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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - OH: Social Justice

Ohio is one of 28 states that still has the death penalty, but that could change. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio lawmakers from both parties and in both chambers are joining forces on a bill to abolish the death penalty in the state. Sen. Nickie Antonio said she'll introduce legislation to replace execution as a punishment for murder with a sentence of life without parole. The Lakewood-

The majority of new immigrants in Ohio arrive from India, the Philippines, Mexico, China and Somalia. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Immigrants in Ohio are celebrating proposed reforms to the nation's immigration system, but some are calling it cautious optimism. President Joe Biden signed executive orders last week ending the travel ban for Muslims, preserving the DACA program and creating an eight-year pathwa

Sustainable agriculture advocate Navina Kahnna says holistic changes are needed to end inequalities in the nation's food system. (HEAL Food Alliance)<br /><br /><br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nation is at a turning point with a new push for unity, and some groups say changing our food system is one crucial step in addressing the divide. Executive Director of the HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna, said the combination of COVID-19, the climate crisis and political un

Volunteering at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter is one way to honor Dr. King's legacy of service. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In the midst of challenging times, volunteers throughout Ohio are showing their commitment to improving their communities. For the Martin Luther King Day of Service today, hundreds of people are taking part in dozens of projects intended to honor the late civil rights leader. Reb

Ohio lawmakers seem at odds over what to do about an energy-bailout bill signed last year, but mired in scandal ever since. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio's controversial energy-bailout legislation at the center of a bribery scandal is getting some new attention in Columbus this week. Lawmakers in both chambers are discussing bills that would either repeal or alter House Bill 6 - which would fund $1.6 billion in utility subsidi

Advocates for survivors of sexual assault worry cuts to funding could affect the ability of crisis centers to help them. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- In an already challenging year, advocates for sexual-assault survivors in Ohio are grappling with major funding cuts. The state's network of crime victim service programs and agencies relies almost exclusively on funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). In 2019, VOCA grants

Roughly 114,000 people in Cleveland are living below the federal poverty line. (Nitram242/Flickr)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Cleveland and Cincinnati may not share the same opinions on football or chili, but they do have one thing in common, and it's nothing to brag about - they're both among the poorest cities in the United States. New Census data released yesterday reveals Ohio is the only state to h

A new report confirms persistent wage gaps in Ohio: Black workers earn less than white workers, and women's wages trail behind men's. (Adobe Stock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- This Labor Day, Ohio researchers aren't mincing words about the status of labor in Ohio - workers are struggling. The annual State of Working Ohio report by Policy Matters Ohio typically examines key economic indicators from the year prior. But given COVID-19's impact on the ec

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