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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - OH: Health

Ohio expects to hire 1,700 contact tracers to help track the spread of COVID-19. (AdobeStock)

By Maria McGinnis/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration When people are first diagnosed with COVID-19 in Lorain County, they receive a call from someone like Mitch Dandurand, an epidemiologist at Lorain County Public Health. He

Groups need to collect more than 452,000 valid Ohio voter signatures to get a constitutional amendment added to the Nov. 3 ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio groups trying to put ballot measures before voters in November won't have to go door-to-door looking for support. A federal judge ruled this week that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state must allow petition signatures to be gathered electronically, and pushed the col

Dr. Leon McDougle is part of a national coalition advocating to consider race and ethnicity when screening for COVID-19 tests. (Eye on Ohio)

By Afi Scruggs for Eye on Ohio Broadcast version by Diane Bernard for Public News Service Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - After changing the guidelines to test ethnic minority groups disproportionately a

The number of Ohioans dying of unknown causes has tripled so far this year compared with previous years. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- A new analysis of the death counts from unknown causes indicates COVID-19 death numbers may be incomplete - which has implications for the process of reopening the state. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate Ohio's overall death rates are flat. Not so in N

Fast-food workers are considered essential during Ohio's stay-at-home order, yet earn a near-poverty wage. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the livelihoods of many Ohioans. However new data reveals a significant number of Ohio workers were already were scrapping to get by. A new report shows that six of Ohio's 10 most common jobs in 2019 paid near-poverty wages. Researcher Michael

With children away from school and daycare settings, their teachers and other trusted members of the community are unable to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. (Adobe Stock)

First of two parts COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With many Ohio families isolated together during the COVID-19 pandemic, children's advocates are worried about kids' health and safety. Many county children's services agencies are noting a substantial drop in reports of abuse and neglect since the "Stay-at-Home

Dog owners are twice as likely to walk each day, but they walk an average of three minutes less than other daily walkers. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Ohioans are asked to stay home these days, health experts say that doesn't mean staying put. April is Move More Month, which encourages people to create a daily walking routine that can put them on the road to good health. Dr. Michael Bess, vice president for health-care str

Ohio hospitals remain mum on changes to local bed and ventilator counts. (AdobeStock)

Print version by Bonnie Jean Feldkamp and Kathiann Kowalski Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, The Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration The Ohio Department of Health gets daily updates on the total number of beds and

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