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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Ohio

PHOTO: It's spring cleaning time, but before tossing old clothing or household items in the trash, Ohioans are encouraged to help others in their community by donating items to a local charity organization. Photo credit: bigwibble6/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books, many Ohio homes are brimming with items that are rarely used - and some not at all. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring can not only tidy up a home but also can help others. Instead of tossing an unwan...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and in Ohio advocacy organizations are working to ensure that crime victims understand their rights and protections, and can access services to help their recovery. Photo credit: dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Crime has been declining in Ohio and around the nation for decades, but the impact on a victim's life remains the same. It's National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and Terri LaJeunesse, president of the Ohio Victim Witness Association, said it's important that the victims of crime ar...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Not feeling too frisky? Experts say the H3N2 strain of canine influenza is highly contagious and can spread rapidly when animals are in close contact with each other. Photo credit: Stephen Paul Jose/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Fears of the flu for Fido are running high among many Ohio dog owners. It's the result of a rare strain of canine influenza that has struck more than 1,100 dogs in the Midwest. In Ohio, there have been some reports of the flu, but no confirmed cases. Dr. Thomas Mullaney, acting dir...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups are highlighting what they say is the destructive work of the Republican-led Congress' first 100 days under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo credit: Toni Smith/U.S. Geological Survey.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Conservation and environmental groups give the Republican-led U.S. Senate a failing grade for its first 100 days in office. Tracy Sabetta is a regional manager with Moms Clean Air Force in Ohio, one of the groups keeping track of the work done under Senate Majority Leader Mi...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, experts are educating people about the signs of child abuse and neglect, and promoting prevention. Photo credit: SHRRC/Flickr.

CINCINNATI - Child abuse is a public-health crisis impacting Ohio children at alarming rates, experts say. According to state data, child welfare agencies investigated 80,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2014 and 12,000 were substantiated. Prevention is critical, said Dr. Robert Sh...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Experts say there has been a rise in phone-related IRS scams. AARP Ohio is working to educate residents on fraud and offering resources to help protect people themselves from scams through the Fraud Watch Network. Photo credit: Martin Cathrae/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As technology advances, con artists are discovering newer, sneakier ways to take advantage of Ohioans. And while law enforcement investigates an increasing number of fraud cases, AARP Ohio is helping consumers avoid falling victim to scams. Ed Cokley, advocacy volunteer with the AAR...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: The IRS won't collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinational corporations using offshore tax havens, according to a new report. It says 304 Fortune 500 companies collectively held $2.15 trillion in places such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas at the end of 2014. Photo credit: Dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report shows, these name-brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director of the Institute on Taxation and Public...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: April 14 is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the new year a woman must work to match the amount of money a man earned the prior year. On average, women earn 78 cents for every $1.00 a man earns. Photo credit: Rupert Ganzer/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Women continue to be paid less than men in Ohio and other states, and Equal Pay Day aims to call attention to this persistent inequity, in part by utilizing today's date: April 14. The date represents how far into the new year a woman needs to work in order to match the amount of m...Read More

Public News Service - OH

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