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PNS Daily Newscast - August 10, 2020 


The U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases; and the latest on the USPS mail slowdown.


2020Talks - August 10, 2020 


Sunday was the sixth anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. Tomorrow, Rep. Ilhan Omar faces off against a primary challenger in MN, plus primaries in CT, VT and WI. And a shakeup at the Postal Service.

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Researchers estimate about 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. (Adobe Stock)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As millions of people pledge to go plastic-free this month as part of the Sierra Club's "Plastic-Free July" campaign, the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in plastic usage in the U.S. overall. Randi Pokladnik is a retired research chemist and environmental activist in s

By some estimates, the U.S. Postal Service could run out of funding by fall 2021. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Postal workers will be flooding phone lines today to urge Senate leaders to act quickly to provide emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service. The pandemic has only exacerbated the financial woes of the USPS, which now is projecting a $13 billion loss for 2020. President of Ame

Prior to payday lending reforms in Ohio, Pew Research found that Ohioans typically paid nearly $700 in interest and fees for short-term loans. (Adobe Stock)

CLEVELAND -- There are renewed concerns that payday lenders will keep customers trapped in a cycle of debt following the roll back of a federal rule. The research group Policy Matters Ohio says even with tougher laws in states such as Ohio, families still can still be exploited by the industry.

For some families, a silver lining of the pandemic is the popularity of the silver screen at Ohio's 24 drive-in movie theaters. (Adobe Stock)

By Maria McGinns/ Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's a warm summer night at the movies. This year, with the majority of indoor theaters in Ohio still closed because of COVID-19, lines of cars form outsi

The Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court couldn't agree on the reasoning behind their ruling in favor of an unusual foreclosure process. (Lucia Walinchus)

By Lucia Walinchus Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Eye on Ohio, the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an unusual foreclosure process that can result in people's homes b

High-speed internet has become a lifeline for older Ohioans who need access to telehealth services during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio is a step closer to creating a program to help more Ohioans get online. In Ohio, 1 million people lack reliable internet connection, and 300,000 households have no internet options. To Delaware County area Representative Rick Carfagna, that's unacceptable. He called high-spee

Ohio averages 19 tornadoes a year. (rbeard113/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It's a prime time of year for flooding and tornadoes in Ohio, and a new report highlights the ways the state is fiscally prepared to respond when disaster strikes. According to findings from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Ohio uses four out of five common methods used by states to e

Memorial Day Weekend typically marks the official start of summer on Lake Erie's islands. (PatatJuno/Flickr)

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Memorial Day weekend could serve as a barometer for Lake Erie businesses, now operating during an unprecedented public health crisis. Safety restrictions enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of tourism season on the lake by about six weeks. Fishing charters wer

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