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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2018 


CNN reveals an alleged Saudi connection to the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Early voting starts today in some states; poverty rates remain steady but many in New Jersey in need; and cautious praise for the feds proposal on drug ads.

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At least 10 Kentucky school districts will receive federal grant money to help kids graduate from high school on time. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – New money soon will be flowing into the Commonwealth to help close the achievement gap. State leaders announced Tuesday that Kentucky is one of six states to win a $24.5 million GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Aaron Thompson, executive vice president of t

New census figures say Kentucky's median income is up as more people are working, but the state still has one of the nation's highest poverty rates. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky continues to have one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, showing only slight improvement in 2015. New Census Bureau figures show 18.5 percent of Kentuckians lived in poverty last year, down six-tenths of a percent from 2014, but still higher than just before the re

The loss of coal-industry jobs is a big part of widening prosperity gap between eastern Kentucky and rest of state. Credit: Greg Stotelmyer

BEREA, Ky. - While the U.S. Census Bureau's new numbers show Kentucky's poverty rate remains basically unchanged, one economic policy analyst says mining deeper into the numbers uncovers a much bigger problem facing the state's Appalachian coal region. Ashley Spalding, research and policy associa

PHOTO: Figures show an improving economy in 2013, according to the Census Bureau, but some experts caution the recovery is still not adding up to financial security for many middle and low-income Kentuckians. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The latest Census Bureau report shows an improving economy in 2013 but some experts caution the recovery is too slow to help the living standards of many middle and low-income Americans. In Kentucky, 18.8 percent of the people lived in poverty last year. That's down from 19.4 percen

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the clock ticks on to Election Day, children's issues take center stage in Louisville one week from today. Participants at the "Step Up For Kids" conference will address where children fit into the picture on health, welfare, and justice issues. Dr. Terry Brooks, executive dir

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Fifteen percent of the people in Kentucky, roughly 640,000 residents, do not have health insurance. Groups that make up Kentucky Voices for Health (KVH) say the state could bring those numbers way down by doing one thing. KVH Executive Director Jodi Mitchell says it involves a pro

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Poverty's grip on Kentucky and elsewhere appears to be tightening. The Bluegrass State has the fifth-highest poverty rates in the nation, census data shows, and nearly one-third of the state's households earned less than $25,000 last year. Rob Jones, executive director of Communi

FRANKFORT, Ky. - When it comes to getting more uninsured Americans health care coverage under the new federal law, the group's name says it all: Enroll America. The coalition of insurers, hospitals, doctors, consumer groups, pharmaceutical companies and the like, says the timing could not be more cr

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