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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - OH: Social Justice

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w

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

Supporters of block granting Medicaid contend it would save costs and give states flexibility. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Trump administration is calling it the "Healthy Adult Opportunity," but health care advocates contend the new plan to revamp Medicaid is the same old story. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday is expected to release a block grant plan for Medicaid that

Cincinnati Police Stops by Census Block, Percent African American by Census Black. (Lucia Walinchus)

By Lucia Walinchus and Max Londberg. Video by Michael Nygerges. Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Reporters from the nonprofit newsroom Eye on Ohio, The Cincinnati Enquirer an

Within less than two miles in Cuyahoga County, there is a 23-year difference between the neighborhoods with the highest and lowest life expectancies. (The Center for Community Solutions)

COLUMBUS, Ohio � While no one is guaranteed a long and healthy life, where a person resides in Ohio could be one determining factor. According to a new report from The Center for Community Solutions, as poverty rates increase by census tract in the state, life expectancy decreases

Nearly half of 18-to-30-year-olds in a new poll say they believe the country is off track, and that the influence of 'fake news' is a real concern. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With just over a year before the 2020 presidential election, a new survey reveals the major issues of concern for two generations of young Americans. According to research from the Cause and Social Influence Initiative, Gen Z and Millennials say social causes and movements t

The difference between Ohio's black and white unemployment rates is the fifth-largest in the U.S.<br />(Whitefeldink/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — New research shows discrimination and segregation continue to plague Ohio and other Midwestern states. According to the report "Race in the Heartland," while more black Americans live in the 12-state Midwestern region than in other regions, equity metrics here are worse than i

About 58,000 more Ohioans went without health care coverage in 2018 compared to 2017. (md3d/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some researchers believe red tape might be behind the rising number of Ohioans without health-care coverage. New census data reveals Ohio's uninsured rate edged up a half-percentage point between 2017 to 2018 to 6.5% – that's about 58,000 more people without health cov

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