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PNS Daily Newscast - April 7, 2020 


Wisconsin holds its presidential primary today, despite late action by the governor to try to postpone it. And public assistance programs are overhauled in response to COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 7, 2020 


Today's the Wisconsin primary, although Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to delay by executive order. A conservative majority on the state Supreme Court blocked the delay, after the Republican Legislature previously stymied similar efforts.

Public News Service - OH: Livable Wages/Working Families

Groups are urging Ohio officials to establish social-distancing rules for the state's farmers' markets to keep them open during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Concern over the survival of family farms during the COVID-19 crisis has spurred food policy and farm groups in the state to urge lawmakers to pass policies that would help small and mid-size farmers. Amalie Lipstreu, policy director at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Associati

An estimated 20 million Americans do not receive pay statements from their employers. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With Valentine's Day landing on a Friday, some people might be more interested in getting their paycheck than receiving flowers or chocolate. Roughly half of all employees in the United States are paid on Fridays, but some don't get a paystub to go along with their pay. Ohio is on

450,000 valid voter signatures are needed to get a minimum wage increase onto Ohio's November ballot. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An effort to increase the minimum wage for Ohio workers is a step closer to the November ballot. On Wednesday, the Ohio Ballot Board certified the language for the proposed amendment brought forth by Ohioans for Raising the Wage. James Hayes, the coalition's spokesman, says the

About 20% of Ohioans live in a rural community. A new report says many rural areas haven't yet returned to pre-2008 employment levels. (Mike/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Research has shown that, since the end of the Great Recession, rural areas in Ohio and other states haven't shared in the same economic recovery as metropolitan areas. But a new report suggests rural America has unique assets that shouldn't be overlooked. Senior Economist at

Weatherization crews in Ohio use energy audits and diagnostic equipment to identify ways to improve a home's energy use. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The comfort level of Ohio homes will be put to the test as the first major cold front of the season moves into the region. And thousands of homes are much more energy efficient thanks to the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization Day events were held throughout

In Ohio, women of child-bearing age are the demographic most likely to live in poverty. Pexels/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Exactly how women are faring in Ohio varies by county, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis. In its new "Status of Women," fact-book, the Center for Community Solutions examined data from Ohio's 88 counties on women in key areas of life - including health, economic status and

Historic rains across Ohio this spring resulted in a record number of unplanted acres and late planting, according to Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. (Adobe stock)

LIMA, Ohio — Ohio farmers looking for relief for lost crops due to extensive flooding this year can now apply for disaster aid from the Department of Agriculture. Sen. Sherrod Brown pushed for the funds after the Ohio Farm Bureau announced 2019 was the worst planting season since the 1970s.

Energy-efficiency jobs account for 24% of all energy jobs in Ohio. (Auremar/AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Energy-efficiency jobs are booming in Ohio, and the pace is not expected to slow any time soon. According to a report released Monday, Ohio added more than 2,000 energy-efficiency jobs in 2018. That's a nearly 5% increase - compared with the overall state employment growth

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