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Consumer health advocates urge governor to sign bill package; NY protests for Jewish democracy heighten as Netanyahu meets UN today; Multiple Utah cities set to use ranked-choice voting in next election.

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The Pentagon wants to help service members denied benefits under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," advocates back a new federal office of gun violence prevention, and a top GOP member assures the Ukrainian president more help is coming.

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An Indigenous project in South Dakota seeks to protect tribal data sovereignty, advocates in North Carolina are pushing back against attacks on public schools, and Arkansas wants the hungriest to have access to more fruits and veggies.


Nearly 85% of youth who vape report using flavored e-cigarettes and more than half said they use disposable e-cigarettes, according to federal data. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Local KY Communities Tackle Youth Vaping Crisis

Widespread vaping among young Kentuckians continues to be a public health concern - and some local communities are coming up with innovative ways to t…

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Between now and 2030, a net 78% of new workers in the country - people entering the labor market minus the people retiring from the labor market - will be Latino, according to a forecast from the U.S. Department of Labor. (Adobe Stock)
As Latino Workforce Grows, 'Urgent Need’ to Improve Access to Digital Economy

By Ramona Schindelheim for WorkingNation.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection reporting for the WorkingNation-Public News …

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Nine thousand homes in 13 counties were destroyed or significantly damaged in the July 2022 eastern Kentucky floods, in which 40 people died. (Wikimedia Commons)<br />
KY’s Rural Housing Trust Fund Plays Critical Role in Disaster Recovery

The Kentucky Housing Corporation has received applications for housing funding from the state's Rural Housing Trust Fund requesting more than $18 mill…

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An estimated 68.5 million U.S. adults do not have dental insurance, according to new data by CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. (Adobe Stock)<br />
KY to Finalize Expanded Medicaid Dental, Vision, Hearing Benefits

Kentucky lawmakers next week are expected to finalize regulations that have expanded dental, vision and hearing benefits for Medicaid beneficiaries …

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Foreign-owned crytomining companies are staking out Eastern Kentucky for cheap electricity, and major utilities in the region want to give them discounted rates on their electric bills. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Kentucky Denies Energy Subsidies for Proposed Cryptomining Facility

China-based company Ebon International will not be getting discounted energy prices for its proposed cryptomining facility in eastern Kentucky…

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Medicaid coverage during early life stages- even before birth - is linked to improved health outcomes for the next generation, according to a study published in American Economic Review. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Experts: Kids Often Eligible for Medicaid, Even if Their Parents Aren’t

Kentucky begins its eligibility review of kids' Medicaid coverage this month - and experts say it's vital the process goes seamlessly, so kids aren't …

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Ninety three percent of U.S. kindergartners were vaccinated against measles in 2021, according to a CDC study. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Experts: Catch Up on Kids’ Immunizations During Back-to-School Season

Health experts are urging parents to check on the status of their child's vaccinations, amid pertussis and COVID-19 outbreaks among children that …

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Elementary and high schools nationally cut capital spending by $23 billion or 31% between fiscal years 2008 and 2015, the latest year available, after adjusting for inflation, according to the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities. (Adobe Stock)
Report: KY School Funding Gap Wider Than Levels Declared Unconstitutional

The funding gap between the state's poorest and wealthiest school districts is widening, with potentially dire consequences for students and …

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In 2020 alone, drug overdose deaths in Kentucky increased by nearly 50%, according to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. (Adobe Stock)
More Resources for KY Nonprofits Working to Reduce Overdose Deaths

More than 615,000 dollars is going to nonprofit groups in Kentucky working to end opioid addiction. According to state data, more than 2,100 …

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As grocery prices and cost-of-living expenses continue to rise, experts say more Kentuckians will rely on food banks. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Kentuckians Kick-Off Hunger Action Month

As anti-hunger advocates gather today at the state Capitol to launch Feeding Kentucky's Hunger Action Month kickoff, experts say the next Farm Bill --…

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Research suggests that non-parental child care, particularly center-based care, may attenuate the negative influences of some forms of intimate-partner violence on young children's behavioral outcomes. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Lack of Child-Care Options Impacts KY Domestic-Violence Survivors

Kentucky's child-care crisis could get worse when federal assistance for child-care centers runs out, and that could increase barriers for survivors …

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Natural-gas emissions from stationary sources led to more deaths than coal in at least 19 states, according to research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (Adobe Stock)
Utility Proposes Building Two New $1.4B Natural-Gas Plants in Kentucky

Kentucky's major utilities, Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities, are asking the state's Public Service Commission to approve a plan to …

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