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PNS Daily Newscast - July 16, 2019 


House Democrats prepare for vote condemning Trump's attacks on progressive freshman women. Also on our Tuesday rundown: Immigrants’ rights groups slam asylum rules that take effect today. Plus, summer meals aim to prevent kids' academic slide.

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Public News Service - KY: Rural/Farming

Kentucky has launched a new Hunger Initiative in search of ways to alleviate the state's massive food insecurity problem. (KY Dept. of Agriculture)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A Hunger Task Force has been formed in Kentucky to search for ways to combat the problem in the Bluegrass State, where one out of every six residents is food insecure. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the Hunger Initiative is a way to bring those who grow, sell

Red flags signal opposition to a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline project in Kentucky. (KFTC)

MARION COUNTY, Ky. – Kentuckians opposed to re-purposing a pipeline to transport natural gas liquids are using Earth Day this week as a launching pad to increase awareness. The energy company Kinder Morgan proposes moving byproducts of gas drilling – such as propane, butane and ethane

Farmers Bree Pearsall and Ben Abell say the state-based health exchange has helped them get their small family business in Oldham County off the ground. (Rootbound Farm)

CRESTWOOD, Ky. - Governor Matt Bevin's decision to dismantle the state's highly-acclaimed health insurance marketplace, Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange or kynect, has rankled many who advocate for easy access to coverage. Ben Abell, who farms in Oldham County with his wife Bree Pearsall, says kynec

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians can donate some of their state income tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the fund helps food banks distribute surplus produce to hungry Kentuckians. "We know it works,” he states. “There

Conservation groups in Kentucky say a settlement with a coal company over water pollution sends a strong message about the need for enforcement. Credit Alex DeShay/Sierra Club

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coalition of citizens' groups that exposed thousands of Clean Water Act violations at one coal company's surface mining operations in eastern Kentucky has reached a settlement with the state's regulatory agency and the company. In the settlement with five conservation group

The locally-grown food movement is growing in Kentucky, but it faces complex challenges. Credit Greg Stotelmyer.

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. - While Steve Muntz describes his farm in Montgomery County as a "small sheep farm with a few pasture poultry," his involvement in sustainable agriculture reaches across the entire southern U.S. He is executive director of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, an

The loss of coal-industry jobs is a big part of widening prosperity gap between eastern Kentucky and rest of state. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

BEREA, Ky. - While the U.S. Census Bureau's new numbers show Kentucky's poverty rate remains basically unchanged, one economic policy analyst says mining deeper into the numbers uncovers a much bigger problem facing the state's Appalachian coal region. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associa

New federal regulations on pollution from surface mining, known as the Stream Protection Rule, are the focus of a public hearing tonight in Lexington. Credit: Vivian Stockman. Flyover courtesy SouthWings.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement will hold a public hearing in Lexington tonight about a proposed rule to determine how water pollution from mining operations is tested, regulated, controlled and enforced. Teri Blanton, a member of the grassroo

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