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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2020 


GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander comes to the defense of Dr. Anthony Fauci; the NAACP goes to bat over student debt and Election 2020.


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Early voting starts in Florida, and North Carolina allows election officials to start the ballot curing process. Plus, Trump's attacks on Dr. Fauci.

Public News Service - KY: Education

Moms now are the equal, primary, or sole household income earners in 40% of U.S. families. (Adobe Stock)

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Across the state, child care centers are struggling to stay open, and it's unclear how many will shut their doors for good. Early federal data shows working moms are the most likely to be affected. Shannon Starkey-Taylor is CEO of Learning Grove, a network of child care centers i

The budget gap between Kentucky's wealthiest and poorest school districts jumped by $122 per student in 2019, compared to the previous year. (Adobe Stock)

GREENSBURG, Ky. -- Kentucky's wealthiest school districts had nearly $3,000 more to spend per student than the state's lower-income districts, according to a new report with data from the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent of Green County Schools William Hodges said before the pandemic, he had t

Around 60% of Kentucky schools provide students with free breakfast and lunch. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- School districts across the state are navigating how to ensure kids are being fed as school reopening is delayed or learning is shifted entirely online for fall. According to federal data, around 600,000 Kentucky kids are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch. That's about 8

More than 300 U.S. universities have closed campuses and shifted to online classes due to COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)

By Ivy Brashear Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Media-Kentucky News Connection Collaboration BEREA, Ky. -- Colleges and universities are closing across the United States to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. But while some students are able to continue their stu

A 2014 survey published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found spanking in American households is on the decline, compared with data from 1985 and 1975. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban spanking in schools. Kentucky is one of 19 states that continue to allow corporal punishment. Glasgow family court judge Mica Wood Pence is responsible for placing children in foster care. She said when children have experienc

Around 36 million Americans have some college credit but no degree, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky is the first state to participate in a pilot program aimed at helping adult learners choose the best path toward obtaining their GED, certificate or college degree. The program trains local volunteers to reach out to prospective adult learners in their communities. Jen S

There are more than 40,000 public school teachers in Kentucky. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As state lawmakers continue to grapple with funding teacher pensions, some say lessons from neighboring West Virginia can offer insight into whether or not Kentucky should switch to a defined-contribution retirement plan for teachers or uphold its public pension system. David Han

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it gave Kentucky $1.5 million in 2018 for use toward tobacco prevention programs. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill aims to reduce access to e-cigarettes among teens and young adults. While Kentucky brings in more than $500 million a year from tobacco sales, Ben Chandler,

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