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Ron Daley: Eastern Kentucky can be a loser again in 2020 Census; School Districts are joining effort

Eastern Kentucky stands to be a loser in the 2020 U.S. Census unless successful efforts are made to count all its citizens especially its youth five years of age and under. The loss can be in federal funding and representation in both state and federal government. According to a study by George Washington University, Kentucky stands to lose an estimated $2021 annually for each person not counted...

Breaking a ten-year streak, the number of uninsured Americans increased by nearly two million in 2018

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News For the first time in a decade, the number of Americans without health insurance has risen — by about 2 million people in 2018 — according to the annual U.S. Census Bureau report released last week. The Census found that 8.5% of the U.S. population went without medical insurance for all of 2018, up from 7.9% in 2017. By contrast, in 2013, before the Affordable...

Doctor offers tips for aging optimally; good advice for Kentuckians, who rank 49th in senior health

As life expectancy for both men and women keeps rising, it’s important to adopt a handful of healthy habits that include things like exercising and staying social to ensure that you “age optimally.” That was the main message of Dr. Christian Furman, a geriatric physician from Louisville, on an episode of “Kentucky Health” with Dr. Wayne Tuckson on Kentucky Educational...

Islamic Relief USA’s Day of Dignity campaign to take place in Lexington on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Islamic Relief USA will hold its annual Day of Dignity campaign in major cities throughout the country, including one in Lexington with partner SHARE Kentucky Lexington. The Day of Dignity campaign consists of a series of events held around the nation to help people who are homeless or from low-income households, among other sociological conditions, gain access to meals, winter coats, hygiene kits,...

Despite economic progress, many Kentuckians still struggling to afford basic necessities

New U.S. Census Bureau data shows continued progress in our economy overall but a relatively large share of Kentuckians still struggling to afford the basics, especially people of color, and a lack of progress for communities in eastern Kentucky. The data shows 17.2 percent of Kentuckians lived below the poverty line in 2017. The state’s poverty rate is an improvement from the 18.5 percent rate in...

New census data shows rate of Kentucky’s children living in poverty has dropped, but more must be done

New data released recently by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 22.4 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2017, a drop from the 2016 estimate of 25.0 percent. Child poverty in Kentucky has finally returned to a level not seen since before the Great Recession. “We must note the progress that has been made on reducing the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty, yet we can’t stop...

More than half of U.S. manufacturing dependent counties see 10 percent median income decrease

In 57 percent of the U.S. counties classified as “manufacturing-dependent,” the median income has dropped by at least 10 percent since 2000, according to analysis of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, Tim Henderson reports for Stateline. “Just 25 percent of other counties experienced a decline that dramatic,” he said. “More than three-quarters...

U.S. Census Bureau: Americans are ‘going green’ as 34.1 million claim Irish ancestry

This just in for St. Patrick’s Day: There are Irish aplenty in the United States.   According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are 34.1 million U.S. residents with Irish ancestry. That’s out of 313.9 million residents overall. Not surprisingly, areas of the northeast have the highest concentration of Irish-Americans. But, perhaps surprisingly, a number of Midwest states – including...