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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - KY: Mental Health

There is no age limit in Kentucky for when a child in trouble can be sent to court. Advocates want that changed, with a focus on options outside the court system. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Youth advocates say court is no place for young kids who get in trouble. In fact, they say, it can do more harm than good. But, Kentucky does not have a minimum age requirement to determine when children can be sent to court. According to a report from Kentucky Youth Advocates, b

A new report shows Medicaid expansion in Kentucky has led to a huge spike in treatment of substance abuse, but the prescription opioid problem is still increasing. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the more than 400,000 Kentuckians covered by Medicaid expansion, treatment services for substance abuse have increased markedly, according to a new report. The head of the health organization that commissioned the report says while that's good, the bad news is the state

Foster parents should be allowed to become key partners in the child-welfare system to better assist foster children, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A leading children's advocacy group is calling for a fundamental shift in the culture of child-welfare agencies. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, foster parents are being routinely left out of key decisions and changing that would help foster kids heal and reunite with t

Kentucky's huge drop in uninsured adults is good for both parents and their kids, say children's advocates. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The percentage of Americans without insurance is at an all-time low. A new census survey finds that more than 9 percent are uninsured nationwide, and it's even lower in Kentucky, at 6 percent. Sonya Begay of Berea, who is raising three teenage grandchildren, said she began receivi

Community health center leaders say Medicaid expansion is helping address racial and health disparities in Kentucky. (Shawnee Christian Healthcare)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A new report from the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky found that race and ethnicity make a difference in how healthy you are. Phyliss Platt is the CEO at the Shawnee Christian Healthcare Center, a community health center in the west end of Louisville in a predominantly African

Integrating dental care at the same sites as people get medical care is one idea that could make Kentucky's Medicaid program work more efficiently. (Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A broad cross-section of people who are interested in how Kentucky will implement changes to its Medicaid program have spoken - and their ideas are now being made public. Nearly 130 stakeholders were brought together earlier this month by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Acc

Children in the Bluegrass State have it tough. According to a new report, Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, nearly double the national average. (Greg Stotelmyer)

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A new report finds that Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, which is having a devastating toll on families, especially the kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says at 13 percent, Kentucky's rate is nearly double the national aver

For more than a decade, the state's network of domestic violence shelters, including this one in Somerset, have banked on the Economic Empowerment Project to help survivors get back on their feet financially. (Bethany House)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Those who oversee Kentucky's network of 15 domestic violence shelters say once survivors have made it to a safe haven, the next big step is to help them get back on their feet financially. The help includes credit counseling and matched savings accounts. Survivor Darla Pyles says

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