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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 


President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - KY: Children's

More than 9,000 children in Kentucky live in foster care. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Gov. Andy Beshear says Kentucky will hire 350 new social workers for the Department of Child Protective Services, among other state budget reforms aimed at reducing and preventing child abuse and neglect. Dr. Terry Brooks - executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates - says the

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it gave Kentucky $1.5 million in 2018 for use toward tobacco prevention programs. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill aims to reduce access to e-cigarettes among teens and young adults. While Kentucky brings in more than $500 million a year from tobacco sales, Ben Chandler,

Nearly half of all Kentucky children live in low-income families, according to statistics from the National Center for Children in Poverty. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Advocates for children will gather in Frankfort this week to push for policies that benefit children and families. On Thursday, hundreds will rally to urge legislators to consider boosting child-care assistance and enact a state-level refundable Earned Income Tax Credit for low-inc

Around 700 women die each year in the United States as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State legislators have pre-filed a bill aimed at addressing racial bias in health care that contributes to Kentucky women dying during or following childbirth. Co-sponsored by Reps. Attica Scott of Louisville and Rob Wiederstein of Henderson, both Democrats, Bill Request 88 would

More than 647,000 people were hospitalized for flu-related complications in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Four people in Kentucky have died from the flu, and health officials say this year they expect an increase in flu cases across the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Department for Public Health also reports more than 1,600 laboratory-confirmed flu cases since early August. Acting state ep

In 2017, 26% of Kentucky high school students reported using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Concern over the growing use of electronic cigarettes and tobacco products among young people in the Commonwealth has spurred lawmakers to pre-file bills for the 2020 legislative session aimed at making it more difficult for teens to get them. The bills would raise the legal

Rural Americans report less leisure time physical activity and lower seat belt use than their urban counterparts, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says these residents tend to be older and sicker compared with people living in urban areas. In Kentucky, the report says excess deaths from preventable

Federal funding for local school districts is determined in part by the U.S. Census count every 10 years. More than 300 federal programs also use census-derived data. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Fewer children in the Commonwealth are living in poverty compared with 2012, according to new county-level data. Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, the organization that analyzed the data, said more children are in families that have enough food, are

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