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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


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Public News Service - KY: Poverty Issues

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

Speakers at a weekend rally in Pikeville had a message for Congress: Everybody deserves health care. (Jerry Hardt)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- In Pikeville, a city in the far eastern part of Sen. Mitch McConnell's home state, more than 100 people rallied on Saturday, renewing their call for health care for all. Irony perhaps that the previously-scheduled event, part of a national day of action, came barely 24 hours afte

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

Consumer challenges deliver a sharp reduction in rate increases sought by sister power companies in Kentucky. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The battle to tamp down utility rate hikes in Kentucky produced a victory last week for intervenors, who challenged the sizes and types of increases sought by sister power companies Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric. Combined, the utilities serve more than 1

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

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