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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Opponents say a Down syndrome abortion ban bill in Ohio ignores the unique circumstances that surround each woman's pregnancy. (Progress Ohio/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that, if signed, would become the 20th attack on reproductive health approved in the state since Gov. John Kasich took office. The Ohio Senate, on a non-party line vote, approved HB 214, which bans abortions after a fetal diagnosis of Dow

Some Ohioans with disabilities say public transportation can be hard to access and doesn't always run on time. (Metro Bus/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not having a ride can certainly be an inconvenience, but for individuals with disabilities, it can be a major roadblock in life. A new survey says transportation is the number one unmet need of Ohioans with disabilities. Barriers to getting around include difficulty driving

Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in federal Medicaid funding to pay for health services such as speech therapy. (Lynne Featherstone/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – House Republicans this week may release a revised version of their health-care plan, which could jeopardize funding for school health services in Ohio. According to a report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Ohio schools receive more than $51 million in feder

Experts say nearly 50 genes have been linked to autism, and researchers hope to pinpoint more with the results of a new study. (Pixabay)

CINCINNATI – Just as Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, an Ohio hospital is helping to launch one of the biggest autism studies in U.S. history. The project is known as SPARK, and over the next three years, it will collect information and DNA from about 50,000 people with autism and th

Advocates say community-based supports help people with developmental disabilities live meaningful lives close to home. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Ohio and several agencies of failing some individuals with disabilities. The plaintiffs, including Disability Rights Ohio, argue that the way the state pays for services and treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disab

Some Ohio parents give up custody of their children with mental health needs in order to gain greater access to services. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Raising a child with more than one physical, mental, or behavioral issue is a daunting task, and some Ohio parents go to great lengths to give these multi-system youth the best shot at life. Dave Mohler adopted his grandson at age 11, who had multiple diagnoses. Mohler and his wif

Ohio is creating a special Medicaid Waiver Program for people with severe and persistent mental illness. (Lloyd Morgan/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Streamlined Medicaid eligibility will mean changes for some vulnerable Ohioans. Currently, people with severe and persistent mental illness who don't meet income guidelines for Medicaid can deduct medical expenses from their income in order to qualify. This "spend-down" eligibilit

Ohio has reduced the use of solitary confinement in their juvenile facilities. (KConnors/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio stands out as a leader in reducing the use of solitary confinement as punishment in youth correctional facilities. A survey from national law firm Lowenstein Sandler finds 10 other states still allow juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish ch

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