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: Children's Issues

Social workers, like Tee Taylor of Lorain County Children's Services, help pick up the pieces when families are torn apart. (Patti-Jo Burnett)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Social workers dedicate their time and energy to helping make the country a better place to live, and in Ohio, more than 9,000 focus that time and energy on children and families. This is National Social Work Month, and agencies around the Buckeye State are highlighting the v

In Ohio, 375 human trafficking cases were reported in 2016. (Kiran Foster/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Human trafficking is considered the fastest growing crime, and advocates in Ohio say they are more committed than ever to ending it. Ohio ranks fourth among states for calls made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, with 375 trafficking cases reported in 2016. State

According to the National Institute for Health nearly 80 percent of all smokers begin before the age of 18. (Nerissa's Ring/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – About 22 percent of Ohio adults are current smokers and data from a recent survey indicates that changes in policy could help reduce those numbers. The Ohio Health Issues Poll examined public opinion on tobacco polices and found that six out of 10 adults in the state support

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio expects that, by next Christmas, it could be 2,000 more children entering state custody because of the opioid epidemic if the current trajectory continues. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One thousand more Ohio children will be spending their holidays in foster care this year compared with 2016 as the opioid crisis continues to take an unprecedented toll in breaking families apart. Ohio's foster-care system is bursting at the seams with an alarming trend, showi

The tobacco industry spends about $460 million a year marketing its products in Ohio. (Klimkin/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big tobacco is coming clean about the dangers of smoking, and health advocates in Ohio are celebrating. The tobacco industry began running corrective advertisements on Sunday as a result of a 2006 judgment for lying about the negative effects of smoking, and for marketing it

People serving time in some of Ohio's correctional facilities volunteer to assemble bikes for foster children. (Bike Lady, Inc.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many children want a bicycle for Christmas, and the generosity of others makes that dream a reality for some Ohio children in crisis. Now in its 10th year, Bike Lady provides new bikes to foster children who might have lived through abuse, neglect and abandonment. Kate Koc

Research shows community-based alternatives to detention for nonviolent juvenile offenders can result in better outcomes. (Pixabay).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Putting children who get into trouble on the right path can be challenging, and a newer approach to the problem is seeing great success in Ohio. This week, juvenile justice, child welfare, and public safety leaders are at the inaugural Ohio Juvenile Detention Alternatives In

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

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