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DNI Ratcliffe labels an email spoofing scam using Proud Boys as designed to damage Trump; CT Attorney General not buying feds' Purdue Pharma settlement.


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Obama makes his first live appearance on the campaign trail. And security agencies conclude that deceptive emails sent to some voters are foreign interference from Iran.

Public News Service - KY: Youth

The budget gap between Kentucky's wealthiest and poorest school districts jumped by $122 per student in 2019, compared to the previous year. (Adobe Stock)

GREENSBURG, Ky. -- Kentucky's wealthiest school districts had nearly $3,000 more to spend per student than the state's lower-income districts, according to a new report with data from the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent of Green County Schools William Hodges said before the pandemic, he had t

Kentucky leads the nation in cases of child abuse and neglect, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The state's child welfare system is struggling to keep pace with unprecedented levels of mental distress among families, according to a new report by Kentucky Youth Advocates. Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, Marta Miranda-Straub, said frontlin

Around 60% of Kentucky schools provide students with free breakfast and lunch. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- School districts across the state are navigating how to ensure kids are being fed as school reopening is delayed or learning is shifted entirely online for fall. According to federal data, around 600,000 Kentucky kids are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch. That's about 8

In 2017, more than 14% of Kentucky high school students said they used electronic cigarette products such as JUUL. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The state's new tax on e-cigarettes goes into effect tomorrow. Prices for cartridge-based e-cigarettes will increase by $1.50 per pod, and containers of refillable e-cigarette liquid will be taxed at 15% of the wholesale price. Bonnie Hackbarth, lead staff member with the Coalit

Juvenile-court officials say school closures because of the coronavirus pandemic have contributed to the nationwide drop in youth arrests and detention. (Adobe Stock)

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Juvenile courts report arrests of young people have dropped since the coronavirus pandemic began. Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation show the number of kids in local youth detention centers across thirty states dipped by 24% in March alone. Children's Law Center of Kentucky

According to federal data, a parent is the perpetrator in nearly 80% of substantiated cases of child maltreatment nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and experts say home isolation, job loss and economic uncertainty all increase the likelihood of child maltreatment. Researchers have seen the trend before, linking spikes in child abuse to regions with higher unemployment and home foreclosu

Research from the CDC finds smoking-related illness costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $300 billion each year. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - State lawmakers have passed a revenue bill that includes a new excise tax on e-cigarettes. The legislation now heads to the governor's desk. E-cigarette pods, such as Juul, currently are the only tobacco products sold in the Commonwealth without a tax, and health experts say their

An estimated 4,079 Kentuckians experience homelessness on any given day, according to federal data from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Homeless families and transient youths typically are undercounted in the census, and the COVID-19 pandemic could make efforts to include them even more challenging. The Kentucky Department of Education estimates that each year, more than 24,000 children are either homeless or don'

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