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PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2019 


Joe Biden tells supporters he intends to run in the 2020 presidential election. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: A landmark bill in California would ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics; and, groups sue to end disease-spreading elk feeding.

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Public News Service - OH: Criminal Justice

Between 2010 and 2016, opioid-related overdose deaths tripled in Ohio. (christinacorsco/Twenty20)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While the opioid crisis has touched Ohioans from all walks of life, some of the risk factors may not be random. In an attempt to better understand how the opioid epidemic has unfolded across the country, Syracuse University Associate Professor of Sociology Shannon Monnat exa

Supporters say stronger background checks are needed to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals. (Brett Hondow/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohioans in favor of stronger gun laws are optimistic the new Congress will move swiftly to pass new universal background-check legislation. HR 8 and S. 42 were introduced last week and would expand federal background checks to all gun sales, including private sales. As fou

Opponents argue that anti-protest legislation in Ohio would impede the rights of citizens. terimakashi0/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – There was a packed house Wednesday at an Ohio Senate committee hearing on a bill that could silence a form of free speech. Senate Bill 250 would tighten the state's laws regarding trespassing and property damage involving oil and gas pipelines, and other industrial infrastru

The CDC has encouraged medical providers to reduce painkiller prescriptions. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many opioid addictions begin with a legitimate prescription for pain pills, and new data uncover how these medications are being prescribed in Ohio. The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll found that about 30 percent of Ohio adults have been prescribed a pain reliever in the past f

Ohio voters will have the final say on Issue 1, a criminal justice reform measure. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Is Issue 1 on Ohio's November ballot a solution for both mass incarceration and the opioid epidemic? It depends on who you ask. If passed, Issue 1 would make offenses related to drug possession and use no more than misdemeanors; prohibit sending those on probation for feloni

Experts say people who have served time behind bars struggle to find work and contribute to their communities. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Amid the heated debate about Issue 1, a recent survey of peer-reviewed studies demonstrates the negative impact of prison on communities and families. Criminologist Donald Hutcherson of Cleveland State University and Policy Matters Ohio Director Amy Hanauer reviewed more tha

Researchers estimate Issue 1 would direct nearly 10,000 Ohioans from prison into community treatment. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio prisons overflowing and thousands dying each year because of drug overdoses, there are calls for the state to change its approaches to addiction and crime. Mitzi Stoddard of East Liverpool spent time in and out of prison for a decade while she struggled with addicti

Overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids skyrocketed in the United States after 2014. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite the public awareness of the opioid epidemic, record numbers of Ohioans are dying from drug overdoses. State data shows unintentional drug overdoses rose nearly 33 percent from 2016 to 2017, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 people. Assistant professor of health p

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