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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - KY: Consumer Issues

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

A grassroots organization has released an in-depth plan that projects that a move to cleaner energy in Kentucky would lower electric rates and grow jobs. (KU)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Saying a transition to clean energy is an opportunity for Kentucky, not a burden, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth has released its Empower Kentucky Plan, the organization's blueprint for the state's energy future. The grassroots citizens group began working on the plan near

A report finds that emergency room use in Kentucky is not decreasing under the Affordable Care Act, largely due to cultural norms and a growing opioid addiction problem. (PresidenciadeRepublica/flickr.com)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — One of the projected benefits of the Affordable Care Act was a decreased demand on emergency rooms in states like Kentucky. But three years after the ACA was implemented, the number of visits remains generally the same. That is according to a new report from the Foundation f

The American Health Care Act could result in more than 130,000 Kentuckians losing their coverage, according to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy. (UW Health)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million people would lose coverage by 2026 under the American Health Care Act, and almost a half-million Kentuckians are included in that number, according to the Urban Institute. The American Health Care Act (AHC

More than 53,000 Kentuckians receive food from a food bank each week, as hunger-fighting groups worry about the future of nutrition-program funding in Congress. (Foodbank2/Flickr)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – One in six people in Kentucky struggles with hunger, and the rate is even higher among the state's youth, according to the group Feeding America. Such statistics are why hunger-fighting groups are concerned about possible cuts to federal nutrition programs under the Trump ad

Solar power advocates say a legislative proposal would stifle solar in the Bluegrass State, killing jobs and costing those who have installed rooftop systems. (Sarah Lynn Cunningham)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Backlash from solar users and advocates has slowed a proposal in the Kentucky Senate to change the rules on net metering – the way utilities and consumers with rooftop solar trade energy. The power companies want to pay a lower rate for the excess power they buy from s

Kentuckians have nine check-off choices on their state income tax return to donate money to good causes, including a program that feeds the hungry. (Greg Stotelmyer)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Charitable organizations, including those which feed the hungry, want you to check off boxes on line 33 of your state income tax return. The nine check-offs are ways Kentucky taxpayers can donate directly to causes that help children, veterans, rape victims and cancer research

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