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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - OH: Poverty Issues

The Home Energy Assistance Program offers varying types of home heating assistance for low-income Ohioans. (jilljellydonut/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The flip of the calendar page from October to November means emergency heating assistance is now available for eligible Ohioans. The Home Energy Assistance Program's Winter Crisis Program starts Thursday and provides a one-time, $175 payment toward a heating bill for low-inc

A new report says 14 percent of all Ohio households struggle to afford food. (@debb_a/Twenty20.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is making modest gains in reducing its poverty rate, but millions of Ohioans still struggle to make ends meet. According to the Ohio Poverty Snapshot released this week, 1.5 million people in the state remain in poverty and 3.5 million are considered near that lev

Only nine out of 100 families receiving support from the Ohio Works First program have income beyond cash assistance. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio has a $500 million reserve available in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and a new report examines the reasons for the surplus. It also suggests ways the state can better support struggling Ohioans. Over the past decade, said Brie Lusheck, a public-po

About 640,000 Ohioans currently are enrolled in health-care coverage through Medicaid expansion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich went against the wishes of some people in his own political party when he expanded Medicaid in 2014. Now, years later, a new assessment indicates the decision has paid off for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. As a followup to a 2016 report, the Ohio Departme

Low-income Ohio families may be eligible to receive a one-time benefit toward a summer cooling bill. (Derek Bridges/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The dog days of summer are here, and staying safe in the heat means many Ohioans soon will be facing higher electric bills. An annual program is available to help eligible households who may not have enough money to stay cool. The Home Energy Assistance Program's Summer Crisis Prog

Children in nine Ohio counties receive food during the summer through the state's Rural Summer Food Program. (USDA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – People are working throughout Ohio in programs to ensure children don't go hungry during the summer. It's estimated that one in five Ohio children struggles with hunger, and the Summer Food Service Program has nearly 1,500 sites serving free, healthy meals to children up to

The Columbus-area Jubilee Market and Cafe has dietitians on hand to help folks with specific dietary concerns. (Lower Lights Christian Health Center)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Community Health Centers are stepping outside the exam room to ensure that patients and others can access nutritious foods they need for a healthy lifestyle. The Columbus-area community of Franklinton has been without a grocery store for years, which means some resident

Nearly 1.5 million Ohioans rely on SNAP assistance to purchase food. (USDA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Historic changes to one of the nation's foremost anti-hunger programs will be debated today in the U.S. House Agriculture Committee. After its release just last week, the House of Representatives' version of the 2018 Farm Bill is expected to move swiftly through the House, which is

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