Thursday, March 30, 2023

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Nebraska attorneys develop a workers rights program, the FDA approves over-the-counter sales of the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone, and mayors look for new ways to partner with the federal government.

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The Senate repeals authorization of military force in Iraq, the former CEO of Starbucks testifies about the company's worker policies, and Kentucky overrides the governor's veto of gender-affirming care for children.

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Small towns respond to a hidden housing and homelessness crisis, a new national weather prediction system will help close the gap between urban and rural forecasting, and more rural communities are eligible for a design project to boost economic development.

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One Environmental Working Group study found a majority of Americans' drinking-water supply contains PFAS or

Thursday, March 30, 2023

EPA’s New PFAS Standards Could Overhaul Kentucky's Drinking Water

Kentucky cities and towns could soon start ramping up water monitoring for PFAS chemicals in response to the latest nationwide limits proposed by the …

Whether it is due to an increase in using technology or a shift from the typical 9-5<br />workday, around 50-70 million Americans suffer from sleep issues, according to the American Sleep<br />Apnea Association. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

A Good Night’s Sleep Brings Host of Health Benefits

March is National Sleep Awareness Month, and more than 40% of Kentucky adults report getting fewer than seven hours of sleep a night, according to …


Cancer care costs are expected to top more than $245 billion by 2030, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, March 27, 2023

New Kentucky Law Increases Access to Biomarker Cancer Testing

Beginning next year, more Kentuckians will have expanded access to biomarker testing - which helps doctors customize cancer treatment. Advocates of …

According to a report from the Appalachian Citizens Law Center, the black lung benefit rate for a miner with no dependents is now 738-dollars a month. (Adobe Stock)
Black Lung Benefits Not Keeping Up with Miners’ Health Needs Amid Inflation

As the cost of food, medicine and rent continues to climb, new data shows the benefits miners receive are now 40% less than what they received in 1969…


Sen. Lindsey Tichenor, R-Smithfield, speaks on House Bill 153, a measure to prohibit state and local law enforcement and other public officials from enforcing federal firearms bans or regulations enacted after Jan. 1, 2021. (Legislative Research Commission)
KY Bill Nullifying Federal Gun Laws Heads to Governor’s Desk

A bill to make it more difficult for local police to enforce federal gun laws and in some cases criminally penalize them, now heads to Kentucky Gov…

Nationally, pay increases for state and local government employees have not kept pace with those of private workers, according to data from the Pew Research Center. (Adobe Stock)
Critics Say Proposed Kentucky State Worker Pay Bill Isn’t Enough

Critics of a proposed pay raise for state workers said it barely keeps up with inflation and is not enough to alleviate Kentucky's long-standing gover…


A new report from Food Research & Action Center reveals nearly 1.6 million more children received school breakfast and 10.1 million more children received school lunch during the 2021-2022 school year compared with the previous school year. (Adobe Stock)
Report: Fewer Kentucky Kids Receiving School Meals

Preliminary data shows schools are serving fewer meals than they did last year, largely due to the end of nationwide pandemic-era waivers which …

More than 84 million Americans were enrolled in Medicaid in 2021, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. (Adobe Stock)
KY Communities Brace for Medicaid Renewals

Around 250,000 Kentuckians will soon need to submit new documentation to stay on Medicaid, and health advocates say they're working to prevent …


Regular brisk walking can help prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and type 2 diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic. (Adobe Stock)<br />
KY Small Towns Find Ways to Increase Walkability

Whitesburg residents have put the finishing touches on a walking trail aimed at increasing outdoor exercise among residents and linking local business…

The Department of Justice charged four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers for the 2020 shooting death of Louisville resident Breonna Taylor. (Adobe Stock)<br />
DOJ Report: Louisville Police Repeatedly Violated Kentuckians’ Civil Rights

The Louisville Metro Police Department engaged in patterns of conduct which violated people's civil rights, said a U.S. Department of Justice report …


Students who eat school breakfast, on average, achieve 17.5% higher math test scores and attend 1.5 more days of school per year, according to the nonprofit No Kid Hungry. (Adobe Stock)
KY School Nutrition Directors Face Red-Tape Hurdles Feeding Kids

Red tape and other hurdles are getting in the way, especially for those children who aren't getting nutritious meals at home, the people in charge of …

A 2019 Legislative Research Commission report cited the average annual teacher turnover in Kentucky as just over 17% between 2010 and 2019. (Adobe Stock)<br />
KY House Education Committee Approves Bill to Address Teacher Shortage 

Lawmakers in the Kentucky House Education Committee have greenlighted a bill aimed at addressing the state's widespread teacher shortage. It is …


 

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