PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2019 

President Trump forces California out of vehicle emissions standards; and death penalty opponents argue for clemency in a pending execution.

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Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh on why he's challenging President Trump; and how Iowa keeps its status as the first caucus of primary season.

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Public News Service - KY: Media Reform

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The home-security industry is sounding the alarm about deregulating phone service in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Senate on Monday approved what's become known as the AT&T bill, making it the first bill to land on the governor's desk this legislative session. The bill frees the b

PHOTO: The FCC chairman proposes treating the Internet like a utility, a move that advocates say could deliver access to rural Kentuckians who cannot get service. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - The head of the Federal Communications Commission says the Internet should be treated like telephone service, a utility everyone is guaranteed access to. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler calls his proposal "the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC." Mimi Pickerin

PHOTO: A big win for rural communities. That's how one advocate for rural Kentucky views President Obama's call for the FCC to treat broadband service like telephone service. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - "A big win for rural communities." That's how the National Rural Assembly views President Obama's endorsement of treating broadband service like telephone service. Edyael Casaperalta coordinates a national coalition of groups that advocate for those who live in rural areas. She says

PHOTO:  A leading advocate for rural America, Dee Davis, says potential FCC rule changes to the Internet could be another blow to those regions of the country still waiting for affordable broadband service. Photo: Greg Stotelmyer/Public News Service.

WHITESBURG, Ky. - The FCC's proposal to push the Internet toward a "pay to play" system similar to cable television has stirred a public outcry. Dee Davis, founder of the Center for Rural Strategies, says while the potential changes are "subtle," he fears they would be another blow to areas of the c

PHOTO:  Kentucky leaders say high-speed, high-capacity broadband is the path to increasing opportunities in rural parts of the state. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

HAZARD, Ky. - Educators say bringing high-speed, high-capacity broadband Internet to rural parts of the state is "critically important" to improving opportunities for students and the region as a whole. Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., have promised to build a "Super I way" into

PHOTO:  A change in Kentucky's telehealth regulations is making more providers and services available to Medicaid patients through video link.  Photo courtesy University of Kentucky.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Changes in Kentucky's telehealth regulations are now making it easier for more providers to deliver more health-care services to Medicaid patients by video link. Kentucky has had a telehealth network since 2000, but according to Rob Sprang, the network's co-manager and director of K

PHOTO: A new AARP survey indicates seniors still see the traditional landline phone as a 'security blanket' service they don't want to lose. A bill in the Kentucky Legislature would reduce that consumer protection, according to some seniors.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - As the Kentucky General Assembly heads into its final month, one bill still in doubt is about telephone deregulation. Senate Bill 88 would unshackle phone companies from having to provide landline service in most areas of the state. The phone companies say they need the freedom pr

PHOTO:  A bill filed in the Kentucky Legislature would free phone companies from having to provide landline phone service in most areas of the state.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The idea of deregulating telephone service is back before Kentucky lawmakers. A bill filed Tuesday would free phone companies from having to provide landline service in most areas. Scott Wegenast, AARP Kentucky communications director, said the landline remains a lifeline for many

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