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Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - KY: Children's Issues

Summer meal sites throughout Kentucky provide food and enrichment activities for eligible children. (USDA/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Hunger prevents some Kentucky kids from enjoying the carefree days of summer, but the state is making progress to make food available for youngsters in need. According to the Food Research and Action Center's annual "Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation" report, Kentucky had the third-la

Food-insecure Kentuckians face an average food budget shortfall of $15.79 each week. (Kentucky Association of Foodbanks)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – An annual snapshot of food insecurity shows Kentucky is making some strides in the fight to end hunger. The Map the Meal Gap 2017 report by Feeding America released Thursday tracks who is struggling with hunger and where they live. According to the findings, Kentucky's foo

Face It, an awareness campaign on how to look for and address child abuse and neglect is having a positive impact in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- While statistics about child abuse and neglect in Kentucky are alarming, experts say progress is being made across the Commonwealth to educate parents, child care and health care providers and law enforcement on how to both spot and address the problem. In 2015, nearly 18,000 Ke

Young lawyers in Kentucky are joining others in the legal community for Legal Food Frenzy, a friendly competition to raise money for hunger relief. (Kentucky Association of Food Banks)

BEREA, Ky. – Lawyers across Kentucky will soon have more than legal briefs and court appearances on their dockets. On March 27, the legal community will engage in a friendly competition to raise money for hunger relief. The Kentucky Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is a driving force

Kentucky lawmakers are taking action to allow fictive kin, people who are not blood relatives, to take in children who are being removed from their homes for safety reasons. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A bill moving through the Kentucky General Assembly expands the state's options for immediate placement of children who are removed from their homes for safety reasons. House Bill 180 would clear the way for kids to be placed with close family friends, often known as "fictiv

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

Kentucky Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield is pushing legislation aimed at reducing disparities in how minority youth are treated by the juvenile-justice system. (LRC Public Information)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Legislation aimed at addressing the disparities in how Kentucky treats minority youth is on the Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda for Thursday. The Senate Judiciary chair Whitney Westerfield has filed Senate Bill 20 that he says will collect "consistent" data on age, gende

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

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