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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

Public News Service - Ohio

PHOTO: As students around the Buckeye State celebrate their high school graduations this weekend, a recent report finds they are also helping Ohio remain on pace to achieve a 90 percent graduation rate by 2020. Photo credit: dee/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's graduation season, and an increasing number of Ohio high school seniors are donning a cap and gown. According to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation report, Ohio's high school graduation rate was up more than 2 percent in 2013 and is slightly higher than the national average of ab...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Anti-tobacco groups and activists say increasing the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1 would go a long way toward reducing the number of Ohio smokers, and save tens of thousands of lives per year. Photo credit: Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Anti-tobacco groups say time is running out to address Ohio's smoking epidemic. At more than 23 percent, Ohio's smoking rate is the eighth highest in the nation, according to the American Lung Association. Each year more than 20,000 people die because of their own smoking. It's a ...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the importance of keeping children in a family-type setting when they cannot safely remain with a parent. Photo credit: Scott Liddell/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - When a child cannot remain with his or her own family, foster care can provide a safe, nurturing environment. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds about 1,800 or 14 percent of children placed out-of-home in Ohio are not living with a family, but in group placement....Read More

Public News Service - OH

GRAPHIC; Changes may be coming to redistricting in Ohio, pending the outcome of a November ballot measure and a U.S. Supreme Court case. Photo credit: USGS.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Redistricting reform may become a reality in Ohio this year. Voters will decide on Issue 1 in November, which would change the process for drawing legislative districts in the state. Policy analyst with Common Cause Ohio, Catherine Turcer, says if approved by voters, political par...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Bees are disappearing in Ohio and around the globe, and scientists say a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids is contributing to the decline in bee colonies.  Photo credit: Krisi Larsen Brewer/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The sound of a buzzing bee may signal the threat of a sting, but it also means the important pollinators are doing their job as part of a balanced ecosystem. Elizabeth Ouzts, communications director with Environment America, says not only do bees keep gardens beautiful they pollin...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: The Ohio Department of Medicaid has agreed to reinstate coverage for an estimated 150,000 people who were dropped during its annual reauthorization process earlier this year. Photo credit: Jasleen_kaur/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - More than 150,000 Ohioans who were dropped from the Medicaid rolls early this year now will have their benefits restored. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus filed a lawsuit in March, claiming that the Ohio Department of Medicaid failed to follow required guidelines during the annual...Read More

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PHOTO: Four Ohio law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

AKRON, Ohio - This week marks National Police Week, and fallen police officers from Ohio are among those whose sacrifice and service is being honored in a national observance. Akron police officer Justin Robert Winebrenner, who was shot and killed in November 2014, is among four Ohio officers whose...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: The newly formed Coalition of Ohio Audiologists and Children's Hospitals is working to better identify and assist children who fail their first hearing test and do not return for further diagnosis or treatment. Photo credit: Kimberly/Flickr.

CINCINNATI – May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, and health agencies around Ohio are collaborating to try to reduce the percentage of children with hearing problems. Newborn hearing screenings are standard in Ohio, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alm...Read More

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