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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - OH: Poverty Issues

Researchers say most of the Medicaid program expense comes from enrollees who are elderly or have a disability. (rawpixel/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State leaders in Ohio are making a push for Medicaid work requirements, but some researchers are cautioning that could turn back the clock on progress made to improve health-care access. About 3 million Ohioans are insured through Medicaid, including more than 700,000 who wer

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

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

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

Community action agencies say Ohio's HEAP Winter Crisis Program is a crucial support for lower-income Ohioans in need of help to heat their homes. (Katrina S/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cold winter weather has finally arrived in Ohio, and community action agencies say they're ready to help people who are struggling to keep their homes warm. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program offers one-time heating assistance to eligible households when utilities have been or c

Ohio is one of the nationís worst performers in terms of housing equity. (Jody McIntyre/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State leaders on Tuesday decided to delay a proposed Medicaid rate cut for hospitals, intended to fill a budget gap. But some researchers say there are cost drivers beyond the walls of medical buildings that could be also be examined. Loren Anthes, fellow of Medicaid policy at th

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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