Sunday, December 4, 2022

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A Louisiana Public Service Commission runoff could affect energy policy, LGBTQ advocates await final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, and democracy gets a voter-approved overhaul in Oregon.

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The Senate passes a bill forcing a labor agreement in an effort to avoid a costly railway worker strike. The House Ways and Means Committee has former President Trump's tax returns in hand. The Agriculture Committee is looking at possible regulations for cryptocurrency following the collapse of cryptocurrency giant FTX. The Supreme Court will be reviewing the legality of Biden s student debt relief program next year. Anti-semitic comments from Ye spark the deletion of tweets from the the House Judiciary Committee GOP's Twitter account.

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The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Kentucky

Each year in the United States, an estimated 58,000 to 80,000 children younger than 5 are hospitalized due to RSV infection, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Friday, December 2, 2022

RSV, Flu, COVID: KY Faces "Triple Threat" This Winter

The flu, COVID and RSV are rapidly spreading in Kentucky, and health experts say that's a problem for hospitals, schools and the state's vulnerable …

As of 2017, the United States had 48,697 producers who identified as Black, either alone or in combination with another race. They accounted for 1.4% of the country's 3.4 million producers, according to the USDA. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Thursday, December 1, 2022

KY Black Farmers Work to Reduce Barriers to Food Programs

Black farmers in Kentucky said they have benefited from participating in Farms to Food Banks, an agricultural program funneling leftover produce from …


Around one in five Kentucky children have experienced at least one type of ACE, according to data from the National Survey of Children's Health. (Adobe Stock)
Rural KY Schools Tackle Childhood Trauma

Russell County teachers, staff, counselors, and bus drivers have received intensive training on the effects of childhood trauma on kids' mental and …

More Kentucky kids are considering their safety at school. According to the latest Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book, published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, more than 90% of the state's high school students think adults at their school work hard to make sure students are safe. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Mental Health, Gun Prevalence Top Concerns for Kentucky Kids

Across the state, kids say they want more resources for mental health - according to the recently released 2022 Kentucky Kids Count County data book…


Kentucky's energy rates jumped by more than 16% between June 2021 and July 2022, according to data released by Vault Electricity. (Adobe Stock)
More Kentuckians Behind on Utility Bills as Rates Soar

One out of six American families is behind on their utility bills, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. Part of the …

The Rev. Dr. James Thurman, a retired U.S. Army veteran, was the first Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee. (Photo courtesy of Thurman)
Kentucky Veterans Honored for "Still Serving"

Two military veterans were honored this week for their community service at the Kentucky Veterans of the Year annual banquet, hosted by the Epilepsy …


Kentucky is among around a dozen states with trigger laws that went into effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court earlier this summer, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)
After Voters Reject Amendment 2, KY Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on Abortion Ban

Kentucky voters rejected a ballot measure that would have changed language in the state's constitution to permanently deny the right to an abortion…

Thirty-five states have laws requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. (Adobe Stock)
KY Voter ID Law in Effect for Midterm Election

Kentuckians casting their ballots at the polls on Tuesday will now have to show a photo ID in order to vote. Kentucky is one of around a dozen …


People with seasonal affective disorder often feel excessively sleepy during the day and sleep longer than usual at night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (Adobe Stock)<br />
KY Faces Another Risk from Natural Disasters: Seasonal Depression

Mental health experts say this winter may be especially difficult for people who have lost homes or loved ones in the eastern Kentucky floods…

In a Sept. NPR/Marist Poll, 58% of Americans said the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has made them more likely to vote in this November's midterm elections. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Abortion Measures on Ballots the 'Most on Record'

By Carrie Baker for Ms. Magazine.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the Ms. Magazine-Public News Service …


According to Feeding Kentucky, 70% of Kentucky households that are receiving SNAP have children, and 40% of them have an elderly person or someone living with a disability. (Adobe Stock)
Experts: Boost SNAP Purchasing Power in Next Farm Bill

Families are being forced to stretch their SNAP dollars due to inflation, and advocates say they want Congress to tackle the issue in the 2023 farm …

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky named Denise Hall recipient of its 2022 Gil Friedell Award for her career spent serving youths in Trimble County through substance-use prevention efforts. (Adobe Stock)
KY School District Takes Lead on Mental Health, Drug-Use Prevention

In Trimble County, school staff are expanding services for students and families aimed at curbing vaping, marijuana and opioid use, and increasing …


 

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