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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - OH: Health

One in four school-age children is affected by vision problems, which in turn can affect everything from self-esteem to academic outcomes. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The shift to virtual and blended learning to reduce the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended consequence for children's vision. Chief Eye Care Officer with UnitedHealthcare Dr. Scott Edmonds explained the increased screen time raises the risk of digital eye strain and possi

Medical experts say regular immunizations protect the community from preventable disease outbreaks, but COVID-19 has kept some parents from bringing kids to doctors' offices. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With all the national speculation about the release of a novel coronavirus vaccine, some health experts are encouraging Ohio parents to do what they can to prevent the spread of other diseases. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that orders for regu

The majority of American workers don't have paid time off from their employer. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some Ohio policy experts, business leaders and parents are calling on Congress to create permanent paid-leave policies that will support working families through the pandemic and beyond. During a virtual roundtable discussion about paid leave this week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-

There is a $200,000 difference between the highest and lowest listed price for an inpatient bypass surgery in Ohio. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The price tag for the same medical procedure varies greatly from hospital to hospital in Ohio, according to a new report. The Center for Community Solutions examined "chargemaster" information for Ohio's 206 hospitals - those are prices hospitals set for services, not what consum

Ohio's dental offices were permitted to open on May 1 after closing during the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some health organizations are not seeing eye to eye when it comes to dental care during the pandemic. The World Health Organization recently recommended routine dental visits be delayed until there is a sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates. But many dental health p

In a new survey, a majority of Ohio economists said the benefits of Ohio's mask mandate outweigh the costs. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic nowhere in sight, some Ohio health experts say discipline is crucial to reduce the spread of the virus. Dr. Odell Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health, encouraged Ohioans to continue to follow three key safety measures: six-feet soc

As a result of the pandemic, a new report says some Ohio kids are facing food insecurity for the first time. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With myriad public health and economic challenges looming, a new report offers local leaders in Ohio pre-pandemic data on child well-being to help guide the path forward. New 2020 Kids Count County Profiles released yesterday by the Children's Defense Fund Ohio feature research o

About 35% of Ohio K-12 public schools plan to start fall classes in-person, five days a week. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- School districts in Ohio are entering uncharted territory as they prepare for the start of a new school year. Elected leaders are hearing calls to provide adequate support to ensure that schools can meet the challenges of educating during a pandemic. In June's state budget cuts, O

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