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PNS Daily Newscast - October 22, 2020 


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

A 2014 survey published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found spanking in American households is on the decline, compared with data from 1985 and 1975. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- State lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban spanking in schools. Kentucky is one of 19 states that continue to allow corporal punishment. Glasgow family court judge Mica Wood Pence is responsible for placing children in foster care. She said when children have experienc

Tobacco use costs Kentucky an estimated $1 billion a year in direct health-care expenses. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new heat-not-burn tobacco product called IQOS for sale in the U.S., but some Kentucky public-health officials say consumers are being left in the dark when it comes to knowing what the side effects and long-term health risks of n

Sexy Sex Ed's new online resource maps all reproductive health locations in Appalachia. (Sexy Sex Ed)

WHITESBURG, Ky. -- The traveling sex-education workshop that teaches about consent and anatomy in rural Appalachia has created a unique new online map that shows the locations of reproductive-justice-related organizations and health-care providers in the region. Tanya Turner, who founded the group

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

Research shows that vaping products can deliver as much nicotine as traditional cigarettes. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lawmakers are considering putting an excise tax on e-cigarettes sold in the Commonwealth. The tax would be equal to the current tax on traditional cigarettes, which is $1.10 per pack. State Rep. Jerry Miller, R-Louisville, the bill's primary sponsor, said his colleagues a

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

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

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