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The Trump administration issues talking points challenging health expert Fauci; Latinos challenge voting system in Washington State.

2020Talks - July 14, 2020 


Maine has its statewide primaries today; Texas and Alabama have primary runoffs. And lawsuits abound against the White House's new ICE rule, threatening to deport international students taking only online courses.

Public News Service - KY: Environment

Environmental problems such as polluted streams, erosion and piles of coal waste can be traced back to abandoned mine lands. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- House lawmakers have passed legislation that would disburse $1 billion to states over the next five years - including $116 million to Kentucky - to clean up abandoned mines and jumpstart economic and community-development projects. The RECLAIM Act was passed as part of a package

Louisville is the first Kentucky city to commit to reaching 100% renewable energy for its city operations by 2040. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Louisville Metro Council has voted to commit to reaching 100% renewable energy use for city operations within the next two decades. According to the resolution, the city will work to shift public transit and other operations to run on cleaner forms of energy, such as electric

The EPA's Science Advisory Board is an independent panel tasked each year with reviewing the agency's proposed changes to rules and regulations. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- An independent panel of scientists convenes this week to review rule changes proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Critics say the changes could weaken protections of waterways across the country, restrict the use of scientific studies needed to create environmental regu

Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S.  Senate. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Accord

In Appalachia, forest farms, which grow and market botanicals such as ginseng, goldenseal and black cohosh have the potential to boost local economies. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Growers of mushrooms, ginseng and other herbs that require forest cover will receive more than $500,000 in federal funding to start or expand production. Erik Hoffner, editor of the environmental news site Mongabay says the practice of growing and harvesting ginseng and simi

Thousands of abandoned coal mine sites remain scattered throughout Appalachia. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A coalition of groups in central Appalachia has identified projects that would clean up and re-purpose 19 abandoned coal-mine sites in four states. Rebecca Shelton, coordinator of policy and organizing at the Appalachian Citizens' Law Center, explains the Abandoned Mine Lan

Protesters rally to protect Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Bullitt County from a proposed natural-gas pipeline. (Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest)

Updated at 10am on 10/3/2019 to include: LG&E is requesting a land easement of 4,000 feet for the project, that would cross property on Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A proposed natural-gas pipeline that would affect forestland in Bullitt County is drawing protests.

Letcher County residents and environmental groups have stopped the building of a proposed $510 million prison on reclaimed land. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. — Local activists in Letcher County have forced the Federal Bureau of Prisons to withdraw its intent to construct a new $510 million federal prison on a former coal mine site. Spearheaded by Rep. Hal Rogers, the facility would have been the fourth federal prison to be built i

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