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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - KY: Youth

Kentucky's rate of child abuse is more than twice the national average, according to data from the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Training sessions on how to recognize early signs of child abuse will be held this week in Louisville and Lexington. The events, run by Kosair Charities’s "Face It" movement, are designed to educate social workers, early-childhood educators, emergency medical service pr

More Kentucky mothers are breastfeeding, according to a new America's Health Rankings report. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky ranks 44th in the nation when it comes to the health of women and children, according to a new America's Health Rankings report. Chief medical officer for women’s health at Optum, Dr. Linda Genen, said bright spots for the state include a jump in the number of

State funding per student in Kentucky is on the decline, according to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State funding per student in Kentucky is on the decline with consequences for local school districts and communities, according to an analysis by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. Ashley Spalding, the center's senior policy analyst, says the state education budget inc

A new law in Kentucky mandates that all school districts become tobacco-free by July 1, 2020. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tobacco-free signs are now available to Kentucky schools at no charge, provided by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Medical Association. Foundation CEO Ben Chandler says the signs will help schools comply with a recent law mandating that all school cam

Kentucky school districts soon will be able to increase behavioral-health and health services for students by using federal Medicaid dollars. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Local school districts will soon be able to hire more licensed psychologists, counselors and other behavioral-health professionals, thanks to upcoming Medicaid changes that will allow schools to use federal dollars. Kristi Putnam, deputy secretary of the state's Cabinet for

Kentucky lawmakers hope to reduce teen e-cigarette use by adding a tax to e-cigarettes sold in the state. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Electronic cigarette use or "vaping" is on the rise among teens, and some Kentucky lawmakers believe a tax on e-cigarettes may help deter young people from using them. State Reps. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, and Jerry T. Miller, R-Louisville, announced a bill last week that wou

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky decreased by 15% in 2018, yet fentanyl continues to be a killer. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – For the first time since 2013, drug overdose deaths among Kentucky residents are on the decline, according to a report released by the state Office of Drug Control Policy. The 15% drop is a turning point from the more than 1,400 Kentuckians who overdosed and died in 2017.

A new health park in Paducah includes a playground, community garden and walking track. (Mark Thompson)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Communities across the state are working to ensure children in Kentucky are exercising and eating healthy foods. In McCracken County, local organizations teamed up with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to build a new health park - an outdoor fitness and recreation area

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