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PNS Daily Newscast - October 1, 2020 

Concern that Trump's Proud Boys comments could encourage "alt-right" groups; report finds key swing states went into manufacturing decline pre-pandemic.

2020Talks - October 1, 2020 

Experts are concerned about white supremacist violence leading up to the election. And, the Presidential Debate Commission says it plans to change rules after Trump's almost constant interruptions.

Public News Service - KY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A surge in hunger and food insecurity from the coronavirus pandemic is expected to have long-term societal effects. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed a decade of progress in the fight to end hunger in Kentucky, according to data from the group Feeding America. Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signs a proclamation declaring September Hunger Action Month. Michael Halligan, CEO of God'

Food insecurity among older adults and seniors has spiked during the COVID-19 crisis. (Adobe Stock)

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The state's food banks say they're seeing an alarming number of adults approaching retirement age who need help putting food on the table because of lost wages or employment due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, Kentucky had the highest rate of food-insecure older adults in 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

Unemployment offices across the state have shut their doors in recent years, forcing out-of-work Kentuckians to travel long distances. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since 2017, more than thirty unemployment offices across the Commonwealth have shut their doors. Now, State Rep. Terri Branham Clark wants to bring them back. The Ashland Democrat has pre-filed legislation that, if enacted, would reopen dozens of unemployment offices across the st

Kentucky farmers were deemed essential workers at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

SCOTTVILLE, Ky. -- Many small-scale farmers in the Commonwealth have risen to the challenge of providing food for their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, and some say strengthening the local food supply is critical to lessening the blow from the next crisis. Michelle Howell and her husb

A new report finds that 5.3 million seniors struggled with food insecurity in 2018 and hunger advocates say COVID-19 could worsen the situation. (Adobe Stock)<br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults, and that's likely to worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the group Feeding America. Using the most recent available data from 2018, researchers found that near

A World Food Programme report finds the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people worldwide suffering from hunger. (Adobe Stock)

FLORENCE, Ky. -- Demand for food is up by 40% statewide, as more families see their paychecks disappear and the economy dives into a recession. And regional food banks are struggling to keep pace with demand. Kurt Reiber is president and CEO of Freestore FoodBank in Cincinnati, which serves nort

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

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