PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers and Granite State advocates say they oppose the get tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: a protest against the expansion of tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - OH: Livable Wages/Working Families

The Working People's Day of Action is calling for equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools and vibrant communities. (Matt Baran/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Hundreds, possibly thousands of Ohio workers will join others from around the country on Saturday for rallies they say are meant to defend the American dream. On the "Working People's Day of Action," they're calling for equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools

In 2017, The Ohio Benefit Bank helped people prepare more than 60,000 federal, state and local tax returns. (401(k) 2012/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The tax filing season officially begins Monday and Ohioans who need help crunching the numbers may qualify for free assistance. The Ohio Benefit Bank offers free online and in-person tax-prep services for married couples filing jointly with annual incomes up to $95,000, and

About 6,000 Ohioans are employed by Amazon. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Retailer Amazon has grown substantially in Ohio in recent years, creating thousands of jobs and promising more to come. But a new analysis shows Amazon has also become one of the largest companies whose workers need help getting by. According to the findings from Policy Ma

Republican leaders hope to have their tax-reform plan on President Donald Trump's desk by Christmas. (Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Republicans are rushing to get their tax overhaul on the president's desk before Christmas - a plan that anti-poverty groups say is a generous gift for the rich and a lump of coal for those in need. The executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Lisa Hamler-Fug

About 1.5 million veterans in the U.S. live in households that participate in the SNAP program. (U.S. Army)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As Ohio and the rest of the nation pause to commemorate Veterans Day Saturday, new research shows how some anti-poverty programs are helping those who have served their country. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progra

Ohio poverty rates have made modest declines in recent years. (Coalition on Human Needs)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is making strides in fighting poverty, but a new report from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks warns that progress could be undermined by proposed cuts at the federal level. According to the findings, Ohio's poverty rate has improved mod

About 1 in 5 Ohioans surveyed was not sure if he or she felt favorably or unfavorably about the health reform law. (Hamza Butt/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As renewed efforts by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act ramp up, a newly released survey reveals how some Ohioans feel about the matter. The Ohio Health Issues Poll asked respondents several questions about health care, including what they would like to se

During Hunger Action Month, Ohioans are encouraged to raise awareness and advocate for policies that fight poverty. (Cary Sheil/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Struggling Ohioans are starting to see small improvements in their ability to put food on the table. New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service show the rate of food insecurity in Ohio fell slightly in 2016 to 14.8 percent. That's down from

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