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PNS Daily Newscast - September 29, 2020 


Trump tax revelations point to disparity in nation's tax system; Pelosi and Mnuchin make last-ditch effort at pandemic relief.


2020Talks - September 29, 2020 


Today's the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. And a British news show reports a Trump campaign effort to suppress the Black vote in 2016.

Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

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

PHOTO:  Appalachia's newest generation of college graduates hopes to get its message heard during the SOAR summit Dec. 9, which will focus on the future of eastern and southern Kentucky.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - More than 1100 people have registered to attend a day-long conference next Monday about the future of eastern and southern Kentucky. SOAR - which stands for "Shaping Our Appalachian Region" - is a bipartisan effort to find ways to move the region forward. According to Ethan Hambli

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