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PNS Daily Newscast - September 23, 2020 


U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - KY: Rural/Farming

A growing body of evidence suggests that, in addition to improving circulation and bone strength, regular walking also can boost mental health. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- More Americans say walking has been their preferred method of exercise since the pandemic began, according to a new survey by UnitedHealthcare. One in five adults says COVID-19 also has prompted them to reach for healthier foods and improve their eating habits. Rebecca Madsen, chi

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

Mike Broihier, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and a farmer in Lincoln County, is the third Democrat to throw his hat in the race to challenge GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell in November. (Broihier Campaign)

DANVILLE, Ky. -- A Lincoln County asparagus farmer and retired U.S. Marine who supports a universal basic income is running against long-time incumbent Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate. Lt. Col. Mike Broihier has received the political endorsement of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who h

Last year, China bought nearly 264,000 tons of soybeans from farmers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lost nearly 47,000 jobs between 2001 and 2018 because of the ongoing trade deficit with China, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Over the past two decades, the United States has steadily imported more goods from China than it exports -- and th

Nearly 700,000 Kentuckians, including almost 200,000 children, are uncertain where their next meal will come from. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Andy Beshear and groups that work to end hunger rally today in Frankfort, highlighting the fact that one in seven Kentuckians is considered "food insecure." Scottie Lee is a third-generation Western Kentucky farmer who participates in the "Farms to Food Banks" program, run by

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

Many rural areas in the United States still lack access to basic running water, according to a report by the U.S. Water Alliance. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Some communities are being left behind when it comes to access to running water and indoor plumbing, including parts of rural Appalachia. That's according to a new report by the U.S. Water Alliance, which found more than 2 million people across the country lack these services.

Rural Americans report less leisure time physical activity and lower seat belt use than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable

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