PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: Students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front; and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - KY: Youth Issues

One bright spot in new health rankings shows that women and children in Kentucky are getting their regular wellness checkups. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report indicates there is much work to be done in Kentucky to improve health among women and children. The national report, from United Health Foundation's America's Health Rankings, ranks the Commonwealth 42nd compared to other states for women's and children's health

Some 45 million kids and adults in the U.S. will participate in Read Across America Day.<br />(K.W. Barrett/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Read Across America Day is held annually on March 2nd to coincide with the birthday of the author known around the world as Dr. Seuss. And in the past 20 years, the observance has grown beyond 'Green Eggs and Ham.' Schools and libraries across Kentucky hold special events Th

Good oral-health habits can decrease the incidence of cavities among children. (woodypino/Pixabay)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While Valentine candy might be tempting to Kentucky boys and girls, dental-health professionals say it's crucial to ensure it doesn't turn into a problem. February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and health-care groups say it's about more than teaching kids to b

Over 276,000 Kentucky kids participated in the School Breakfast Program in 2017-2016. (USDA/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new report finds more low-income children in Kentucky are starting their school days with the food they need to fuel their brain. The Food Research and Action Center's annual School Breakfast Scorecard was released today. It shows that during the 2016-2017 school year over

Health groups say e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco cigarettes for young people. (

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 legislators gathered with kids on Thursday to celebrate youth advocacy. (Kentucky Advocates for Youth)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dozens of Kentucky kids put their future in their own hands on Thursday, as they joined state leaders and others for the 14th annual Children's Advocacy Day at the Capitol. Executive Director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Dr. Terry Brooks said it was a day to unite and rally o

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

Lack of equitable funding led to the 1989 Rose decision, which held that Kentucky was failing in its constitutional duty to

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Back in the early 1990s, the Kentucky Supreme Court declared the state's schools were inefficient and inequitable. Now a new study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy shows the state is slipping back to funding levels that sparked reform. The Kentucky Education Refo

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