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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

2020Talks - September 18, 2020 

Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

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

PHOTO: Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

RICHMOND, Ky. - The state's top election officer said she has received "overwhelmingly strong support" from Kentuckians to allow online voter registration and to make early voting easier. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has just finished election forums across the state, stopped sho

PHOTO: Many immigrants say they'd be willing to follow the rigorous process outlined in the

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The so-called "Gang of Eight" immigration proposal in the U.S. Senate, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, has the backing of most Kentuckians, according to a new poll. Almost two-thirds (63 percent) of voters surveyed in Kentucky either "strongly or s

PHOTO: Citizens in central Appalachia are calling on the EPA to clean up

WHITESBURG, Ky. - Kentuckians who live in central Appalachia say they have a problem with dirty water and they don't think the state is doing enough to clean it up. So, they've joined residents of three neighboring states - Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia - on visits to regional EPA offices to

PHOTO:  A bill to restore voting rights to ex-convicts is before the Kentucky Senate for a sixth straight year.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Convicted felons in Kentucky are not guaranteed to get their voting rights back once they've come off parole or probation. A bill (HB70) proposing a constitutional amendment to restore that right to most ex-felons is now before the state Senate. It's an idea the House has approved

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