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PNS Daily Newscast - June 2, 2020 


President Trump berates governors as 'weak' amid growing racial unrest; an interfaith group sees a link between protests and climate change.

2020Talks - June 2, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC have primaries today, even as cities determine how to move forward in the wake of massive protests nationwide; President Trump says he'll deploy active US troops to quell them.

Public News Service - OH: Budget Policy & Priorities

Nearly 80,000 people have signed an online petition protesting changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rural areas of Ohio and other states could bear the brunt of upcoming changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. An estimated 45,000 Ohioans are at risk of losing food assistance in April when a new Trump administration rule goes into effect tightening the work requir

Groups opposed to House Bill 6 need more than 265,000 signatures to get a referendum on the ballot in 2020. (distell2610/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans who want voters to decide the future of a new clean-energy law soon will know if their efforts are fruitful. Today is the deadline for opponents of House Bill 6 to submit the signatures needed to get a referendum on the November 2020 ballot. The controversial bill wa

The state legislature added $1 million to the Ohio budget for domestic-violence services. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins today, and advocates are gathering at the Ohio statehouse to reflect on progress made to help survivors while remembering lives lost. The Ohio Domestic Violence Network is honoring Rep. Laura Lanese, R-Grove City, with the Croucher Fa

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.

One commonly prescribed drug in 2017 cost 20% more than the average amount of a person's annual Social Security income in retirement. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Prescription drug price hikes have surpassed the rate of general inflation for more than a decade, according to a report just released. The research – from the AARP Public Policy Institute's "Rx Price Watch Report" series – shows that between 2006 and 2017, presc

About 1,500 direct jobs are supported by federal weatherization funding. (highwaystarz/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Weatherization programs in Ohio could get a federal funding boost. Last week, a U.S. House committee marked-up HB 2041, which would provide a roughly 20% increase in funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program. A Senate committee is expected to clear its version of the l

Many Ohio counties will be adopting new voting machines in 2019 and 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There are concerns that a last-minute addition to Ohio's new state biennial budget could threaten democracy. Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 166 on Thursday, which includes a provision to reduce the minimum number of workers at multi-precinct polling locations on Election

Ohio ranks 14th-worst nationally for its gender pay gap. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Procter & Gamble called on the U.S. Soccer Federation to be "the strength on the right side of history" in the fight for equal pay. Some policy groups are encouraging the Ohio-based company to act on its own advice. P&G announced a $529,000 donation to the U.S. Women's Soccer

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