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PNS Daily Newscast - February 26, 2021 


A new study finds big gains in living-wage jobs under Biden Infrastructure Plan; U.S. House passes major protections for LGBTQ Americans.


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A $15 minimum wage is out for now; Capitol Police on past and current threats; House passes major milestone for equality; and voting rights targeted across the nation.

Public News Service - KY: Housing/Homelessness

Unemployment offices across the state have shut their doors in recent years, forcing out-of-work Kentuckians to travel long distances. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Since 2017, more than thirty unemployment offices across the Commonwealth have shut their doors. Now, State Rep. Terri Branham Clark wants to bring them back. The Ashland Democrat has pre-filed legislation that, if enacted, would reopen dozens of unemployment offices across the st

An estimated 4,079 Kentuckians experience homelessness on any given day, according to federal data from 2019. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Homeless families and transient youths typically are undercounted in the census, and the COVID-19 pandemic could make efforts to include them even more challenging. The Kentucky Department of Education estimates that each year, more than 24,000 children are either homeless or don'

A new $500,000 federal grant will help more domestic violence victims in Kentucky afford safe housing. (@TatianaMara/Twenty20)

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A shelter in Bowling Green will be able to help more women fleeing abusive relationships afford safe housing, thanks to a grant of more than $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tori Henninger, executive director of Barren River Area Safe Spa

The Kentucky State Penitentiary complex in Eddyville, Ky., holds more than 850 people and has been in operation since the 1880s. (Wikimedia Commons)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Researchers are following 230 Kentuckians who either are incarcerated or have recently been released, as part of a national program designed to help people transition back into society after serving their time. By working with local corrections departments and community-base

A new program in Hazard, Ky., will offers paid on-the-job training in housing construction to people in recovery from substance abuse. (@reinasierra/Twenty20)

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HAZARD, Ky. — A new job training program in Eastern Kentucky will teach people in recovery from substance abuse how to build homes. The Housing Development Alliance, a non-profit organization in Hazard, has partnered with Perry County drug court and Hickory Hill Recovery Center to provide on

There are more than 4,000 Kentuckians without a home, according to the latest point-in-time count.(James Jordan/Flickr)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With sweltering weather settling in across the Commonwealth, advocacy groups are asking Kentuckians to show compassion for those without a cool place to stay. Just as frostbite is a concern during the winter for those experiencing homeless, said Natalie Harris, executive director

Victims of domestic violence often leave abusive situations strapped by debt and bad credit. (Pixabay)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Some financial specialists are helping survivors of partner abuse in Kentucky learn the power of financial fitness – and how to achieve it. The Allstate Foundation is partnering with the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide financial education classe

Utility programs that offer rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances are popular among Kentucky electric customers. (Andy Melton/Flickr)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. – Programs that help some Kentuckians save money on their utility bills could go by the wayside. Louisville Gas and Electric, and Kentucky Utilities, want to end more than a dozen energy-efficiency programs for residential customers. The companies say the programs have been

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