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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

Home weatherization measures such as improved insulation can save homeowners energy and money. (Bill Smith_03303/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The White House again is targeting a program that helps reduce energy costs for struggling Ohioans. President Donald Trump's recently proposed 2019 budget calls for the end to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helped about 8 percent of Ohio households - mo

A new report suggests policies that support investments in cleaner sources of energy can bring economic opportunities to Ohio. (Renovus Solar/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Businesses around Ohio, including major car manufacturers and specialty coffee roasters, say they are feeling the effects of a changing climate. According to a new report from the advocacy group Business Forward, volatile weather has entrepreneurs, executives, investors and

Environmental groups are hopeful Ohio will use funds from the Volkswagen settlement to invest in electric vehicle technologies. (mariordor59/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the new year, Ohioans can weigh in on how the state can best spend $75 million from the Volkswagen settlement to clean up its transportation sector. The car-maker admitted to cheating on emissions tests, and the money will be used to help mitigate the damage caused by exces

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

Algal blooms in Lake Erie threaten drinking water, lake health and local economies. (Aerial Associates Photography, Inc. by Zachary Haslick/NOAA/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won't go away without changes in federal policies. One measure raising concerns is the ethanol mandate, which requires a certain amount of corn-based ethanol to be blended into gasolin

Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards are expected to save 23 billion gallons of gasoline annually by 2030. (Jenn Durfey/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Federal lawmakers are considering putting the brakes on fuel-efficiency standards for cars - a move that might be out of sync with the views of Ohio voters. A new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that voters in five key swing states, including Ohio, support

More than 370,000 Ohio homes have been weatherized through the Home Weatherization Assistance Program since 1977. (Martin Cathrae/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- October is Energy Action Month, and agencies around Ohio are showcasing the work they do to help keep families warm and safe. Dozens of community and local government organizations deliver weatherization services to lower income households in Ohio through the Home Weatherization

The Clean Power Plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in carbon pollution from 2005 levels by 2030. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Trump administration is making good on its promise to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a decision some groups argue could put lives at risk. Following a directed review by the president, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposal on Tuesday to resc

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