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    PNS Daily News - December 18, 20140 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown: a cyber threat produces a nationwide dump of a major motion picture; New York says no to fracking—at least for now; and on the West Coast on new coalition hooks-up venture capital with conservation.

Public News Service - Ohio

PHOTO: While acetaminophen is helpful in treating some symptoms of a cold, medical experts say it can cause liver damage if not taken appropriately. Photo credit: Katy Warner/Wikimedia Creative Commons.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Most adults will get one to three colds every year, and experts say there are some things to keep in mind before heading to the drugstore for treatment. Dr. Angela Golden, nurse practitioner and co-president with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, says many cold medic...Read More

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PHOTO: Have some greens with that! Ohio's largest sustainable agriculture conference is expected to draw nearly 1200 people, for its lineup of expert advice about farming, growing, cooking and other ag-related topics. Photo credit: George Remington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil,...Read More

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PHOTO: The Children's Defense Fund in Ohio is among 22 state organizations that want to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Photo credit: Presto44/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The clock is ticking on federal funding for a program that helps struggling parents with young children. Unless Congress takes action, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service's Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program will expire in March. A coalition of ...Read More

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PHOTO: Like a lump of coal in your stocking, a holiday scam is something nobody wants to fall victim to. But experts say with shoppers estimated to spend upwards of $619 billion on gifts this year, scammers are stepping up their tricks to rip people off. Photo credit: mensatic/morgufile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the holidays are a time of giving, fraud experts say con artists are ready to take whatever they can from unsuspecting Ohioans. Whether you are shopping in person or online, Amy Nofziger with the AARP Fraud Watch Network says scammers are getting smarter, and some of t...Read More

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PHOTO: President Obama thinks the Federal Communications Commission should regulate broadband much like phone service, as a public utility. It's a debate of particular interest to rural communities. Photo credit: grietgriet/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - "A big win for rural communities." That's how the National Rural Assembly views President Obama's endorsement of treating broadband service like telephone service. Edyael Casaperalta, who coordinates a national coalition of groups advocating for those who live in rural areas, said ...Read More

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PHOTO: The trash generated by the average American household jumps by 25 percent during the holidays, but with some planning before shopping, that doesn't have to be the case. Photo credit: earl53/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The end-of-year holidays aren't just a time filled with more cheer, but also are a time filled with more trash - although some simple tips can help keep that to a minimum. Kristi Higgibotham, outreach and program manager for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, said Ohioans a...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: The Ohio Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on the elimination of the 5 of 8 rule, a minimum requirement that public elementary schools maintain credentialed staff in at least five of eight areas. Photo credit: Cynthia357/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Top education leaders in Ohio have a controversial decision to make. The Ohio Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday removing the "5 of 8" rule, which requires school districts to hire a minimum number of specialists in certain areas. Supporters say the removal of the rule ...Read More

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PHOTO: The Are You Covered? campaign provides counselors and navigators throughout Ohio who can talk one-on-one with applicants to ensure they are finding a marketplace plan that best suits their needs. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Open enrollment for health coverage through the Marketplace for 2015 is under way, but there's just one week to register for coverage beginning Jan. 1. A statewide network of organizations is connecting Ohioans with resources that will help them make informed decisions regar...Read More

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