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PNS Daily Newscast - June 26, 2019 


Mueller to testify in open session; migrant children returned to troubled detention center; plus ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and seeking justice for Native Americans killed at Wounded Knee.

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Public News Service - OH: Poverty

About 4 million meals were served to Ohio children in 2018 through the Summer Food Service Program. (Riley Kaminer/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Summer officially starts Friday, but summer meal sites in Ohio already are busy fueling hungry children. Through the Summer Food Service Program, nearly 1,400 schools, churches, community centers and other host sites are providing free meals and snacks to children who live i

Children of color face more obstacles to success than their white peers, according to The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (karelnoppe/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A new report calls for continued work to ensure Ohio children from all walks of life have the opportunity to thrive. The state ranks 27th nationally in The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book with progress over the past several years in more than half of th

Food pantries are just one way Ohio colleges are responding to student hunger. (Maryhere/Morquefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Colleges and universities in Ohio are exploring ways to respond to hunger on campus and break down barriers to student success. Melissa Gilbert is associate dean of Experimental Learning with The Promise House at Otterbein University, just one of roughly a dozen food pantrie

Burgeoning caseloads are straining child welfare workers in Ohio, whose duties include home visits with the children in their care. (photographee.eu/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Jerica Estle-Grooms had a drastically different childhood than most children in Ohio. And as a young adult, the former foster child now is speaking out about the needs of children in foster care. Estle-Grooms says she entered her first foster home at the age of 12, after los

Opposition is mounting against an Ohio energy bill that opponents say would result in higher electric bills for customers. (Pexels/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The debate over an Ohio bill deemed a "nuclear bailout" by opponents is intensifying, with some advocates saying it would hurt the pocketbooks of older adults. Lawmakers with the Ohio House Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee are expected to discuss the future of H.B. 6

Researchers say expanding access to local fruit, vegetables and meat can help curb hunger in Ohio.<br />(shamefaced/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Feeding the world begins with feeding our neighbors is a message at the heart of a new call to action to create a better food system for Ohio. Ernie Shea, president and CEO of the group Solutions from the Land, says farmers are facing increasingly complex markets, low commod

In Ohio, only 43 rental units are available and affordable for every 100 households considered extremely low-income. (cocoparisienne/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Housing is a foundation for living, and a new report suggests it's an unstable foundation for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. "The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes" by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, finds that 67 percent of the state's extremely low-i

Some policy experts say some Ohio's minimum wage earners struggle to cover the cost of living. (@opkirilka/Twenty20)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's minimum wage workers are earning 25 cents more per hour this year than last, but some lawmakers and policy analysts contend $8.55 an hour still isn’t enough. A 2006 ballot measure set Ohio's minimum hourly wage at $6.85 and indexed it to inflation. But Michael

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