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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: Animal Welfare

Many problem puppy mills aren't cited for inhumane conditions because they operate in secrecy. (sommai/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State again is ranked high among states on the "Horrible Hundred" list of puppy mills. The seventh annual report from The Humane Society of the United States put Ohio fourth in the nation for the number of problem puppy mills and dog sellers. John Goodwin, senior direct

Bobcats are considered an apex predator in Ohio. Bruce Washburn/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A proposal to allow trapping of a once-endangered species in Ohio is being called premature by researchers and wildlife groups. Just four years after bobcats were removed from the threatened species list, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the animal is making a com

Nearly four out of five bunnies given as Easter gifts are abandoned or die in less than a year. (Troy Trolley/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A real, live bunny may seem like a cute, cuddly Easter gift for child, but animal-welfare groups are cautioning Ohioans to stick to the chocolate ones. The Columbus House Rabbit Society rescues unwanted domestic rabbits and began the "Make Mine Chocolate" campaign 15 years ago. The

Animal-welfare advocates say private, exotic animal ownership poses public safety risks. Courtesy: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With recent seizures of tigers and bears in Ohio, animal-welfare advocates say state officials are taking exotic-animal care seriously. The state's exotic-animal law went into effect in 2012, one year after dozens of lions, tigers and bears were released by a Zanesville man who th

A NWF poll finds a large majority of hunters and anglers favor Clean Water Act standards. Credit: Ed Devereaux/Flickr

MARIETTA, Ohio – Some of Ohio's 110,000 miles of streams could lose potential environmental protections as Congress considers rescinding a recent EPA rule that extends Clean Water Act standards to smaller streams and wetlands. A poll released today by the National Wildlife Federation finds 83

PHOTO: In an effort to help protect the state’s $2.3 billion poultry industry from avian flu, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has cancelled all live-bird exhibitions this year. Photo credit: lightfoot/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Avian flu has devastated flocks of birds in many states, and Ohio is taking aggressive steps to ensure it doesn't happen here. The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it is banning all live-bird exhibitions this year, including events at auctions, county fairs and the

PHOTO: From the Christmas tree, to the tinsel, to a houseful of guests, the holidays pose many potential dangers for curious pets, so their owners are advised to take some simple precautions to keep them safe. Photo credit: Amy Schneider.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With all the food and festivities, keeping Fluffy or Fido safe during the holidays can be a challenge. But furry family members will be just fine with some simple precautions from their owners. KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United Sta

PHOTO: A dairy supplier for an Ohio cheese company is shown kicking a cow in an undercover video shot on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Photo courtesy of Mercy for Animals.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A newly released video exposes the mistreatment of cows at a dairy that supplies milk to an Ohio cheese company. Animal activists say it highlights the need for better policies to prevent animal abuse. Matt Rice, director of investigatons for Mercy for Animals, said one of the grou

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