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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.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


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

Public News Service - OH: Health

Some Ohio pharmacies are providing information about resources for domestic-violence survivors to customers. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some of the measures intended to help stop the spread of COVID-19 are making difficult times even more challenging for victims of domestic violence. Stay-at-home orders and social-distancing recommendations are believed to be linked to an increase in domestic-violence incidents, an

A survey found that 537,000 Ohioans are concerned they won't be able to pay next month's rent. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- For the one in three Ohioans who rent their home, the gap is widening between their earnings and their housing costs. The "Out of Reach 2020" report released Tuesday said Ohio's Housing Wage -- the hourly amount a renter needs to earn to afford a basic, two-bedroom apartment -- ro

For some families, a silver lining of the pandemic is the popularity of the silver screen at Ohio's 24 drive-in movie theaters. (Adobe Stock)

By Maria McGinns/ Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a warm summer night at the movies. This year, with the majority of indoor theaters in Ohio still closed because of COVID-19, lines of cars form outsi

Ohio schools are awaiting state guidance on safety protocols for re-opening. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What will learning look like in the fall? That's still a question without a definitive answer in Ohio as districts adjust to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a high school teacher in a rural northwest Ohio community, Holly Kimpon, president of the Genoa Area

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

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