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PNS Daily Newscast - July 2, 2020 


The White House says no response is planned to reported Russian bounties on U.S. troops; House Democrats unveil an ambitious plan to curb climate change.

2020Talks - July 2, 2020 


Richmond, Virginia joins other states removing its Confederate monuments, despite ardent resistance from the president. Plus, Senate Republicans removed a provision in the Pentagon spending bill requiring campaigns to report foreign help.

Public News Service - KY: Consumer

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 -

Experts say federal aid to Kentucky was essential for curbing the economic fallout from the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)<br />

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Counties across Kentucky say they've already seen a drop in tax revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, and are bracing for cuts to law enforcement, transportation and other critical public services. Early indicators hint that the economic fallout from the global pandemic could b

To date, more than 30,000 Kentuckians have been tested for COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)<br />

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Gov. Andy Beshear says new COVID-19 drive-through testing sites are slated to open this week in Madisonville, Paducah, Somerset and Pikeville. Expanded testing is one of several benchmarks the state needs to meet in order to reopen businesses. Across the country, states are grappl

Amazon has received more than $1 billion in state and local tax subsidies nationwide. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Amazon is seeing a surge in business as people shop at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company recently announced plans to hire 100,000 new workers nationwide, and critics say now is the time to halt tax breaks to the e-commerce giant. Amazon, which operates five distribut

There are currently more than 230 food co-ops operating in the United States. (Adobe Stock)  There are currently more than 230 food co-ops operating in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Local grocery store chains are rapidly disappearing across the country, either bought up by large corporations or squeezed out of business by retailers such as Walmart, Target and Amazon. Some critics say that's a problem for local food producers, other local businesses and worke

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

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