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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - KY: Consumer

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 -

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

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