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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - OH: Housing/Homelessness

Home weatherization measures such as improved insulation can save homeowners energy and money. (Bill Smith_03303/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The White House again is targeting a program that helps reduce energy costs for struggling Ohioans. President Donald Trump's recently proposed 2019 budget calls for the end to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which helped about 8 percent of Ohio households - mo

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio expects that, by next Christmas, it could be 2,000 more children entering state custody because of the opioid epidemic if the current trajectory continues. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One thousand more Ohio children will be spending their holidays in foster care this year compared with 2016 as the opioid crisis continues to take an unprecedented toll in breaking families apart. Ohio's foster-care system is bursting at the seams with an alarming trend, showi

Ohio is one of the nationís worst performers in terms of housing equity. (Jody McIntyre/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- State leaders on Tuesday decided to delay a proposed Medicaid rate cut for hospitals, intended to fill a budget gap. But some researchers say there are cost drivers beyond the walls of medical buildings that could be also be examined. Loren Anthes, fellow of Medicaid policy at th

Federal proposals to change Medicaid and cut other programs could affect Ohioans in every legislative district. (M. Kuhlman)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Data released Wednesday sheds light on how decisions debated at the federal level might play out in Ohio. The Center for Community Solutions developed profiles of all 16 Ohio congressional districts, examining income, employment, poverty, education, housing and health coverage

Over the past 25 years, programs funded by the Ohio Housing Trust Fund have helped about 1.8 million Ohioans. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Calls are intensifying in Ohio to strengthen a key tool in fighting homelessness and housing insecurity. The Ohio Housing Trust Fund provides money to organizations, private developers and others working on affordable housing and homeless programs. The Home Matters to Ohio cam

About 300 homes have already received energy-efficiency improvements as part of Weatherize Nelsonville. (COAD)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some 340,000 Ohio households owe about $1,700 more in annual energy costs than they can afford, according to federal data on home-energy affordability gaps. During Energy Action Month in October, community organizations are educating Ohioans about Ohio's Home Weatherization

HUD says blanket bans on selling a home or renting an apartment to anyone with a criminal record is illegal discrimination. (Robb/morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - About 16 percent of Ohioans have either a felony or misdemeanor conviction, and can face discrimination when looking for a home. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took a step this week to help give these individuals a second chance. A new guidance released by HUD

Some voting-rights advocates say challenges to redistricting rules interfere with fair districts and fair elections. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to those fighting to ensure elections are fair. The court unanimously ruled states can draw voting districts based on counting an area's total population, not just the number of people of voting age. Catherine Turcer, policy anal

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