PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - KY: Poverty Issues

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

More than 4,000 people were found to be without a home during a 2017 count of Kentucky's homeless. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Over the next week, folks across the state will get a better sense of how some of Kentucky's less fortunate are living. One January day each year, volunteers fan out for a Point-in-Time count of Kentuckians who are living on the streets, in emergency shelters and other tempo

Will the Senate wait until January to consider reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program? (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is down to the wire for Congress to pass a long term funding bill for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and a new report shows that if lawmakers don't act soon nearly two million children, including 38,000 in Kentucky, could lose coverage in January. CHIP funding e

Health officials say some Kentuckians eligible for tax subsidies through the federal health-insurance marketplace are paying as little as $1 a month for a 2018 plan. (401(k)2012/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians who need medical insurance in 2018 have just a few more days to apply for it through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The open enrollment period has been 45 days shorter than last year – and it ends this Friday. John Watkins, acting executive dir

Some Eastern Kentuckians say they've had enough of Kentucky Power's rate increases. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Time is running out to comment on Kentucky Power's plan to raise electric bills by 15 percent. The third in a series of public hearings about the proposal will be held Wednesday night in Ashland. The Public Service Commission approved rate increases for the utility in 2006

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

An empty plate and an empty stomach lead to increased health risks. (Greg Stotelmyer)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – September is Hunger Action Month and this year those on the front lines, those who work to help keep Kentuckians from going hungry, are focusing on the problem's link to health. Gary Miles sees up close how hunger gets in the way of a healthy lifestyle. He is executive d

A Kentucky senior leaves a food bank, where the fight against hunger often serves those 60 and older. (Kentucky Assn. of Food Banks)

BEREA, Ky. – A new report finds that nearly one out of every 10 seniors in Kentucky is food insecure, meaning that those seniors are unable to consistently access or afford adequate amounts of food. The just-released "The State of Senior Hunger in America" study is from 2015, and it focuses

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