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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - KY: Social Justice

Many agriculture experts argue competition law hasn't addressed increasing buyer power, especially in the seed, hog, livestock, poultry, and dairy industries. (Adobe Stock)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Decades of unchecked mergers in the agricultural industry have left many farmers struggling, and rural advocacy groups says a proposal in Congress aims to change that. The "Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act" would give agencies like the Federal Trade Commission

As of 2020, it's estimated nationally more than five million people cannot vote due to a prior felony conviction. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- State lawmakers are considering bills to restore rights for people with felonies in their past, as well as expand polling hours, vote-by-mail options and same-day registration. A virtual event Thursday by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) aims to keep people informed about

Since the mid-1980s, Kentucky's prison population has increased by 168%. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's felony theft threshold has remained unchanged for more than a decade, and critics say it's contributing to a rise in incarceration and prison overcrowding. The dollar amount of property damage or theft often determines whether a person is charged with a felony. For deca

Socioeconomic disadvantages in jobs, housing and education have contributed to the higher COVID-19 death rate in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Black Americans are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as Caucasians, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Medical experts in the Commonwealth say longstanding health disparities contribute to the disproportionate number of deaths, and will requi

Supporters built a memorial in downtown Louisville, Ky. for Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police during a no-knock raid in March 2020. (Wikimedia Commons).

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- After the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police, some states have moved to ban no-knock search warrants, and Kentucky could soon do the same. This month, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed Breonna's Law into effect. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are considering similar move

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Una nueva coalición estatal quiere que las escuelas y las comunidades se enfoquen en la educación y que cuiden a los estudiantes. El Centro de Kentucky por Niñas y Niños Saludables (Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Children"), formado por más de dos docenas

More than a half-million residents signed up for 'kynect,' Kentucky's state-based health insurance exchange, when it first launched in 2014. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - This week, the state has revived the online health-benefits portal 'kynect.ky.gov' as a one-stop shop for Kentuckians who need health insurance. The new portal will also host the state-based health-insurance exchange known as Kynect, starting next year. Kynect allows people who d

Protesters have gathered in Louisville for more than 125 days to call for police accountability over the killing of Breonna Taylor. (Adobe Stock)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Faith leaders providing sanctuary for protesters under Louisville's citywide curfew, which lifted on Monday, say they're being targeted by law enforcement. A legal loophole protects an individual from being in public after curfew if they are traveling to or from a place of worshi

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