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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Ohio

Small businesses make up  nearly 50 percent of the employment in Ohio. Credit: Jusben/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Small businesses in Ohio are hopeful that Black Friday's shopping momentum will carry into Saturday. Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, a day encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize the little guys. Martin Golden, district director with the U.S. Small Business Administration ...Read More

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House Bill 221 in the Ohio Legislature would make all school environments smoke-free. Credit: robertogorge/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, some Ohio health-advocacy groups are hoping legislation to snuff out smoking at schools gains some new traction. All kindergarten-through-12th-grade school campuses, along with school-sponsored events, would become 100 percent smoke-fre...Read More

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Cuyahoga Valley National park benefits from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Credit: Joanne/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The future of some conservation projects in Ohio hangs in the balance as Congress debates the reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The program has been around for 50 years and expired at the end of September. It helps to protect and preserve public land, inclu...Read More

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Black Friday is a fun holiday tradition for some Ohioans. Credit: Beth tshein/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Advertisements promote steep discounts on Black Friday, but are the early hours and crowds worth the hype? It depends. According to new research from financial website WalletHub, 68 percent of items will have a major discount on Black Friday. But time is money, says Purdue Universit...Read More

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A grassroots movement in Ohio is working to make high-quality, universal preschool the standard. Credit: mconnors/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - An Ohio community is tackling efforts to expand early-childhood learning from the bottom up. Hundreds of people, along with some local and elected leaders, were on hand Thursday night at a Cincinnati church to announce the People's Platform for Universal Preschool. Troy Jackson, e...Read More

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A study series is opening a dialogue about how racial dynamics can hinder social change. Credit: Anthony Easton/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In light of the intense racial climate generated by police shootings around the country, including the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland a year ago, a community gathering tonight will focus on ways to bridge the divide. The event in Akron is part of the Creating S...Read More

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With the right policies, a new report predicts a boost in clean-energy jobs in Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Credit: cocreatr/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A clean-energy economy will benefit the environment and the wallets of Ohioans, according to a new report by NextGen Climate America. Nationwide, the group says an economy built on clean energy would create more than one-million jobs by 2030 and double that number by 2050. D...Read More

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Organic farmer Mardy Townsend of Ashtabula County is worried about the effects of fracking waste on the environment, as well as her crops. Courtesy: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

WINDSOR, Ohio – From spills to earthquakes, environmental and agriculture groups say hydraulic fracturing poses serious threats to land, water and public health. Ohio is one of several states taking part in a National Day of Action today, calling for an end to fracking waste and fracking-rela...Read More

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