PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 

Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - OH: Animal Welfare

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

PHOTO: A new report finds species such as the brook trout in Ohio face an uncertain future due to the impacts of climate change. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Parenting is a tough job, and a new report suggests it's becoming increasingly stressful for wildlife in Ohio. According to a report from the National Wildlife Federation, climate change is making it harder for many animals to raise their young and keep them well fed and hea

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