Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

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The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

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"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Kentucky

Master Gardeners Nate Picken and Frank Amaro along with Pembroke Mayor Judy Peterson help Avery Grace select trees to be planted at Pembroke School. (Photo courtesy Toni Riley)

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Trees Bring Hope, Healing for Western Kentucky Tornado Victims

By Toni Riley for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan for Kentucky News Connection for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collabora…

In 2021, U.S. supermarket and grocery stores made more than $800 billion in profits, more than double the amount generated two decades ago, according to Statista. (Adobe Stock)<br />

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Food Banks Say Kroger-Albertson’s Merger Could Increase Demand

Kentucky food banks say the proposed merger of Kroger and Albertsons, currently under review by the Federal Trade Commission, could trigger an …


In 2022, the average annual premium for employer-sponsored family health insurance is $22,463, while the average cost of self-only coverage is $7,911, according to KFF. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, January 30, 2023

Fix Opens Options for Households with Costly Employer Health Coverage

Many Kentuckians who have affordable employer health coverage for themselves but not for their dependents and spouses now qualify for financial assist…

More than 1 in 7 households nationwide paid over half of their income on housing in 2020, according to a report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. (Adobe Stock)
KY's Housing Shortage Worsened by Natural Disasters

Kentucky is facing a serious housing shortage, and the past few years of deadly floods and tornadoes have worsened the situation. Advocates want …


Nearly 60 percent of Americans say they are bothered
KY Lawmaker Says Graduated Income Tax Offers “Some Relief to Function as a State”

An Oxfam report released this week shows the richest 1% of individuals have gotten richer since the pandemic, capturing almost two-thirds of all new …

Medication abortion has been available in the United States since 2000, when the Food and Drug Administration <a href=greenlighted the use of mifepristone for early nonsurgical abortion, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)">
OTC Birth Control Urged as CVS, Walgreens Plan to Sell Abortion Pill

CVS and Walgreens have announced they will sell abortion medication at pharmacies, after the FDA announced it is allowing mifepristone to be bought …


Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled his 2023 legislative proposals in the State of the Commonwealth Address on Wednesday. (Office of Gov. Andy Beshear/YouTube)
KY Governor Touts Teacher Pay, Remains Silent on Tax Cuts in State-of-State

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced a 5% pay raise for teachers in his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night. His Education First Plan …

Kentucky's permanent income tax reduction went into effect Jan. 1, 2023. According to the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, the tax cuts were made possible by large revenue surpluses from federal pandemic aid. (Adobe Stock).<br />
Kentuckians Worry About Impact of New Income-Tax Cuts

Permanent income tax reductions went into effect in Kentucky on Jan. 1. Some residents said they are concerned about the effects the cuts will have …


More than 40 people across six eastern Kentucky counties lost their lives during devastating flooding in the region this past summer. (Office of Governor Andy Beshear)  More than 40 people across six eastern Kentucky counties lost their lives during devastating flooding in the region this past summer. (Office of Governor Andy Beshear)
Eastern KY Communities Aim to 'Get Recovery Right' After Floods

Infrastructure problems continue to plague eastern Kentucky months after severe flooding left thousand of residents without housing. According to …

Public opinion polls in 2022 showed support for capital punishment remained near historic lows, even amid rising perceptions of crime, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. (Adobe Stock)<br />
In 2022, KY Became 2nd State to Pass Death-Penalty Mental-Illness Exemption

Kentucky became the second state in the nation this year to pass an exemption to the death penalty for people with a serious mental illness. Signed …


Research has shown gatherings where people are eating and drinking can increase the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 among people who are not fully vaccinated. (Adobe Stock)
Poll: COVID Not Stopping Kentuckians' Holiday Plans

The majority of Kentucky families say they'll be gathering as usual for the holidays, according to a new poll. More than eight in 10 Kentuckians …

Call for KY’s Rural Electric Co-ops: Increase Energy Efficiency

Kentucky's two dozen rural electric co-ops could do more to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, according to a recent ranking of …


 

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