PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - KY: Civic Engagement

During this holiday season, those who fight hunger in Kentucky say the perfect gift is making a donation to your local food pantry or soup kitchen. (Greg Stotelmyer)

BEREA, Ky. — Kentucky has one of the highest food-insecurity rates in the nation, and those who help feed the hungry say a wonderful gift this holiday would be a donation to your local food pantry. The season of giving is the perfect time to help fellow Kentuckians who struggle to put food o

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

A plan for a transition to a clean energy economy in Kentucky is to be unveiled Saturday. (MACED)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With climate change being addressed globally, a grassroots organization in Kentucky is making a concerted effort to get the discussion about transitioning to a clean energy economy moving in the Bluegrass State. After a year of gathering public comment, consulting work and

The Kentucky Capitol is one of many across the country where today, clergy and activists will rally against what they see as

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Today is Moral Day of Action at the State Capitol in Frankfort, as well as other capitols across the country with leaders of different faiths joining advocates and activists in a call for lawmakers and candidates to move away from what they see as "regressive, extremist" polic

With the start of school nearing, civic, faith and business groups across Kentucky are sponsoring school supply drives. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The calendar tells you all you need to know. The start of school is near and store aisles are filled with parents and their children buying school supplies. But, for some parents it's a huge financial burden. That's where civic, faith and business groups are stepping up. In the gre

Investing in Kentucky's Future grants are focusing on helping make communities in the Commonwealth healthier. (Greg Stotelmyer)

ALBANY, Ky. – When surveyed recently, Kentuckians said exercise was the most important thing they can do to improve their health, but many also said that's a very difficult step to take. There are efforts under way in several Kentucky communities to help folks do just that, step by step. T

The controversy over waste illegally dumped in a Kentucky landfill from out-of-state fracking operations has made its way to a legislative committee hearing in Frankfort. (Sierra Club)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The fallout continues from the unauthorized dumping of fracking waste from West Virginia into a Kentucky landfill. Nearly 2,000 tons of the low-level radioactive waste was moved to the Blue Ridge Landfill near Irvine, a violation of Estill County's host agreement with the solid-was

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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