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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - OH: Health Issues

According to the National Institute for Health nearly 80 percent of all smokers begin before the age of 18. (Nerissa's Ring/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – About 22 percent of Ohio adults are current smokers and data from a recent survey indicates that changes in policy could help reduce those numbers. The Ohio Health Issues Poll examined public opinion on tobacco polices and found that six out of 10 adults in the state support

Stacy Malkan with U.S. Right to Know shares strategies for what she calls

DAYTON, Ohio – As if dredged out of the pages of the tobacco industry's marketing playbook, an investigative journalist and author says there's a robust campaign underway to downplay the benefits of organic agriculture. Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the group U.S. Right to Know, says so-called

Environmental groups are hopeful Ohio will use funds from the Volkswagen settlement to invest in electric vehicle technologies. (mariordor59/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the new year, Ohioans can weigh in on how the state can best spend $75 million from the Volkswagen settlement to clean up its transportation sector. The car-maker admitted to cheating on emissions tests, and the money will be used to help mitigate the damage caused by exces

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

Community action agencies say Ohio's HEAP Winter Crisis Program is a crucial support for lower-income Ohioans in need of help to heat their homes. (Katrina S/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cold winter weather has finally arrived in Ohio, and community action agencies say they're ready to help people who are struggling to keep their homes warm. The HEAP Winter Crisis Program offers one-time heating assistance to eligible households when utilities have been or c

A new poll shows 54 percent of Ohioans get their health insurance through their employer or their spouse's employer. (goir/iStockphoto)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 9 out of 10 Ohioans between 18 and 64 have health insurance – and just over half get it from their employer, according to a new Ohio Health Issues Poll out Thursday from the foundation Interact for Health. Researchers at the private foundation that focuses on

The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's annual conference is expected to draw 1,200 to Dayton this February. (OEFFA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Farmers, foodies and anyone hungry to know more about local, sustainable foods are invited to an annual event that draws more than 1,000 people from Ohio and beyond. Registration is now open for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association's 39th annual conference, Feb. 15-

The tobacco industry spends about $460 million a year marketing its products in Ohio. (Klimkin/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big tobacco is coming clean about the dangers of smoking, and health advocates in Ohio are celebrating. The tobacco industry began running corrective advertisements on Sunday as a result of a 2006 judgment for lying about the negative effects of smoking, and for marketing it

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