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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - KY: Budget Policy & Priorities

Nearly 1.8 million Kentuckians live with pre-existing conditions, including cancer, asthma and diabetes. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentuckians living with diabetes, cancer, asthma and other chronic health conditions are worried about the fate of the Affordable Care Act, which bans insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing medical conditions. Gov. Andy Beshear has announced his support for House Bil

Last year, China bought nearly 264,000 tons of soybeans from farmers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lost nearly 47,000 jobs between 2001 and 2018 because of the ongoing trade deficit with China, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Over the past two decades, the United States has steadily imported more goods from China than it exports -- and th

More than 9,000 children in Kentucky live in foster care. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky will hire 350 new social workers for the Department of Child Protective Services, among other state budget reforms aimed at reducing and preventing child abuse and neglect. Dr. Terry Brooks - executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates - says the

Research shows that vaping products can deliver as much nicotine as traditional cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill's primary sponsor, said his colleagues a

There are more than 40,000 public school teachers in Kentucky. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As state lawmakers continue to grapple with funding teacher pensions, some say lessons from neighboring West Virginia can offer insight into whether or not Kentucky should switch to a defined-contribution retirement plan for teachers or uphold its public pension system. David Han

Nearly half of all Kentucky children live in low-income families, according to statistics from the National Center for Children in Poverty. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Advocates for children will gather in Frankfort this week to push for policies that benefit children and families. On Thursday, hundreds will rally to urge legislators to consider boosting child-care assistance and enact a state-level refundable Earned Income Tax Credit for low-inc

According to the American Immigration Council, more than 150,000 Kentucky residents are immigrants. A proposal in the Legislature would mandate that state agencies work to help enforce federal immigration law. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky lawmakers are considering a bill to require local police and other public agencies to actively participate in enforcing federal immigration law. Co-sponsored by Sen. Danny Carroll from Paducah and ten other lawmakers - all Republicans - the bill is slated to be read tomor

Between 1968 and 2014, an estimated 76,000 miners died from black lung disease, according to data from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. (Adobe Stock)

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Congress has voted to increase the excise tax levied on coal companies that provides cash flow for the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. But advocates for miners who need the money say the one-year increase isn't enough to keep the fund from drying up. The higher excise tax expir

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