PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

Rep. Charles Booker speaks to residents of Corbin, Ky., on Saturday. (Travis Kitchens)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Many young Kentuckians headed to the polls today say they plan to vote for state Rep. Charles Booker as the Democratic challenger to Mitch McConnell's U.S. Senate seat. The 35-year-old Louisville native has sparked a movement among folks in their 20s and 30s, much like the popula

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

More Americans will likely be voting by mail in the 2020 elections. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state has expanded absentee ballot voting to all registered voters for the upcoming primary election, and the deadline to request a mail-in ballot is June 15. During a recent AARP Kentucky Tele-Town Hall event, Secretary of State Michael Adams offered insight into why residen

Mike Broihier, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and a farmer in Lincoln County, is the third Democrat to throw his hat in the race to challenge GOP Sen. Mitch McConnell in November. (Broihier Campaign)

DANVILLE, Ky. -- A Lincoln County asparagus farmer and retired U.S. Marine who supports a universal basic income is running against long-time incumbent Mitch McConnell for U.S. Senate. Lt. Col. Mike Broihier has received the political endorsement of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who h

More Americans will likely be voting by mail in the 2020 elections. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Today is the last day Kentuckians can register to vote, and county clerks across the state are preparing for a voting process that will be different from years past. The 2020 primary election will be held on June 23. Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said Kentuckians can vote thre

Around 40% of Kentuckians voted in the November 2019 gubernatorial election. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- If Kentuckians are able to cast their ballots for president in person this fall, they'll need a valid form of photo ID. Critics point out that, with government and other ID-issuing office closures because of the coronavirus pandemic, the move is likely to cripple voter turnout. De

Amazon has received more than $1 billion in state and local tax subsidies nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Amazon is seeing a surge in business as people shop at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company recently announced plans to hire 100,000 new workers nationwide, and critics say now is the time to halt tax breaks to the e-commerce giant. Amazon, which operates five distribut

People age 65 and older make up 16% of Kentucky's population, according to Census data. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORRT, Ky. -- Kentuckians age 50 and older spoke to officials on Monday about the coronavirus and the state's response to the public health crisis. Led by AARP Kentucky, the tele-town hall gave residents a chance to phone in questions about how to prevent the spread of the virus, the availabil

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