PBS Daily Newscast - July 8, 2020 

Mary Trump's book labels our president a reckless leader who paid a pal to take his SAT test; Nevada lawmakers address pandemic shortfalls.

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: Civic Engagement

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

PHOTO: Tayna Fogle tells lawmakers why she believes most former convicts should have their voting rights restored automatically after serving their time. Photo courtesy Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Those who support restoring voting rights to most former felons hope the eighth time is a charm in Kentucky. The House has approved the idea in seven straight legislative sessions, but the bill calling for a constitutional amendment to bring the idea to a public vote has died in th

PHOTO: A new report calls for a more strategic approach on how coal severance tax dollars are spent in Kentucky.

BEREA, Ky. – A nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable development in eastern Kentucky is calling for community participation, accountability and transparency in how money generated by the coal severance tax is spent. The tax is the largest pool of public dollars for economic develo

PHOTO:  Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers says Community Action Agencies play an important role in his efforts to rein in federal spending by assisting low-income families.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers tries to rein in federal spending as chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, he says the state's Community Action Agencies play an important role because they help low-income families. Rogers, a Republican who represents one of th

PHOTO:  New report shows Kentucky stands to gain millions in new revenue if immigration reform is passed. Courtesy of OneAmerica.

BEREA, Ky. – A new study shows that Kentucky would get a boost in revenue if the state's estimated 80,000 undocumented immigrants were allowed to work legally. The analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy claims Kentucky could gain more than $23 million a year. Anna Bauman

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