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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - KY: Smoking Prevention

Major League Baseball prohibits new players, including those in the minor leagues, from using tobacco. (Navan Rajagopalan/Flickr)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky city is knocking tobacco out of the park, quite literally. All ballparks in Lexington including the home of the Lexington Legends minor league baseball team are becoming completely tobacco-free. Team CEO Andy Shea says Major League Baseball has made great strides

Health groups say e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco cigarettes for young people. (vaping360.com/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — More young adults in Kentucky are "vaping" than ever before, which is concerning health groups who say electronic cigarettes are not a safe alternative to smoking. Data from the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll showed nearly half of Kentuckians between the ages of 18 and 2

Kentucky health advocates say a cigarette tax increase of $1 per pack would raise about $250 million  a year. (Brett McBain/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Could increasing the cigarette tax by $1 save lives and improve Kentucky's budget woes? That's what the majority of Kentucky voters say in a new poll from Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. When learning about the specific revenue and health benefits of a $1 per-pack increase in

Kentucky's smoking rate is 62 percent higher than the national average. (Chris Vaughn/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new statewide alliance says it's ready to take bold action to protect Kentuckians from the dangers associated with tobacco use. The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow launched in Frankfort on Wednesday with dozens of organizations and agencies, and a common goal of improv

Warren County Public Schools have had a tobacco free policy in place for two years. Now, lawmakers are considering a statewide rule. (Warren County Public Schools)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While legislation is moving through the General Assembly to make all public schools in the Bluegrass State tobacco free, some school districts haven't waited for state lawmakers to get on the health bandwagon. For example, Warren County Public Schools have been smoke fre

Support is strong in all geographic regions of Kentucky for a statewide smoke-free law according to the latest poll data. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Policies that lead to decreased smoking rates are now garnering strong support in all five regions of the Bluegrass State, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The survey found two-thirds of Kentuckians favor a statewide law prohibiting smoking indoors in most pub

Support is holding firm among Kentuckians for a statewide smoke-free law, according to new polling numbers. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILE, Ky. - A new Kentucky Health Issues poll shows two thirds of the state's adults favor a statewide smoke-free law. The General Assembly has repeatedly rejected bills that would prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces leaving protections from secondhand smoke up to local commun

A new report shows spending on tobacco prevention in Kentucky is tiny compared with what the tobacco companies spend on marketing their products in the state. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is spending $2.5 million this year on tobacco prevention, 36th in the nation, according to a new report. But, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reveals tobacco companies are blowing that effort away spending an estimated $292.8 million on marketing their products in the st

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