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    PNS Weekend Update - May 28, 20160 

    We’re got variety of stories on this weekend’s rundown, including: President Obama makes a somber and sobering trip to Hiroshima; criticism over transgender bathroom bills continues to mount; we’ve got some sun safety tips for this Memorial Day Weekend.

Public News Service - Ohio

A controversial pesticide is said to be linked to the decline in U.S. honeybee populations. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Honeybee populations in the United States dropped by 44 percent last year, according to a new national survey of beekeepers. Bees are essential to agriculture, responsible for more than $20 billion of the U.S. economy and contribute $217 billion globally, said Tiffany Finck-Haynes,...Read More

Public News Service - OH

Experts say talking face-to-face is critical in developing communication and relationships. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Smart phones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways, and yet experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. A new poll from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association found the biggest concern of speech pathologists is that excessive technology use is...Read More

Public News Service - OH

Poisonous drinking water, levee-breaking floods and pipeline bursts are among the many challenges for the nation's water infrastructure. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's Infrastructure Week, and efforts in Ohio to improve water quality are among those highlighted by the "Value of Water Coalition." The group is part of a campaign to educate Americans about why water is essential and why new investments are needed in the nation's water system. C...Read More

Public News Service - OH

Marilyn Welker of Clark County says the U.S. EPA's plans to clean up a toxic waste site aren't adequate. (M. Welker)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio residents say federal plans to clean up a toxic waste site in Clark County just aren't going to cut it. The Tremont City barrel fill site contains more than 51,000 drums buried in the late 1970s. They contain an estimated 1.5 million gallons of hazardous waste, in...Read More

Public News Service - OH

Ohio joins several other states in considering legislation to expand the use of dental therapists. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans could have better access to oral health care under new legislation. Senate Bill 330, introduced Tuesday by Senator Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering), would expand the dental team to include dental therapists. They are specially trained practitioners who can perform some routine p...Read More

Public News Service - OH

There are 13 Bike Friendly communities in Ohio. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohioans are encouraged to ditch their car this week and learn how to make bicycling part of their daily lives. It's Bike to Work Week, and Friday is Bike to Work Day, which help to build awareness about the benefits of bicycling for health and the environment. Ohio is 16th nationa...Read More

Public News Service - OH

A summer farm tour in Ohio features operations that use sustainable and organic practices. (OEFFA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dozens of farmers and growers around the state will kick off summer by opening their gates and sharing their agricultural know-how with Ohioans. Thirty-two farm tours and 10 workshops will be featured between June and November during the 2016 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Worksho...Read More

Public News Service - OH

New federal methane-reduction rules for oil and gas operators build upon the state's efforts to reduce methane leaks in Ohio. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Environmental groups in Ohio and other states are applauding the first-ever federal rules to reduce methane emissions from new sources. The oil and gas industry is the largest source of methane emissions in the nation. The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday finalized stand...Read More

Public News Service - OH

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