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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - OH: Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty, advocates for children say childhood poverty remains a persistent problem, impacting an estimated one in four Ohio children. Sandy Oxley, CEO of Voices for Ohio's Children, says there has been progress on

PHOTO:Ohio is doing a good job of offering affordable options when it comes to child care, according to a new national report. Photo: children playing with blocks. Credit: M. Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio is doing a good job of offering affordable options when it comes to child care, according to a new national report. But the research from Child Care Aware of America, also found that in the last year, child care costs have increased at up to eight times the rate of incr

PHOTO: Experts say poor oral health and unmet dental-care needs can put children at an academic disadvantage. Photo of child in dental chair. Credit: M. Kuhlman

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health professionals say Ohio is not making the grade when it comes to the oral health care of children. According to the Ohio Department of Health, dental care is the top unmet need of Ohio's children, with more than half experiencing dental decay by third grade. Sandy Sm

PHOTO: September is Grandparent Kinship Month. Most grandparents never imagine they’ll have to raise their grandchildren, but many step up when the mother and father are unable. Photo: grandparent and child. Courtesy PCSAO.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Most grandparents never imagine they'll have to raise their grandchildren, but it's becoming more common for them to step up when the mother and father are unable. In Ohio, nearly 7 percent of children are being raised by grandparents or other kinship providers. Patrick Don

PHOTO: Children in Head Start program. Courtesy Clinton County Community Action Program.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Head Start programs in Ohio are going beyond the ABCs and 123s to give young children the best possible start in life as well as in their schooling. October is Head Start Awareness Month - and for decades, many community action agencies in Ohio have been running Head Start programs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State leaders are making moves to ensure that children in Ohio can learn their ABC's as early as ages 1, 2 and 3. The Third-Grade Reading Guarantee in Senate Bill 316, includes a provision that seeks to give children a good start on literacy skills, even before kindergarten. The O

summer food photo

COLUMBUS, Ohio - When it comes to keeping low-income children from going hungry during the summer months, a new report finds Ohio is falling short. The report ranked Ohio 37th among states in participation in summer food programs. According to the Food Research and Action Center, last year in the

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