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The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - KY: Social Justice

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is the single objector to a bill that would make lynching a federal crime. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is the sole holdout in Congress on legislation that would, for the first time, recognize lynching as a federal crime. His decision has sparked growing public outcry, both nationally and at home. Democratic state Rep. Reginald Meeks of Louisville

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

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