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    PNS Daily News - January 29, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; the Supreme Court temporarily blocks three Oklahoma executions; the EPA is in the news on new smog pollution standards and concerns over factory farm pollution—plus preventing ski and snow boarding deaths.

Public News Service - Ohio

PHOTO: The U.S. Public Interest Research Group is calling on McDonald's to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. The fast food giant says it is updating its purchasing policies this year. Photo credit: MickyC/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The company known for its iconic "Golden Arches" is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than one ...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Child-welfare agencies in Ohio are using new strategies that engage foster youth in the process of building lifelong connections, and finding permanent homes. Photo credit: holyho20/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Child-welfare agencies around Ohio are finding success with new strategies that include foster children in the planning of their future. The Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program uses a child-centered approach that engages foster youth in the process of finding a permanent home. Deb Down...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO:Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety, Doug Gurian-Sherman, will speak in Ohio about possible ways to building a successful, sustainable agriculture system. Photo courtesy of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While the nation's agriculture industry is productive, a leading scientist and biotechnology expert says it's not sustainable. Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman says the industrial model of farming, focusin...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Carbon monoxide poisoning kills hundreds of people every year, and experts say a carbon monoxide detector is a crucial safety precaution in the home. Photo credit: Judy van der Velden/Flickr

CINCINNATI - Winter in Ohio is prime time for what's known as "the silent killer." Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, and kills about 500 Americans every year. Sources of the dangerous gas include furnaces, generators and kerosene heaters. As Ohioans try to keep warm, Sheila Goe...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Newburgh Heights is among the six Ohio cities that have passed measures calling on Congress to end "corporate personhood." The communities are having "democracy hearings" to mark the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. Photo courtesy City of Newburgh Heights.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Five years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling gave corporations the same free-speech rights as individuals to contribute money to political campaigns. Momentum has grown since then in Ohio to end what's known as "corporate personhood." Newburgh Heights is among six Ohi...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: The tax-filing season officially begins Jan. 20, and the Ohio Benefit Bank is providing free online, and in-person tax preparation assistance for low and moderate income Ohioans. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's time to get cracking on those yearly income tax returns. Starting tomorrow, the Internal Revenue Service begins accepting and processing returns. The Ohio Benefit Bank is offering free tax preparation services for low-and-moderate income individuals and families. It's support...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Ohioans around the state will spend the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by volunteering in their community. Photo courtesy of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in Ohio and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, spokesperson for the Corporation for National & Community S...Read More

Public News Service - OH

PHOTO: Radon gas can enter a home in multiple ways, including through cracks in the foundation. During Radon Action Month, Ohioans are encouraged to test their homes for the dangerous gas. Illustration courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Radon can be the biggest health risk in a private home, and this month state leaders are encouraging Ohioans to test their homes for the dangerous gas. Radon-related lung cancer claims the life of an estimated 20,000 people nationally every year, said Donna Jordan, senior health p...Read More

Public News Service - OH

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