PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

Lindsey Lusher Shute, executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, says new farmers are critical to the success of the food system. (Shute)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The aging farm population in Ohio needs a new generation to fill its shoes, but young farmers face many obstacles getting off the ground. Lindsey Lusher Shute, an Ohio native and executive director of the National Young Farmers Coalition, says capital is the biggest challenge for

Manure from CAFOs contains phosphorus that contributes to the growth of toxic algae in Lake Erie. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report connects the dots between headline making toxic algae in Lake Erie and taxpayer dollars. Manure from confined animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs, contains phosphorus that contributes to the growth of blue-green algae. And the report from the Less Equals

An annual conference aims to build momentum for sustainable growing in Ohio. Credit: George Remington

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sustainable agriculture is becoming big business for Ohio, with farmers doubling their sales between 2008 and 2014, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And an upcoming gathering aims to build more momentum. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecologica

Organic farmer Mardy Townsend of Ashtabula County is worried about the effects of fracking waste on the environment, as well as her crops. Courtesy: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

WINDSOR, Ohio – From spills to earthquakes, environmental and agriculture groups say hydraulic fracturing poses serious threats to land, water and public health. Ohio is one of several states taking part in a National Day of Action today, calling for an end to fracking waste and fracking-rela

Opponents say the DARK Act could undermine businesses such as Snowville Creamery in Ohio that sell non-GMO products. Courtesy of Snowville Creamery

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With preservatives, flavorings and other unpronounceable ingredients, making sense of food labels is difficult enough. Opponents say the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act could create even more confusion. They refer to it as the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act. The

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

Reports sho there are not enough dentists to meet the demand of Ohioans. Credit: Dr. Benjamin R. Record/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Finding a dentist to ease dental woes is a toothy problem for many Ohioans. A new report finds 84 areas in the state where there are not enough dentists to meet the demand, and the gap will continue to grow in Ohio over the next decade. According to data from the Health Reso

Lessons from organic farming may help solve Ohio’s toxic and unsightly algae problems. Courtesy NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Algal blooms in Lake Erie are predicted to be among the worst in recorded history this summer. And organic farmers say taking a page from their playbook can help state leaders working to address the recurring problem, and other water quality issues. Organic farms are prohi

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