PNS Daily Newscast - February 25, 2020 

Harvey Weinstein in custody after being convicted of felony sex crimes. And U.S. Supreme Court to consider foster-parenting rights of same-sex couples.

2020Talks - February 25, 2020 

Tonight's the last debate before the South Carolina primaries, but it's also the last before Super Tuesday, which includes California and its 494 delegates.

Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

PHOTO: The EPA is holding public hearings this week on its proposed tougher carbon emission standards - a controversial proposal here in coal-producing Kentucky. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Proposed carbon emissions standards would cut carbon pollution in the power sector by 30 percent compared to 2005 levels. The proposed rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency rolled out June 2, are controversial in Kentucky, one of the top coal-producing states in t

PHOTO: A Sierra Club report alleges this coal ash pond at the E.W. Brown Generating Station is contaminating surface and groundwater. Photo courtesy Alex DeSha, Sierra Club.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coal-ash pond is leaking near the banks of Herrington Lake, a popular Kentucky recreation spot. The leak is causing a threat to public health, according to a new national report from the Sierra Club. The 126-acre, unlined pond – located just a quarter of a mile fr

PHOTO: A Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky project, (c)space, will bring together, under one roof, those working to improve Kentuckians health and quality of life. Photo courtesy Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nonprofit health advocacy groups have a new way to further their efforts to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians. With the catchy title of (c)space – a play on the tax-exempt status of nonprofit 501(c)(3) groups – those organizations can now work on the sam

PHOTO: Former death row inmate Sabrina Butler talks with Sen. Gerald Neal sponsor of a bill to outlaw capital punishment in Kentucky. Photo courtesy Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Bills in both the Kentucky Senate and House would abolish the death penalty, but neither has received a committee hearing. So one of the bill's sponsors, Sen. Gerald Neal, decided to, in his words, "make it a little more personal." During a floor speech, he introduced exon

PHOTO: There's disagreement at the state Capitol between the Senate and House over how to restore voting rights for ex-felons.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Legislation letting Kentuckians vote on a constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to most ex-felons has now passed both the House and Senate. But the Senate added several restrictions to the original House bill, including a five-year waiting period, hurtling the is

PHOTO: Consumer Reports has honored the Kentucky Equal Justice Center with its Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award. Photo Courtesy of Rich Seckel.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - You may turn to Consumer Reports to do research into which washing machine or car to buy, but the product-testing organization's scope extends far beyond what you might imagine. A Lexington-based nonprofit has been given Consumer Reports' "Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award." T

PHOTO:  The grassroots citizens group, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, has sent an open letter to Governor Steve Beshear saying building a bright future in the mountains of eastern Kentucky can hapen, but it won't be easy.  Photo courtesy KFTC.<br /><br />.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A letter from a grassroots citizens group has reached the office of Governor Steve Beshear, with a simple message: The mountain region of the state can have a bright future, but achieving that goal "won't be easy." The letter was written by two members of Kentuckians For The Common

PHOTO: SOAR, the summit on the future of eastern and southern Kentucky, is raising hopes for finding strategies for economic development beyond the region's traditional staple, coal. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The search for a collaborative vision into eastern Kentucky's future is being fueled by SOAR, short for Shaping Our Appalachian Region. SOAR launches Monday with a summit in Pikeville. Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, says diversificat

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