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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - KY: Consumer

More than a half-million residents signed up for 'kynect,' Kentucky's state-based health insurance exchange, when it first launched in 2014. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - This week, the state has revived the online health-benefits portal 'kynect.ky.gov' as a one-stop shop for Kentuckians who need health insurance. The new portal will also host the state-based health-insurance exchange known as Kynect, starting next year. Kynect allows people who d

Public transit ridership across the country has plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Recent CARES Act funding gives sixteen public transit agencies needed cash to keep services running. The more than $6 million will be used for operational expenses, including personal protective equipment, disinfection services, electronic ticketing and fuel purchases. Chuck Wolf

More municipalities are turning parking lots and sidewalks into outdoor seating areas as the COVID-19 crisis continues into late summer and fall. (Adobe Stock)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One neighborhood in Louisville's south end is working to reimagine a public corridor in the wake of the pandemic to balance public health and safety while allowing local businesses the opportunity to thrive. The Beechmont Neighborhood Association has received a $31,000 Community

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

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, many family members have been unable to visit loved ones in nursing homes.(AARP Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- AARP is urging Congress to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help protect the lives of nursing home residents by boosting access to personal protective equipment, testing and nursing staff. According to data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Ser

A new report finds that 5.3 million seniors struggled with food insecurity in 2018 and hunger advocates say COVID-19 could worsen the situation. (Adobe Stock)<br />

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky has the highest rate in the nation of food insecurity among older adults, and that's likely to worsen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report released by the group Feeding America. Using the most recent available data from 2018, researchers found that near

Amazon warehouses have been hotspots for COVID-19 cases nationwide. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Amazon's firing of workers who speak out on working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic is galvanizing labor organizers. Over the past few months, media outlets have profiled several workers who say they were fired for protesting lack of social distancing measures and personal

Experts say the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Postal workers in Kentucky are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. President of Louisville Local 4 of the American Postal Workers Union Art Campos says postal workers have been crucial in serving the public during the COVID-19 crisis -

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