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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: Social Justice

Protests surged over the weekend in multiple U.S. cities over several high-profile cases involving the killing of black citizens by police.(Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Protests in Louisville and Lexington over the weekend highlight growing public frustration with a system that offers little accountability to those in power. The killings of unarmed black citizens across the country, including Breonna Taylor, who was asleep at her home in Louisv

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

Amazon warehouses have been hotspots for COVID-19 cases nationwide. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Amazon's firing of workers who speak out on working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic is galvanizing labor organizers. Over the past few months, media outlets have profiled several workers who say they were fired for protesting lack of social distancing measures and personal

Video conferencing technology, such as FaceTime and Zoom, are just some of the online tools people can use to stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

By Fran Korten Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Media-Kentucky News Connection Collaboration FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Over the past two weeks, a new term has erupted in everyday speech. Social Distancing. That's what we are all supposed to do. But that's exactly what we should

Since the mid-1990s, more than 20 states have passed measures to ease voting bans for people with felonies, according to the Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Voting-rights advocates are calling for action on legislation that would make it easier and more convenient for Kentuckians to vote, including bills that would allow same-day voter registration at the polls and automatic voter registration when applying for a driver's license. Add

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 2 million people with mental illnesses are booked into jails each year. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent seriously mentally ill defendants from receiving the death penalty. A handful of other states, including Ohio, Virginia and Indiana, recently have pushed similar legislation. Patrick Delahanty, director of advocacy fo

Of the more than 3 million registered voters in Kentucky, 42% cast their ballots to elect Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear in 2019. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would require voters to present photo identification at the polls. Senate Bill 2, sponsored by Republican Representatives Robby Mills of Henderson and Damon Thayer of Georgetown, now heads to the House for consideration. Kentucky alread

Supreme Court, court of appeals and district court judges are nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S.  Senate. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Over the past few years, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 185 of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, the majority of whom have a conservative track record. Along with two Supreme Court justices, senators have confirmed 50 circuit court and 133 district court judges. Accord

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