentucky's youngest. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Teams of early childhood professionals from across the state are in Louisville today learning how to help parents improve their children’s' oral health. The so-called Train-the-Trainer approach is one of the many ways the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is trying to re

PHOTO: While applauding the restoration of child care assistance funding in Kentucky, advocates say continued improvements are needed. The owner of this child care center in Louisville says reimbursement rates need to be increased. Photo courtesy Angel House Child Development Center.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – It was hailed as a major victory for children in Kentucky when, earlier this year, the Legislature restored funding for child care assistance. But, advocates say additional improvements are needed, including expanded eligibility and making sure providers are reimbursed a

PHOTO: A new report finds that funding for Kentucky school kids has suffered the 11th largest drop in the nation since the recession hit in 2008. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since the recession, Kentucky is 11th worst in the nation in the depth of budget cuts to K-through-12 funding, according to a nonpartisan policy research organization. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 30 states are providing less funding per student since the e

PHOTO: How to help overweight children become healthier is one of the key discussion topics at the Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville. The annual forum brings together community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 southern states. Image courtesy of Southern Obesity Summit.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With obesity considered a public health crisis by most experts, this week in Louisville, the focus is on solutions at the "Southern Obesity Summit." Community, government and healthcare leaders from 16 states are gathered to decide what changes can be made to help southerners becom

PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book,

PHOTO: An economic analyst says Kentucky's new $20 billion-plus budget will only allow the state to

FRANKFORT, Ky. - While a two-year, $20.3 billion spending plan won overwhelming passage in both chambers of the state Legislature, an economic analyst says it falls short of what it will take to make needed progress in Kentucky. Jason Bailey, director of the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, sai

PHOTO:  A legislative committee will be briefed Tuesday on Gov. Steve Beshear's proposal to modernize the state's tax code. The proposal would tax more services than in the past. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State House budget chairman Rick Rand calls Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear's tax reform proposal a "starting point." The plan will get its first hearing during Tuesday's meeting of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. According to economic policy analyst Jason Bailey o

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