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It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - KY: Livable Wages/Working Families

Between 1968 and 2014, an estimated 76,000 miners died from black lung disease, according to data from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Congress has voted to increase the excise tax levied on coal companies that provides cash flow for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. But advocates for miners who need the money say the one-year increase isn't enough to keep the fund from drying up. The higher excise tax expir

More than half of teachers say switching out of a pension would make them more likely to leave their job, according to a poll by the National Institute on Retirement Security. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Defined benefit pensions are a major factor for recruiting and retaining new teachers in the Commonwealth, and according to new research by the National Institute on Retirement Security, more than 96% of teachers say whittling away pensions would drastically affect the state's

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

Each year, more than 1 million people default on their student loans, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Nearly 25% of federal student loan borrowers default within five years of starting the repayment process, according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Most of those borrowers showed signs of financial distress almost immediately when it came time to start repaying

  The United States Penitentiary Big Sandy, located near Inez, Ky., has a prison population of about 1,300 men. (Roger May)

By Alison Stine Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Media-Kentucky News Connection Collaboration WHITESBURG, Ky. – Big Sandy hides on a big hill. If you’re not looking for the federal prison, you’ll miss it easily. At first, all that can be seen above the s

Prior to 2008, Kentucky's pension system was well funded. But the Great Recession, coupled with risky investments, left the state's pension plans massively underfunded, according to an analysis by the National Public Pension Coalition. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Funding for Kentucky's pension system continues to be a fiercely debated topic, and some experts say putting an end to corporate tax breaks could help boost the revenue stream for public-employee retirement plans. Captain Brian O'Neill is a firefighter and president of the L

A farm in Berea has partnered with a local substance-abuse treatment center to help women in recovery with job training. (Facebook/Sustainable Berea)

BEREA, Ky. — A pilot program in Berea where women in recovery learn job skills through farming saw its first batch of graduates this month. Harvesting Hope is a partnership between Sustainable Berea and Liberty Place, a recovery center for women in Richmond, along with several local business

More than 1,000 coal miners were laid off after West Virginia-based Blackjewel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A wave of coal company bankruptcies has left miners fighting for back pay and medical benefits. Three large coal producers have gone under this year. At the same time, an epidemic of black lung disease is sweeping many coal mining communities. Letcher County resident Patt

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