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PNS Daily Newscast - April 3, 2020 


Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

2020Talks - April 3, 2020 


The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

PHOTO: With the heavy rainfall the past two weeks in Ohio, farmers around the state are reporting flooded fields, which some experts say is connected to the changing climate. Photo credit: Lance Cheung for the USDA/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The wet weather this month isn't just putting a damper on cookouts, festivals and pool parties. It's also starting to hurt Ohio's growing season. Heavy rain over the past two weeks has soaked farm fields around the state, including Anderson Orchard in Pickerington. Its owner, Steve

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

Is hydraulic fracturing is compromising the growing local food movement? Credit: Drumguy8800/Wikipedia

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sustainably produced foods are becoming more popular among consumers, but some Ohioans say the state's fracking boom is stifling the growth of the local food movement. According to the EPA, dozens of chemicals are used in hydraulic fracturing, which some growers say puts air, water

PHOTO: Tens of thousands of miles of new pipelines are in the planning stages that would carry oil and gas to areas north. Photo courtesy of Nexus Gas Transmission.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Dozens of Ohioans, including farmers, are teaming up to fight pipeline projects that could run through their property. Almost 40,000 miles of new pipelines are being proposed around the state to transport oil and gas. Sheryl Billman is working to get organic certification for her L

PHOTO: Have some greens with that! Ohio's largest sustainable agriculture conference is expected to draw nearly 1200 people, for its lineup of expert advice about farming, growing, cooking and other ag-related topics. Photo credit: George Remington.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a chance to rub elbows with sustainable farmers, growers and experts in Ohio. Registration is open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 36th annual conference, to be held in February. This year's theme is "Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio's Heart and Soil,

PHOTO: The Clean Water Act Marks its 42nd anniversary Saturday and there are calls to expand its scope to include smaller streams and wetlands. Photo credit: Cherie Durbin/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - For over four decades, Clean Water Act protections have helped to maintain the integrity of waterways in Ohio and throughout the country. The legislation marks its 42nd anniversary on Saturday. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) of the Cleveland area says the law is particularly im

PHOTO: Certified organic farmer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz, Ohio, says he's concerned about what possible contamination from nearby fracking operations could mean for the future of his business. Photo credit: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioac

PHOTO: Ohio farmers are donating thousands of eggs this month to food banks in the state. Photo credit: Ohio Poultry Association.

DAYTON, Ohio - Eggs have long been proven to be a solid source of protein and nutrition, which is just what food-deprived families in the Buckeye State need. In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Ohio egg farmers are donating more than half a million eggs to food banks in Columbus, Johnstown, Dayt

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