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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - OH: Health

Ohioans can vote by absentee ballot for the upcoming primary through next Monday. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With the Ohio primary less than a week away, election officials don't want COVID-19 to become a hindrance to democracy. Secretary of State Frank LaRose has been working with local election officials and health departments to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission on Elec

Some Medicare Advantage health-care plans offer telemedicine visits, without out-of-pocket costs in some cases. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With just a few swipes of a finger, many Ohioans are able to access medical attention from a doctor through their smartphones. But, only a small percentage of people are taking advantage of telemedicine opportunities. These virtual visits allow patients to connect with a health c

Supporters of block granting Medicaid contend it would save costs and give states flexibility. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Trump administration is calling it the "Healthy Adult Opportunity," but health care advocates contend the new plan to revamp Medicaid is the same old story. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday is expected to release a block grant plan for Medicaid that

Are drug overdose deaths in Ohio starting a declining trend? (Ohio Department of Health)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- News of a drop in drug overdose deaths in Ohio is being met with cautious optimism. According to state figures, there were more than 4,800 fatal drug overdoses in 2017, the highest number on record. One year later, the number fell for the first time in nine years, to about 3,700.

Just 2% of Ohioans polled said a doctor's written recommendation for the use of medical marijuana. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As Ohio's medical marijuana program embarks on its second year, health-care advocates are trying to better understand the prevalence of marijuana use, as well as its perceived safety. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal substance in the country, and the latest Ohio Health

About two-thirds of Americans in a Pew poll said they support legalized marijuana for recreational as well as medicinal use. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Recreational marijuana use is now legal in both Michigan and Illinois, but don't expect that to happen here on Gov. Mike DeWine's watch. In an interview this week, DeWine said legalizing marijuana for adults would be a mistake. The governor told the Ohio Public Radio Statehouse Ne

Within less than two miles in Cuyahoga County, there is a 23-year difference between the neighborhoods with the highest and lowest life expectancies. (The Center for Community Solutions)

COLUMBUS, Ohio � While no one is guaranteed a long and healthy life, where a person resides in Ohio could be one determining factor. According to a new report from The Center for Community Solutions, as poverty rates increase by census tract in the state, life expectancy decreases

A District Court judge in Ohio is overseeing a collection of more than 2,500 lawsuits filed against opioid manufacturers. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cities and counties in Ohio and across the country must decide by today whether they want to be a part of a possible multi-billion-dollar opioid settlement. In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, the National Prescription Opiate Litigation is a collection

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