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


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Public News Service - KY: Consumer

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

Last year, China bought nearly 264,000 tons of soybeans from farmers in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky lost nearly 47,000 jobs between 2001 and 2018 because of the ongoing trade deficit with China, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. Over the past two decades, the United States has steadily imported more goods from China than it exports -- and th

A Social Security card is one of the documents required for obtaining a REAL ID. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- By this fall, Americans who don't have either one of the new "REAL IDs" or a valid passport won't be able to fly within the US or visit military bases and federal facilities. Kentucky is urging its residents to take the change seriously. Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, fo

There are more than 40,000 public school teachers in Kentucky. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As state lawmakers continue to grapple with funding teacher pensions, some say lessons from neighboring West Virginia can offer insight into whether or not Kentucky should switch to a defined-contribution retirement plan for teachers or uphold its public pension system. David Han

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it gave Kentucky $1.5 million in 2018 for use toward tobacco prevention programs. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill aims to reduce access to e-cigarettes among teens and young adults. While Kentucky brings in more than $500 million a year from tobacco sales, Ben Chandler,

Nearly 70% of U.S. adults plan to buy gift cards this holiday season. But according to a new study by AARP, scammers have found a way to drain gift cards' funds as soon as they are purchased. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Holiday scams aren't what they used be. Technology is making fraud harder to spot, and according to a new survey by AARP, nearly 20% of participants failed a simple quiz designed to test their ability to recognize the red flags of holiday scams. Gary Adkins is a retired state pro

In Appalachia, forest farms, which grow and market botanicals such as ginseng, goldenseal and black cohosh have the potential to boost local economies. (Adobe Stock)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Growers of mushrooms, ginseng and other herbs that require forest cover will receive more than $500,000 in federal funding to start or expand production. Erik Hoffner, editor of the environmental news site Mongabay says the practice of growing and harvesting ginseng and simi

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