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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - KY: Rural/Farming

Advocates for net neutrality worry that under the Trump administration, the Federal Communications Commission may reverse course on its rules to treat the Internet like a utility. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guaranteed equal access to the Internet two years ago, when the regulatory agency passed net neutrality, backed by the Obama administration. Nearly 4 million public comments helped cement the open Internet rules. But will they survi

Conservationists are fighting back against attempts to gut new regulations that attempt to stop future pollution of streams such as this one that spills into the Kentucky River. (Tarence Ray)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A coalition of community and conservation groups is fighting back against attempts by state officials in Kentucky and 13 other coal-producing states to stop enforcement of the Stream Protection Rule, which was finalized last month by the Interior Department. The states want t

This is the Red River, where nearly a half-century ago a flood-control project sparked controversy. (U.S. Forest Service)

STANTON, Ky. – A pivotal moment in stopping a controversial plan to dam the Red River, part of which is now Kentucky's only National Wild and Scenic River, happened 49 years ago today. Nearly a half-century later, it's still vividly remembered by many as a watershed moment in the lengthy, con

Using money from the Abandoned Mining Lands Fund to spur economic development in Appalachia has overwhelming support in the region, according to a new poll. (Vivian Stockman, flyover credit SouthWings)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A new Sierra Club poll shows nearly nine out of every ten people living in Appalachia support a Kentucky congressman's plan to help communities impacted by America's shift away from coal. The RECLAIM Act, introduced in the House by Somerset Republican Hal Rogers, proposes usi

Jane Herrod is one of the Kentucky farmers growing a test plot of industrial hemp this summer. (Catherine Moore)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky is experimenting with industrial hemp as dozens of farmers grow test plots covering 45,000 acres. This is the second summer that the crop has been grown on Jane Herrod's small farm along the Kentucky River in Fayette County. She said the experiment is filled with regu

Kentucky is expanding it's Double Dollars program which helps lower-income residents purchase more fresh produce. (Greg Stotelmyer)

BEREA, Ky. - Two summers ago, six farmers' markets in Kentucky were participating in cost-sharing support programs organized by the Community Farm Alliance. This summer it's up to 33 markets. For example, about two-dozen markets now are part of the Double Dollars program. Martin Richards, executiv

Shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables through Farmacy, an innovative healthy eating program. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – When people think of prescriptions, they usually think of medicine, not tomatoes or cantaloupe. But there are now some doctors in eastern Kentucky writing their patients prescriptions for fresh produce. The Farmacy Program – that's pharmacy with an F – was sta

Retired journalist Jim Branscome, a native of Appalachia who covered the War on Poverty, has a plan for reviving the coal region's economy. (Joel Blocker)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With the decline of the coal industry in Appalachia, plenty of ideas are being raised on how to revive the region's economy. Jim Branscome, a former journalist and retired managing director of Standard and Poor's Financial Services, calls his the Appalachian Homestead Act, a

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