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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - KY: Rural/Farming

Conservationists are fighting back against attempts to gut new regulations that attempt to stop future pollution of streams such as this one that spills into the Kentucky River. (Tarence Ray)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coalition of community and conservation groups is fighting back against attempts by state officials in Kentucky and 13 other coal-producing states to stop enforcement of the Stream Protection Rule, which was finalized last month by the Interior Department. The states want t

This is the Red River, where nearly a half-century ago a flood-control project sparked controversy. (U.S. Forest Service)

STANTON, Ky. – A pivotal moment in stopping a controversial plan to dam the Red River, part of which is now Kentucky's only National Wild and Scenic River, happened 49 years ago today. Nearly a half-century later, it's still vividly remembered by many as a watershed moment in the lengthy, con

Using money from the Abandoned Mining Lands Fund to spur economic development in Appalachia has overwhelming support in the region, according to a new poll. (Vivian Stockman, flyover credit SouthWings)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A new Sierra Club poll shows nearly nine out of every ten people living in Appalachia support a Kentucky congressman's plan to help communities impacted by America's shift away from coal. The RECLAIM Act, introduced in the House by Somerset Republican Hal Rogers, proposes usi

Jane Herrod is one of the Kentucky farmers growing a test plot of industrial hemp this summer. (Catherine Moore)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is experimenting with industrial hemp as dozens of farmers grow test plots covering 45,000 acres. This is the second summer that the crop has been grown on Jane Herrod's small farm along the Kentucky River in Fayette County. She said the experiment is filled with regu

Kentucky is expanding it's Double Dollars program which helps lower-income residents purchase more fresh produce. (Greg Stotelmyer)

BEREA, Ky. - Two summers ago, six farmers' markets in Kentucky were participating in cost-sharing support programs organized by the Community Farm Alliance. This summer it's up to 33 markets. For example, about two-dozen markets now are part of the Double Dollars program. Martin Richards, executiv

Shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables through Farmacy, an innovative healthy eating program. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – When people think of prescriptions, they usually think of medicine, not tomatoes or cantaloupe. But there are now some doctors in eastern Kentucky writing their patients prescriptions for fresh produce. The Farmacy Program – that's pharmacy with an F – was sta

Retired journalist Jim Branscome, a native of Appalachia who covered the War on Poverty, has a plan for reviving the coal region's economy. (Joel Blocker)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, plenty of ideas are being raised on how to revive the region's economy. Jim Branscome, a former journalist and retired managing director of Standard and Poor's Financial Services, calls his the Appalachian Homestead Act, a

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

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