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PNS Daily Newscast - September 19, 2017 


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Public News Service - KY: Youth Issues

This placemat has a message for Kentucky kids: eat healthily. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Diabetes is increasing among Kentucky children, prompting health experts and educators to join forces to help kids and their parents understand the importance of eating healthy. On National Healthy Lunch Day, placemats full of nutrition tips will be given to elementary stude

Over the past four years, an additional 37,000 Kentucky children have been covered by medical insurance  leaving very few children in the state without coverage. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that health insurance coverage is at an all time high in Kentucky and across the country. Nearly 95 percent of Kentuckians now are covered, including all but 3 percent of the state's under-19 population. Terry Brooks, executive director

A judge in a Kentucky murder case has made a pretrial ruling that the prosecutor can not seek the death penalty because the defendant was younger than 21 at the time of the crime. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- A Kentucky judge has issued a pretrial order in a Lexington murder case that could have an impact on the minimum age for the death penalty across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court established 18 as the minimum age in 2005, but since then there has been mounting scientific evide

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

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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